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Cary-Grove High School Fox Valley Valley
Quarterback Jason Gregoire (12) leaps over Huntley defensive back Tim Ryan.
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Sept. 26, 2014 Quarterback Jason Gregoire (12) leaps over Huntley defensive back Tim Ryan. Brian Hill caption -
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Cary-Grove’s Larkin Hanselmann enters the end zone leaving behind Libertyville’s Ryan Jackson to score the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter of the Class 7A semifinal at Libertyville last week.
Laura Stoecker | Staff
Football: Scouting the Class 7A championship game
Updated Nov 28, 2014 7:55 PM
Class 7A state championship Cary-Grove (13-0) vs. Providence (12-1)When/where: Saturday at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, ChampaignTelevision: Comcast SportsNet ChicagoHow they got here: Cary-Grove defeated Niles North 52-14, St. Charles North 35-14, Geneva 44-26 and Libertyville 41-7; Providence defeated Quincy 45-8, St. Rita 34-3, Wheaton Warrenville South 23-6 and Mt. Carmel 42-21.Last meeting: Cary-Grove defeated Providence 34-17 to win the 2009 Class 6A state title State championship game history: Cary-Grove is 1-2 in state championship games. The Trojans won the Class 6A title in 2009. They finished runner-up in Class 7A in 2004 and Class 6A in 2012; Providence is 9-3 in state championship games. The Celtics won nine state titles between 1984 and 2004. They finished state runner-up three times, most recently in 2009.Outlook: The top seeds on either side of the Class 7A bracket clash in a meeting of antithetical powerhouses. Ranked 1-2 in 7A most of the season by the Associated Press, the Trojans and Celtics approach football from opposite ends of the offensive spectrum. The Providence spread offense aims to put its top athletes in position to win individual matchups, whereas the Cary-Grove triple option gains yardage methodically until defensive breakdowns lead to big plays. The Celtics have gained 3,287 of their 4,901 total yards through the air (67 percent), led by 5-foot-10 quarterback Justin Hunniford. The senior has completed 228 of 333 passes (68.7 percent) for 3,119 yards and 40 touchdowns. His top receivers are 6-foot-4, Notre Dame recruit Miles Boykin (62 rec., 987 yards, 19 TD), 6-5 Iowa-bound tight end Nick Vejvoda (39 rec., 583 yards, 8 TD) and 6-1 junior Mike Markasovic (38 rec., 544 yards, 2 TD). Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (138 carries, 709 yards, 9 TD) runs behind a line that averages 6-3, 266 pounds, led by senior left tackle Nick Barker (6-3, 315). “Explosive,” is how Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg described the Providence offense. “They have big-play potential at any time. The quarterback is extremely accurate. He’s a great leader. I’m very impressed with how he carries himself. He’s obviously the leader of their team. They really mix it up as far as who they are throwing to. It’s not like Boykin is the only guy catching the ball. The guy that gets overlooked is (Vejvoda). He’s another guy who causes matchup problems and is a real good receiver.” Cary-Grove’s defense is led by 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior lineman Michael Gomez (30.5 tackles, 5 sacks, 45. TFL) and senior safeties Matt Sutherland (57.5 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 int..) and Larkin Hanselmann (43 tackles, 5 int.). The Trojan defense enters this game with 24 interceptions. A key to the game will be if Cary-Grove’s defense can rush and confuse the hard-to-rattle Hunniford, who has thrown only 3 interceptions.
No. Name Class Height Weight Position
Walsh, Colin Sophomore 5'6" 150
4 Hanselmann, Larkin Senior 5'7" 140 RB/DB
5 Forney, Zack Senior 5'10" 165 DB/FB
6 Cullen, John Junior 5'10" 144 DB
7 Cullen, Sean Junior 5'10" 138 DB
8 Johnson, Jake Senior 5'8" 168 SE
9 Skol, Max Freshman 5'10" 160 LB
10 Leach, Connor Senior 6'0" 168 QB/DB
11 Sullivan, John Junior 6'0" 170 QB
12 Gregoire, Jason Senior 6'4" 180 QB
14 Lemke, Mitchell Senior 5'10" 150 DB
16 Pedersen, Kevin Sophomore 5'10" 160 LB
18 Norberg, Erik Junior 6'2" 200 TE
20 Sutherland, Matt Senior 5'8" 165 RB/DB
21 McQuade, Zach Senior 5'6" 163 RB/DB
22 Mueller, Kyle Junior 5'9" 168 DB
23 Freskos, James Junior 5'9" 160 TE
24 Cruz, Nick Junior 5'11" 165 DL
25 Gunther, Justin Junior 5'10" 152 RB
26 Hughes, Kevin Junior 5'10" 155 RB/DB
28 Pressley, Kyle Sophomore 5'9" 165 FB
29 Haglund, Alec Junior 6'1" 158 DB
