Prep football insider

Prep football insider

Each Monday, Marcus Jackson reviews and previews the week in IHSA football:

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Tuscola at Unity, Friday. Atmosphere will be electric for highly anticipated game.

St. Joseph-Ogden at Salt Fork, Friday. Good test for Storm before entering Vermilion Valley opener against Westville in Week 3.

Arcola at Arthur-Lovington, Friday. Winner could be on fast track to Little Okaw crown.

Urbana at Champaign Central, Friday. One of area's oldest rivalries always a hotly contested battle.

MAKING A LIST

This week: State's single-season passing yardage leaders, according to the IHSA:

1. Sean Price, Maine South, 4,751. Threw for 55 TDs and completed 342 passes during record-setting 2003 season.

2. Tim Brasic, Riverside-Brookfield, 4,644. Former Illini made his name in coach Otto Zeman's pass-happy system.

3. Dylan Ward, Prairie Central, 4,186. Former News-Gazette Player of the Year also threw for 46 TDs during state championship run.

4. Dusty Burk, Tuscola, 4,052. One of the first to lead Stan Wienke's spread offense, Burk wet on to careers at Illinois State and arena football.

5. Steve Walker, Lockport, 3,971. His passing efficiency led the Porters to the first of consecutive Class 8A titles.

ALL-AREA BALLOT

Our team doesn't come out until December, but here are three players who could be on it:

Corey Dowd, Arthur-Lovington. Whether it's offense or defense, senior makes his presence known.

Bryn Eakle, Salt Fork. Makes plays with the ball in his hands, whether it's catching passes or returning kicks.

Colten Unzicker, Fisher. Opposition knows he's going to get the ball and he still posts good numbers.

ALL-STATE BALLOT

Our team doesn't come out until November, but here are three players who could be on it.

Supo Sanni, Homewood-Flossmoor. Wide receiver has drawn interest from nearly every Big Ten school.

Tom DiCristina, Lombard Montini. In his first start, junior quarterback accounted for 346 total yards and helped end Sacred Heart-Griffin's 28-game winning streak.

Daryl Hendricks, Edwardsville. Senior caught a touchdown pass, rushed for one and returned a fumble for a score in Week 1.

MARCUS' RANDOM THOUGHTS

Ready for tests

Salt Fork was impressive in its 21-12 win against Hamilton County on Saturday, but the true barometer for the Storm lies ahead in the next two weeks. Playing consecutive games against teams that finished second in the state last year could go a long way in determining what kind of year they will have.

Plenty of options

Villa Grove didn't pick up the win Friday at Arthur-Lovington, but first-year coach Chad Musselman has to be excited about offensive depth. The Blue Devils have four players capable of handling the load in the running game, led by junior Rob Renfrow who ran for 240 yards in the opener. Travis Parsley, Dillon Dorsett and quarterback Jake Palmer all can break off big ones, making the Blue Devils tough to plan for.

NEWS-GAZETTE TOP TEN

School (Previous), Record

1. Centennial (1), 1-0, Chargers prepare for second straight road test

2. Tuscola (2), 1-0, Friday's showdown at Unity could be telling

3. Westville (3), 1-0, Tigers have plenty of offensive punch.

4. St. Joseph-Ogden (4), 1-0, Is Lukas Graves area's premier overall athlete?

5. Unity (5), 1-0, Will get stronger when LBs Pierce, Taylor return

6. Mahomet-Seymour (6), 1-0, Bulldogs dominated in road opener

7. Salt Fork (7), 1-0, Quarterback J.D. Learnard plays like veteran

8. Monticello (8), 1-0, Sages' Kyle Dooley another elite area athlete

9. GCMS (9), 1-0, Falcons unveiled dynamic rushing duo

10. Arthur-Lovington (NR), 1-0, Numbers down, but talent not diminished

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