Daily Herald's 2017 Season Coverage
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Presenting the Fox Valley All-Area Team

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  • Sam Ambrogio

    Sam Ambrogio

  • Lance Arni

    Lance Arni

  • Nick Auriemma

    Nick Auriemma

  • Johnny Belskis

    Johnny Belskis

  • Joe Boland

    Joe Boland

  • Ryan Cerza

    Ryan Cerza

  • Drew Clippert

    Drew Clippert

  • DaQuan Cross

    DaQuan Cross

  • DaVion Cross

    DaVion Cross

  • Evan Day

    Evan Day

  • Nate Gomez

    Nate Gomez

  • Sam Grohe

    Sam Grohe

  • Isaac Hawn

    Isaac Hawn

  • Jared Hornbeck

    Jared Hornbeck

  • Chris Katrenick

    Chris Katrenick

  • Caleb Jones

    Caleb Jones

  • Trey Kellogg

    Trey Kellogg

  • Wes Kramer

    Wes Kramer

  • Josh Mayhew

    Josh Mayhew

  • Zach Mitchell

    Zach Mitchell

  • Dylan Mlinarich

    Dylan Mlinarich

  • Eric Mooney

    Eric Mooney

  • Kindrel Morris

    Kindrel Morris

  • Michael Niemiec

    Michael Niemiec

  • Tyler Pennington

    Tyler Pennington

  • Hunter Regelbrugge

    Hunter Regelbrugge

  • Max Schumann

    Max Schumann

  • Max Skol

    Max Skol

  • Loren Strickland

    Loren Strickland

  • Michael Swiatly

    Michael Swiatly

  • Ryan Temesvary

    Ryan Temesvary

  • Jake Vincent

    Jake Vincent

  • Collin Walsh

    Collin Walsh

  • Greg Williams

    Greg Williams

  • Jimmy Wormsley

    Jimmy Wormsley

  • Griffin Zajac

    Griffin Zajac


Sam Ambrogio St. Charles NorthA three-year varsity starter who competed on both sides of the line of scrimmage, this 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior was named first-team Class 7A all-state by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association for helping the North Stars win 9 games, the highest total in school history. The South Dakota recruit gave everything he had. After playing over 150 downs in a first-round playoff win over Carmel that went to overtime, Ambrogio went to the hospital, suffering from severe dehydration, according to coach Rob Pomazak. Hours later he was back at Saturday morning practice preparing for the next playoff game. "That's the kind of kid he is," Pomazak said. "He's a great leader on the field and a great leader off the field. In his three years on varsity I think he won more games than any football player in St. Charles North history. He's the kind you can't replace."

Lance Arni GenevaFollowing a junior season in which he was named all-Upstate Eight River as a safety, Arni accepted a switch to tailback to fill a team need. The result? Through the end of the 9-game regular season, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound senior led the area in rushing yards (1,179) on 217 carries (5.4 avg.). He ran for 14 touchdowns and contributed 8 receptions for 110 yards. Arni set the tone for a successful campaign in a 45-7 season-opening win against St. Francis when he carried 19 times for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns "He was our go-to guy all year," Geneva coach Rob Wicinski said. "He did not hesitate once to play a new position that would help the team be better. Completely unselfish."

Nick Auriemma MarmionAn all-Chicago Catholic League Green pick for the second year in a row at middle linebacker, this physical, 6-foot, 225-pound senior helped lead the Cadets to the playoffs by leading them in tackles (27 solo, 44 assists). Auriemma also contributed 2.5 tackles for loss, and half a sack for a team that won 6 games. Offensively, he added 35 carries for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. "He is a no-nonsense leader who players and coaches respect due to consistent effort, film study and then consistent production every game and every play," Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. "He's all heart with a never-give-up attitude."

