Life-Reporter-Progress 2012 all-area football team

Players from Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont, Lisle and Westmont represented.

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(Matthew Piechalak)
Downers Grove North sophomore quarterback David Edwards prepares to hand off to senior running back Brandon Salter in a second-round playoff game this season. Both Edwards and Salter are members of the Life-Reporter-Progress all-area team. Staff photo by Matthew Piechalak

The 2012 high school football season featured conference championships, deep playoff runs and some memorble moments for players competing for teams throughout the area. We honor some of the best local players with our 2012 all-area team.

Brian Allen
YEAR Junior
SCHOOL Hinsdale Central
Already with five offers from Big 10 schools, this junior again was the anchor of the offensive line from his center position. His work up front helped the Red Devils rush for over 1,800 yards, averaging 5.36 yards per carry. He also added 22 tackles and 4 sacks as a defensive tackle.

Aaron Bailey
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Bolingbrook
Despite missing four-plus games with a sprained knee, this Illinois recruit still put up some impressive numbers. In rushing for 742 yards and 12 touchdowns, he averaged 7.8 yards per carry, and he flashed his passing ability with 349 yards and four touchdowns for the year.

Jack Beneventi
YEAR Sophomore
SCHOOL Benet
Only a sophomore, Beneventi helped engineer the Redwings’ high-flying offense that put 420 points on the board this season. An East Suburban Catholic all-conference selection, Beneventi completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,318 yards and 20 touchdowns.

DJ Deolitsis
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Hinsdale South
This senior was a main reason behind the Hornets returning to the postseason. This quarterback was especially dangerous with his feet, running for 1,098 yards and 18 touchdowns. Deolitsis also passed for 852 yards and five scores.

Vontae Diggs
YEAR Junior
SCHOOL Downers Grove North
A lithe, athletic defensive lineman, Diggs wreaked havoc on opponents. He had 16 tackles for loss and six sacks, both tops on the team, and he turned in the play of the year with a punt block and touchdown against Benet in the state quarterfinals as the Trojans stormed back in the fourth quarter.

Tim Doll
YEAR Junior
SCHOOL Westmont
An Interstate Eight all-conference selection, Doll was the engine behind the Sentinels’ offense that had several baig games, including a 35-14 win over Reed-Custer in front of the home fans Sept. 21.

David Edwards
YEAR Sophomore
SCHOOL Downers Grove North
The 6-foot-6 sophomore ran the Trojans’ option offense to a T. Splitting carries with backfield mates Brandon Salter and Kyle Leto, Edwards rushed for 719 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns. He also passed for 502 yards and three touchdowns in limited attempts.

Jack Euritt
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Benet
An East Suburban Catholic all-conference selection, Euritt finished the season as the Redwings’ leading receiver with 850 yards (more than one third of the team’s receiving yards) and 10 touchdowns (nearly half of Benet’s 24 touchdown receptions).

Chris Giatras
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Lemont
A true definition of a workhorse, this senior running back carried the ball 257 times this fall, averaging 6.2 yards per attempt. Giatras finished with 1,592 rushing yards and most importantly, found the end zone 25 times.

Kyle Leto
YEAR Junior
SCHOOL Downers Grove North
Splitting backfield carries with Brandon Salter, the 5-foot-6, 155-pound running back could get lost behind the offensive line. But nothing overshadowed his accomplishments as he compiled 775 yards (7.3 per carry) and found the end zone seven times.

Tim McAuliffe
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Lemont
Behind almost every great running back is a strong offensive line, and that was the case this fall with the Indians. Headed to Bowling Green to continue his football career, this guard/center helped open up holes for Chris Giatras, who finished with nearly 1,600 rushing yards.

Connor O’Brien
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Lemont
With a nose for the football, this linebacker was all over the field for the Indians. O’Brien led the defensive unit with 97 solo tackles while adding 33 assists. He also registered six sacks while tallying three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Brian Owens
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Hinsdale Central
This senior again was the main cog in the Red Devils offense, completing 139-of-243 passes for 2,236 yards and 20 touchdowns. Owens was also third on the team in rushing with 199 yards and three scores.

Ethan Pocic
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Lemont
Selected to the Illinois Football Coaches Association Class 6A All State team, this offensive tackle will continue his football career at LSU. His blocking up front was a major reason why the Indians rushed for over 3,000 yards this season, averaging 6.0 yards per attempt. Also playing on defense, he totaled 19 solo tackles.

Andrew Pyle
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Hinsdale Central
The unquestioned leader of the defense, this senior linebacker topped the Red Devils with 75 solo tackles. He added 19 assists, one sack and two fumble recoveries.

Brandon Salter
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Downers Grove North
A tough runner also capable of breaking off a big, athletic run, Salter averaged a team-best 7.5 yards per carry and led the team in rushing 870 yards. He also scored seven touchdowns on the year.

Omar Stover
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Bolingbrook
While teammates Jaden Huff and Aaron Bailey missed some time with injuries, Stover was a constant in the backfield for the Raiders. The all-state selection led the team with 1,012 yards rushing and scored 12 touchdowns, tied with Bailey for the team lead.

Arian Toney
YEAR Junior
SCHOOL Hinsdale South
Toney burst onto the scene this fall and should be one of the top running backs in the area next season. The junior averaged 6.33 yards per carry, rushing for 1,145 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns.

Emile Wisdom
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Bolingbrook
Typical for Bolingbrook football, the Raiders had several stellar athletes on the defensive side of the ball and Wisdom might have been the most well-rounded. The linebacker was a solid tackler and defensive leader who always seemed to be in the thick of the play.

Mike Zebold
YEAR Senior
SCHOOL Downers Grove South
Probably the Mustangs’ most consistent offensive player throughout the season, the quarterback got it done through the air and on the ground, especially in a highlight reel game against Morton in which he passed for 231 yards and four touchdowns on six completions and ran for 55 yards on five carries.


Honorable mention
BENET
Jack Crain, Nick McTarnaghan, Porter Ontko, Jack Toner

BOLINGBROOK
Greg Amos, John Hall, Jaden Huff, Phillip Stevens, Parrker Westphal, Phillip Williams

DOWNERS GROVE NORTH
Mike Dashut, Dan Izewski, Richard Olekanma

DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH
Rashaun Cowen, Kaylon Miller, Brian Spain, Javon Turner

HINSDALE CENTRAL
Jack Adams, John Claussen, Jaden Huff, Jacob White

HINSDALE SOUTH
Tavaris Binion, Stephen O’Neill

LEMONT
Joe Hehir, Mike Luciano, Drew Slee

LISLE
Dawon Burrell, Nick Saul, Ryan VanVolkenburg

WESTMONT
David McDermott, Kris Pierce, Jean Pietrzak

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