Inside football: Prairie Ridge QB Brett Covalt athlete of week

Athlete of the week

Brett Covalt

Prairie Ridge, sr.

Covalt ran for one touchdown, passed for another and carried 29 times for 140 yards as the No. 14-seeded Wolves defeated No. 5 Marmion, 21-20, Saturday in a Class 6A second-round playoff game.

Covalt ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter and hit wide receiver Danny Meikel for a 28-yard TD pass late in the game as Prairie Ridge overcame a 20-14 deficit.

The Wolves move on to play No. 1 Boylan at 1 p.m. Saturday in a quarterfinal game.


Old nemeses: The Fox Valley Conference may be developing the same feelings toward Boylan that Marian Central has toward Montini regarding the playoffs.

Since 2000, the FVC is 14-8 against Northern Illinois Conference-10 teams in the playoffs. Boylan has all eight of those victories, the latest a 17-10 triumph at Cary-Grove Saturday. Prairie Ridge will get a shot to buck that trend Saturday in a Class 6A quarterfinal playoff game in Rockford.

Marian lost to Montini, 40-7, in Saturday’s Class 5A second-round game. It was the fifth consecutive time the Broncos had knocked Marian out.

This week’s playoff games

Class 4A

No. 2 Harvard (11-0) at No. 6 Rockford Lutheran (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday (at Guilford High School)

Class 6A

No. 14 Prairie Ridge (7-4) at No. 1 Boylan (11-0), 1 p.m. Saturday

– Joe Stevenson