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Edgy Tim’s IHSA Football Team of the Decade: Quarterbacks

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Edgy Tim’s IHSA Football Team of the Decade: Quarterbacks

With another decade of IHSA football now in the books, let's take a look at several names to consider when assembling the ‘Best of the Best’ from the recently-completed 10-year stretch (2010-2019).

Who are the top five IHSA quarterbacks of the decade? Well, the list of worthy signal callers seems to be endless. Hypthetically speaking, do you factor in just strictly high school production and overall winning/success of that player’s program? Or does that player’s post-high school success become a factor? Let the detailing begin. In no particular order…

Reilly O'Toole, Wheaton South’s Class of 2011 (Illinois): O'Toole led the Red Grange Tigers to back-to-back Class 7A state titles in 2009 and 2010 and was also a two-time All-State player for head coach Ron Muhitch. O'Toole went on to play for the University of Illinois.

Wes Lunt, Rochester’s Class of 2012 (Oklahoma State/Illinois): Lunt led the Rockets, coached by Derek Leonard, to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2010 and 2011. He was the catalyst of what would become one of the greatest football runs in Illinois high school football history. Lunt, who started his college career at Oklahoma State, ended up transferring closer to home and finished his college career in Champaign. 

Gabe Green, Sacred Heart-Griffin Class of 2015 (Southern Miss/St. Thomas): Green had quite a career for another Springfield-area powerhouse. Sacred Heart-Griffin, coached by Hall of Fame head coach Ken Leonard, was dominant with Green under center. He guided the Cyclones to back-to-back Class 5A football titles in 2013 and 2014. Green began his college career at Southern Miss and just wrapped up his college career this fall at D-2 power St. Thomas in Minnesota. 

Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge’s Class of 2018 (Iowa): Evans, who is now listed as a running back on the Hawkeyes roster, led the Wolves to back-to-back Class 6A state titles in 2016 and 2017. Evans ran Prairie Ridge’s option offense for coach Chris Schremp and was a two-time All-State player along with being named the EDGYTIM/Rivals.com Illinois Player of the Year for the 2017 season. 

J.J. McCarthy, Nazareth Academy’s Class of 2021 (Michigan commit): Yes…McCarthy is just a high school junior. But he has built up quite a resume in LaGrange Park. McCarthy has led the Roadrunners to the Class 7A state title in 2018 along with a second place finish in 2019. McCarthy, who has been verbally committed to Michigan since last spring, will have one more season to add to his already impressive list of high school accomplishments.  

Next in? 

Tyler Hutchingson, Greenville’s Class of 2015: Huntchingson, who bypassed football to play college baseball at SIU-Edwardsville, is all over the IHSA record book. Hutchingson, who was a two time All-State quarterback for Greenville in 2013 and 2014, is the IHSA record setter for career completions (727) and career passing yardage (10,894 yards). His name is attached to several other IHSA passing records. 

Tyler Macon, East St. Louis’ Class of 2021: Macon was named as the 2019 EDGYTIM/Rivals.com Player of the Year in Illinois. He also led the Flyers to the Class 6A state title this past fall  2019 while also quarterbacking this Metro East superpower to the 7A quarterfinal round his sophomore year. With a strong underclassmen supporting cast back in 2020, Tyler Macon will have a chance to, not only add to his impressive resume, but to take ESL back to state championship territory in November.

High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

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High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

Check out our high school hoops highlights from some of the best games around the state, and be sure to follow @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest scores, highlights, and analysis

Windy City Legends: Candace Parker

Athlete of the Week: Lake Park West's Darrione Rodgers

Team of the Week: Saint Viator hockey

Highlights: Sandburg 63, Stagg 56

Highlights: Marist 57, St. Rita 46

Highlights: Benet 55, St. Charles East 44

Highlights: Morton 67, Leyden 55

Highlights: Sycamore 53, Kaneland 47

Mid-week Mixtape:  Thornton 55, Homewood-Flossmoor 43

Highlights: Buffalo Grove 80, Rolling Meadows 70

Highlights: Senn 73, Amundsen 67

Highlights: Clark 74, Crane 57

Highlights: Whitney Young 80, North Lawndale 41

Highlights Bolingbrook 79, Lincoln-Way East 66

Edgy Tim’s Team of the Decade: Kickers

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Edgy Tim’s Team of the Decade: Kickers

You may not picture Illinois as a hotbed for kickers. But we have been fortunate to witness so many that have done well on the prep level.

This is our final position in the “Team of the Decade” series (2010-2019). This position should produce more debate: Do you factor in just strictly high school production and program winning/success, or does a particular player's post high school success also become a factor? Let the debate begin.

Jake Elliott, Lyons Township’s Class of 2013 (Memphis): Elliott, who had never played football until his junior season at L-T, made the most of his limited time on the field. He was named an All-State kicker his senior season. Elliott ended up signing with Memphis and was a four-year starting kicker for the Tigers. Elliott was a fifth-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft and was then signed off their practice squad by the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott has remained the Eagles kicker since the 2017 season.

Austin Seibert, Belleville West’s Class of 2015 (Oklahoma): Seibert was ranked as one of the nation's best prep kickers in the Class of 2015. He ended up signing with the Oklahoma Sooners after drawing multiple scholarship offers. Seibert had an impressive career kicking for the Sooners and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He made 25 of 29 field goal attempts and 30 of 35 extra points this past season.

Tucker McCann, O'Fallon’s Class of 2016 (Missouri): McCann was a nationally sought-after kicker in the Class of 2016 and signed with Missouri after considering offers from Alabama and Illinois. McCann is also listed in several IHSA kicking records including career field goals made (28), field goals made in a season (12), field goals made in a game (four) and still holds the state record for the longest field goal made in a game (60 yards). McCann also made at least one field goal over 50 yards in all three years he kicked at the varsity level for the Panthers.

Jack Olsen, Wheaton Warrenville South’s Class of 2020 (Michigan State): Olsen, who graduated early this fall and is already enrolled at Michigan State, was a four-year letterman for the Tigers and head coach Ron Muhitch. He was named as an All-State kicker in 2018 and 2019 by EDGYTIM/Rivals.com. During his time at WWS, he set new IHSA records for the most field goals made in a game (eight) along with the most field goals made in a single season (22).

Dominic Dzioban, Lincoln-Way East’s Class of 2020 (Miami OH): Dzioban, otherwise known as “The Dominator,” was 18-of-20 on field goals and 50-of-51 on extra points last season. Dzioban's kickoff and punting game was a major weapon for the Griffins, who won the Class 8A state title this past fall. Dzioban also earned All-State honors as a senior and owns the school record for most field goals made (37) and is the school's all-time leading scorer (340 points). He possesses 50 yard-plus field goal range and was one of the best two-way kickers in the Land of Lincoln over the past several seasons.

Next in?

Ron Colucci, Naperville North’s Class of 2012 (Central Michigan/Iowa)

Kai Kroeger, Lake Forest: Class of 2020 (South Carolina)

Caleb Griffin, Danville’s Class of 2018 (Illinois)

Josh Pollack, Highland Park’s Class of 2014 (Arizona)

John Richardson, Brother Rice’s Class of 2018 (Northern Illinois)