Johnny Belskis Aurora Central CatholicThis Class 4A all-state honorable mention quarterback rebounded from a 3-6 junior season in which he suffered a broken hand to become one of the area's most accurate passers as a senior. The 6-foot, 150-pound, two-time all-Metro Suburban Conference pick completed 75 of 116 attempts (64.7 percent) for 1,120 yards and 16 touchdowns to lead the Chargers to a 9-2 record. "What a blessing it was to be able to coach him," said ACC coach and Johnny's father, IHSFCA hall-of-famer John Belskis. "Never in my wildest thoughts did I think I'd be a coach again let alone be coaching him playing quarterback. It's something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

Joe Boland HuntleyThis 5-foot-7, 140-pound senior stepped in to provide stability after Huntley graduated its entire starting secondary from the previous season. Boland led the Red Raiders with 5 interceptions, defended 8 passes and caused a fumble for a Class 8A quarterfinalist. He made 48 solo tackles and assisted on 9 others (5.1 avg.). His signature game took place in Week 4 against Hampshire. Assigned to cover the area's leading receiver, Jared Hornbeck, Boland limited the 1,200-yard receiver to 6 catches for 50 yards and no touchdowns. And he intercepted 2 passes. "He's a fearless competitor," Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak said. "He doesn't care if he's playing against a 6-4 receiver. No matter where the ball is thrown he thinks it's his."

Ryan Cerza Aurora Central CatholicThis workhorse running back was a driving force behind one of Aurora Central Catholic's most successful offensive attacks in decades. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior carried the ball 210 times for 1,277 yards and 22 touchdowns to help ACC win 9 games. The all-Metro Suburban Red selection rushed for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Class 4A Chargers in a 27-13 Week 3 statement win against Class 6A Glenbard South. "He'll have a chance next year to break our school record for rushing," ACC coach John Belskis said. "He is durable. He ran the ball 25-30 times against our tougher opponents and got up and never missed a play. He was able to develop a certain level of endurance and stamina where he could run the ball 30 times in a game and be just as effective in the fourth quarter as he was in the first."

Drew Clippert Aurora ChristianInjuries forced this second-year varsity quarterback to miss parts of the season, but his talent was apparent every time he stepped on the football field. Named first-team Class 3A all-state by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior completed 161 of 280 passes in the spread offense (57.5 percent) for 1,876 yards and 18 touchdowns. One of the guttiest performances by the Chicago Catholic League White offensive player of the year came in a Week 6 loss to defending Class 3A state champion Bishop McNamara in which he completed 39 of 61 passes for 444 yards and 5 touchdowns. "He was our MVP," Aurora Christian coach David Beebe said. "He battled an injury but when he played full games he averaged 350 yards passing per game."

DaQuan Cross West AuroraMultiple single-game, single-season and career school records fell before this dynamic 5-foot-10, 185-pound Class 8A all-state pick. The two-way standout finished his third varsity season as his team's third-leading tackler with 77, including a team-best 63 solo tackles to go with 14 assists. Cross also notched 4 sacks and 2 interceptions and recovered 3 fumbles. Offensively, he rushed for 923 yards and 16 touchdowns on 94 carries (9.8 avg.). West Aurora's kicker, he made 37 of 44 PATs and finished with 155 total points, a new single-season school record. His 31 points scored against Geneva in a 49-7 win set a new single-game school record and his 96-yard kickoff return against eventual state champion Maine South in an opening-round playoff game tied the longest return in program history. He finishes his three-year varsity career as West Aurora's all-time leader in rushing yards (2,609), rushing touchdowns (35), points scored (300), all-purpose yards (4,643), kickoff returns for touchdown (4), interceptions (6) and third in tackles (229). "What other kid in 8A football does all that?" West Aurora coach Nate Eimer said. "He is just special. I hope I get to coach another kid like him."

DaVion Cross West AuroraThis 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior was the definition of explosive, demonstrated by his area-best 15.2-yards-per-carry average. A difference maker in his third varsity season, the Class 8A all-state honorable mention pick carried the ball 80 times for a team-best 1,215 yards -- the third-highest single-season rushing total in school history -- and he scored 16 touchdowns to help the Blackhawks win 9 games and their first conference title since 1984. As a cornerback on defense, he made 23 tackles and snared an interception. "Every time he touched the ball coaches, players and fans held their breath," West Aurora coach Nate Eimer said. "His numbers are like video game numbers." DaVion's 202-yard rushing performance against eventual Class 8A state champion Maine South in a first-round playoff game was the fifth-best single-game output in school history. He finishes as West Aurora's third all-time leading rusher (1,800 yards), third in career rushing touchdowns (23) and all-purpose yards (3,046) and fourth in points scored (170).

