The Chicago Tribune’s Mike Helfgot aptly analogized senior Jake Marwede’s legendary performance in Friday’s 48-37 win over Brother Rice in Chicago.

Generally, he wrote, the winning team on the playground has the biggest and baddest player. While the Crusaders have several gifted playmakers, including senior receiver and University of Illinois recruit Ricky Smalling, the Ramblers countered with the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Marwede.

Simply put, Marwede imposed his will on Brother Rice’s defense, and the Crusaders could do nothing to stop him. From his Wildcat quarterback position, he scored a career-high five rushing touchdowns, four of them coming in the second half when everybody in the stadium knew he was getting the ball.

“Jake is special,” Loyola senior center Paddy Kotowski said. “He makes our job so easy, especially on the goal line. He’s practically unstoppable, running through kids, getting three, four yards after contact. He’s a beast.”

Marwede, a receiver who has verbally committed to Duke, finished with 91 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 26 yards. He also completed his only pass for 21 yards. On the season, he has 29 catches for 408 yards and five TDs, 181 yards on 36 carries and nine TDs on the ground and has gone 2-for-2 for 98 yards and one TD through the air.

This week, Marwede earned the Catholic Blue’s Lawless Award, which goes to the league’s most outstanding player.

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