Simeon alumni, parents sue IHSA over ‘blatant cheating’ in loss to Nazareth

Simeon's Alante Brown (3) throws a pass. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.
Simeon's Alante Brown (3) throws a pass. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

The Simeon Alumni Association and parents of players on the Simeon football team filed a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday.

The complaint alleges that Richard Mercado, an IHSA football official and the parent of a Nazareth football player, influenced officials at the state playoff game between Simeon and Nazareth on Nov. 10.

The Roadrunners won 34-27. There were several controversial calls in the game and a confusing sequence at the very end. Simeon was deep in Nazareth territory trying to line up for one last play, but a Nazareth player and an official fumbled the ball around as time expired.

According to the suit Mercado was standing on the sideline dressed as an official and spoke to the game officials before and during the game.

A photo from the lawsuit that points on Richard Mercado.

A photo from the lawsuit that points out Richard Mercado.

“Mercado was on the Nazareth sideline talking to referees during the game and telling them what calls to make,” Shay Allen, an attorney for the Simeon Alumni Association and parents, said. “The calls cost Simeon the game. After the game Mercado was trolling the Simeon players on social media, making comments saying ‘I did that to you.’”

One of Mercado's Facebook posts cited in the lawsuit.

One of Mercado’s Facebook posts cited in the lawsuit.

Allen says that Simeon filed a complaint with the IHSA but that nothing was done.

“It was blatant cheating,” Allen said.

The suit requests that the IHSA vacate Nazareth’s win and that the IHSA permanently refrains from employing Mecardo and the crew that worked the game.

Nazareth beat Batavia this past weekend in the Class 7A state semifinals. The Roadrunners will face St. Charles North in the state championship game at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Champaign.

Nazareth coach Tim Racki had no comment on the lawsuit. The IHSA is expected to make a statement tomorrow.

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105 comments

  • DJD

    I have read all of the comments and have a lot to say. First, that official had no influence in the game. I work as an official, in multiple sports, and I can tell you that I have been on the sidelines for many games, and being an official, we talk to each other on the sidelines, but not during the game. I personally have watched that game and during the game the officials were focused on the game and never talked to anyone one outside the field. Also, the man in question, is rated as an X, and the officials on the game are all level C. Officials are all rated on a lot of criteria that includes clinics attended and are also rated for each varsity game they work. You will not get a new crew working in the playoffs. If anyone thinks that they can do better, I would like to see you out there, WE NEED OFFICIALS.
    The IHSA does not receive money from your taxes, so that comment made me laugh. And all the people saying the IHSA should fire the officials. Officials are independent contractors, not employed by the IHSA, and only assigned by the IHSA for playoff games, and not regular season games. When it comes to varsity, officials work in crews, the same guys work on that crew every night. These guys did a great job on this game.
    Also, fans along with many coaches do not know the rules, and they think that NFL rules are the same as Friday nights. This was a well-played game by both teams, only one team can win and one will lose.
    If you look at the last few plays of the game, we had the Simeon player step out of bounds at the 2 yard line….well he was out of bounds before he hit the pylon, so he is out at the 2. Some say that he was not out of bounds, which is your opinion. BUT, if that is true, and you watch the play, it looks like he was fumbling the ball when he stretched out. If a fumble hits the pylon…it is a TOUCHBACK, not a touchdown so Nazareth would have had the ball at the 20. YES, I have watched that play over and over, and yes it was a fumble.
    If we look at the last play of the game, I have to ask myself a question. Why didn’t the Simeon player hand the ball to the official so he could get the ball set? Why were they not in a hurry to spike the ball to stop the clock? Those are two questions that come to mind. Watch the game, they were not in a hurry up to spike the ball. Why did the not conserve a timeout in a close game, they could have used it in this situation, YES they were out of timeouts. Then for the coach to run out onto the field and get in the face of the official and then follow him off the field.
    It was a good season for all the teams this year, some teams win and some lose, and that is the fun of high school sports. Go out and enjoy the game, have fun watching your team, and enjoy life.

    • jgm

      Thank you for your EDUCATED explanation. And yes, seen coaches on the hardwood do the same thing, get in face when they fail. Fans also. Boy, I want to work those games.

    • David

      I agree… I was at the game. I was on the sideline, near the goal line. It was not a touchdown. The QB was out of bounds at the 2 yard line. The following plays did not produce any positive yards. In fact, it appeared Simeon FUMBLED the ball. Please DO NOT play the race card here! The refees were black and white…. Check the photo! The male, that is question, did have a referees jacket on. However, look at the tape of the game…. The original sideline judge was hit by players running out of bounce and was injured. The acting officials were looking for a replacement. These are facts from the game. What I see here is some sour alumni and a greedy lawyer that has made a living suing the City of Chicago, Govener elect JB Pritzker, and other high profile targets. The Pritzker case was filed 10/16/2018, by the same lawyer. It was a great game and Simeon lost because of poor clock management. NOT SOME GUY ON THE SIDELINE! You will see the text messages are fake…. Not sent by who the medics claims.

