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Aurora-Elgin’s top 10 football teams and 25 players to watch

Top 10 Teams

1. Batavia (10-4): senior point guard Ryan Boe (North Dakota State) returns for a third season as the starter. The Bulldogs are looking for another overtime playoff run after finishing second in Class 7A last year. young transfer Isaiah Brown He joins a talented group of receivers after leading Yorkville with 42 receptions for 461 yards in 2022.

2nd St. Charles North (10-2): It will be built around the North Stars Jake Furtney (Army), a 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior tight end and middle linebacker. With the young quarterback Ethan Plumb They are back on offense for their third season on the varsity team, and the defending champions will be part of the DuKane Conference race again.

3.Yorkville (10-2): Game host Michael Dopart He split time last season but took most of the snaps. He was joined by a fullback/defender Ben Alvarez and two-way lineman Logan Brasfield As senior leaders of the Foxes, who will play their home games this year on grass pitches installed in the summer.

4. South Elgin (11-0): Storm loses point guard Jacob SullivanTransferred to Marmion after the family moved out of the county. Seven starter motors, including two-way starter Lucas Noworol At wide receiver and linebacker, he returns from the team that won the program’s fourth straight Upstate Eight Conference title.

5. Jacobs (8-2): Grant Stec (Wisconsin), the 6-6, 247-pound tight end/defensive end leads a trio of four-year starters returning from teams that have won eight straight games. The Eagles’ offensive line returns three starters: Anthony Fetting, Rocco Sauer And Matthew Shannon.

Jacobs’ Grant Stec (7) runs away during the second quarter of the Class 7A state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Mount Prospect.

6. Oswego East (5-5): Experienced offensive line led by veteran tackles Tim Savçuk And Zac Clarke Should lead the Wolves to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance. However, the program is hungry to get through the second round.

7.Oswego (3-6): Senior Gustavo GuzmanA 6-7, 290-pound tackle, he is one of four returning starters on the offensive line as the Panthers try to bounce back from a missed playoff run for the first time as a coach. Brian Cooney’s 11-year tenure.

8. Geneva (6-4): Junior wide receiver Talyn Taylor has eye-catching offers They’re from top college programs, but a boatload of 15 returning starters could also propel the Vikings up the regional rankings in very short order. Don’t be surprised by an extended playoff run.

9. Kaneland (7-4): Troyer CarlsonIn his fourth year as quarterback, reliable at receiver, big targets Aric Johnson And Dominick DeBlasio Leading the offense for first-year coach Mike ThorgesenHe has been with the program for more than a decade, serving as defensive coordinator for the past five seasons.

10. Burlington Central (4-5): The Rockets return 18 starters looking to make the program’s first playoff appearance since 2014. Jackson Alcorn returns for a second season leading the offense.

Aurora Christian's Owen Hampton (left) breaks up a pass to Chicago Christian's Ethan Vande Werken (24) during a game Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Aurora.
Aurora Christian’s Owen Hampton (left) breaks up a pass to Chicago Christian’s Ethan Vande Werken (24) during a game Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Aurora.

25 Players to Watch

Ben Alvarez, Yorkville, senior, fullback/linebacker; angelo bradley,St. Charles North, senior, defensive tackle; Ryan Boe, Batavia, senior, quarterback; Logan Brasfield, Yorkville, senior, offensive lineman; Jordan Buckley, Batavia, senior, defensive end; Troyer Carlson, Kaneland, senior, point guard; Zac Clarke, Oswego East, senior, offensive lineman; Carson CooneyOswego, junior, linebacker; Tommy DiamondGeneva, senior, linebacker; Ben Fiegel, Batavia, senior, linebacker; Jake Furtney, St. Charles North, senior, tight end/linebacker; Gustavo Guzman, Oswego, senior, offensive lineman; Owen Hampton, Aurora Christian, senior, wide receiver; Aric Johnson, Kaneland, senior, wide receiver; julian johnsonWaubonsie Valley, senior, tight end/defensive end; Waleed JohnsonPlano, senior, running back; Jack Lesher, Marmion, senior, linebacker; Bodey McCaslin, St. Charles East, senior, offensive lineman/defensive lineman; Jalen Miller, Larkin, senior, running back; Tim Savchuk, Oswego East, senior, offensive lineman; terrence smith, West Aurora, junior wide receiver; Grant Stec, Jacobs, senior, tight end/defensive lineman; Talyn Taylor, Geneva, junior, wide receiver; Arnold WalkerEast Aurora, senior, defensive end; Charlie WhelpleyBatavia, senior, tight end.

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