Monday, July 11, 2016

Oswego East went 6-3...

...last year before losing to Geneva, 36-19, in the first round of the playoffs. (The Vikings, 9-2, lost the following week to Bradley-Bourbonnais, 41-22.)

The Wolves beat West Chicago, Marian Catholic, Plainfield South, Plainfield Central, Minooka and Romeoville by a combined score of 167-38. They lost to Plainfield North, Plainfield East and Oswego by a combined score of 78-49.

Why do I bring this up today? Why do I care? More importantly, why should you care?

Good question. I noticed on this morning that Oswego East is the only school with a top prospect at both quarterback, Jaylon Banks, and at running back, Ivory Kelly-Martin, above. (Elijah James is also listed, at defensive end.)

The Iowa-bound Kelly-Martin, the leading rusher on Nazareth's Class 5A state championship team last year, transferred to Oswego East in January. From the Chicago Tribune:

Ivory Kelly-Martin had 190 carries for 1,972 yards and 33 touchdowns for Nazareth last season. He carried 13 times for 170 yards and four touchdowns in the Roadrunners' 42-21 championship game victory over Lincoln-Way West Nov. 28 in DeKalb. His second TD in the game for 96 yards set an IHSA title-game record for any class for the longest run from scrimmage.

Now, admittedly, I don't know anything else about the Wolves. But on paper, they have to have one of the most formidable offenses in the state with Banks and Kelly-Martin in the backfield. Do they have a good offensive line? Do they have anyone for Banks to throw to? Is there anyone on defense besides James? I have no idea.

But these guys are officially on my radar.

Will I drive all the way out to Oswego to see them play? Maybe. Their first big test should be at Plainfield North on September 23. The Tigers were 6-4 in 2015 and handed Oswego East its first loss of the season, 28-9, in Week Three. Can the Wolves avenge last year's defeat? If they're 4-0 going into that contest it may be worth the trip.

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