  • Bob Smith

    I have read all of the comments and have a lot to say. First, that official had no influence in the game. I work as an official, in multiple sports, and I can tell you that I have been on the sidelines for many games, and being an official, we talk to each other on the sidelines, but not during the game. I personally have watched that game and during the game the officials were focused on the game and never talked to anyone one outside the field. Also, the man in question, is rated as an X, and the officials on the game are all level C. Officials are all rated on a lot of criteria that includes clinics attended and are also rated for each varsity game they work. You will not get a new crew working in the playoffs. If anyone thinks that they can do better, I would like to see you out there, WE NEED OFFICIALS.
    The IHSA does not receive money from your taxes, so that comment made me laugh. And all the people saying the IHSA should fire the officials. Officials are independent contractors, not employed by the IHSA, and only assigned by the IHSA for playoff games, and not regular season games. When it comes to varsity, officials work in crews, the same guys work on that crew every night. These guys did a great job on this game.
    Also, fans along with many coaches do not know the rules, and they think that NFL rules are the same as Friday nights. This was a well-played game by both teams, only one team can win and one will lose.
    If you look at the last few plays of the game, we had the Simeon player step out of bounds at the 2 yard line….well he was out of bounds before he hit the pylon, so he is out at the 2. Some say that he was not out of bounds, which is your opinion. BUT, if that is true, and you watch the play, it looks like he was fumbling the ball when he stretched out. If a fumble hits the pylon…it is a TOUCHBACK, not a touchdown so Nazareth would have had the ball at the 20. YES, I have watched that play over and over, and yes it was a fumble.
    If we look at the last play of the game, I have to ask myself a question. Why didn’t the Simeon player hand the ball to the official so he could get the ball set? Why were they not in a hurry to spike the ball to stop the clock? Those are two questions that come to mind. Watch the game, they were not in a hurry up to spike the ball. Why did the not conserve a timeout in a close game, they could have used it in this situation, YES they were out of timeouts. Then for the coach to run out onto the field and get in the face of the official and then follow him off the field.
    It was a good season for all the teams this year, some teams win and some lose, and that is the fun of high school sports. Go out and enjoy the game, have fun watching your team, and enjoy life.

  • Youthfootballcoach

    The one glaring question that no one seems to be asking…is why the Nazareth head coach and other staff didn’t notice the “parent” stalking the sidelines, interacting with the referees and basically acting like a buffoon. I feel as though the Nazareth staff has some explaining to do. What shame and then said parent trolling social media?

  • reason

    OK been reading these posts for 2 days and they are comical.Let’s deal with the facts.If the kid clearly gets in the end zone Simeon wins and there is no discussion but since he doesn’t there is now a conspiracy.Both teams are aware of the crew before the game starts.If nobody checks things out it’s there fault.I have no problem with the balance of teams in the finals. There might be an actual reason that the public schools lost because they were not as good. Do you hear any grumblings from Lincoln-Way East who were the defending class 8A champs who lost to Loyola complaining about a conspiracy.I also agree that the public league in basketball goes to ANY measure to get players. Nobody has brought up the kid from Peoria who ends up in Morgan Park is this just by chance??? Quit complaining the best thing that will come out of this is now Simeon can concentrate on basketball,wait till the end of the season .see how they end up then go out and rape other school talent.

  • IHSA FB Fan

    Almost 100% of the blame for this issue goes back to one individual: Richard Mercado. This person is an adult, a member of a demographic group that is supposed to be able to rationalize before making decisions. Putting his situation in a logical format: “(1) I am an IHSA official + (2) I am involved with Nazareth Academy football through my son who plays on the team = (3) It’s a bad idea for me to be on the sideline of this game, one for which I have not been assigned any duties.” (Oh, it’s also probably a terrible idea to make snide comments on Facebook after the game when I’m under scrutiny…) Honestly, Mercado, wise up and grow up. I am a former student of and player for Nazareth football and this disgusts me.

    And then, yes, another chunk of the blame certainly goes on the IHSA, but mostly for failing to hold their referees to a higher standard. Quite frankly, a ref running around the field with high school athletes (especially in the elite, quarterfinal playoff rounds) should not be in poor physical condition. I was at this game and remember watching a referee trying so unbelievably hard to bend over and gain control of a ball that was literally right beneath him. Football is an athletic, fast paced sport and physically incapable refs simply won’t suffice. To boot, how can a referee make an accurate call if they’re not able to get themselves in a sufficient location to see exactly what’s going on?

