It seems like ‘The Burner’ is playing with fire
September 20, 2012 6:50PM
Grayslake-8/24/12, Fri./Grayslake North High School #10 Anthony Fish, of Grayslake North goes for the first down vs. Lakes. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
GRAYSLAKE NORTH’S FISH IS A WHALE AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS A GUPPY
Four games into his senior season, and Grayslake North High School quarterback A.J. Fish is putting up eye-popping numbers.
Consider these stats posted by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton during his 2010 season at Auburn.
In 14 games, Newton rushed 264 times for 1,473 yards and 20 TDs.
He also completed 185-of-280 passes (66 percent) for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs.
If you break those numbers down, Newton’s per-game averages were 107 yards rushing, 204 yards passing, and nearly 3 TDs rushing/passing per game.
Fish in four games: 78 carries for 662 yards and 12 TDs running the ball, and 65-of-93 passing (67 percent) for 894 yards and 4 TDs.
His per-game averages are 165 yards rushing, 204 passing, and 4 TDs rushing/passing.
While we concede Fish won’t have those type numbers when Grayslake North plays league powers Crystal Lake Central and Woodstock North down the road, we’re also willing to concede that we could be wrong about that.
CARMEL GIRL CARVES OUT HER OWN NICHE
Truth be told, Stevenson High School superstar girl golfer Stephanie Miller casts a giant shadow.
And because she dominates virtually every aspect of the sport of girls golf in Lake County, it’s easy for good players not named Miller to get overlooked.
One such player is Carmel senior Bella Bagshaw. This fall, she’s led the Corsairs in scoring in more than a half-dozen matches, and even achieved a career milestone when she broke 40 earlier this month in a match.
She’s one of several players from area schools — Libertyville and Highland Park are two others — who do get overlooked.
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:11AM
Points pondered by someone dumb enough not to be able to spell “tyrannosaurus” without googling it, but smart enough to have voted “Rex” the leader of our group when we were roaming the western part of the good ol’ USA one or two, or maybe it was 75 million years ago.
■ Five thoughts on Michael “The Burner” Turner, the North Chicago native and NFL player who took on a DUI in the wee hours of the morn after his Atlanta Falcons team beat Denver on M onday Night Football:
1) Turner has one year left on his contract, and it calls for him to earn about $5 million for the 2013 season. He’ll never see a dime. The Falcons will cut him, unwilling to overpay for a serviceable back in a pass-happy, salary-cap league.
2) “The Burner” — given that nickname when he was a long-distance Heisman Trophy candidate while playing his college ball at Northern Illinois — doesn’t speak well enough to land a job in the radio booth analyzing Falcons games.
3) In the seven years he’s been out of college, he probably hasn’t taken a single class online during the offseason that has moved him toward earning a degree at NIU. If true, that’s a shame because universities love it when former athletes “come back” and graduate, even though the classes are taken via computer, and the only “come back” is for commencement.
4) If reports of “The Burner” having fathered at least seven children with five different women are true, he’s headed for big-time financial/legal woes when the NFL cash goes away and child-support payments don’t.
5) In case you’re wondering, there are 48 limousine companies listed in the yellow pages that are based in Atlanta.
■ Dress for success.
Don’t know if there’s any surprise here, but according to Web site fanatics.com, the top selling college teams for fan merchandise so far this football season have been 1) Alabama, 2) Notre Dame, 3) Oregon, 4) Michigan, and 5) Ohio State.
■ Clearly, Warhawk Football Fever is nearing out-of-control p roportions.
Totally fired up for this weekend is the good Reverend Abrams, whose son, Marvin Warfield, is a freshman and playing football at Lakeland College in Wisconsin.
The Good Rev. — who would bleed Warhawk Red even if the rest of us bled blue or green — wants North Chicago to take over Wauconda for Saturday’s huge football game between the host Bulldogs (3-1) and North Chicago’s Warhawks (4-0).
He believes — and he’s actually right about this — that the Warhawk players respond to their fans in a way most other teams don’t. While most football teams tune out the noise, North Chicago’s players seem to welcome it.
In any case, after what the Good Rev. believes will be a Warhawk win, he wants the fans to then head up to Kenosha for Saturday’s 8 o’clock game between Carthage at Lakeland.
Warfield is one of four local grads playing for Lakeland (0-2 so far this fall).
The others are freshman running back Alexander Newman from Zion-Benton, senior D-lineman Josh Deluca from Grant, and sophomore O-lineman David Zea from Warren.
Carthage’s football field is located right on Sheridan Road, and it’s always 15 degrees colder than you think it’s going to be.
■ Funny how Lake Forest High School’s football team only has missed the playoffs once in the last half-dozen years.
And that was the year when current Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees was a senior at LFHS.
The one guy we have playing quarterback at a major college, and he QB’d a 3-6 team as a high school senior.