Breakout players emerge for Glenbard South, Glenbard West

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 1:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 1:45 p.m. CDT
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Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com Glenbard South's Tyler Scott, here running over a Elmwood Park defender Sept. 27, has been a key piece to the Radiers' offense this season.

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.

Joe Leland

School: Glenbard West

Position: Offensive line

Year: Senior

Impact: With West losing four of five starting offensive linemen from a year ago, this senior stepped right in to help fill the void at a guard position. Not very big at around 200 pounds but extremely athletic, Leland often pulls on run plays and has helped the offense average 262 rushing yards per game.

Declan Ryan

School: Glenbard West

Position: Defensive line

Year: Junior

Impact: With the departure of the entire 2012 starting defensive line including standout end Ruben Dunbar, Ryan has stepped up and become a major contributor to the stout Hilltoppers’ defense. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has accumulated 2.5 sacks through six games while also contributing 11 tackles.

Tyler Scott

School: Glenbard South

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Junior

Impact: This 6-foot-2, 175-pound wideout has given the potent Glenbard South offense yet another weapon this fall. Part of a deep group of receivers, Scott had caught 14 passes for 204 yards through six games, which included a two-touchdown performance against Rich Eastin Week 4.

Pernevlon Sheppard

School: Glenbard West

Position: Defensive back/running back

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior has been a contributor on both sides of the ball for the Hilltoppers. As a starting cornerback, Sheppard has 23 tackles (14 solo and nine assists) through six games and has been a part of a secondary that allowed only 582 passing yards over that span. Offensively, despite limited opportunities, he has rushed for 67 yards and a TD on four carries.

Andre Steiger

School: Glenbard South

Position: Linebacker

Year: Junior

Impact: A member of the sophomore team a year ago, this junior has become a vital cog of a young but talented South defense. The linebacker accumulated 38 tackles through five weeks while adding five sacks and one fumble recovery. Steiger is also the Raiders’ punter and back-up kicker.

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