    Now, I truly do my best to always view things as rationally as I can (in case the logic toward the top didn’t imply that enough…), and I do not think that the referees favored Nazareth at all. If they were to be commended for anything in this game, you might give them some credit for not being swayed by the presence of Mercado on the sidelines. Really, all I remember thinking to myself over and over throughout the game was that the referees were just incompetent in general. Bad calls were made both ways, just like every football game that has ever been played. That being said, no referee will ever decide a game, and this a common belief that (like all football players) was preached to me by every coach I ever had, grade school through college. So, here we are left with the initial problem: a grown adult failed miserably to assess his situation and made a very poor decision that has cast a bad light on his son’s team and school. Selfish.

    Props to the both Simeon and Nazareth football. Following that game, it was plain to see that they are both spectacular programs. Not to mention, they take the high ground and have respect for each other:
    https://www.suntimeshighschoolsports.com/2018/11/19/simeon-nazareth-ihsa-lawsuit/

  • Neutral Observer

    Mercado should not have been allowed to be on the sideline. He was an idiot for posting what he did on Facebook and should have his license permanently revoked. With that being said, I have seen no proof that the officials assigned to that game did anything wrong. I see some judgement calls that are just that, judgement. There is nothing to indicate that these officials deliberately did anything against any team or individual. Parents should be setting good examples for their children, some Simeon parents are not. There is a solution. Get rid of all of those officials, which means getting rid of high school sports. Then kids can go to school for the reason they should be there in the first place, to learn.

  • Simeon Parent

    Everyone has their own idea of what shouldve been done. Interesting! Everyone thinks there was another way to handle this! Interesting! I will just say we did our due diligence with IHSA prior to this suit. And at best you get We are sorry. So that next year or years after, the same things are allowed. Admission and implying that an official tainted the game. He goes on FB and Inappropriately talks to our player. So all these armchair discussions are interesting but when you walk in our shoes, the song would be different.

    • jgm

      Here is an idea. Instead of complaining about something that happen when they first kicked a ball off many many moons ago or tipped off in Kansas, ask IHSA for an application to become an official. Walk in their shoes for a day. Everyone has the answers, with about 10% truly knowing rules and procedure, and do something about it. Bad calls, ya, it happens( if one occurred).Tough break!. I was at a different game and was not one of the 30,000 that attend Simeon/Naz game sitting with all 30,000 at the goal line. Let karma work its magic, all i can tell you. Tip my hat to the players. Job well done. Think we should concentrate on the bigger issues of the day. Its a game.

      • Simeon Parent

        Unfortunately you missed the point. If we don’t hold IHSA to the degree of integrity that they are trying to display, what message being learned. IHSA has a responsibility to make rules are upheld. And if the game was impacted, or not. Reasonable doubt exist when you make statements eluding cheating. Not an arguement just facts. My son will learn when situations in life challenge him, you can sometime accept those times as experiences and move on. When those challenges have an innate likelihood of repeating themselves then more thought to how it must handled must be given.

        This wouldve happened again and again. thanks for listening.

    • CCLAlum08

      typically of people who send there kids to Chicago. public school

  • M&M

    But… he’s not wearing an official’s uniform

  • Chest

    I honestly agree with Simeon, the last several minutes of that game were disgusting. Unfortunately there are no replays is the hs game so best they can hope for is civil damage down the road. With that being said it’s nice to see a public league team play well only to get robbed on nonsense. Furthermore, a solid state champ contender was robbed a man who is to be assumed as a(n) official, father of a Naz player, and complete scumbag. Simeon Carmel would have been the shit.

    • jgm

      Civil damage?!!!??! Comical beyond belief! Take care of business on the field so that outer influences don’t affect. Next thing we will hear is that the refs blocked for Nazareth. Great season Simeon, build on your success. Thanks to the players great efforts, Simeon will be known on the hardwood as well as the gridion. Great year. .

    • JW

      There are plenty of replays. If you watch you will see with under a minute left, Nazareth had consecutive penalties called against them inside their own 30, that resulted in Simeon first downs. The referees are nowhere near the person in question. If the officiating crew is against Simeon, why would that happen?

  • M.D.

    As if recruiting by the private schools isn’t enough…now, this?!?! Perhaps this should also reignite the public vs private debate!! Why…because something just doesn’t seem right to have 7 of the 10 IHSA football state finalists (when combining finalists from 4a, 5a, 6a, 7a & 8a) coming from private schools (that recruit)! Shouldn’t they have their own league and have the public schools play separately in the playoffs (similar to other powerhouse football states like TX, or smaller state like NJ)? Let’s keep the game pure with a level playing field on all accounts!!

    • CCLAlum08

      give me a break

    • CClAlum08

      one should talk cough cough basketball

    • jgm

      Oh, come on. We separate and they we will hear about other injustices, “they get more funding, they get better refs…..” Believe in basketball, CPS champ was guarenteed spot in final four every year. Complaints came in, “we would have all four spots if we were included”… Cant win. Sure wish this was only issues in our daily lives. 7 of 10, well yes, better funding and alumni key to that success. Lets not make a “possible” bad call into more than it was. My children play HS sports, seen a million games, crappy calls in every game. But you know what, generally evens out by final whistle. Want to guarentee victory, put the pedal to the metal and don’t let outside source dictate outcome. I never had a problem with teams running it up. Take care all.

