On The Fence
Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 6/24/2015, 9:34 a.m.
With all the stormy weather we have been enduring over the past couple of months, the first official day of summer didn't help to change that as storms producing damaging winds and confirmed tornadoes kicked off the summer season. We have really seen a very wet pattern that has wreaked havoc on scheduled games across a variety of outdoor sporting events at every level of sport. With the July 4th weekend right around the corner, it is amazingly that time of year again when our area top 10 and season previews for prep football begin to take shape and what better way to spend a rainy day than to look over stats and returning player rosters to start piecing together our football predictions.
This football season will see some new faces both in terms of players and coaching staffs. The first and perhaps the most intriguing will be the coaching change at Romeoville High School. Romeoville has put together a few winning seasons and has been a dangerous team in the Southwest Prairie Conference regardless of record as of late. With many new faces suiting up for the Spartans this season and a new head coach with presumably a new offensive and defensive scheme, I wonder how well they will do in a conference that is continually improving.
Another SPC team to watch will be that of Plainfield East who has found a way to make the playoffs the last two seasons and gave good post season performances in both years. While there is no indication there will be a coaching change, the Bengals will have a considerable number of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Can they repeat and compete for a conference championship?
Joliet West really put together a great season last year and made the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades. With the wealth of talent at the school a cohesive coaching staff, a motivated athletic department and perhaps a few more Friday night home games? I think the Tigers are poised for another big season.
Of course I cannot talk football without mentioning 8A state champion Providence Catholic. They graduated an awful lot of talent on both sides of the ball and a repeat performance while expected may be a tougher road this season. That said, don't think for a minute the Celtics are any less talented this season despite the seniors who have moved on. This team will find a way to be in the hunt for another state title run. As for Joliet Catholic? I have one word to describe their team this season...motivated and one opposing team to remind fans of...Montini. Enough said.
I will be spending a ton of time seeking out all the relevant stories and putting together a comprehensive pre-season review over the next few weeks as we gear up for another prep football season. If you have news to share, shoot me an email and I will happy to come check it out.