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THE NEWS-SUN’S ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM
THE ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM
Colton Moskal (Lake Zurich) Sr. LB
Matt Morrissey (Stevenson) Sr. DB/WR
Sean Lynch (Lake Zurich) Sr. DB
Hub Cirame (Lake Forest) Sr. RB
Willie Bourbon (Stevenson) Jr. QB
Khalil Rogers (North Chicago) Sr. LB
Bryson Eppinger (Warren) Sr. LB
Trent Williams (Lake Forest) Sr. LB
Josh Pollack (Highland Park) Sr. K/P
Jack Kutschke (Lake Forest) Sr. LB
Colton Emmerich (Deerfield) Sr. OL/DL
Tommy Sutker (Highland Park) Sr. QB
Jaleel Darr-Duffie (Waukegan) Sr. WR
Ryan Aoki (Grayslake Central) Sr. OL/LB
Titus Booker (Grayslake North) Jr. RB
R.C. Cox (Carmel) Sr. LB
T.J. Edwards (Lakes) Sr. QB
Cameron Green (Stevenson) Jr. WR/KR
Dominick McNeil (Lake Zurich) Sr. DL
Nate Magiera (Wauconda) Sr. DL
Andrew Nickell (Warren) Sr. QB
Chris Washington (Round Lake) Sr. LB/WR
Mike Brey (Lakes) Sr. LB/RB/P
Arnold Shead (North Chicago) Sr. RB/QB/DB
Zach Andre (Antioch) Sr. QB
Matt Loeffl (Grayslake Central) Sr. WR
Merrick Gentile (Grayslake North) Soph. QB
Joe Berg (Carmel) Sr. DB
Conor Simpson (Libertyville) Sr. RB/P
Trenton Curry (Zion-Benton) Sr. LB/WR
Kacper Kulesza (Wauconda) Sr. LB
Albert Mota (Mundelein) Sr. LB
Nick Donofrio (Vernon Hills) Sr. LB
Joe Sadauskas (Grant) Sr. WR/DB/K/P
Updated: February 12, 2014 3:36AM
The 2013 high school football season in Lake County will be remembered as the season that keeps on giving.
For nine weeks of the regular season and five weeks of playoffs, we got to watch, not just unbelievably talented football players, but good kids do their best on the gridiron for their teammates, their coaches, their school and their community.
And the best part of all, is that come next fall, we’ll still be able to watch most of them again.
Only next year, they’ll be playing on Saturdays with their college teams rather than on Friday nights under lights in high school.
The News-Sun on this day proudly presents its 2013 All-Lake County Football Team.
Twenty-five players were chosen for the squad, with 22 of them seniors and headed off to college to learn and to play some more.
The numbers will tell you this was a great year for football in Lake County, with Lake Zurich playing for a state championship; Lake Forest and Stevenson reaching the semifinals; and Warren, Grayslake North, Highland Park, Antioch, and Lakes also qualifying for postseason play.
As for the best way to explain how good the football was in the county this year, consider this: Each year, The News-Sun selects an all-county team and chooses 22 players — not by position but the 22 has held because that’s how many are on the field for each play.
This year, we selected 25, and easily good have chosen 25 more.
Colton Moskal — The senior linebacker was the heart and soul of Lake Zurich’s dominating defense. The 6-2, 215-pounder will play his college ball at Syracuse. In helping lead the Bears to a 12-2 season, he had 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He also played tight end on offense. He was an all-stater this year.
Matt Morrissey — The senior defensive back/wide receiver will play next year at Michigan State, which is where his dad (ex-Bear Jim Morrissey) played. A three-year varsity starter, he caught more than 40 passes this season, with 10 going for touchdowns. But it’s on the defensive side where he’ll be a standout in college. He was named an all-stater this season.
Sean Lynch — The Lake Zurich senior defensive back was named to the Class 7A all-state team, as he was the last line of defense for a team that played for the state title because of its great defense. He had 1 pick, 1 forced fumble, 3 tackles for loss and pass breakups.
Hub Cirame — The Lake Forest senior running back had a monster year, running for 1,296 yards and 22 TDs and catching 8 touchdown passes. He was the primary offensive weapon for a team that finished 9-3 and lost in the playoffs to the eventual state champs by less than a touchdown.
Willie Bourbon — The junior QB for Stevenson is a two-time all-county selection already. He threw for 2,195 yards and 22 touchdowns, and also ran for 445 yards and 7 scores. He directed a Patriot offense that went 10-3 and won the North Suburban Lake title.
