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Arvanitakis continues breakout campaign on the gridiron

New faces also making big impact for Westmont and Downers North

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 3:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 4:51 p.m. CDT
Downers Grove South's Alec Arvanitakis runs with the ball during Friday's game against Downers Grove North. (Photo by Sarah Minor - sminor@shawmedia.com)

Every football season brings with it change as former players graduate and new names gain recognition for their exploits on the fields. From seniors having their best seasons yet to underclassmen making big impacts, these breakout players are helping their teams achieve.

Alec Arvanitakis

School: Downers Grove South

Position: Running Back

Year: Senior

Impact: Alec Arvanitakis is the horse that powers the Mustangs’ offense. Through six games, Arvanitakis has rushed for 483 yards and six touchdowns and has shown the ability to catch the ball out of backfield and turn up the sideline. While he is considered a versatile, breakaway back, Arvanitakis has proven to be a work horse, totaling at least 16 carries in five of the Mustangs’ six games this year.

Charles Creamer

School: Downers Grove North

Position: Running back

Year: Senior

Impact: Charles Creamer has taken his speed from the track to the football field. The dual-sport athlete sprints and runs hurdles for the Trojan track and field team, but has carved out a place as a featured running back in the football team’s offense. Running an option offense, quarterback David Edwards frequently tucks the ball and turns up field, but Creamer has shown flashes of brilliance whenever he gets the ball in his hands and has steadily improved his blocking after primarily playing special teams last season.

Daniel LoGiurato

School: Westmont

Position: Running back


Impact: A two-way starter and special teams stand out, Daniel Logiurato has been a force for opposing teams trying to contain him. In an otherwise disappointing season for Westmont, Logiurato has found a way to produce big plays every week, including a 22-yard touchdown reception in the Sentinels’ 42-13 victory over Dwight. “Danny isn’t very big, but he hustles and has a good feel for what’s happening on the football field,” Westmont head coach Otto Zeman said of the 5-foot-9 LoGiurato. “He’s very athletic and has a lot of heart.”

Brad Sznajder

School: Benet Academy

Position: Running back

Year: Junior

Impact: Porter Ontko was the main man out of the backfield for the Redwings early in the season, which led to average performances in the first two games of the season for Sznajder. But when Ontko was lost for the season with an ACL injury, Sznajder broke out. In a Week 3 matchup against St. Patrick, the junior tailback rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, powering the Redwings to a 37-13 win.

In three games since, the speedster has accumulated several game-changing plays, including a 91-yard kick return and a 42-yard touchdown run as the Benet has remained undefeated.

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