DePaul Prep's 2018 football season opened Saturday afternoon with the Marmion Academy Cadets defeating the Rams 27-0 at DePaul Prep’s new home field, Chicago Academy.
Big plays made the difference in the game. Marmion’s scores all came as a result of long pass or run plays. The DePaul Prep Rams struggled on offense much of the game, particularly containing the Marmion pass rush. There were some bright spots. Sophomore running back Remick Ware shows considerable speed on some long gainers. Senior quarterback Robert Clark ran well and showed off his big arm.
But it was the ability of the Cadets to connect on play action passes for big plays that proved the difference.
The meeting with Marmion also featured the return of DePaul Prep’s highly respected former athletic director Paul Chabura. Coach Chabura became Marmion’s assistant athletic director in June but retains his leadership role with the Chicago Catholic League. He will be missed at DePaul.
The Rams’ schedule does not get any easier. The Rams open the season with three straight Chicago Catholic League games, Marion, Hope and Leo. Next Friday (Aug. 31, 2018) DePaul takes on Chicago Hope Academy at 4:15 p.m., again at Chicago Academy, 3400 N. Austin. Chicago Hope Academy comes off a 42-7 defeat at the hands of perennial powerhouse, Mount Carmel.
The Chicago Catholic League's Red Division has changed since last year. With the addition of Montini to the Catholic League’ Blue Division, Mt. Carmel has been relegated to the Green Division and consequently, St. Ignatius has been moved to the Red Division. The CCL Red now contains DePaul Prep, St. Ignatius, Chicago Hope, Leo and St. Joseph.
As for the photos, I got some good ones but I found myself chatting too much instead of concentrating on taking pictures. I take much better pictures when I am not interested in what happens on the field. I changed my typical settings. I continued my auto ISO setting that I started using this past basketball season. It doesn't seem to make that much difference.