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Football notes: Tyler Holte and Saveon Smith amp up St. Edward's efficiency

August 29, 2017


Gene ChamberlainElgin Courier-News

St. Edward's goal for senior wide receivers Tyler Holte and Saveon Smith was less work and peak efficiency within the passing game.

If the Green Wave's opener provided any indication, everything is proceeding as planned heading into a second straight home game Friday against Hope Academy.


Holte caught four passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns while Smith made six catches for 167 yards and three TDs in Friday's 44-26 victory over Metamora, a team ranked seventh in the preseason Class 5A poll.

Quarterback Dylan Mlinarich only needed 15 pass attempts for 387 yards.

"Tyler had just a great all-around ballgame receiving and tackling, and Saveon made key big catches," St. Edward coach Mike Rolando said.

One of Holte's receptions was a 75-yard TD for St. Edward (1-0). A safety and cornerback, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Holte made eight solo tackles, three assists, broke up two passes and intercepted one.

"Tyler's athleticism and dedication keep getting better," Rolando said. "He put a lot of work into becoming a very good athlete and his effort stands out and shows on the field."

Holte also had a 2-point conversion catch.

"That was huge at the time because we were only up 12-0," Rolando said.

Last season, Holte is coming off a season when he led St. Edward in catches with 59 and yards receiving with 673. He tied Smith last year with a team-high seven TD catches.

Smith had 26 catches for 446 yards last year, but missed four games with a high ankle sprain.

"When that ankle injury happened after all our other injuries, it was like, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" Smith said. "I had to deal with that feeling I was letting my team down, because I wanted to be out there so bad."

It's possible Smith and Holte may need to chase a few more passes Friday, since Hope's offense proved potent in a 55-39 win over Tinley Park to open the season.

"They scored 90 points in a game last year," Rolando said.

Hope Academy beat Midland 91-0, then lost a Class 2A second-round playoff game 91-70 to Deer Creek-Mackinaw.

St. Edward dumps Metamora

August 26, 2017
By Steve Nichols

With a healthy run game at its disposal, the intent this year for the St. Edward football team isn't to throw the ball 40-plus times as it did last year.

And after a huge 44-26 nonconference win over Class 5A power Metamora at Greg True Field in Elgin Friday, the Green Wave, with a roster of 23, discovered they won't need to throw it 40 times; they can run up as much passing yards with just a fraction of the throws.


Returning All-State quarterback Dylan Mlinarich, who broke every passing record there is at St. Edward last year, threw just a minuscule 16 times against the No. 7 ranked team in 5A and still nearly totaled 400 yards.

The senior connected with 4 different receivers for 396 yards and 5 touchdowns, including 3 to receiver Saveon Smith who totaled 160 yards on 6 grabs, as Mlinarich's first 2 passes of the game went for scores.

"It was just the balance that we didn't have last year," said Mlinarich, who saw 37 running plays called. "I was throwing forty, sixty times last year and they were dropping eight guys in coverage. And it was tough but now this year with Angel Garcia, who's such a great running back and our offensive line, proves to us and the other teams that we are stronger and run or pass the ball anytime we want and we are going to be successful on it."

A healthy Garcia ran 20 times for 99 yards as the run game added 179 to the Green Wave's 575 total yards compared to Metamora's 306, but Smith and Tyler Holte provided all the highlights.

Holte helped St. Edward (1-0) to a quick 7-0 lead when he caught a pass at the Redbirds' 25 on the second Wave offensive play and turned on the jets for a 40-yard score.

On the Wave's next series, it took 5 plays until Smith beat his defender over the top and hauled in a 56-yard touchdown grab to make it 14-0 St. Edward with 5:25 left in the first quarter.

Smith would strike again with 8:13 left in the second quarter, when Mlinarich avoided a tackle in the pocket, stepped outside and connected with Smith on 4th and 5 with a 28-yard touchdown grab for a 21-0 lead.

"That was like a Christmas present," Smith said of the big lead at that point. "It felt real good for the team and it hyped us up a lot. Coach (Marc Rusinko) said be the hunter or the hunted and we were the hunters."

The Wave hunted down 2 more scores, even after the Redbirds (0-1) closed within 28-19 in the third quarter. Holte, who made 3 grabs for 180 yards along with 2 touchdowns, made a one-handed grab with his left hand down the left sideline to start the Wave's second third quarter drive that went for 65-yards, setting up Garcia's 11-yard run a player later for a 35-19 lead.

