Edgy Tim, writing in the Tribune this morning, makes mention of three Broncos in particular:
Senior linebacker Nile Sykes, a highly coveted prospect by several schools, was named the Red Grange Classic's top defensive player. Wide receiver Tyler Tumpane earned the offensive player honor. Quarterback Alex Wills received the most important accolade — [Coach Chris] Andriano's praise for his leadership and poise.
And it makes me wonder: Should I change my plans for the first game of the season? Should I go watch Maine South at Montini instead?
Besides the three players in the above paragraph, Scout.com lists the following Broncos among its list of recruiting prospects:
Seniors Simmie Cobbs, WR; Keith Doyle, DT; Dylan Thompson, DE (committed to Ohio State); Derrick Curry, S; and juniors Isaac Lane, CB; Grant Branch, OT; and Leon Thornton, WR.
Wow! All that from a school of only 1100 students. (Lombard must have a heck of a youth program!)
Maine South, which won the 8A championship as recently as 2010, has only one player on the list, offensive tackle Brendan Brosnan. I know the Hawks graduated quarterback Matt Alviti, who's headed to Northwestern, but don't they have anyone else in the pipeline? We're talking about a perennial power with almost 2500 students!
(Last year, the Hawks made it to the third round of the playoffs before losing to eventual runner-up Glenbard North, 29-23. The year before, they got knocked out in the second round by Stevenson, 24-22.)
So whither Maine South now? Will 2013 be a rebuilding year? Or will the Hawks sneak up on everybody? After the Montini game, the Park Ridge squad hosts Wheaton Warrenville South (Red Grange's alma mater). Those two contests could be telling.
(Although I hasten to add that Maine South began that 2010 championship season with a record of 0-2. Wheaton South, for its part, started out 1-3 in 2011 before making it to the 7A final in Champaign. Clearly, neither Hawks' coach Dave Inserra, nor Tigers' coach Ron Muhitch, is given to panicking.)
But back to Montini: Can the Broncos defeat the big, bad Hawks at home on opening night? Might be worth a trip.