LAST WEEK: The Lions lost to St. Laurence 28-8 on the road.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Deshaun Appleby, sr., LB, Aamir Holmes, sr., QB, David Moore, sr., WR, Ron Nelson, sr., LB/DL, Rodney White, sr., CB, John Harris, jr., LB, Dachuan Anderson, so., TE
GAME NOTES: Leo president Dan McGrath, a former sports editor at the Chicago Tribune, was kind enough to send me information on the Lions. I won’t bother rearranging his words. … “The Lions (2-4 overall, 0-0 Catholic Red) have been hard-hit by injuries this season and will bring a three-game losing streak into Friday night’s game against the Catholic League powerhouse Loyola Ramblers at the Kroc Center.
Despite missing a game and a half with a hip injury, senior quarterback Aamir Holmes has been the main man for the Lions, completing nearly 50 percent of his passes for 834 yards and four touchdowns, as well as running for 288 yards. Sophomore Darryl Ousley filled in capably in Holmes’ absence, passing for one touchdown and running for another in a season-opening victory at Ottawa.
Senior David Moore is Leo’s leading receiver with 19 catches for 340 yards and three scores. Sophomore tight end Dachaun Anderson has emerged as a receiving threat in recent weeks following his promotion to the varsity, but the loss of junior wide receiver Ke-jon Harris (ankle) has affected the Lions’ passing game.
Lions coach Michael Holmes believed he was well fortified with running backs at the start of the season, but injuries have sidelined Sterling Smith (hip) and Kittreal Stokes (shoulder), leaving the bulk of the ball-carrying to juniors Antoine Wheeler (34 carries, 112 yards) and Cassius Kurns (22 carries, 80 yards).
Junior John Harris and senior Deshaun Appleby have given the Lions’ defense strong play at linebacker, along with senior linebacker/defensive end Ron Nelson and senior cornerback Rodney White.
Leo wrapped victories over Ottawa and Lake Forest Academy around a loss to Nazareth to open the season, but has since dropped three straight to Fenwick, Bishop Mac and St. Laurence. The Lions are playing a lot of underclassmen on both sides of the ball in the hope of gaining experience for the future.”