Holte's pick with 17.6 left in the third on his own 38 that he returned to the Redbird 30 resulted in a 31-yard field from David Madden with 9:28 left in the fourth and for good measure Smith scored over the top from 33-yards out to make it 44-19. The Green Wave picked up 3 turnovers in total, allowed just 2 touchdowns to Bryton McDonald (9 catches, 84 yards) and picked off Metamora QB Thomas Hall (15-for-27, 169 yards) twice.

"We're pretty happy with the turnovers but there's some things we have to clean up," Holte said. "But it's awesome. We've got the bread and butter with the passing game. the running game is coming along. the O-line is looking great so it's awesome."

And what about coach Mike Rolando's take?

"We didn't know we if we could compete at that level (against Metamora) and now that we know we can, it gives us the confidence the rest of the season," he said.

Staying healthy will be key for St. Edward

August 17, 2017

Quarterback Dylan Mlinarich passes the ball at St. Edward football practice.

The injury report and game results intertwined as St. Edward's 2016 season unraveled.

The Green Wave opened with 4 straight wins, but an already modest roster was diminished almost weekly by a rash of injuries to key players, many season-ending.


By the time the Wave limped into the Metro Suburban Blue opener in Week 5 against eventual Class 3A state champion IC Catholic Prep, coach Mike Rolando's team was a shell of the version that broke camp. Only 18 players dressed for a 53-50 loss at Fenton in Week 6 and 17 suited up for a 42-21 loss at Glenbard South a week later.

Larger schools can absorb multiple injuries and remain competitive due to their depth, but that's a taller order for a Class 4A program like St. Edward, which has averaged 26 players since Rolando took over 13 years ago.

With electric performers like safety/wideout Saveon Smith and running back/linebacker Angel Garcia out of last year's lineup due to injury, the Green Wave didn't possess the depth to remain competitive for four quarters.

Fast forward a year and the now healthy Green Wave return starters at 20 of 22 positions, a statistic that includes multiple two-way performers. That listed is headed by returning all-state quarterback Dylan Mlinarich. He broke every program passing record last season, mainly because the offense had no choice but to throw the ball after Garcia was lost to a broken ankle in Week 4.

Mlinarich attempted 376 passes, breaking the previous record of 219 set by Ben Lehman in 2009. He completed 214 passes, eclipsing Joe Mullen's 107 in 2014. The left-hander's 2,812 passing yards dwarfed Lehman's old record of 1,799 and his 33 touchdowns topped Mullen's 28.

Tyler Holte (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) was one beneficiary of the Wave's penchant for passing. He set new program records in receptions (57) and yardage (677) and scored 7 touchdowns. Before his ankle injury, Smith caught 26 balls for 446 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Rounding out the talented group of returning receivers are Ryan Pomeroy (40 rec., 556 yards, 5 TD) and David Madden (37 rec., 521 yards, 6 TD).

However, St. Edward doesn't intend to throw the ball 40-plus times per game like last year with a healthy Garcia back in the fold. Before his injury, Garcia rushed 61 times for 391 yards (6.1 avg) and 4 touchdowns.

He'll run behind an offensive line Rolando calls "the biggest and strongest we've had." The group includes returning starters Brett Kruska (6-3, 260) at right tackle, guard Chase Migut (6-2, 265), center James Estes (5-11, 245) and left tackle Matt Pettey (6-1, 260).

"Dylan looks great and he's a senior who has been there and done that," Rolando said of a quarterback who has passed for 3,845 yards and 41 touchdowns in two varsity seasons. "If we can put a running game around him, he has a chance to be very efficient and effective. He doesn't have to go 26 of 50. He can go 13 of 18 and capitalize when we need him to."

The defense is led by Smith, who in three varsity seasons has 72 tackles, 4 interceptions and 45 pass breakups. He's joined by linebacker Ben Harrington, who led the 2016 team with 76 tackles. He plays alongside linebackers Garcia and David Madden (38 tackles, 10 pass breakups).

Jimmy Harkins (32 tackles, 3 ints.) will play defensive and Jordan West (25 tackles, 2 sacks) anchors the defensive line.

"We have some experienced playmakers," Rolando said. "We have a lot of athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. I think this will be a lot of fun. We've just got to stay healthy."


Football roundup: St. Edward runs out of steam in regular-season finale

October 24, 2016

Junior quarterback Dylan Mlinarich knew what was on the line Friday night for St. Edward.

A win would make the Green Wave playoff-eligible, and Mlinarich led St. Edward to a one-point lead that lasted until late in the second quarter against host Wheaton Academy.


"We were just trying to go and go and go," Mlinarich said. "We were trying to make plays, do whatever we could to get into the end zone and just get us a lead. It was just tough. We lost the momentum."

As has been the case throughout the Metro Suburban Blue season, the Green Wave ran out of gas as Wheaton Academy stormed back for a 44-30 victory.


