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Prep Bowl LXXII was the best ever!! Listen to it right here - Full Broadcast. Morgan Park and defending champ Brother Rice are this year's combatants.
************************************************************ PUBLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - ROUND 1
(week of October 20-22, 2005)
85TH CHICAGO PUBLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Gately Stadium - November 19
Morgan Park 18, Simeon 14
ANTONIO NELSON [MP] GW 23-YD CATCH WITH :00
THIRD-EVER CPL TITLE FOR MORGAN PARK, 1ST SINCE 2001
82ND CHICAGO CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Gary Little Field - Chicago - November 18
Brother Rice 18, (Oak Park) Fenwick 13
RICE IS FIRST BACK-TO-BACK CATHOLIC LEAGUE POST-SEASON CHAMPION SINCE (WILMETTE) LOYOLA [1995-96]
PREP BOWL LXXII
Soldier Field - Chicago - November 26
Morgan Park 14, Brother Rice 13 [OT]
FIRST OVERTIME GAME IN PREP BOWL HISTORY; FIRST PREP BOWL WIN FOR PUBLIC LEAGUE SINCE 1999; DEMETRIUS JONES [MP] TD RECEPTION,
NAMED CO-MVP WITH QB CHRIS JAMES
The Prep Bowl was started in 1934 by then-Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly as a fundraiser
to help needy kids around Thanksgiving time. As it has always been, the champions of the Chicago Public and Chicago
Catholic High School Football Leagues collide at Soldier Field on the Friday after Thanksgiving. At one time, this event
attracted 125,000 fans, making it the most well-attended event in amateur sports history, even surpassing today's big-college
This event has produced its share of gridiron stars that have made it to the professional
level, the latest being Donovan McNabb of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, who led Mt. Carmel to the 1993 Prep
Bowl title, one of a record 13 for the Caravan. A Super Bowl champion has also been produced from this game, that being
Chicago Vocational defensive back Keena Turner (1974-76), who played with the San Francisco 49ers during
their championship runs in th 1980s.
With the advent of the Illinois state football playoffs, attendance had dwindled
down sharply, almost making the Prep Bowl a booby prize for those who participated in the event. The new Soldier Field
is now open, interest in this game has been rekindled and the crowds it once enjoyed have returned, if only at a fraction
of its golden heyday.
In the News
In a meeting held at the offices of the Illinois High School Association in February of 2003, an amemndment to the bylaws
regarding participation in the Prep Bowl indicated the parameters of schools that were eligible. Primarily, all Chicago
Public Schools and Chicago-based Catholic schools are eligible to participate. Three schools outside of Chicago were
also included in this amendment due to their 'historic' affiliation with the Chicago Catholic League: [Burbank] St. Laurence,
[Oak Park] Fenwick, and [Wilmette] Loyola. All three schools are former Prep Bowl champions. A last minute amendment
on October 14, 2003, allowed (River Grove) Holy Cross into the Prep Bowl playoffs. Holy Cross - now known as Guerin
Prep after combining with the former Mother Guerin High School before the 2004 football season - is an original member of
the East Suburban Catholic Conference and is in its third season as a member of the CCL.
Prep Bowl Trivia
It's Trivia Time again. Brand new questions for this season [and now with answers]. Here we go....
1] What former Prep Bowl champion boasts of an alumnus who has four Super Bowl rings? That would be 1976 champion Chicago
Vocational, whose star defensive back Keena Turner went on to win four Super Bowl rings with San Francisco
2] Give the scores of the Prep Bowls that ended the first era of Soldier Field and started the new era of Soldier Field.
The 2001 Prep Bowl at old Soldier Field was Mt Carmel 50, Morgan Park 0; the 2003 Prep Bowl at new Soldier Field was Loyola
22, Simeon 14
3] What Prep Bowl MVP is the latest to make an NFL roster? 1999 Prep Bowl MVP Kelvyn Hayden of Hubbard made the Indianapolis
Colts roster as a special teams player and third-string defensive back.
4] What coach has made the most appearances without winning the Prep Bowl? The unlucky award here goes to Chicago Vocational's
Bernie O'Brien, who made the big dance eight times but didn't come away with the Mayor's Trophy.