Football notebook | Morgan Park, Simeon tops weekend of stunners; Loyola, L-W East defenses strong in debuts
Maine South was defeated for the first time in 29 games on Friday, a 29-17 loss to Schaumburg that few saw coming.

Defending 6A champion Cary-Grove dropped its first Fox Valley Conference game since 2007, a 27-6 loss to a Crystal Lake Central team it beat 40-0 in Week 1 last season.

But in an opening week full of upsets, nothing approached the double-dose of shock that took place at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Providence and Mount Carmel, Catholic League behemoths with 19 state championships and generations of rich tradition between them, went a combined 0-2 against the beleaguered Public League.

While Simeon's stable of talented athletes was no secret, nobody outside the Wolverines locker room expected 700 yards of offense and a 47-41 victory over Mount Carmel.

The biggest shocker came courtesy of Morgan Park, which pitched a second-half shutout to hand mighty Providence a 16-14 defeat.

Providence, which returns nine starters after finishing second in Class 6A last fall, scored on its first possession but had trouble with Morgan Park's athleticism the rest of the way.

Morgan Park succeeded on two-point conversions following both touchdowns, a 1-yard run by Devone Williams and a 35-yarder by Dae'Shaun Hurley.

"I think we sent a big message to everybody that CPS is a force to be heard from now," said Hurley, who has the unenviable task of replacing four-year starter DaRon Brown at quarterback. "Both of us were underdogs. Since I've been here, CPS hasn't really made any noise in the state playoffs, but we plan to go all the way this year.

"We've got a lot of love for Simeon, until the third week when we play each other … but then after the game it's going to be all love for them again. I think they're in 7A and we're in 6A. We hope they win 7A and we can take 6A."

Loyola impressive in shutout: The graduation of 10 Loyola starters left just one remaining from what might have been the state's best defense last season.

That's one more point than Loyola's new defense allowed in its debut.

Coach John Holecek's stellar reputation grew stronger Saturday after his Ramblers, with one returning starter on each side of the ball, held talented Evanston runner Rendell Massie to 26 yards on 17 carries in a 35-0 Loyola victory.

Loyola allowed an average of 6.4 points a game last fall, giving up seven points or less in eight of its 13 games. The Ramblers dropped a 21-14 decision to Class 8A champion Maine South in a state semifinal.

Smart switch: Thornton's top returning receiver is now its quarterback, while the quarterback who accounted for nearly 3,000 yards of offense last year is playing a variety of roles.

The unusual move looked good Saturday when Charles Knowles threw four touchdown passes — two to Dimitrius Hardwick — in a 55-0 victory over Hillcrest.

Double duty: Habeeb Durojaiye found himself in each end zone with the ball in his hands in the final 74 seconds of Gordon Tech's game on Saturday. The result was a 28-24 Gordon Tech victory over Leo.

With Gordon Tech trailing 24-22, Durojaiye took a slant 60 yards to give his team the lead with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining. Then with 21 ticks left on the clock, Durojaiye came up with an interception in the end zone to preserve the victory.

Maddie's Aurora Christian debut a winner: Anthony Maddie, who transferred from Joliet Catholic to Aurora Christian in April but was not cleared to play by the Illinois High School Association until Friday, threw five touchdown passes in his debut a day later.