Did anyone do a better coaching job than Wheaton St. Francis' Greg Purnell, who took a 3-6 team to 13-1 and a state championship in his second season?
I hope somebody will give St. Francis' Mark Kachmer and Stan Bobowski a chance to play in college.
Wouldn't you like to have Metamora quarterback Michael Fay on your team for the next two years?
Three other small-school players who impressed me a lot were Triopia running back David Arendt, Stark County receiver Calvin Lewis, Immaculate Conception linebacker Antonio Taylor and Bloomington Central Catholic quarterback Adam Rebholz. I hope they get a chance to play in college, too.
How good a coach is Carthage's Jim Unruh? Five state championships and four seconds since 1995. Remember, his father Paul coached West Chicago to a state title in 1975.
Sorry, statistics notwithstanding, I wasn't impressed with Aurora Christian quarterback Jordan Roberts.
The offenses are way ahead of the defenses. Is the 3-5 the answer to the spread?
Have you ever heard of a team at any level--high school, college or professional--that wasn't well-coached? Have you ever heard a rival coach or a television analyst or any member of the media say that a team is poorly coached?
If Lemont has six or seven Division I prospects, how many does Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin have?
Did you know that Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin coach Ken Leonard conducts a clinic for coaches who run spread offenses? That Maine South and Hinsdale Central attended the last one?
Leonard is the coach of the 2000's. In the last nine years, his teams have won 103 of 113 games. They also have won three state titles in the last four years. And they also finished second on one occasion.
East St. Louis' Terry Hawthorne was the best player on the field last weekend. He is a playmaker, offensively and defensively. His best position in college? Free safety. And returning punts and kickoffs.
While Hawthorne and East St. Louis teammate Tommy Hopkins concentrate on improving the secondary at Illinois, Flyer teammate Kraig Appleton, who confirmed his commitment to Illinois over the weekend, is best suited to utilize his 6-3 body at wide receiver.
But Hawthorne isn't perfect. His 45.6 punting average is either exaggerated or inflated or both. After observing him in his last two games, he is a consistent 35-yard punter. He isn't in a class with former St. Rita star Ryan Donahue, who now is at Iowa.
The quarterbacks, Maine South's Charlie Goro and Hinsdale Central's John Whitelaw, were as good as advertised. But running back Matt Perez and Maine South's defense, anchored by Zach Timm, Nick Catino and Corby Ryan, made the difference in the Class 8A final.
The Illinois High School Association's television package, directed by Jim O'Boye, two days and eight games and round-the-clock coverage, was a five-star production, filled with crisp play-by-play descriptions and expert analysis.