The combination of injuries, only four seniors on the roster and playing bigger programs eventually caught up to St. Edward (4-5, 0-5), erasing a 4-0 start and ending a three-year playoff run.

Prior to Friday's loss, the Green Wave's three previous games were against schools with enrollments at least three times as large.

"They gave it all they had," St. Edward coach Mike Rolando said. "The fact that we can hang with these schools with mostly juniors and sophomores on the field bodes well for the future. We're right there with these big schools until the third quarter. The future is bright."

Early on, St. Edward was focused on the present and getting its four seniors into the postseason again. Mlinarich opened the scoring with 2:20 left in the first quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Jake Frey.


After Wheaton Academy (6-3, 2-3) took a 13-7 lead, Mlinarich found junior receiver Saveon Smith for a 27-yard TD catch, giving the Green Wave a 14-13 lead that stood until 21 seconds left in the half.

Wheaton Academy scored then, and added two TDs in the first two minutes of the second half to put the game away.

St. Edward didn't fold, however. Down by 30 points, Mlinarich hit junior receiver David Madden for a 12-yard TD in the fourth quarter, and the seniors took over for the final scoring drive.

Senior lineman Sam Reedy bruised his way to 19 yards on two carries. Senior tight end Dominick Hartke rushed for a 15-yard TD and senior lineman Nolan Theriault pounded in the 2-point conversion.

Senior receiver Jimmy Harkins also caught four passes for 45 yards.

"It was a lot of fun watching Reedy break tackles," Mlinarich said. "Then watching Dominick score and Nolan with the 2-point conversion, it was a lot of fun. It was a good little moment there at the end."


Paul Johnson is a freelance writer for The Courier-News. Gene Chamberlain contributed.

Jimmy Harkins, St. Edward stand strong before Glenbard South prevails

October 10, 2016


St. Edward senior Jimmy Harkins and seven other Green Wave players never left the field Friday.

It wasn't their last stand, but now there are only two more chances for the coveted fifth win.

Injury-plagued St. Edward could only hold out for so long at home against bigger, deeper Glenbard South and power runner Sean Cooke in a 42-21 Metro Suburban Blue defeat.

"We have 17 guys, so we can't afford to come off the field," said Harkins, a wide receiver/defensive back. "When we run out of energy, we run out of energy.

"Really, there's nothing we can do about it."

St. Edward lost its third straight during a devastating rash of injuries. In much of the first half, it seemed the passing of left-handed quarterback Dylan Mlinarich to Harkins, David Madden, Tyler Holte and Ryan Pomeroy would be enough to get the fifth win.

St. Edward (4-3, 0-3) had a 21-6 lead in the second quarter after a 2-yard touchdown flip from Mlinarich to tight end Dominic Hartke. Behind Cooke, Glenbard South (5-2, 3-0) dominated from then on with 36 straight points.

"They just kind of wore on us," St. Edward coach Mike Rolando said. "Our guys are warriors. They played awesome. I'm very proud of their effort.

"There are guys playing every down and on special teams. They proved they can play with a team like this."

Without a ground game due to running back injuries, Mlinarich completed 34 of 61 passes for 393 yards with three TDs and three interceptions. Harkins had 10 catches for 106 yards and Madden added seven catches for 123 yards.

"In practice, we always work the same routes and look at the same zones over and over again, and so Dylan knew where we'd be and found us in the open spots," Madden said.

Mlinarich threw a 13-yard TD pass to Harkins as St. Edward went up 7-6. Then Madden caught an 18-yard TD down the sidelines with 1:22 left in the first quarter.

When Hartke scored, St. Edward appeared to be in control. But Cooke started mashing away for 188 yards on 29 carries, including four TDs.

"He's a big boy and to tackle him you've just got to try to go low," Madden said. "It was the only way."

Cooke's third TD run, a 2-yarder with 28 seconds left in the first half, gave Glenbard South a 27-21 edge.

Once ahead, Glenbard South ditched the blitz and went to a three-player pass rush with zone coverage. It paid off when St. Edward was driving for the go-ahead points late in the third quarter.

Mlinarich was picked off at the 2-yard line by Justin Goetz.

"I misread the play," Mlinarich said. "I thought it was an out-and-up, but it was just a regular up. My fault entirely."

Glenbard South quarterback Jack Crouch followed by throwing a 38-yard TD pass to Bryan Maroney. The Raiders added added Cooke's 34-yard clinching TD run and a safety.

"Its just about being real disciplined and we didn't play disciplined football the first half," Glenbard South coach Ryan Crissey said. "But you've got to give it to coach Rolando and the Green Wave, those kids just fight their butts off.

