Let these numbers marinate for a second: 19 receptions, 281 yards, 5 touchdowns
Those would be pretty good stats for a high school wide receiver over the course of a season, let alone a single game.
But on Saturday night in Palatine, Pirates senior wide receiver Johnny O'Shea did just that in a second round 8A playoff game against the Edwardsville Tigers.
"He's a unique kid," said Pirates head coach Corey Olson. "A once in a lifetime player that you may get to coach."
Despite all the lofty numbers, O'Shea's performance still wasn't enough to help the Pirates advance to the quarterfinals, as the Tigers won a high-scoring affair, 38-35.
"Number 80 is a heck of a player isn't he?" Edwardsville head coach Matt Martin said. "You know the fade is coming and we still couldn't stop it."
With the Pirates trailing 7-0 with 2:03 left in the first quarter, O'Shea registered the first of his record-breaking five touchdowns on the afternoon, scoring from 16 yards out on a great pass from quarte...
Anyone who has watched the Palatine Pirates play this year knows full-well that they are no No. 23 seed.
But that's the hand they were dealt to start the Class 8A playoffs, as the Pirates were paired with the 10th-seeded South Elgin Storm in the first round.
Playing near-perfect football for 48 minutes on both sides of the ball, Palatine upended South Elgin 24-3 at Millennium Field in Streamwood on Saturday to advance to the second round of the playoffs, looking every bit like a 1-seed.
"Our football team, as we talk about, is playing our best in October," said Pirates head coach Corey Olson. "And that's what we do traditionally at Palatine, keep getting better and better."
Palatine got its lone score of the half with 2:23 left in the first quarter when Jack Orlando waltzed into the end zone untouched for an 8-yard TD run and put the Pirates up 7-0.
Orlando and the rest of Palatine's stable of running backs rushed for a combined 198 yards on the day behind...
It may have taken until mid-October, and Friday the 13th of all days, but the Palatine Pirates finally notched their first home win of the season by defeating the Conant Cougars 27-14, at Chic Anderson Stadium.
In doing so, the Pirates moved to 5-3 overall and qualified for the playoffs with a game yet to play in the regular season.
"It's a great feeling, we have a great tradition here at Palatine," said Pirates quarterback and birthday boy, D.J.Angelaccio. "The offensive and defensive lines, those guys out there in the trenches, I give them all the credit tonight."
Angelaccio (10 carries, 77 yards, 2 TDs) celebrated his 18th birthday by putting the Pirates on his back the final 5:04 of the contest, scoring twice. He helped his team get past a tough Cougars (1-7) squad who just can't seem to catch a break, and has now lost seven in a row.
But things were anything but rosy for the Pirates in the first three quarters of this one.
It's been the Barrington Broncos mantra this year and it was on full display Thursday night in Palatine when the team dug deep and got past the host Pirates, 26-24, in a colossal MSL West showdown.
Using a combination of ball control and stout defense in the second half, the Broncos turned a 14-14 tie at intermission into a 26-14 advantage with just seconds to go in the game in order to move to 6-0 overall on the year. Palatine dropped to 3-3.
"These guys played with the heart of a champion tonight," said Broncos head coach, Joe Sanchez. "We've had some great games in this rivalry, we've had a lot of guys that have been close, but to get over the hump and win one tonight … it feels good."
The Broncos entered the matchup having dropped the last three contests against their conference foes and 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series overall.
And it appeared that the Pirates, whose only losses on the year were to perennial power...
The Pirates defense answered the bell time and time again in last season's opener on the road at Stevenson. Palatine forced four turnovers and made three red-zone stands to stave off the Patriots for a 28-20 victory.
And now the two high school heavyweights will shift venues for this year's season opener at Chic Anderson Stadium in Palatine on Friday, Aug. 25th, at 7:30p.m.
The Pirates will have to adjust to life without former phenom quarterback, Zach Oles, who is now at Butler. But Palatine should be in good hands with Oles' heir apparent, senior D.J. Angelaccio, taking over under center. Angelaccio played brilliantly in relief of Oles when he went down with a season- ending injury in the Class 8A playoffs last year. And you can expect more of the same from the signal caller this season
Angelaccio will be working with a new, but familiar face as the Pirates promoted its former offensive line coach, Corey Olson, to the head coaching position...