LOMBARD – Glenbard East senior safety Javon York is committed to play for Illinois State next fall. York was voted by his teammates as one of four captains on the Rams and could see the field more than anyone else on the team. Coach John Walters said York is likely to be the only Ram to play both ways. In addition to safety, he could be used at linebacker, running back and wide receiver.
Santaromita: As a potential two-way player, do you prefer offense or defense?
York: Last season I played strong safety and I’m a returning starter in that position. Who knows with running back. I don’t really know if I'm actually going to start yet, but I’ve played running back over the years. I don’t really prefer either one, but I love both. I’m going to strive to start in both.”
Santaromita: What’s different from last year?
York: We’re more of a family. We’re a lot closer with the juniors rather than how the seniors were with us as juniors. That’s always great to have on a team. The defense is way more pumped up this season. Offense, I feel like they’re going to take off soon. They’re starting to come around.
Santaromita: How would you describe your game?
York: Hard-nosed. I like to hit people. I like to run hard when I run the ball. I’m a team player. I try to encourage my teammates always and just let them know that I believe in them as a captain. If I believe in them, they should believe in themselves and play up to their abilities.
Santaromita: What do you like about playing safety?
York: I just like to be free. I like covering. I like to move around a lot. You do a lot of moving at safety so that’s what I like about it.
Santaromita: What are your goals for the season?
York: Individually, I want to do better than what I did last season, definitely, as far as tackles and things like that go. I want to get more tackles. I want to rush the ball better. I want to score more, of course. I just want to upgrade everything. I want my team to play better. I want to win more games and make the playoffs.
Aug. 30 Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Oswego East, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 at West Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Naperville Central, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Glenbard North, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Wheaton North, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 Naperville North, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Lake Park, 7:30 p.m. (west campus)
Oct. 25 Wheaton Warrenville South, 7:30 p.m.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Glenbard East vs. Willowbrook
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 1014 S. Main St., Lombard
2012 records: Glenbard East 1-8, Willowbrook 6-4
Outlook: The Rams will be looking to get back at their neighboring rivals after losing to the Warriors, 42-41, last year in Villa Park. The Warriors went on to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Glenbard East will be hoping an opening-week win can propel them to similar success.
"That's just a big game for both of us Week 1," said Glenbard East coach John Walters. "It seems to set the tone for both of our seasons at the beginning of the year."