      • SG

        What does the Catholic/Public debate have to do with this situation? You are trying to insert a different argument here and divert attention to the real issue.
        This behavior cannot be tolerated and needs to be dealt with stronger than a slap on the wrist. You have a whole team of students that are potentially forever robbed of their chance. It will stay with them forever. And Naz’s kids who really are not at fault here will forever have their win tainted. Sad for all around

    • kevin carmody

      Simeon is not a neighborhood HS and recruits all over the city, so how is this different from what the private school? Actually it is easier as there is no sit out year so they can still recruit a kid after they have entered HS. Transfer from Simeon to a Catholic school and there is a mandatory one year of intelligibility. Transfer from Fenwick to WY you play that season. The catholic schools also have to play up in the IHSA championship. Nazareth has a total enrollment of around 800 kids and were bumped up to 7A. Why was Simeon even in 7A as they are an 8A size school that also has the ability to recruit players from all over the city? The comment you made is not based in any sort of reality.

  • Shawn Lazier

    Young Championship men overcoming unbelievable situations and obstacles treated as second class Citizens in affluent LaGrange Park. It’s more than Just a Game when this happens. Where was the Home school administration and the governing IHSA? It’s the IHSA Tournament!

  • Paul

    No skin in the game. Just need a rule everyone not a part of the game has to be elsewhere in the stands. Period-no exceptions. Maine south got into a beef in Champaign when they had 20 dads on the sidelines years ago. The ‘interfering dad-ref’ should not be allowed to attend the championship.

  • Lapsed catholic

    If a Simeon dad had done what the Naz dad did, there probably be 20 lawsuits already, with news coverage on Fox News. 😆

  • justmyopinion

    I hope this is not the case. Yet, recognize that the IHSA will NEVER admit wrongdoing by an official as it would open a flood-gate of suits that would dissolve the very network we enjoy/hate.

    • William Cunningham

      Anything or Anyone who may diminish the opportunity of a hard working student athletes should be investigated. Period. Football is game of honor. Roll out technology to assist officials. Why can’t we use Soldier Field as a neutral playoff site?

  • Odins Eye

    HF vs Loyola@Loyola
    LWE vs Loyola@Loyola
    Check game film!!
    Thou shalt see the light!

  • Paul

    The Boogeyman is out and about

  • Paul

    I’m still wondering how Andre Casey ended up at Simeon when he played junior high ball in Oak Forest? Very interesting. I see his parents really care about his education.

    • Wscfantoo

      Same as Beard attending Young while playing jr hi ball in Broadview…they clearly (cough…cough) moved into Chicago.

  • Paul

    Go grab a tissue.More victim blaming. Typical cry babies. The boogeyman is coming

  • Ace

    The Courts should never get involved in a high school game’s outcome.Let the IHSA rule on the protest. It’s only a game, people. Most calls are quite subjective.

  • GK

    The misguided focus in most of these comments is on the two schools involved, or in a debate of Catholic vs. Public, etc. That’s all silly chatter. I see this not as a school-related issue, but as yet another IHSA failure. Regardless of the validity of these accusations, the sad and staggering FACT is that the IHSA has now been sued by its own member schools *twice* within two calendar years for alleged gross ineptness in the guardianship of IL high school athletics, a role which is their sole function. We, the IL taxpayers fund this group, whose employees have pensions and salaries and benefits. And yes, and we all pay for their legal fees, too. After the fact, the IHSA admitted making mistakes in the November 2016 Fenwick case, but the actual game result was not reversed, nor did most people realistically expect it to be. The kids paid the price of the adults’ incompetence and the governing body’s lack of taking responsibility. That case was not about sore losers, it was about holding the IHSA responsible for their own actions (or lack thereof), to which we all discovered that, alas, they do not answer to anyone but themselves. That is unsettling, at best. If the Simeon allegations actually prove to have any merit, what will the IHSA do? I have little faith in the answer being anything more than them covering their own rear-end.

    • ESCC

      In this case the IHSA is not being sued by their member Simeon, but by a group of parents and the school’s Alumni Association.

      I’m not defending IHSA, they have their problems.

    • BigOrange

      The IHSA is NOT funded by one cent of taxpayer dollars. Get your facts straight.

    • Junebug

      You are an idiot. Why don’t you look up what the IHSA is. This association is not funded by taxpayers, so go ahead and take your seat now and put your head down

  • concerned fan

    1996 Thornton at Lincoln-Way. Thornton had 2 td’s called back on holding calls. However flag wasn’t thrown until we;ll after both scores. both td’s were of 80 plus yard runs.alleged holding was at line of scrimmage. The argument could be made that there was racial component to this. I always thought that it was all dollars and cents as LW would bring a tremendous crowd to Champaign. Thornton not so much.

