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In 1924,  St. Rita and Mt. Carmel laced up their football cleats for the first time. Almost a century later, the football rivalry continues with no love lost. Mount Carmel garnering 12 Illinois state championships, and St. Rita earning just two state championships, respectfully. But the hardware does not matter when these two meet on the gridiron for another installment of this prolific rivalry.

St. Rita and Mount Carmel will be lining up against each other for the first time since the 2017-18 football season. In that matchup, St. Rita won comfortably 38-21. The Mount Carmel Caravan is looking for revenge on August 27th in Doyle Stadium at St. Rita High School.


Jaden Bossie
Mt. Carmel


Ryan Boersma

Mt. Carmel

Ryan is a 2-year letterman for the Caravan football team. He is a two-time CCL and 2021 IWCOA wrestling champion. Ryan is also a back-to-back regional math champion, placing 20th overall in the state. He is a valued member of the National Honor Society. Ryan will be attending the University of Missouri where he will be wrestling for the Tigers and will study Biomedical Engineering.
Tadgh Scanlon

St. Rita

Tadhg (Tag) is in his 4th year on the Mustangs Football Team where he plays Defensive Back. He is a 2-sport athlete as he also has wrestled for St Rita for all 4 of his years in school. He is the Student Council President and a 3-year member of Advice Beyond the Classroom. He is a constant role model for the future Mustangs and always takes the chance to give back to the community.


Both Mount Carmel and St. Rita were locked in a defensive battle most of the game. However, St Rita used a touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to tie it up, 9-9. A few minutes later, St Rita lined up for the game-winning field goal, but it was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Mount Carmel to seal the win.