Any time someone asks Loyola head coach John Holecek about senior Jake Marwede, the superlatives fly off his tongue.
That was true again Saturday after the Ramblers’ 22-3 win at home over Oswego East in the second round of the Class 8A playoffs.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Marwede accounted for all of Loyola’s points, which is something Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg said he isn’t sure he’s seen in his 14 seasons with the Ramblers. Marwede scored three touchdowns, ran for one two-point conversion and caught one two-point conversion. Loyola went to him for a two-point conversion on its final TD, but the pass fell incomplete
“We are trying not to utilize him too much,” Holecek said. “He’s unbelievable. He’s one of the most talented kids I’ve even seen in high school, but we are trying to manage him to keep him healthy.”
In the week leading up to the Oswego East game, Holecek said the coaching staff even tried out Marwede at cornerback in short-yardage situations near the goal line in an effort to prevent Oswego East’s Stephon Harris, a 6-5, 232-pound receiver, from gaining an advantage.
Marwede finished Saturday’s game with eight carries for 64 yards and two receptions for 17 yards. The one pass he threw was intercepted. For the season, Marwede has scored 18 total TDs (12 rushing, 5 receiving, 1 passing).
Loyola senior offensive lineman John Brekke said Marwede is a one-of-kind player.
“We’ve seen some talented players with great athleticism like Brother Rice’s Ricky Smalling, but Jake does things no one else can,” Brekke said. “His ability to get yards after being hit is not anything I’ve ever seen. On Saturday, he carried two players for like two yards. We want to get the ball in his hands as much possible. Good things happen when he’s on the field.”