Evan Day BataviaNamed first team all-state in Class 7A, this 6-foot-6, 295-pound people mover was a key figure on one of the biggest offensive lines in Batavia history. The senior helped the Bulldogs gain 4,336 total yards with his relentless blocking style. "He's a very, very tough, physical player," Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "He played with a chip on his shoulder all the time and he was very difficult for our opponents to deal with. We ran the ball this year as well as we've run it at any time here at Batavia and he was a big part of that."

Nate Gomez South ElginThis athletic junior was unsure if he would continue playing football following a successful varsity baseball season last spring, but the talented two-way player's eventual recommitment to the gridiron paid dividends for the South Elgin football program. Offensively, the 6-foot, 160-pounder split time early on between quarterback and wide receiver -- he caught 10 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown -- before he was named the full-time signal caller. Gomez threw for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns on 65-of-104 passing (62.5 percent). An adept scrambler, he rushed for 367 yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively, he made 24 tackles from the safety spot. "He's just a true competitor," South Elgin coach Pat Pistorio said. "He plays with a passion and he does anything we ask him to do. We're pretty excited about next year. We think he and the team can build on what he was able to do."

Sam Grohe St. Charles EastThis active middle linebacker was named defensive MVP of a team that equaled the best record and best playoff push in school history. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior collected 46 tackles for the 11-1 Saints. He also snagged 2 interceptions and recovered 2 fumbles. The all-Upstate Eight River pick shined in a second-round playoff win at New Trier. Twice Grohe stripped a New Trier ball carrier inside the St. Charles East 10-yard line and the Saints recovered both fumbles. "He played a good, physical brand of football and he played fast," St. Charles East coach Bryce Farquhar said. "He did a little bit of everything for us. I'm proud of the year he had. He was our defensive MVP for a reason."

Isaac Hawn St. Charles NorthCommitted to Northern Illinois, this repeat all-area selection and all-Upstate Eight River honoree became a team leader in the two seasons since he transferred from Class 1A Westminster Christian to a Class 7A program. The 6-foot-6, 293-pound senior not only played right tackle for an offense that gained over 4,000 yards, he jumped into the fray on defense late in the season when the line needed reinforcement. His cerebral approach helped on both sides of the line of scrimmage. "He's a true student of the game, one of the smartest football players I've ever coached and a downright good kid," St. Charles North coach Rob Pomazak said. "He's quiet and he does his job extremely well. For him to acclimate himself to our program in two years and become a leader as a senior is impressive. He was voted a captain by his teammates."

Jared Hornbeck HampshireThis repeat all-area selection led the 24 schools of the Fox Valley coverage area in the three main receiving categories. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior enjoyed a special chemistry with quarterback and childhood friend Jake Vincent, which was reflected in Hornbeck's area-best totals in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,255) and touchdown catches (15). Defensively, he was one of Hampshire's leading tacklers as a safety. "He was voted MVP by his peers," Hampshire coach Mike Brasile said. "He and Jake had such a great chemistry with one another. We gave them the freedom in certain situations to check off with hand signals if they saw something they could exploit, which contributed to our success."

Caleb Jones Huntley One of the top defensive players in what turned out to be one of the best football conferences in the state, this 6-foot-2, 210-pound end was a disruptive force for a team that won 8 games and surged to a Class 8A quarterfinal. The senior's ability to shed blocks and make plays behind the line of scrimmage shows in his final statistics: 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, both team highs by wide margins. A hard hitter, Jones caused 3 fumbles. "He just has a motor that won't quit," Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak said. "We swapped him around and played him against the other team's best offensive lineman and he forced teams to stop running behind those players. He was able to shut down a lot of the Division-I tackles out there."

