2014 defensive tackle Enoch Smith Jr. and Mount Carmel High School won the IHSA 8A State Championship this weekend. The Caravan defeated Glenbard North High School, 28-14. Both teams entered the state championship with one loss on the year.
Mount Carmel’s defense played very well in the IHSA State Championship. Glenbard North only scored two touchdowns the entire game and only one of them came from their offense. The Caravan defense also forced the Panthers to throw four interceptions in the game.
With the defense playing so well, the offense for Mount Carmel was able to roll right along.
They got big performances out of senior quarterback Don Butkus (nephew of Dick Butkus) and senior running back Draco Smith.
Butus played even though he was questionable with an injury coming into the game.
Smith boosted the Caraven run game with 120 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
Despite throwing an interception that went for a touchdown in the first quarter, Butkus threw for 33 yards on two completions and one touchdown. He also ran for 59 on ten carries and scored one touchdown.
This state title for Mount Carmel is the 11th title for their coach Frank Lenti. He has led the Caravan to its last 10 championships, but their last state title was in 2002.
Enoch Smith is a four-star recruit. He is ranked 8th in the state of Illinois, 14th in the nation among defensive tackles, and 227th overall by 247Sports. The 6’3″, 270 pound athlete has offers from nine NCAA Division I teams.
Smith’s top team at the moment is Notre Dame, but he visited Illinois on September 22nd.
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