Khalil Rogers — The last two seasons, this senior has been a rock at linebacker for North Chicago. He has the strength to fight off blockers and the speed to chase down runners. At the next level, he’s definitely a Division 1-type player.
Bryson Eppinger — The senior linebacker was a rock for Warren’s defense, and also played fullback on offense when the Devils were in short-yardage situations. A team captain he led by example as he was the team’s top tackler.
Trent Williams — This senior linebacker from Lake Forest was an all-state selection and it was well-deserved. Playing an outside spot, he was amazing in pursuit for a 9-3 team. He finished with 8 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He’ll play next year at Colgate.
Josh Pollack — The Highland Park senior will be doing his thing on the gridiron next year where it’s warm .... Arizona. The Giants were a pleasant surprise and a playoff team this year, and this punter/kicker was a big part of it. He also played offense and defense.
Jack Kutschke — It was a unique season for the Lake Forest senior linebacker. His family moved away last summer, but he stayed in Lake Forest with a family friend in order to help lead the Scouts to the playoffs. And he did just that, leading with his dominating play at linebacker.
Colton Emmerich — It’s not easy for offensive linemen to stand out in a crowd, but this 6-3, 200-pounder did for Deerfield. Not only was he a key to the Warriors’ running game, but he was so good, he was chosen Central Suburban North Lineman of the Year.
Tommy Sutker — A football team can’t surprise opponents and prognosticators without getting great play from key positions. For Highland Park this season, this senior QB did more in terms of production and leadership than anyone could have hoped, leading the Giants to a spot in the Class 6A playoffs.
Jaleel Darr-Duffie — This senior wideout was the big-play threat for a Waukegan team that was more competitive than its record would suggest. He was a threat to score on pass plays and on kick returns. One of the Central Suburban South’s most dynamic players.
Ryan Aoki — This senior was a center on offense and middle linebacker on defense and a key blocker as Grayslake Central had a strong ground game all season. He literally was like having a coach on the field and nobody playing prep football in this state is smarter. He scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.
Titus Booker — Injuries cost this Grayslake North junior running back half his season, yet he still put up eye-popping numbers, including school-record rushing totals that topped 250 yards in three different games. He scored 14 times. R.C. Cox —
A two-year varsity starter at Carmel, the senior was the anchor of Carmel’s defense and is exactly the type of kid that the Corsairs’ football produces. He’s a very high achiever in the classroom and was the toughest run defender on the field all season. Teams tried to run away from him but he still led the team in tackles.
T.J. Edwards — What a shame that this senior QB lost the final third of his senior season at Lakes to a knee injury. Nevertheless, he’ll be playing safety next year at Wisconsin. In addition to QB, he also played linebacker.
Cameron Green — The Stevenson High junior was the football version of a five-tool player in baseball. He played on offense, defense and special teams, and could score any time he touched the ball. The 6-3, 195-pounder caught 48 passes for 890 yards and 8 TDs, and averaged 24-plus yards on kickoff returns.
Dominick McNeil — A two-year starter in the defensive line for Lake Zurich’s overpowering defensive unit, his senior season included 7 sacks, along with 2 fumble recoveries and 2 fumbles.
Nate Magiera — A star wrestler in the winter at Wauconda, this senior was dominant defensive lineman this fall, recording more than two dozen tackles for loss. Teams ran at him and ran away from him, and yet he made the tackle.
Andrew Nickell — What a great season he had quarterbacking Warren to the playoffs. He passed for 2,619 yards, completed 63 percent of his passes, and threw for 25 touchdowns in 11 games.
Chris Washington — A wide receiver on offense, a linebacker on defense, and a special-teams player, this senior never left the field for Round Lake. He was named team captain before the season and team MVP after it.
Mike Brey — The ultimate team player, the 5-8, 175-pounder filled in wherever needed for Lakes’ 8-2 team. He was a running back, linebacker, punter and kick/punt returner and excelled in every phase. He scored 13 touchdowns on offense. Arnold Shead —
North Chicago’s best player, he was a breakaway threat as a running back, a leader of the offense at quarterback, and played safety on defense. Safety will be his position at the next level. A three-year varsity starter for the Warhawks, he’s going to be a difference-maker at the next level.
Zach Andre — The senior QB for Antioch directed the team on a three-game winning streak late to make the playoffs. A smart player who knew how to get his team out of a bad play at the line of scrimmage, he threw for 10 TDs and rushed for 3 more.