Chris Katrenick JacobsThis strong-armed quarterback enjoyed a three-year varsity career at Jacobs after transferring from Marian Central. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior recently decommitted from Bowling Green when a full-ride scholarship offer came from Duke. Katrenick in 12 games completed 143 of 280 attempts for 2,223 yards and 26 touchdowns. He threw 9 interceptions. In a season-ending loss to Fenwick, he completed 8 of 14 passes for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. "He threw for 5,600 yards in three years and played very well for us," Jacobs coach Bill Mitz said. "We're extremely excited for him and happy that he's going to Duke. We hope nothing but the best for him in the future."

Trey Kellogg St. Charles NorthThis 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior defensive end reaped the rewards of off-season dedication. Kellogg was always physically gifted, but his overall game and his knowledge of his role within the St. Charles North defense needed improvement. "He dedicated himself in the spring and summer," North Stars coach Rob Pomazak said. "He gained 25 pounds, he learned the defense and he was the player we thought he could be." Kellogg used his quickness off the ball to become the Upstate Eight River defensive player of the year. He helped St. Charles North win a school-record 9 games by making 77 tackles, one off the team lead. He posted 16 tackles for loss and registered 14 sacks. Though Kellogg suffered a torn ACL in a playoff loss to Rockford Auburn, he has a standing offer to play at Division-III Benedictine and interest from multiple NAIA programs, his coach said.

Wes Kramer MarmionA Class 6A all-state selection committed to Northern Illinois, this 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior defensive tackle also played guard on offense. The two-way workhorse not only earned all-Chicago Catholic League recognition for the second straight season but was named lineman of the year in the CCL Green Division. Kramer posted 27 solo tackles, 30 assists, 12 tackles for loss and 10 sacks and he forced 3 fumbles, all despite constant double teaming. "Wes is all heart and very old school," Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. "He's the first to practice and the last to leave. He loves to hit in every drill and every practice and game. His motor on every play was just a joy to watch."

Josh Mayhew West AuroraGuards play important roles in West Aurora's wing-T offense, which regularly calls for mobile linemen to pull on traps and buck sweeps. This agile, 6-foot-1, 225-pound offensive lineman fit the bill perfectly. The senior helped the Blackhawks rush for 3,721 yards on 394 carries for an off-the-charts team average of 9.4 yards per attempt. "He's not the tallest or the biggest but he is the best lineman we've had since I've been here," sixth-year West Aurora coach Nate Eimer said. "He was outstanding. And against the better teams, he plays even better." An excellent student with a high grade-point average, Mayhew intends to play offensive line at the next level, his coach said.

Zach Mitchell St. Charles EastThe postseason accolades keep rolling in for this successful triple-option quarterback. Already designated a Class 8A first-team all-state pick and Upstate Eight River offensive player of the year, Mitchell has been named honorary captain of the 2016 Daily Herald All-Area Football Team/Fox Valley. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound senior triggered an offense that averaged 38 points a game. Mitchell rushed for 897 yards and 12 touchdowns, highlighted by 203 rushing yards in a second-round playoff victory at New Trier. The Saints averaged less than 9 pass attempts per game, yet Mitchell threw for 964 yards on 54-for-105 passing. He tossed 12 touchdown passes and was intercepted 5 times. "He's such a good athlete he could run a spread offense or run a triple-option offense, and not a lot of people could run both," St. Charles East coach Bryce Farquhar said. "He did a great job athletically and leadership-wise."

Dylan Mlinarich St. EdwardThis left-handed quarterback blossomed into a Class 4A all-state selection in his second varsity season. Buoyed by a pair of 7-touchdown performances against Guerin and Walther Christian, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior combined arm strength and field savvy to register 2,812 yards and 33 touchdowns on 214-of-376 passing (56.9 percent). "He has one of the strongest arms of any high school quarterback I've seen and he's composed, very smart," St. Edward coach Mike Rolando said. "It's like having another coach on the field because he understands the passing window in different coverages and he has the arm strength to get the ball in that window."

