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posted: 8/8/2012 5:29 PM

Images: Prep Football Begins in Cook, Lake Counties

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T.J. Flis, left, and other running backs and linebackers run through drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
  T.J. Flis, left, and other running backs and linebackers run through drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Ryan Erchinger, left, tries to hold onto the ball as Richard Clark tries to punch it during the first day of football practice at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
  Ryan Erchinger, left, tries to hold onto the ball as Richard Clark tries to punch it during the first day of football practice at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Defensive back Sam Maloof makes an interception during drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
  Defensive back Sam Maloof makes an interception during drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Defensive lineman Drake Randall runs through reaction drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
  Defensive lineman Drake Randall runs through reaction drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Defensive linemen surround offensive coordinator Corey Atwell at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
  Defensive linemen surround offensive coordinator Corey Atwell at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Head coach Tony Monken stands on the new turf at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
  Head coach Tony Monken stands on the new turf at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates quarterback Eric Brooks takes a water break .
  Hoffman Estates quarterback Eric Brooks takes a water break .
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates receiver Anthony Patrick runs through drills.
  Hoffman Estates receiver Anthony Patrick runs through drills.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football coach Eric Ilich directs his players.
  Hoffman Estates football coach Eric Ilich directs his players.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Senior players on the Hoffman Estates High School team participate in practice.
  Senior players on the Hoffman Estates High School team participate in practice.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football wide receiver Mike Jackson.
  Hoffman Estates football wide receiver Mike Jackson.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football running back Jared Bruemmer.
  Hoffman Estates football running back Jared Bruemmer.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football wide receiver Matt Mednus.
  Hoffman Estates football wide receiver Matt Mednus.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football quarterback Eric Brooks fires to his receiver under the watchful eye of coach Eric Ilich.
  Hoffman Estates football quarterback Eric Brooks fires to his receiver under the watchful eye of coach Eric Ilich.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football wide receiver-defensive back Zach Hommowun.
  Hoffman Estates football wide receiver-defensive back Zach Hommowun.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football players Mike Jackson, Matt Mednus, Eric Brooks, Jared Bruemmer and Zach Hommowun.
  Hoffman Estates football players Mike Jackson, Matt Mednus, Eric Brooks, Jared Bruemmer and Zach Hommowun.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hoffman Estates football quarterback Eric Brooks.
  Hoffman Estates football quarterback Eric Brooks.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Lineman Tommy Sakkos practices defense drills at Buffalo Grove High School.
  Lineman Tommy Sakkos practices defense drills at Buffalo Grove High School.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Linemen practice with pads at Buffalo Grove High School.
  Linemen practice with pads at Buffalo Grove High School.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Wide Reciever Ryan Schumi practices at Buffalo Grove High School.
  Wide Reciever Ryan Schumi practices at Buffalo Grove High School.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat gets tapped with pads after pitching the ball.
  Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat gets tapped with pads after pitching the ball.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat runs with the ball.
  Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat runs with the ball.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's new varsity football head coach Mike DiMatteo runs the first day of practice .
  Buffalo Grove High School's new varsity football head coach Mike DiMatteo runs the first day of practice .
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's new varsity football head coach Mike DiMatteo runs the first day of practice.
  Buffalo Grove High School's new varsity football head coach Mike DiMatteo runs the first day of practice.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Wide Reciever Ryan Schumi practices at Buffalo Grove High School.
  Wide Reciever Ryan Schumi practices at Buffalo Grove High School.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's new varsity football head coach Mike DiMatteo runs the first day of practice.
  Buffalo Grove High School's new varsity football head coach Mike DiMatteo runs the first day of practice.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat runs the ball.
  Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat runs the ball.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Lineman Tommy Sakkos practices defense drills at Buffalo Grove High School.
  Lineman Tommy Sakkos practices defense drills at Buffalo Grove High School.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat practices.
  Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat practices.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat passes.
  Buffalo Grove High School's quarterback Brian Kleczynskiat passes.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Lineman Tommy Sakkos takes a hydration break at Buffalo Grove High School.
  Lineman Tommy Sakkos takes a hydration break at Buffalo Grove High School.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Matt Hutchison runs with the ball during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
  Matt Hutchison runs with the ball during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Mundelein High School football team runs through practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
  The Mundelein High School football team runs through practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Immanuel Jones runs with the ball during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
  Immanuel Jones runs with the ball during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Mundelein assistant coach Joe Petricca talks to the offensive unit.
  Mundelein assistant coach Joe Petricca talks to the offensive unit.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Matt Hutchison runs with the ball during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
  Matt Hutchison runs with the ball during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Mundelein assistant coach Tom Kaider talks to the offensive line.
  Mundelein assistant coach Tom Kaider talks to the offensive line.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Gavin Graves, left, fakes a handoff to Immanuel Jones during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
  Gavin Graves, left, fakes a handoff to Immanuel Jones during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Mundelein High School football team runs through practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
  The Mundelein High School football team runs through practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Mundelein head coach George Kaider runs practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
  Mundelein head coach George Kaider runs practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Gavin Graves throws during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
  Gavin Graves throws during football practice Wednesday afternoon in at Mundelein High School.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Mundelein head coach George Kaider runs practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
  Mundelein head coach George Kaider runs practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Offensive lineman Jesus Aguire gets a drink during football practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
  Offensive lineman Jesus Aguire gets a drink during football practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Mundelein High School football team practices on their new field Wednesday afternoon.
  The Mundelein High School football team practices on their new field Wednesday afternoon.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
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