ELMHURST – When IC Catholic takes the field for the first time on a game day on the new turf at Plunkett Park, Liam Hendricks will lead the team onto the field as one of four captains. The senior, like most of the Knights, plays both sides of the ball.
Santaromita: What are you most excited about for Week 1?
Hendricks: I’m looking forward to the [field] dedication this weekend with all the families. I want to make a good impression for IC with all the students coming in with this new turf. Good football team. New uniforms. Exciting year.
Santaromita: How has the turf changed things for the team?
Hendricks: It’s different. It was basically dirt last year. All the rain and everything. You can practice out in the rain now. It’s good for the coaches, not so good for us. It’s awesome, much faster.
Santaromita: What are you looking forward to most this season?
Hendricks: We lost to AC [Aurora Christian] by one touchdown last year. They swept the whole playoffs. It was hard to watch even, at state to see them [win big] thinking that could be us. We’re looking forward to them on the schedule, our homecoming.
Santaromita: How does the team try to replace a talented quarterback like Demetrius Carr?
Hendricks: We have three different quarterbacks right now. We’re repping them all. One is mainly passing, one is running. We’ll see which one turns out to be our starter.
Santaromita: Whoever the starter is, how does a new quarterback change the offense?
Hendricks: Mostly we were focused on the long ball [last season].
Santaromita: What is the strength of the team?
Hendricks: Our small-school attitude.
Santaromita: What are your goals for the season?
Hendricks: Win a state championship. We can probably all agree on that.
Aug. 31 Noble Street Charter, 1 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Kaneland, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 Aurora Central Catholic, 1 p.m.
Sept. 20 at St. Edward, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 Marian Central, 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Montini, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 Aurora Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 Walther Lutheran, 1 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Chicago Christian, 7:30 p.m.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: IC Catholic vs. Noble Street Charter
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lewis Stadium, 150 S. West Ave., Elmhurst
2012 records: IC Catholic 7-4, Noble Street Charter 6-3
Outlook: The Knights had no problem beating Noble Street Charter in last season's opener. A 77-6 win got the season started with a bang. IC will be expected to win big again, but much of the attention will be paid to the debut of the new turf at Plunkett Park.