Eric Mooney HuntleyThis tough-to-tackle junior excelled in his first season as a full-time varsity quarterback. Huntley's elusive offensive leader kept opponents guessing with his dual-threat ability. As a rusher, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound signal caller carried 167 times for 1,099 yards and 18 touchdowns (6.6 avg.). Mooney completed 116 of 195 passes for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns. He threw 6 interceptions. "His being able to run the ball and throw the ball and make his reads is something special," Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak said. "To have someone learn all that in his first year at the position is something we've never been able to do before. Our offense has never been as dynamic."

Kindrel Morris LarkinTalk about a whirlwind. In a six-month span this talented junior running back went from unsure about playing football to fully committed to being named Class 7A all-state honorable mention. After playing varsity football and basketball as a sophomore, Morris was unsure if playing both sports as a junior was the right move. He eventually returned to the gridiron, where his rare combination of speed, balance and toughness helped him gain 1,067 yards and score 13 rushing touchdowns in 174 attempts (6.1 avg.). That doesn't include the 2 touchdown runs he had called back. A threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, Morris caught 15 passes for 151 yards and 3 more scores. "We saw a lot of growth from him," Larkin coach Dragan Teonic said. "He had an amazing season. He's getting tougher and better every year."

Michael Niemiec BataviaThis junior safety was named all-Upstate Eight River after setting a new school record for single-season tackles. The active 6-foot, 170-pound defender led Batavia with 123 total tackles (99 solo) to set the new mark. Niemiec also caused a fumble and recovered another for the 8-win Bulldogs, who reached the second round of the Class 7A playoffs. "He just had an incredible year," Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "It was incredible just in terms of him dropping people. He's one of those people you notice on film from the very beginning. It's remarkable to see how much he has improved. Next year he'll be one of the top safeties around."

Tyler Pennington Cary-Grove

This two-way senior standout is an all-state selection for the third straight season. In 10 games, the uncommitted 5-foot-11, 215-pound fullback gained 947 rushing yards and scored 16 rushing touchdowns on 152 carries (6.2 avg.), all without a fumble. Over his four-year varsity career, Pennington proved to be one of the most productive ball carriers in state history. He accumulated 5,161 rushing yards, placing him 16th on the IHSA's career list. His 84 career rushing touchdowns rank eighth-best in IHSA history. He also played full time at middle linebacker, finishing fourth on a Class 6A quarterfinalist with 41 tackles (14 solos, 54 assists) to go with 2 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. "He is the epitome of a Cary-Grove football player," coach Brad Seaburg said. "He was a pleasure to be around every day. He's such a good leader and such a great example for people to follow."

Hunter Regelbrugge Kaneland

There was no greater stabilizing force for the Kaneland football team over the last two seasons than this two-way stalwart. Named team MVP and first-team all-Northern Illinois Big 12 East as a senior, this offensive guard helped the Knights average 25.2 points and 324 total yards per game. As a middle linebacker he led the Knights in tackles for the second straight season. "Hunter was the leader of our defense," former Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly said. "It was his job to make the calls and get the defense set. He had a lot of responsibilities on both sides of the ball. Hunter was a smart and tough football player. I don't know what we would have done without him."

Max Schumann St. Charles East

St. Charles East's triple option doesn't work without a fierce run-blocker ala this senior lineman. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard put the control in ball control whether he was trap blocking or pushing an opponent into the second level of the defense. Schumann helped clear the way for an offense that set a school record for most points scored (442). The 11-win Saints averaged 38.2 points per game "Max allowed us to control the defensive line and the line of scrimmage," St. Charles East coach Bryce Farquhar said. "A lot of teams keyed on him knowing the type of year he had as a junior but he was still a force."

Max Skol Cary-Grove

Named Class 6A all-state honorable mention, this gifted athlete excelled on both sides of the ball for a 10-win quarterfinalist. Playing his second varsity season, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior used his 4.5 speed to lead the Cary-Grove defense with 49.5 total tackles (22 solo, 55 assists), including a sack and 5.5 tackles for loss. Skol began taking reps at fullback over the summer and put that knowledge to good use when starter Tyler Pennington missed 2 midseason games due to injury. All Skol did in relief was rush for 196 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2 victories. He finished the season with 61 carries for 335 yards and 7 touchdowns. Skol accomplished all of the above with minimal weight training. He wasn't cleared to lift until July due to off-season labrum surgery. "We're looking forward to seeing what he can do next year," Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg said. "He has a ton of ability."