  • Thornton Alumni

    The IHSA if I’m not mistaking was investigating the crew some years ago when E.St Louis played at Glenbard West. E.St. Louis won a very close one-sided officiated game. I stood next to three Suburban coaches two of whom had been beaten by both teams, that said this games officiating is so one-sided that it’s ridiculous. E.St. Louis went on to win state the next week and in the state championship game against Geneva a kid for E. St. Louis made a perfectly legal crack back block within the rules and was flagged for personal foul unnecessary roughness ( no helmet to helmet in the chest) the kid was 3 yards from the runner when the block happens to spring the other kid for a touchdown.

  • DRE

    The “extra ref” did influence the game. I was wondering if he had a legitimate role as a ref or was an extra ref in case one of the others needed to leave the game for whatever legitimate reason. He was giving input to the refs calling the game. I was trying to focus on the game and found myself continuing to pay attention to this unfortunate situation. It is not a good look for the youth on both sides. One side knows they are being cheated and the other side knows they are getting away with cheating the other side. The fact that all inner-city schools lost on the same day reminds me of when we knew as youth playing sports when the fix was in. SAD TO SAY BUT SOME THINGS ARE NEVER GOING TO CHANGE BECAUSE BULLIES DIE BULLIES.

  • Ray Forestor

    Get over it, you lost a great game. Time to teach tour students how to accept defeat by a better team with class instead of whining. Time for the alumni to grow up as well! Great example of poor sportsmanship they are showing the student at Simeon.

    • TChavarin

      Are you serious, get over it? The alumnae doesn’t have the problem. Why did the parent do what he did, to help make sure they won, because even he knew maybe Naz was going to have a hard time. No reason to cheat, fair is fair play the game. I am a Naz alumnae and its shameful that this happened.

  • High School Fan

    Have never been a fan of non-boundary schools and schools that thrive on transfer athletes, whether in football or basketball. So, could care less what happens with these two schools/teams. Wasn’t interested in them before, but this sure makes it more interesting to read about. Thanks for the circus!

    • Baxter Stewart

      I talked to Sam Knox of the IHSA, that Monday, so he was fully aware of the situation even Simeon’s extra point try.

  • JW

    This was a great football game. One of the best I have seen in many years. Lots of blown calls against both teams. The Simeon QB was phenomenal , and there top receiver made catches you don’t see often TV on Sundays. A back and forth battle with both sides answering all game long.
    Unfortunately now the story line will revolve around some people who had nothing to do with took place on the field.

  • Mshark

    Wonder if the fact of the additions to catholic league has anything to do with this series of unfortunate events. Enrollment is down at all catholic schools, which means less football players.So ,last ditch efforts to attract talent back to catholic schools by playing in top conference in state .competition wise,but just in case we will make sure .

    • jgm

      Guess they had enough that weekend. You should see the calls WY and Simeon get on the hardwood. Just play, root for your team and be classy. Great year Simeon, competed well.

  • fakenews

    Have not heard anything yet, but maybe Batavia’s complaint is being filed today as well. No wait, they are handling their defeat after a great season with class. STOP playing the victims. Great all around game by both teams. Hope Naz goes on to win State. I assure you they will not let these baseless accusation take away from their great season. If they lose I am POSITIVE they will hold their heads up high and congratulate the winner. Difference between both is that Simeon was a great team this year…..NAZ is a great program. The significance of this is they were able to keep calm while going down 14-0. Simeon lost their composure during the last possession on the goal line. Naz coach would have been better prepared for that situation. Not taking anything away from Simeon coach, just a fact.

  • Carla

    Naz and Simeon are both great teams with amazing fan bases. It was a hell of a game and unfortunately, one team had to lose. And let’s all just admit that there are three sides to every story. The point of all of this is that the local media needs to throughly investigate a story and share all angles before publishing or broadcasting. By not doing so, they hurt two groups of hard working young men and take away from everything both teams have accomplished this season.

  • Mark

    This lawsuit will be thrown out. But no cheater has ever entered the kingdom of Heaven.

  • Kate

    Jesus

    I was at the game the calls were fine every team gets call they think are bad ! Sore losers !! Nazerath is playing good football it’s horrible that the parents are causing these issues ! Naz went on to beat Batavia as well and a lot of calls were not in nazerath favor !! The better team won the game !! Any given Sunday ! Let these boys play out their dreams with out negative angry parents ruining it for them ! Grow up you should be ashamed of yourself !!!!

    • Steve

      True but if that official did post that on FB that he influenced the game and did what he had to do to get a NAZ win, he needs to be fired even if he didnt have any influence over the game. It is just a bad look.

      • Kevin

        Alledgedy posted as the last names are pulled differently. Mercado was the Naz parent the Facebook posts are from a Richard MercaRdo. There seems to be someone who created a fake account and made those posts. As they could not even spell his last name correct I am sure it will be easy to trace down who created the fake Facebook account. My question is how the Suntimes editors missed such an obvious difference?

