Suburban Life 2013 South all-area football team

The high school football season wrapped up with state championship games over the weekend, and now the Suburban Life honors the cream of the crop from Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont, Lisle and Westmont for their performances this season.

Brian Allen

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Outlook: An all-state center, Allen was a captain and leader of the Hinsdale Central offensive line. The 6-foot-1 inch, 287 Allen was a steadying force on the line and was recently selected to play in the Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

Alec Arvanitakis

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Outlook: He shouldered the offensive burden, running for 880 yards on 181 carries and 13 total touchdowns this season. The senior back finished on a high note totaling 125 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff-clinching victory over Hinsdale South in the final game of the season.

Tuf Borland

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Sophomore

Outlook: This linebacker led the Raiders with 53 tackles and 48 assists in 11 games. In his second year starting, he played his best down the stretch – returning an interception for a touchdown in a win over Lincoln-Way East and recording a team-high 13 tackles in the final game against Marist.

Sebastian Calvino

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Outlook: Calvino performed mightily at both a tight end and quarterback. The 6-foot-1-inch senior primarily served as a tight end for the first six games; then, following an injury, Calvino stepped in under center and scored 10 touchdowns in seven games as the starter and guided the team to the Class 7A quarterfinals.

Michael Dashut

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Outlook: This hard-hitting middle linebacker led the North defense to two straight shutouts to open the season. A captain of one of the best defenses in the area, Dashut’s defining play was a fourth-quarter interception to help seal a second-round playoff win over Wheaton Warrenville South.

Vontae Diggs

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Outlook: The Trojans’ Swiss Army knife, Diggs – a Division I recruit – played nearly every role on offense, defense and special teams. Diggs ran and threw for touchdowns this season playing quarterback and running back. Additionally, he started on the defensive line and returned multiple kicks for touchdowns.

John Duvic

School: Benet

Year: Senior

Outlook: The place kicker and punter, Duvic nailed 19 field goals this season – 12 from 35 yards or longer, and three from 50 yards and out. He set an IHSA record for most field goals made during a game (five) and set a Benet record for longest field goal made during a game – a 54-yarder that broke a record held by his father.

Jaden Huff

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Senior

Outlook: This tough running back paced a balanced Bolingbrook rushing attack, logging 814 yards and nine rushing touchdowns on 147 carries. The Division I recruit was also a receiving threat who caught two touchdowns and averaged nearly 10 yards per reception this season.

Cliff Krause

School: Lisle

Year: Senior

Outlook: A three-year varsity running back, Krause paced the Lisle offense this season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and over 15 yards per reception out of the backfield. He led the team in receiving, rushing, and touchdowns, tallying 914 all-purpose yards and 11 scores.

Kyle Leto

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Outlook: Leto excelled as a change-of-pace running back. At 5-foot-6-inches, Leto used his speed and agility to torch opposing defenses, as he was capable of scoring on every touch. In the second half of the season, Leto tallied touchdown runs of 44, 55 and 57 yards.

Danny LoGiurato

School: Westmont

Year: Senior

Outlook: LoGiurato was Westmont’s key playmaker on offense, defense and special teams this season. The three-sport Sentinels’ star often lined up at defensive back, running back, receiver and kick returner in the same game and accounted for a majority of the offense. In the team’s lone win this year, LoGiurato caught six passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Connor Melvin

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Outlook: A multiple-year starter, this 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior was the latest in the long line of standout offensive lineman at Lemont. One of only a few Indians who returned this fall with major varsity experience, Melvin helped open up holes for an offense that rushed for 1,551 yards and 23 touchdowns this season.

Robert Regan

School: Hinsdale South

Year: Junior

Outlook: The dual-threat quarterback entered in relief during a Week 2 loss to Downers Grove North, then never relinquished the starting role. Regan finished the season with 468 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also used his mobility to rush for 539 yards and 14 touchdowns while guiding the Hornets to the brink of the playoffs.

Ben Stefani

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Outlook: A versatile back who could run between the tackles or outside, Stefani led the Red Devils in rushing, accounting for 940 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns. He also proved to be one of the most durable and formidable backs in the area – setting a Hinsdale Central record for most carries in a game (42) during a loss to Oak Park-River Forest.

Nick Surges

School: Benet

Year: Senior

Outlook: A two-way starter, the 6-foot-3-inch outside linebacker and tight end was a difference maker on both sides of the ball. The senior linebacker was the leader of the Redwings’ defensive corps and his speed, finesse, tackling ability and football smarts have generated interest from Ivy League and Division I schools.

Erik Swenson

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Sophomore

Outlook: Regarded as one of the top offensive lineman in his class in the entire country, Swenson anchored a line which consistently opened holes for the Mustangs rushing attack. Already one of the top recruits in Illinois for the 2016 class, the 6-foot-7-inch 290-pound Swenson has verbally committed to play for the University of Michigan.

Brad Sznajder

School: Benet

Year: Junior

Outlook: In the wake of a season-ending injury to Porter Ontko early in the season, Sznajder carried Benet’s rushing attack and led the Redwings to six straight wins to open the season. He consistently displayed big-play ability, including a dazzling 91-yard kickoff return touchdown against Crete-Monee.

Parrker Westphal

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Senior

Outlook: The Raiders’ speedy shutdown defensive back proved to be a valuable asset on offense, defense and special teams this season. Not only was Westphal second on the team with eight pass break-ups, but the Division I recruit was also Bolingbrook’s punter, return specialist and frequently lined up at wide receiver.

Jacob White

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Outlook: A starter on both sides of the ball, White was the leader of both the offensive and defensive units. Not only was he the Red Devils’ starting middle linebacker, but the 6-foot-1-inch senior also filled in at quarterback when starter Chase Hamilton suffered an injury early in the season. Averaging seven yards per carry, White rushed for 467 yards and six touchdowns.

Quincy Woods

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Junior

Outlook: The featured quarterback in the Raiders read-option offense, the elusive Woods continually displayed a knack for moving the chains, collecting 676 yards on 125 carries. Even when defenses loaded the box to stop the run, Woods found open field and the end zone, scoring nine touchdowns this season.

HONORABLE MENTION

Benet: Jack Beneventi, Joe Weidenbach

Bolingbrook: Dariel Greer, Julian Huff

Downers Grove North: Daniel Izewski, Richard Olekanma, Jalen Reams

Downers Grove South: Michael Connolly, Le’Devin Smith, Javon Turner

Hinsdale Central: Ian Bunting, Juwan Edmond, Trevor Paul

Hinsdale South: Robert Hall, Anthony Riskus

Lemont: Anthony Berta, Drew Hayes, Jimmy Kepouros

Lisle: Kevin Coppin, Griffin Huba

Westmont: Tim Doll