I can't remember where I read what, but Niles North appears to have not one, but two, outstanding running backs this year, Craig Dawkins and Barrington Wade. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings will start Romario Gayle and Richard Azunna at defensive back. (I always knew the Skokie school was good at track; sounds like Coach Mark Egofske has finally recruited some speedsters for the gridiron.)
Farther east, in Evanston, quarterback Matt Little will lead the offense. The Wildkits' defense, though, looks particularly strong, with Naquan Jones up front at defensive tackle, Jalan Jenkins at linebacker, and Travian Banks and Immanuel Woodberry at defensive back.
And over in Park Ridge, Maine South will feature signal-caller Brian Collis directing the offense behind sought-after linemen Kevin Jarvis and Liam O'Sullivan. (Not sure, but I think that last name is Irish.)
While Niles North and Evanston don't play each other this year, both squads will travel to Maine South, the Vikings on September 18 and the Wildkits on October 23 in Week Nine.
Can't wait that long? Well, you're in luck. Evanston visits Notre Dame on September 4 while Maine South hosts Loyola Academy on the same night. Both games should be interesting early-season matchups.
(I was told by one Rambler alum that the Hawks couldn't find anyone to play them. Wheaton Warrenville South, under the newly restructured DuPage Valley Conference, will play two non-conference games against Upstate Eight opponents.)