"We knew we were going to be in a dogfight defensively with the way they pass the ball."


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Week 5: Scouting the Metro Suburban

September 23, 2016
Daily Herald report

IC Catholic Prep (4-0, 0-0) at St. Edward (4-0, 0-0) Metro Suburban Blue

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.


Last week: IC Catholic 72, Chicago Christian 0; St. Edward 50, Guerin 0.

Last year: IC Catholic 41, St. Edward 6.

Outlook (from the IC Catholic perspective): Since 2009 these teams have split 3-3 dating to their Suburban Christian Conference days. They're the MSC Blue's top two teams both in scoring and scoring defense, with IC averaging 56 points and St. Edward allowing 10.5. IC's Northern Illinois-bound Jordan Rowell has already run for 691 yards and 14 touchdowns, though the Knights' up-tempo offense is predicated by how quarterback Luke Ricobene reads the defense. Senior safety Matt Sutton makes the calls on defense, which will bring the heat with physical linemen Jimmy Kenneally, Robert Vitek, Dylan Packer and Ricky Mysliwiec. St. Edward's 6-foot-2 quarterback Dylan Mlinarich has thrown for 1,176 yards and 20 touchdowns, gutting Walther Christian and Lindblom for 7 TD passes apiece. Saveon Smith has caught 6 touchdown passes and averages 27 yards per catch. However, IC's staff includes former NFL safety and current ESPN analyst Matt Bowen, a big advantage.

Outlook (From the St. Edward perspective): This Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division opener is among the most important games on the schedule for each of these longtime rivals. A Class 3A semifinalist in 2015, IC is 3A's top-ranked team. Led by all-state tailback and cornerback Jordan Rowell (6-foot-2, 195 pounds), committed to Northern Illinois, and junior quarterback Luc Ricobene, the Knights have scored 225 points. That total includes 61 points against a St. Laurence team that has beaten Benet, St. Rita and defending 3A champ Bishop McNamara. Rowell has rushed for 691 yards and 14 touchdowns on 55 carries. Ricobene has completed 45 of 73 passes for 617 yards and 5 touchdowns and been intercepted three times. Ricobene also has rushed 19 times for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, which has St. Edward coach Mike Rolando's attention. "Rowell is outstanding and you have to account for him, but what scares us most is (Ricobene)," Rolando said. "Even if you do everything well on a play, he can scramble and make a play because he's so multidimensional." IC gave up 49 points to St. Laurence in a Week 2 win. Otherwise, the Knights shut out Bishop McNamara, Elmwood Park and Chicago Christian. IC defensive end Jimmy Kenneally (6-1, 235) was an honorable mention all-state pick in 2015. Last year, he terrorized St. Edward quarterback Dylan Mlinarich throughout IC'S 41-6 victory. Mlinarich comes in hot. The left-handed junior has thrown for 1,179 yards and 20 touchdowns on 66-of-115 passing (57.4 percent).

Next week: Riverside-Brookfield at IC Catholic; St. Edward at Fenton.

St. Edward's Dylan Mlinarich takes air show against No. 1 IC Catholic

September 21, 2016

St. Edward's Dylan Mlinarich takes air show against No. 1 IC Catholic


The Pittsburgh Steelers T-shirt that Dylan Mlinarich wore at St. Edward's practice Tuesday only seemed appropriate.

"I was brainwashed when from the time I was really young," said Mlinarich, the Green Wave quarterback. "I'm a Ben Roethlisberger fan, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell."

Mlinarich, a junior left-hander, is only a generation removed from western Pennsylvania. His father Jeff moved to Illinois from the Pittsburgh area.

It's a somewhat long-distance connection. But Dylan Mlinarich's roots are from the hotbed of quarterbacks like Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, John Unitas and Joe Namath.

"My dad joked about moving us back to Pennsylvania and sending me to (Pittsburgh's) Central Catholic High," Mlinarich said.

It was only a comment, and no need for Green Wave coach Mike Rolando to begin worrying.

With Mlinarich throwing to Saveon Smith, David Madden, Tyler Holte, Ryan Pomeroy and Jimmy Harkins, St. Edward (4-0) dominated three straight opponents. The big step comes Friday in a showdown at home with IC Catholic (4-0).

Mlinarich threw seven touchdown passes in back-to-back wins over Lindblom and Walther Christian, then four in last week's 50-0 victory over Guerin.

According to IHSA records, only nine other Illinois quarterbacks have thrown more than seven TD passes in a game. Nine is the record by Morris' Bobby Brayton in 1949 and Greenville's Tyler Hutchinson in 2014.

