Latrofa, Angell help Bartlett start season 4-0

  • Matt Erelenbaugh's Bartlett Hawks are off to a 4-0 start this season.

      Matt Erelenbaugh's Bartlett Hawks are off to a 4-0 start this season. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/14/2021 2:30 PM

Bartlett brings a 4-0 record into its Week 5 matchup at Fenton in Bensenville, and two keys in the Hawks' spring success have been senior defensive end Joey Latrofa and senior wide receiver Hayden Angell.

Latrofa has 4 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries, which coach Matt Erlenbaugh noted have led to a handful of interceptions. "Joey has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks," he said.


Angell has 22 catches for 278 yards and 2 scores through the first four games. "Hayden has been catching everything," Erlenbaugh said.

Geneva update:

Vikings coach Rob Wicinski has been thrilled with the development of running back Konnor Michelsen and defensive end-H-back P.T. Cahill. "Konnor is a great leader and a great teammate," he said. "P.T. is playing hurt like many players, but he came back from a season-ending injury last year and has persevered to put together a really solid year."

St. Edward update:

St. Edward coach Mike Rolando calls senior Anthony Kirkwood the guy who makes things happen behind the scenes. Kirkwood is St Edward's second-leading rusher from his fullback position, "but is leading the way for Joe Sacco on almost every carry as a lead blocker," Rolando noted. "Those guys work great together and play for each other." Kirkwood also is the Green Wave's second-leading tackler from his middle linebacker spot, "and the leader of our defense," Rolando added.

Also impactful this season has been senior Zeke Rolando, who has been slowed by a leg injury all season. Rolando tied the program record for touchdowns last year, but made the move to quarterback this season. "He does a great job running the offense," Mike Rolando said. "He carries out fakes and does the little things to make the offense successful and completes passes when we need him to. This 14-day quarantine has allowed Zeke to fully recover, and we'll see his best on offense and defense the last two games."

Kaneland update:

The 3-1 Knights have received a boost on defense from Anthony Clevenger and nose tackle John Davis. Clevenger had 4 pass breakups and 4 tackles last week, while Davis had 7 tackles two weeks in a row, "which is very impressive for a nose tackle who get double-teamed all game," Kaneland coach Pat Ryan pointed out. Ryan said that continued strong defensive play can help Kaneland finish off the season on a high note. Kaneland's starting defense has surrendered 12 points in four games.

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Batavia update:

Bulldog captains Matt Werts and Trey Urwiler have helped lead their teammates on a fruitful journey this spring. "Matt and Trey have been such amazing leaders, players role models, just everything," Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. "Trey moving to quarterback when we needed him to is amazing. He is one of the top wide receivers in Illinois and he did so--took all that pressure and just did it--and is working hard at it every day. Matt does everything anywhere needed for the team, and plays with a speed and tenacity level that is unique. They are great leaders and captains of our team."

Werts is headed to University of Arizona, while Urwiler is off to Northern Illinois.

Aurora Central Catholic update:

Running back-linebacker Ty Hopp is ACC's rushing leader and leading tackler on defense. "Ty has been our workhouse on offense," interim coach Dan Lee said.

Also of significant note for the Chargers, wide receiver-free safety Ryan Lee leads the team in touchdown receptions (6), catches (20) and receiving yardage (316), while also snaring 2 interceptions from his free safety spot.

Crystal Lake South update:

Gators coach Rob Fontana said offensive and defensive lineman Nate Compere has been a monster for the team. "He is on the field the entire game and provides the juice for our offensive line throughout the game," he said. "He is a leader on the field and a guy who works his tail off throughout the year. Nate is selfless in what he does, and will do whatever he is asked to do. I wish I could clone him, but I am glad I still have him for two more seasons."

Freshman wideout-defensive back Michael Prokos has played beyond his years this spring. "You wouldn't know he was a freshman if you watched him play," Fontana said. "He is fearless when it comes to filling the alley and making a tackle, or when he's back deep returning kicks and punts. Michael has a bright future with us and is getting a great deal of experience during this crazy season."

South Elgin update:

High-rollers last week for the Storm included Ben Karpowicz, who completed 7 of 11 passes for 107 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half. Alex Noworol also was key with 2 catches for 61 yards--both scores, and 3 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.

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