        • cas

          That a way Kevin I noticed that what was in the article. Just like E-Mails you get claiming someone said some thing but when you look about about is was aletter written like 10 years ago that someone doctors like another person said this.

  • Observer

    Folks should watch the last minute of this game. 2 penalties called on Nazareth that advanced Simeon close to the goal line. Can’t tell, but within a minute Simeon might have fumbled. Last play of the game with 20.5 seconds left Simeon gets stuffed for a loss, then the ref puts the ball on the ground (it looks like it might a have taken a second or two longer that it should have), but Simeon did not take any action, their team looked unorganized and not prepared to spike the ball. The first time I watched the game live, I could not believe Simeon did not spike the ball. We’ve got tapes of this game on NFHS network and hudl, the game should be reviewed for the facts. Also, the Facebook post looks suspicious. Don’t want to take anything away from Simeon – they are a great team!

    • Black Panther

      Why are we talking about the two yard line when the Quarterback (Alante Brown) scored a touchdown. Hit the pile on and stayed in bounds. Guess what the refs said🤔 can Anybody tell me? Foh

  • Simeon

    I am a simeon coach and we set all this up to discredit Nazareth & because they have such a good football team we had to prepare for the worst 😭😭😭😭😭

    • jgm

      Let it go. Naz proved their mettle by beating defending champs in 7A this past weekend. If Naz wins, you guys can say you hung with the champs. Carry heads high, don’t be chumps.Every single game, no matter what sport, can have that irresponsible headline. File lawsuit, unbelievable!!!!!

  • Carla

    Did anyone notice that his name is Richard Mercado and the Facebook page that keeps being passed around by Simeon parents and is used in the lawsuit has “Mercardo”? Why would he spell his name wrong on his own Facebook page? And what referee risks his job by arguing back and forth with a minor on social media? And what high schooler uses Facebook these days? Should he have been on the sideline – no. High school football teams need to start to limit who is on the sidelines in general. But this whole “Facebook” exchange seems pretty fishy. Also, there are so many “doctored” versions of the “could have been touchdown” floating out there it is hard to tell what really happened. What about the fumble that was called in their favor right before? Calls went both ways the entire game. Football is an imperfect game. As parents we need to really think about the real reasons our kids are playing high school sports. It isn’t about winning and playing pro. It is about learning the bigger lessons in life – hard work, team building, integrity and moving forward when things don’t go your way. I think the Chicago news stations should have investigated more before posting all the details they included in this story.

    • CPS

      Clara I wish your principles were true be this game and over witnessing this kind of behavior for over 30 years it’s sadly not, I saw the guy with a ref outfit moving up and down the sideline and didn’t understand why, it was pointed out to me but I didn’t play it to much attention cause I was like “ they can’t be that bold could they??” If he’s that childish to do that,than yes I can see him going back and forth with students on Facebook, this isn’t a isolated incident, you’re looking at it from the Naz suburban bubble, start going to CPS vs catholic and suburban schools your views will be different, you’ll say “WOW I Didn’t know “ this just bring things to LIGHT.

      • JW

        Just to clarify, “the guy with a ref outfit moving up and down the sideline” is not the individual in question.

  • Go MC

    That is a shame Simeon is a great football program and what Nazareth did is BS. They should penalized for next season or even the Championship game I hope they lose.Go Simeon.

  • CPS

    I’ve been going to CPS football games for over 30 years and played, I attended this game also, I’ve seen refs cheat and lie for catholic and suburban schools all the time but this one took the cake, buy the phantom Simeon’s missed point for the tie late in the game to letting a Naz player smack the ball out of the Simeon’s center hand at the end of the game to run the clock out. The only surprising thing is they only called one touchdown back for holding they’re usual good for at least two depending on how big the game is. Someone pointed the phony cheat out to me but I didn’t believe it until the guy is so proud of himself he brags on Facebook and takes credit for the cheating victory WOW, these are kids their cheating, I’m happy the name of the cheat became public and hope he gets fired and possible jail time, lots of layers to this economics and race are factors like me Thornton friend expressed, we need our Mayor and politicians to get involved and stand up for us but they never do so that’s why they have the courage to these things to our community.

    • CClAlum08

      Hey Simeon alumni ask how Fenwick did 2 years Ago accept the defeat and moved on.And it not like u guys don’t cheat in basketball every year anyway

  • Black Panther

    Nazareth football players know they didn’t win that game fairly! The refs planned on saying “No good” on that extra point before Simeon even kicked it. 15 points were taken away from Simeon. Whenever you guys look at footage of this game, you will see Nazareth attempted passes hitting the ground first several times but called a completed catch. The parent aka ReF probably told Nazareth QB to throw the ball by any receiver and it will be called a catch regardless if it’s good or not. CHEATERS!!!

    • Shelton

      You must be a fan of infowars because your comments up and down this story are beyond ridiculous.