"I hear about records, but it doesn't really matter to me," Mlinarich said. "I'm focused on the next game we're playing.

"Records are records and you may have them, then they're gone. But I'm thinking about wins."

Mlinarich is 66-for-115 for 1,179 yards and 20 touchdowns with four interceptions. He's distributed the ball well, as Smith has six TD catches, Harkins four and Holte, Pomeroy and Madden three each.

"Dylan has plenty of weapons and he delivers the ball nicely," Rolando said. "He has different style receivers, but the common thing is they all have good hands and run excellent routes."

Knowing that the passing game would fuel the team for the next two years, Rolando tweaked the offense during 7-on-7s. He moved Mlinarich back a few steps when taking the shotgun snap.

"It especially helps because I have more time to get the ball out and check my reads," Mlinarich said.

Rolando, a quarterback himself for one of Larkin's greatest teams in 1990, knew what this could mean.

"If we do happen to miss a block or get only part of a block, he's a little deeper," Rolando said. "Looking back over the years, if we only had another half-second for some of our quarterbacks. … I still have memories of where we could have made plays or won games."

Mlinarich is likely to need any edge Friday against IC Catholic, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. Led by NIU recruit Jordan Rowell, IC Catholic last year beat St. Edward 41-6 in Mlinarich's fourth game at quarterback.

"It was pretty tough," Mlinarich said. "I was hit a lot. They got to us really well. Their linebackers and pass rush were strong, physical.

"We believe we learned from our mistakes."

Rowell, a running back, will pose a challenge for St. Edward's defense.

"It's a big-time difference going from a team at the level we've played the last few weeks to at team like IC," said Madden, who also plays in St. Edward's secondary. "To stop Jordan Rowell, you've got to go low and hopefully your teammates will join in. It's got to be a team effort.

"He tore us up last year."

This game begins a significant step up for St. Edward in Metro Suburban Blue play.

"From here on out we've got this team and then the other schools are two, three or four times our size, so it's going to be a rough road," Rolando said. "But our kids are tough.

"We're down to 22 players now after losing Nick Wright (broken arm). Our kids are going to do their best. They always play with a ton of heart."


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IC Catholic at St. Edward

When: 7 p.m. Friday

What to watch: NIU recruit Jordan Rowell powers IC Catholic (4-0), ranked No. 1 in 3A, against St. Edward (4-0) and linebackers Ben Harrington and Angel Garcia in a Metro Suburban Blue opener.





St. Edward has easy time with Guerin

September 17, 2016
By Jared Birchfield
Daily Herald Correspondent
Photo by Brian Hill

It was all St. Edward during its 50-0 Metro Suburban crossover win over Guerin Friday night at Greg True Field in Elgin.

The Green Wave scored on 6 of 9 drives -- 5 of 6 in the first half -- and held the Guerin offense to a total of 3 yards.


The victory raises St. Edward's record to 4-0.

The Green Wave's first possession of the game was the only one in the first half that did not end with a touchdown.

Sophomore running back Angel Garcia score the team's first TD on its second drive of the game -- a 1-yard plunge with 5:49 left in the first quarter. Garcia was once again the workhorse for St. Edward's ground game, rushing for 87 yards on 7 carries.

"We were a little unfocused on the first drive," said St. Edward coach Mike Rolando. "Luckily Angel got us going with the running game and then we were on our way, everybody got into rhythm."

The Green Wave's passing game took over from there. On the team's next drive, quarter back Dylan Mlinarich connected with James Harkins for a 1-yard scoring pass.

Mlinarich completed 10 of 14 passes for 110 yards, all in the first half. Backup QB Jordan West directed the team in the second half.

The defense ended the first quarter scoring. After a Guerin fumble, linebacker Daniel Falco recovered the ball and raced 19 yards for the score.

All 3 second quarter touchdowns were on passing plays. Fifty-six seconds into the second half, Ryan Pomeroy (3 receptions for 38 yards) caught Mlinarich's 23-yard pass for a TD. On the Green Wave's next drive, it was receiver David Madden's turn, crossing the goal line on a 20-yarder. Tyler Holte completed the first half scoring on a 9-yard pass.

St. Edward led 44-0 at the half.

With a running clock, the Green Wave ran only three drives in the second half. West scored the final TD on a 58-yard run in the third quarter.

Guerin (0-3) couldn't get its offense on track. The Crusaders crossed into Green Wave territory on three possessions, two in the second half and never penetrated the red zone.

St. Edward will have its work cut out for it next Friday, when it opens its Metro Suburban Blue conference schedule by hosting IC Catholic, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A.

St. Edward figures offensive explosion will continue

September 16, 2016