Flames youth football team hopes to ignite in front of home crowd in North Chicago
By Jeff Bonato email@example.com & on twitter @jeffbonato October 31, 2013 4:56PM
DeAndre James of the North Chicago Flames Heavyweight Division team makes a tackle during last week's game against McHenry at Carmel High School. | PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNETY SMITH
Coach — Ozzie Young.
Assistant Coaches — Travis Turner; Todd Bland.
Record — 5-4.
Next Game — Sunday at 10 a.m., host BANA (Batavia/Aurora/North Aurora).
Roster — Jamar Mays, Javonta Beech, Luther Thompson, Ellis Hatch, Anoreon Lymon, Kimahri Wilson, Quadell Magget, Ethan Soto, Manny James, Travis Turner, Joshua Baker, Justin West, Bryce Moore, Anthony Washington.
Coach — Michael Bone.
Assistant Coaches — Tony Gales; David Bryant.
Record — 8-1.
Next Game — Sunday at 2:30 p.m., host Villa Park.
Roster — Garret Turner, RayShaun Brown, Allen Jefferson, Jarvon Watson, Quadrese Duty, DeAndre James, Arron Collins, Nathaniel Rogers, DyShon Gales, Jourdon Pressley, Quarmar Duty, Charles Wallace, Tyreck Abrams, Levall Smith, Xavier Glass, Jalen Snell, Jarirus White, Justin Brown.
Coach — Al Rogers Sr.
Assistant Coaches — Floydd Eubanks; Matt Wilterdink; Taveres Perry.
Record — 5-4.
Next Game — Sunday at 1 p.m., host Villa Park.
Roster — Keion Tanner, Seneca Sanders, DeQuan Leonard, Treymaine Martin, Allister Richards, Armoni Rogers, Ruben Tapia, Brian Wilterdink, Misean Riddle, Donard Brown, Nisir Young, Lanell Rolland, Jarvis Myrick, Detrick Jackson, Donnel Devost, DeSean Carr, Sibruntea Moses.
Coach — Ezzit Williams Jr.
Assistant Coaches — Eddie Phillips; Lawrence Duty.
Record — 1-8.
Next Game — Did not qualify for playoffs.
Roster — Ozzie Young, Joshua Turner, Jakeice Williams, Javonte Davis, Jourvon Pressley, Tylone Fain, Corey Harper, Chris Magget, Colin Mendoza, Dontavis Stricklan, Javionta Cole, Jaledan Hickman, Jujuan Praham, Kareem McNeal, Joseph Baker.
Coach — De’Shawn Lewis
Assistant Coaches — Ryan Turner; Tyrone Taylor.
Record — 6-3.
Next Game — Sunday at 11:30 a.m., host Wauconda.
Roster — Bryce Turner, Demari’ay Duncan, Jaydin Bunch, Cassius Callahan, Terrell Turner, Daymare Spencer, Ocise Pressley, Jayden Turner, Ellis Usher, Tyronne Talor, Dy’Zhir Usher, Trevian Williams, Jabbari Sparkman, Qui’Rawn Pressley, Lon McLendon, Tailaan Williams, Melvin Smith, Christan Asencio, Brian Wilson, Valentino Asencio, Khanye Garner, Jalin Strowder.
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:19PM
The future of North Chicago High football will be on display Sunday on the school’s field when the community’s youth program, the Flames, will host four first-round contests in The Chicagoland Youth Football League playoffs.
The TCYFL is a huge organization that includes a majority of the youth football programs in Lake County, including Zion-Benton, Waukegan, Gurnee, Lake Villa, Antioch, etc.
There are five separate divisions based on age/weight/experience, and North Chicago has a team in each age group.
In addition, the 30-plus programs are divided into four conferences for regular-season purposes and the 24 teams in each weight/age class that qualify for the playoffs are divided into three eight-team groups based on the number of football players in the program.
North Chicago qualified four of its five teams for the playoffs, led by its Heavyweight Division team, which went 8-1 during the regular season, losing only to 9-0 McHenry 30-14 last weekend. Before that loss, the Flames had beaten Waukegan, Wauconda, a team from the Aurora area, Prospect Heights, Johnsburg, Villa Park, Grant and Zion-Benton, and had scored at least 25 points in every game.
Sunday’s game schedule is as follows:
■ 10 a.m. — Flames Featherweights host BANA (Batavia/Aurora/North Aurora).
■ 11:30 a.m. — Flames Bantams (little guys) host Wauconda.
■ 1 p.m. — Flames Lightweights host Villa Park.
■ 2:30 p.m. — Flames Heavyweights host Villa Park.
Winners in each weight class advance to the semifinals.
The Heavyweights are seventh- and eighth-graders.
The last time North Chicago was this good at the Heavyweight level was when North Chicago High’s current senior class was in eighth grade.