Loren Strickland Jacobs

Why is this 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior considered one of the area's best athletes? Strickland injured an ankle during wrestling season last winter, missed most of the spring track season, practiced for only two days and still won the Fox Valley Conference long jump title. Such natural ability translated to the football field in his second varsity season, particularly in the playoffs. He finished the regular season with 566 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on 104 carries. He then helped Jacobs make the deepest playoff run in school history. In 3 games he carried 35 times for 282 yards and 5 touchdowns and caught 2 passes for 82 yards and 2 more scores. "He's really something athletically," Jacobs coach Bill Mitz said. "He does a lot of things well and I think he's really just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can do on the football field."

Michael Swiatly Crystal Lake South

Also a talented baseball player, this multisport athlete demonstrated his all-around athletic ability by excelling on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Defensively, whether he was playing safety or mike linebacker, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior demonstrated a nose for the ball, finishing as the Gators' second-leading tackler. Offensively, Swiatly gained 593 rushing yards and scored 6 touchdowns in 115 attempts (5.2 avg.). He also contributed 9 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. "He was our leading rusher, our leading scorer and our second-leading tackler," former CL South coach Chuck Ahsmann said. "He did everything for us."

Ryan Temesvary Bartlett

Named Bartlett's MVP and first-team all-Upstate Eight Valley, this senior was a consistent defensive contributor for the Hawks. Temesvary was a key component of a defense that limited opponents to 287 yards per game. The 6-foot, 165-pound defensive end used speed and technique to lead the Hawks in tackles (53), sacks (5) and tackles for loss (9). "He's a relentless player with a good work ethic and he's a really good teammate," Bartlett coach Eric Ilich said. "He played at maximum velocity. He was flying at 100 mph on every snap and that showed up on film. He made plays he shouldn't be making because he's chasing ball carriers from sideline to sideline. He never stops."

Jake Vincent Hampshire

Hampshire's second-year starting quarterback proved the perfect fit for coach Mike Brasile's spread offense. Vincent was named Class 6A all-state honorable mention after the senior completed 58 percent of his pass attempts (171 of 295) for 2,308 yards and 22 touchdowns. "He has put together two really good offensive years and was the driving force behind our offense," Brasile said. "He's a true competitor. He never wants to come off the field. He's a quality quarterback. I hope he is able to play at a high level next year. He has put the work in from an athletic standpoint."

Collin Walsh Cary-Grove

Known previously as Cary-Grove's kicker, this senior developed a reputation as one of the most effective defensive players in the Fox Valley Conference. The 5-foot-8, 171-pound linebacker/defensive back jumped into the starting lineup in Week 2 due to an injury and he played well enough to stay on the field all season. Walsh finished third on his team with 43.5 total tackles (21 solo, 45 assists). He helped lead a 10-win squad to the Class 6A quarterfinals with team highs in sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (8.5). "Open-field tackling is a lost art nowadays and he's just about as sure a tackler in the open field as there is," Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg said. "He was a difference maker for us." Walsh finished his four-year varsity kicking career with 185 points after touchdown, the sixth-highest total in IHSA history.

Greg Williams Dundee-Crown

No area running back held up quite like this Dundee-Crown workhorse. Through the end of the regular season, the 5-foot-6, 155-pound senior led area running backs with 219 carries. Williams finished the 9-game schedule with 1,130 yards -- the second-highest rushing total areawide -- and scored 11 touchdowns. He was D-C's second-leading receiver with 19 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. The all-Fox Valley Conference pick set the tone for a big year in the season opener against Hampshire, when he rushed for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns in a losing cause. "He was also a great pass protector," D-C coach Mike Steinhaus said. "We only gave up 5 sacks this season and we passed over 100 times. He has a small frame but he was able to take on linebackers."

