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PREVIEW: St. Rita vs. Mount Carmel (IL)

September 25, 2013

CHICAGO, IL – Two of Chicago’s best will go head-to-head when the St. Rita Mustangs take on the Mount Carmel Caravan on Friday at 8:30 p.m. (EST) at St. Rita High School. More than 10,000 fans are expected for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

St. Rita, which has won five of the last seven meetings in the series, lost to Mt. Carmel 27-0 last season after winning the previous four. Mt. Carmel leads 58-30-2 in the all-time series, which started back in 1924 and has been named one of the best in the nation by USA Today.

The Todd Kuska-coached Mustangs are off to a 4-0 start (their latest win 42-12 over Hales Franciscan) after finishing last season 6-6. They graduated quarterback John Kelley (1,316 yards and 9 TDs) and back Tim Lombard (751 yards and 14 TDs), but senior quarterback Tommie Mister has stepped in nicely, accounting for 956 total yards and 14 TDs this season.

The Caravan went 15-2 last season on its way to a Class 8A state title with a 28-14 win over Glenbard North. Coach Frank Lenti’s No. 1-ranked team in the state ended last season with four straight wins and have started this season with four straight wins, including a 28-20 win over Brother Rice in its last game. Senior back Matt Domer (an Illinois recruit) had 111 rushing yards and three total TDs in the win.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.