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Suburban Life 2013 Central all-area football team

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 1:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:46 a.m. CDT
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Glenbard West's Scott Andrews makes his way past th grips of Lake Zurich during their home state semifinal game Saturday November 23 2013.

Meet the 2013 Suburban Life all-area football team.

Scott Andrews

School: Glenbard West

Year: Senior

Impact: An important component of the Hilltoppers' backfield the past couple of seasons, this senior went out on a high note. Rushing for 1,496 yards and 27 touchdowns on just 207 carries this season, the all-state selection also caught 16 passes for 237 yards and two scores.

Matt Biegalski

School: Wheaton North

Year: Senior

Impact: Teaming with JP Forcucci to give the Falcons one of the top receiving duos in the area, this senior had another standout campaign. Biegalski caught 52 passes for 984 yards, averaging 18.9 yards per reception, and 12 touchdowns. He also averaged 14.4 yards per punt return with one return for a touchdown.

James Butler

School: St. Francis

Year: Senior

Impact: Returning to the field after sitting out last year as a transfer, Butler made his one season in a Spartans' uniform count. Despite being sidelined for the final game-and-a-half, the senior running back gained 1,185 yards on 138 attempts, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. He scored 19 touchdowns and added eight catches for 111 yards.

Hayden Carlson

School: Glenbard West

Year: Senior

Impact: Named to the Class 7A all-state team, this senior was second on the Hilltoppers in total tackles with 92 (37 solo and 55 assists). Additionally, Carlson handled punt return duties and also saw time on the offensive side this fall as a wide receiver, hauling in 11 catches for 245 yards and three touchdowns.

Connor Dombrowski

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: One of only three returning starters on the Panthers' defense this fall, this senior defensive lineman was again a disruptive force and a handful for opponents. Leading the unit with 14 tackles for loss, Dombrowski finished with 51 total tackles (26 solos, 25 assists) and added three sacks.

Chris Edwards

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: A three-year starter for the Panthers, this senior was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year in the DuPage Valley Conference. Edwards, who was selected to the coaches association Class 8A all-state team, was part of a linemen group that helped running back Justin Jackson average 9.11 yards per carry.

John Gemmel

School: Wheaton Academy

Year: Senior

Impact: A talented two-way player for the Warriors this fall, this senior topped the offense with 700 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 101 carries. On the other side of the ball, Gemmel finished with 31 tackles, six of which were for a loss, and three sacks to help Wheaton Academy to the cusp of the playoffs.

Grant Greeno

School: Glenbard West

Year: Senior

Impact: Another in the long line of talented linebackers for the Hilltoppers, this second year starter was third on the defense with 76 tackles (29 solos and 47 assists). Greeno added three sacks and also forced a fumble.

Jordan Hassan

School: Glenbard West

Year: Senior

Impact: A main cog in a defense that allowed just 15 total touchdowns on the season, this linebacker led the Hilltoppers with 98 total tackles (25 solos, 73 assists). Hassan was also tied for second on the unit with six sacks and added one forced fumble.

Justin Jackson

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: The numbers Jackson produced this season are mind-boggling, especially considering defenses were geared up to stop the senior running back. Falling just short of the single-season state record for rushing yards, Jackson totaled 3,171 yards and 38 touchdowns while compiling 24 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back.

Alex Jeske

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: A steady leader for the Raiders, this senior quarterback was selected as the Metro Suburban Conference Offensive MVP this season. Jeske completed 170-of-273 passes, a 62-percent clip, for 2,262 yards and 22 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. He also rushed for 137 yards.

James Kalfas

School: St. Francis

Year: Senior

Impact: A three-year starter on the offensive line, this senior helped anchor a group that opened up massive holes for running back James Butler. As a team, the Spartans rushed for 2,226 yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry.

Danny Lazzerini

School: West Chicago

Year: Junior

Impact: Averaging 5.1 yards per carry, this junior running back gained 628 yards on 123 carries to go along with eight touchdowns. Lazzerini also caught nine passes for 91 yards and a score and is described as the best pass-blocking running back West Chicago head coach Bill Bicker has ever been around.

Cyrus Parker

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: An athletic defensive end, this senior exploded onto the scene this fall. Parker led Glenbard North with 7.5 sacks and was second with 11 tackles for loss. He finished with 47 total tackles (21 solos and 26 assists) and also tallied a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Jake Schultz

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Senior

Impact: One of just four returning starters on the defense, this safety was a definite leader for the Tigers. Able to come up and support the run as well as cover the pass down the field, Schultz was selected to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 7A all-state team.

Zach Smith

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior running back was a two-way threat for the Raiders out of the backfield. Tops on the squad with 977 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 140 carries, Smith also was second on the team with 36 catches for 563 yards and seven scores.

Clayton Thorson

School: Wheaton North

Year: Senior

Impact: Taking over the quarterback reigns this fall after splitting time a year ago, this Northwestern recruit and all-state selection did it all for the Falcons' offense. Thorson completed 204-of-353 passes for 2,809 yards and 29 touchdowns and also rushed for a team-high 567 yards and 12 scores.

Mocha Uchiyama

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Senior

Impact: With a motor that never stops, this senior provided a dominant presence on the Tigers' defensive line despite giving up a lot of size to his opponents. One of the team's leading tacklers, Uchiyama also topped Wheaton Warrenville South with double-digit sacks.

Jacob Van Dyke

School: Wheaton North

Year: Senior

Impact: A true breakout player this fall, this senior was one of the many leaders of the Falcons' defense in 2013. Tops on Wheaton North with 107 total tackles (46 solos and 61 assists), including a team-high 11 tackles for loss, Van Dyke also added two sacks and two interceptions.

Connor Willis

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: A two-time Metro Suburban all-conference selection, this senior linebacker was named the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year in the league. In 11 games, Willis totaled 98 tackles, 14 of which were for a loss, to go along with eight sacks and two interceptions. He also caught eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown on offense.

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Glenbard North: Luke Greenberg, Sam Kriese

Glenbard South: Clark Gary

Glenbard West: Joe Leland, Declan Ryan, Eric Shute

St. Francis: Justin Flood, Tom Gitchell

West Chicago: Mike Favia, Colin Lelito, Jordan Lelito, Alex Starkey

Wheaton Academy: Marino Costello, Taylor Johnson, Daniel Sedjo, Nathan Lopez

Wheaton North: JP Forcucci, John Coolidge, Beau Martin

Wheaton Warrenville South: Jon Callaway, Joe Kazar

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