Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Julian Hylton committed...
The Phoenix, coached by George Czart, went 6-4 last year, including a big win over Andrew, 37-20, in Week Eight, and a first-round playoff loss to Richards, 36-14.
How does 2013 look for the Frankfort school? Well, let's have a look at their schedule, with last year's records, as always, in parentheses:
Aug. 30 @ LaSalle-Peru (3-6)
Sept. 6 Hillcrest (1-8)
Sept. 13 Andrew (6-4)
Sept. 20 @ Thornridge (0-9)
Sept. 27 Thornton (8-3)
Oct. 4 @ Lincoln-Way Central (4-5)
Oct. 11 Lincoln-Way West (8-4)
Oct. 18 @ Bradley-Bourbonnaise (6-4)
Oct. 25 @ Thornwood (3-6)
Look familiar? Lincoln-Way North plays in the same conference as Andrew, the Southwest Suburban (Red), which I touched on a couple of weeks ago. I won't go into who's good and who's not-so-good again; I'll let you (re)read if for yourself. Suffice it to say that the Phoenix play a lot of schools that begin with either "Lincoln-Way" or "Thorn-."
But you may want to watch for that game against Andrew in Week Three, which could be a heck of a match-up between Hylton and Thunderbolt running back Jarvion Franklin. And who knows? Maybe those two will end up playing for Illinois together in 2014.
Another game you might consider attending (if you don't mind driving) is the opener, against LaSalle-Peru. Will that be a good contest? I have no idea. But it will be played at historic Howard Fellows Stadium, below, in LaSalle, Illinois (about two hours from my house).
summed up Fellows this way last year: "Old-school stadium has a ton of charm."
Another blogger had this to say about it:
...a real hidden gem of a venue that ... may be the state’s best kept secret as far as athletic facilities go.
As you can see from the pictures (I think that's my car on the far right!), it's certainly worth a stop one of these days.
I'll be out at Batavia for opening night this year, but Fellows is definitely on my High School Football Bucket List.