Breaking It Down: , as the Titans’ fans and alumni celebrated a 42-27 homecoming win over Evergreen Park. It took the Titans three plays from scrimmage to jump on top of the Mustangs, 6-0, but unlike in recent weeks, the Titans never relinquished the lead in order to set up a fourth-quarter rally.
Still, refused to make it an easy win for the Titans. Trailing 37-13 in the second half, the Mustangs cut the lead to 16 after a 25-yard run from running back Victor Baker and a successful two-point conversion pass from quarterback Brandon White to Jack Ryan. But the Mustangs couldn’t keep up with Tinley Park’s high-octane offense, which has scored over 40 points in every game this season.
Patch’s MVP: Tinley Park running back Gregory Wallace returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second week in a row, this one for 99 yards. Wallace rushed for 146 yards on eight carries, scoring two more touchdowns in the process.
Tinley Park Stat Pack: RB Preston Thompson (18 carries, 76 yards, 2 touchdowns) was workmanlike in between the tackles. Quarterback Kyle Sheridan (6-for-13 for 106 yards, 1 TD) found wide receiver Eldridge Anderson (4 receptions, 57 yards, 1 TD) for some big plays in the second half. Defensive end Mike McCullough added two sacks and forced a fumble.
Evergreen Park Stat Pack: Quarterback Brandon White (14-for-25 for 213 yards, 2 TDs) spread the ball to five different receivers. Tough-running Victor Baker (127 yards on 17 carries,1 TD) was utilized in a variety of formations for the Mustangs. Wide receiver Chris Cheatham (3 receptions, 74 yards, 2 TDs) scored both touchdowns grabs in the first half.
Quotable I: Tinley Park defensive end McCoullough on his sack for a fumble: “When I was coming at him from behind, I just wanted to get him and knock him to the ground. I didn’t even know he fumbled. That’s just a plus.”
Quotable II: Tinley Park coach Nick Johnston on his defense: “We played a little bit more sound defense—still gave up a few big plays, but we tackled better. Still lots of room for improvement.”
Team Records: Tinley Park is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the South Suburban Blue Conference. Evergreen Park is 2-2 overall, 0-1 in the South Suburban Red.
What’s Next: Tinley Park goes on the road to face Lemont on Sept. 23. Evergreen Park plays at Richards on Sept. 23.