      • Black Panther

        Breaking News!!!!!!!! The officiating crew cheated Simeon and thought they could get away with it. NOT TODAY!!! Without any interference the score should have been Simeon 42 Nazareth 19

        • CCLALUM08

          You people in the Chicago public league cry way to much get over yourself

          • Black Panther

            Watch your mouth bro, “You People” I doubt if you talk in that manner face to face. So just Be cool bro!!

    • junebug

      yawn! SIT DOWN dummy!

  • Frank

    I cant believe what I’m reading here! I was there waiting on the next game to be played however I WATCHED the whole game I’m not someone who’s just chiming in because of the half sided rumors that’s being put out & to be honest it was MORE calls on NAZARETH then SIMEON! I guess when it was 14-0 the REFS we’re doing a great job?! I think this is a classless attempt & it disrespect BOTH teams hard work! I’m glad NAZARETH isn’t stooping down to comment on this I applaud you all because I know for a fact the refs took away one of NAZARETHS touchdowns I know for a fact a NAZARETH player recovered a fumble that would’ve ENDED the game but the refs took that away & if there was cheating in the works I’m pretty sure it would’ve made it a whole lot easier to let the fumble stand GAME OVER NAZ WINS! Like c’mon really people?! The fact is NAZARETH won the game they came out slow SIMEON showed them early they wanted the win & I started counting NAZARETH out but they came back with 21 UNANSWERED POINTS?! They obviously wanted it too! PLEASE STOP BANDAGING A PAINFUL LOSS WITH LIES IT WATERS DOWN THE WOLVERINES HARD WORK! & to those who are just tuning in to this PLEASE watch the whole game this is nonsense the kid that they KEEP showing by the pylon (1sided view) was out of bounds from the OTHER SIDE! The kid who so called PUNCHED the ball from the REF really raised his hand and the ball bobbled around the SIMEON players hands before it was handed to the ref…& do you really think the ref would openly admit to cheating on they’re page if he really did? sounds like trash talking but whatever smh I MEAN C’MON PEOPLE! ANYWAY GREAT GAME TO BOTH TEAMS!

    • Black Panther

      Frank actually known as The Ref, Simeon was beating on them boys. We all know how they scored 3 unanswered touchdowns. It’s simple They were playing bounce ball something I have never seen. (Football and Basketball mix) Man you’re so f#@$ing delusional. Just stop!! Simeon would’ve won that game if the refs weren’t influenced by The Parent aka ReF. Maybe a little money was involved who knows.

      • Black Panther

        If Nazareth would have won fair and square this post would not even exist. We would give Nazareth credit, great game etc. But that’s not the case, bottom line Simeon was cheated.

        • Frank

          Ok I am done here this really sounds like a bitter bunch of sore loser conversations now smh your just trying to come up with ANYTHING you could possibly think of! Just a terrible sportsmanship ridiculous.

          • Black Panther

            I’m glad you’re done, didn’t need your comment anyway. You were standing on the North side of the field outside the gate. So, Ray Charles you have a nice day!!

          • Wisdom from the West

            Before I get into my response to this matter allow me to introduce myself: I am an African-American male who has been on this planet for more than half a century, born in the city of Chicago, grew up in a very progressive and diverse west urban/suburban area and chose to raise my children in the suburbs for many reasons.

            Interesting perspectives have been offered in this situation. What is and has been consistently alarming to me at many high school football and basketball games I’ve attended (where I have no horse in the race), some of the refs in the crew appear to apply subjectivity to how and with whom rules are enforced. I have attended games in which the refs called an off-side penalty on a kick off, penalized the home team for the half-time show going overtime, and hit with unnecessary roughness for hitting their opponent too hard. This penalized school happens to be a team from a progressive suburb (hint: i.e., America to Me…). I thought to myself…that off-side call will need to be made on every kickoff on both sides, because I have never “not” seen this violation of the rules occur. To my dismay, the call was never made again throughout that game. I witnessed a delay of game penalty called against a defending team for throwing the ball out of bounds, thus ending the game because the clock expired before the refs could place the ball…nevertheless the refs ended the game without penalizing the defending team by making them play out that final play and yes…the offensive team was very close to the goal line and if given the additional time, would have probably scored and win the game…we will never know. Switch to the basketball court…I have observed offensive charges being called against one team, but when the exact same type of incident occurred on the team which was predominantly of a darker complexion was given a personal foul.

            These improprieties are not uncommon occurrences and when it is pointed out…the person or group reporting the problem are accused of being poor sports. People have mentioned in this blog the importance of teaching children how to manage perceived injustices. I would submit to all concerned, the Simeon supporters appear to be doing exactly what needs to be done when there are alleged discriminatory and unfair PRIVILEGES interfering with ones ability to progress.