Jimmy Wormsley Jacobs

This seasoned junior helped Jacobs make the deepest playoff push in program history. A starting varsity offensive lineman for a third straight season, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound guard's effective run blocking was one reason the Golden Eagles switched at midseason from a pass-heavy offense to a run-oriented attack that altered the team's complexion and direction. His postseason blocking performance helped lead to 7 rushing touchdowns and 5 passing touchdowns as the Golden Eagles advanced to a third playoff game for the first time. Wormsley was the top blocker for a team that averaged 27 points and 350 total offensive yards per game. "He was one of the leaders of the team," Jacobs coach Bill Mitz said. "He's a tough, physical player, which was evident during the playoff run against strong teams from Batavia and Fenwick. I'm glad we have him back next year."

Griffin Zajac Aurora Central Catholic

This 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior found the end zone in a variety of ways. As a wide receiver who specialized in gaining yards after the catch, the all-Metro Suburban Conference selection had 38 receptions for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a defensive back, he collected an area-best 7 interceptions and returned 2 picks for scores. One of Zajac's interception returns for a touchdown helped the Chargers defeat Wheaton Academy 20-12 in a first-round playoff game, ACC's first postseason victory since 1996. He also scored a rushing touchdown on a jet sweep and returned a punt for a touchdown against Walther Christian. "He did everything for us," ACC coach John Belskis said. "His versatility was something you just can't coach. Some games he never came off the field. His motor ran every play. Nobody slept better on Friday night than this kid."

Honorable mentionAurora Christian -- Dylan Leschewski (Sr., WR/RB/DB)

Bartlett -- Matteo Jones (Sr., TE/RB), Vashon Lindsey (Sr., RB)

Batavia -- Dana Anderson (Sr., FB), Andrew Heinz (Jr., LB), Reggie Phillips (Jr., RB), Jake Robinson (Sr., DE/TE),

Burlington Central -- Jimmy Fay (Sr., RB/DB), Dionte Pierre (Sr., RB), Erik Hansen (Sr., OLB/RB)

Cary-Grove -- Nate Hartke (Sr., OL), Kevin Pedersen (Sr., LB), Colton Ruhland (Jr., OL),

Crystal Lake South -- Trevor Keegan (So., OL), Kyle Leva (Jr., FB)

Dundee-Crown -- Gage Efken (Sr., C), Sean Jay (Sr., DB/WR)

Elgin -- Shareick Morris (Sr. RB/DB), Roy Panthier (Jr., DE)

Geneva -- Noah Davison (Sr., DB)

Jacobs -- Dylan DeMuth (Jr., OL/DL), Trevor Loewen (Sr., WR)

Hampshire -- Pawel Barnas (Sr., OL)

Huntley -- Nick Dennis (Sr., LB), Andrew Pertzborn (Sr., OL)

Kaneland -- Jack Douglas (Jr., QB)

Larkin -- Will Bowman (Sr., DB), David Hibbler (Sr., QB)

Marmion -- Jett Haas (Sr., RB), Nick Sevenich (Sr., RB)

St. Charles East -- Nick Garlisch (Jr., DB/RB), Justin Jett (So., FB), Nico Piaskowy (Jr., LB)

St. Charles North -- Eric Lins (Sr., RB), Zach Mettetal (Sr., QB), Lucas Segobiano (Sr., RB/SB)

St. Edward -- Tyler Holte (Jr., WR/DB), David Madden (Jr., WR/DB/K), Ben Harrington (Jr., LB/RB)

South Elgin -- C.J. Bradford (Sr., DB), Jeremy Jenkins (Sr., OL)

Streamwood -- Jesse Rico (Sr., WR/DB), Jordan Ryan (Sr., OL)

West Aurora -- Chandler Behrens (Sr., LB), Fabian Guerrero (Sr., LB), Taylor Zimmerman (Sr., LB)

Westminster Christian -- Xavier Brown (Sr., DB/RB), Scott Graziano (Sr., WR/DB), Tannor Park (Sr., QB)

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