30 Halverson, Thor Senior 6'0" 165 RB
31 Myerson, Travis Senior 6'1" 170 LB
32 Gleeson, Robert Junior 6'0" 175 TE
34 Hartke, George Senior 5'8" 155 TE/DB
35 Lind, Eirc Junior 5'8" 177 FB/LB
36 Hartke, Willie Senior 5'9" 165 RB/DB
39 Pennington, Tyler Sophomore 5'10" 190 FB/LB
40 Davison, Jon Senior 5'11" 185 LB
41 Getka, Ben Junior 6'2" 185 DB
42 Emma, Thomas Senior 5'6" 155 DB
44 Harvey, Zach Junior 6'2" 220 FB
48 Howland, Justin Junior 5'10" 180 DL
50 McCowan, Keith Junior 5'9" 190 OL
51 DiMatteo, Raymond Senior 6'0" 210 DL
52 Montemurro, Daniel Junior 6'0" 186 OL
53 Moran, Kevin Junior 5'6" 165 LB
54 Elliman, James Senior 6'1" 175 DL
55 Howland, Brandon Senior 6'2" 199 DL
57 Ruhland, Trevor Senior 6'4" 280 OL/DL
59 Henriques, Owen Junior 6'0" 190 OL
60 Prendergast, Alex Junior 6'1" 201 DL
61 McMullin, Michael Senior 5'8" 185 OL
63 Bardgett, Peter Junior 6'0" 235 OL
67 Gomez, Michael Senior 6'0" 260 OL/DL
68 Cohen, Zachary Junior 6'0" 240 OL
70 Bergeson, Ty Senior 6'3" 286 OL/DL
74 Bernier, Ross Junior 6'2" 235 OL
77 Topole, Scotty Senior 6'5" 240 OL
82 Breig, Hayden Senior 6'2" 174 DL
84 Clemment, Jake Senior 5'11" 155 TE
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Cary-Grove’s Larkin Hanselmann enters the end zone leaving behind Libertyville’s Ryan Jackson to score the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter of the Class 7A semifinal at Libertyville last week.
Laura Stoecker | Staff
Football: Scouting the Class 7A championship game
Updated Nov 28, 2014 7:55 PM
Class 7A state championship Cary-Grove (13-0) vs. Providence (12-1)When/where: Saturday at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, ChampaignTelevision: Comcast SportsNet ChicagoHow they got here: Cary-Grove defeated Niles North 52-14, St. Charles North 35-14, Geneva 44-26 and Libertyville 41-7; Providence defeated Quincy 45-8, St. Rita 34-3, Wheaton Warrenville South 23-6 and Mt. Carmel 42-21.Last meeting: Cary-Grove defeated Providence 34-17 to win the 2009 Class 6A state title State championship game history: Cary-Grove is 1-2 in state championship games. The Trojans won the Class 6A title in 2009. They finished runner-up in Class 7A in 2004 and Class 6A in 2012; Providence is 9-3 in state championship games. The Celtics won nine state titles between 1984 and 2004. They finished state runner-up three times, most recently in 2009.Outlook: The top seeds on either side of the Class 7A bracket clash in a meeting of antithetical powerhouses. Ranked 1-2 in 7A most of the season by the Associated Press, the Trojans and Celtics approach football from opposite ends of the offensive spectrum. The Providence spread offense aims to put its top athletes in position to win individual matchups, whereas the Cary-Grove triple option gains yardage methodically until defensive breakdowns lead to big plays. The Celtics have gained 3,287 of their 4,901 total yards through the air (67 percent), led by 5-foot-10 quarterback Justin Hunniford. The senior has completed 228 of 333 passes (68.7 percent) for 3,119 yards and 40 touchdowns. His top receivers are 6-foot-4, Notre Dame recruit Miles Boykin (62 rec., 987 yards, 19 TD), 6-5 Iowa-bound tight end Nick Vejvoda (39 rec., 583 yards, 8 TD) and 6-1 junior Mike Markasovic (38 rec., 544 yards, 2 TD). Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (138 carries, 709 yards, 9 TD) runs behind a line that averages 6-3, 266 pounds, led by senior left tackle Nick Barker (6-3, 315). “Explosive,” is how Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg described the Providence offense. “They have big-play potential at any time. The quarterback is extremely accurate. He’s a great leader. I’m very impressed with how he carries himself. He’s obviously the leader of their team. They really mix it up as far as who they are throwing to. It’s not like Boykin is the only guy catching the ball. The guy that gets overlooked is (Vejvoda). He’s another guy who causes matchup problems and is a real good receiver.” Cary-Grove’s defense is led by 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior lineman Michael Gomez (30.5 tackles, 5 sacks, 45. TFL) and senior safeties Matt Sutherland (57.5 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 int..) and Larkin Hanselmann (43 tackles, 5 int.). The Trojan defense enters this game with 24 interceptions. A key to the game will be if Cary-Grove’s defense can rush and confuse the hard-to-rattle Hunniford, who has thrown only 3 interceptions.
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