            I believe bringing the problem to the light takes it out of it’s dark hiding place and we no longer have to play this absurd game of hide and go seek. No pun intended…the un-leveled playing field is not just in high school sports, it is consistent with what they will see in the job force, law enforcement, etc. To suggest the victim shut up and be a “good loser” is as much a part of the problem as the problem of discrimination and privilege itself. I could go on, but I think my point has been made clear. Fight right for your Rights and Privileges!!!!

        • CCLAlum08

          You Chicago public league people are unbelievable

        • CCLAlum08

          Give it a rest simeon cheats in basketball every year pal

    • CCLAlum08

      well said

  • William

    This is the school who gets great basketball players all the time-how do they end up at Simeon??-and who’s basketball coach in the 80’s was quoted in the paper as saying I don’t care what the IHSA rules are/or what the IHSA says.

  • Ghost of Virgil Livers testicle

    If the IHSA admitted it was wrong a few years ago and screwed Fenwick ago . That was a cut and dried case . If the guy posted stuff on social media about it someone should look into it.

  • Roger E Kohler

    His son must really be proud that Daddy had to cheat to help him win what a memory to hold on to ,when he has kids he can tell them how their grandpa had his friends cheat so he could say he was a good player on a good team go loser.

    • JGM

      Yes, just as bad as parents not liking an outcome and telling their children it was unjust. Professional refs make bad calls all the time. Part of the game.

  • Thornton Wildcat Forever

    Thornton H.S in 1989 made it to the state finals and lost to E.St. Louis. 55-8. One of the coaches of that Thornton team told me later some IHSA folks in Bloomington said this was the worst gate for a state championship football game they had ever had. The next year Thornton made it again and beat DGN in the championship. DGN brought a very large crowd stayed in Bloomington overnight etc. IHSA made money. I saw a crew a couple years ago call three touchdowns back when E St. Louis played Willowbrook two of the phantom calls the officials gave a number that wasn’t even on the field. E.St Louis went on to score over 60 pts that game and won the state championship to weeks later. They were that dominate. Many people think stuff like this happens because of race and that might be true but I think it’s more economics. In Simeon’s case Naz has a big alumni and fan base that will come down next weekend spend money in hotels stay over night and spend money in Champaign. Schools like Simeon , E.St Louis in 7A and 8A will have a hand full of fan’s stay overnight and the rest will drive down and come right back. Champaign or NIU (whomever is hosting) doesn’t make money. In the lower classes Phillips can dominate but once they move up” Not so fast my friend”. Low income urban schools stick to basketball ( This is the Message being sent) Suburban and Catholic H.S have dominated football for years and that is going to be preserved by some by any means, (example) A holding penalty after a team has drove into the redzone easily but now they have to hold or an illegal hands to the face. My Hats off to Naz and other Catholic schools but don’t give them helping hand like this guy mentioned in the article who I heard clearly was lobbying calls and getting his fellow officials to call them.

    • JGM

      Go to any game/sport and tell me what you hear coming from a million different directions…..audience calling the game. I really cant believe officals would let someone on field in uniform if not working. Parents do ref, thank god or we would be hard press to get any games off. I know many officials, they are not allowing someone else call their games.Two good teams, someone has to lose. Also, watched Simeon play last year in hoops. Warm ups, time outs, Simeon has “security guards” walk on court. Should not be allowed! You lost to a better team on that day, be a good loser.

  • GG

    I would believe he could spell his name correctly on Facebook, at least with reference to the evidence of his posts.

  • Ryan Broniec

    That is very interesting, we all know corruption and IHSA should definitely do something if they have any integrity.

  • Diane Stremlau

    It’s students playing game to contribute to
    building team effort.learn cooperation respect all players, the rules and good sportsmanship.It’s the parents as well as other adults who emphasize at all costs. Sir what did you teach your son ? That the
    Nazareth team couldn’t win fairly. Isn’t this a Christian school ?

  • Vmar

    Scared them public league boys was going to win

    • JGM

      In 6A-8A, never. Not good enough. Bad calls happen at every level, please. Childish, imagine that, lol.

      • CCLAlum08

        Last i check the record book pal who wins in football it not the chicago public league lol.Must be racist ref every year right or they pay or have more money cry me a river lol

    • Mshark

      Phillips, HF,Simeon and East St Louis, all lost the same day.All of them.Things that make you go wonder.

  • Andy

    Wow. Sounds like something happen and he even bragged about it. But again your in Chicago so all well be forgotten and swept under the rug. Too bad to.

    • C. L. R

      Your right Andy sweated under the rug like everything else. Hell East St. Louis gets bad officials almost every game.

    • Youthfootballcoach

      just wanted to share some thoughts on sportsmanship and accountability. Why did the Nazareth coach allow the parent on the sidelines? Clearly the Nazareth staff should be held accountable too, this parent was visible stalking the sidelines in violation of IHSA rules. The parent clearly violated IHSA regulations, how complicit was the Nazareth staff? Bottom line, what message does this all send to the kids? Thank you concerned parent. ..

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