After becoming Illinois' winningest prep football coach last week, Frank Lenti's next win didn't come easy as Mt. Carmel battled well equipped Catholic League rival Brother Rice.
Running back Brandon Greer rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Don Butkus ran in two as the Caravan took down Brother Rice, 35-24.
During Mt. Carmel's first drive, Butkus mixed the run and the pass. Butkus was 3 for 3, passing for 35 yards in the first quarter while the Caravan also got a 16-yard rush from Draco Smith and two 5-yard runs from Greer. Butkus snuck in from the 3-yard line to cap the drive for the game's first score.
Brother Rice responded immediately with a field goal making it 7-3, but struggled to get things going as starter QB Pat Parilli came out before halftime.
Rice also struggled to contain Mt Carmel's offense.
Greer made it 14-3 at the start of the second quarter with an explosive 46-yard run, before Butkus struck again with his own 23-yarder to put it at 21-3 for Mt. Carmel.
Rice's marquee running back Martez Walker kept the Crusaders in the game by returning Mt Carmel's kickoff 95 yards for a TD, setting the score at 21-10. Walker finished with 130 yards.
Greer spoke highly of the Crusaders.
"They're the best team we played so far," he said. "We knew they'd give us a ball game, so this week Coach Lenti practiced us hard."
Greer's second touchdown gave Mt. Carmel a 28-10 halftime lead, finding the end zone on a 25-yard rush after Dominic Villa's 65-yard kickoff return.
Rice's Matt Page subbed in at quarterback for Parilli, and stuck to a running game. Andrew Walker scored to make it 28-16 after Rice missed the extra point.
Greer scored a third time in the last minute of the third quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run to put Mt. Carmel ahead 35-16.
Rice's final score came on a one-yard reception by tight end James Gannon, followed by a two-point conversion.
Player of the game: Mt. Carmel's Brandon Greer -- 3 TDs 160 rushing yards.
Stat of the game: Martez Walker returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
It was over when: Rice QB Matt Page threw a third-down interception from the 6-yard line, all after Brother Rice recovered the Caravan's fumble at midfield from their onside kick.
Quote of the night: "I was just trying my best for our team against their team. I almost came up short." -- Brandon Greer.