Suburban Life 2013 East all-area football team

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 2:41 p.m. CDT
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(Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)
Montini's Alex Wills passes the ball during their state game against Sacred Heart-Griffin in the Class 5A state final. Wills is an all-area pick as well as an honorable mention all-state quarterback.

Montini made its fifth straight state title appearance, but IC Catholic and Willowbrook also made the playoffs. Those three teams plus York, Glenbard East and Addison Trail comprise the 2013 Suburban Life East DuPage all-area football team.

Hayden Adams

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: Adams was one of the best two-way players in the area this season. He was a top player at safety for the Warriors with three interceptions. At wide receiver he racked up 67 receptions, 1,358 yards and 13 touchdowns as part of a potent Willowbrook offense.

Jeremy Barnes

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth often described Barnes as the heart of the Warriors' offense. The quick running back had 1,345 yards on the ground, added 567 more receiving yards, finished with 14 total touchdowns and was an all-conference selection.

Jaavion Bradley

School: Addison Trail

Year: Junior

Impact: The 6-foot-3 wide receiver is a premier athlete and made some big plays for the Blazers throughout the season. Bradley finished with 562 yards on 42 receptions with four touchdowns this year and was a West Suburban Gold all-conference player.

Joe Catanese

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: Catanese caught three touchdowns and had 149 yards receiving on the year, but he was primarily a key to the Warriors' defensive secondary. The senior West Suburban Gold all-conference player had a pair of interceptions and was a leader on the defense.

Devin Childress

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: The 6-foot-2 wide receiver used his size and athleticism to snag 60 catches for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns this fall. Childress, an all-conference wideout, was one of the bevy of weapons at Willowbrook's disposal this season.

Jack Copher

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: Copher was an efficient two-way threat for the Knights' offense. He completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,494 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 413 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Liam Gaughan

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: The Dukes used a power running game this season with a number of different rushers, but the constant was York's offensive line. Gaughan, a team captain, was a key part of that line and a West Suburban Silver all-conference performer.

Brian Johnson (MVP story)

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-area MVP was also the MVP of the West Suburban Gold and an honorable mention all-state selection in Class 7A. Including setting a state record for passing yards in a single game (675 against Lyons Township in Week 2), Johnson totaled 3,291 yards and 31 touchdowns with five more scores on the ground.

Randy Leslie

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: The Knights' top rusher crossed the 1,000-yard mark on just 144 carries. Leslie ran for 1,022 yards, averaging over seven yards per carry, and scored eight touchdowns for IC as it won a Suburban Christian Gold conference title.

Mike Maduko

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-state linebacker was limited due to injury in the state championship game, but still had 120 total tackles, including 16 for loss. The Broncos were an elite defense this year and Maduko was an essential part as a Suburban Christian Blue all-conference middle linebacker.

Emmett McCoy

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: If there was a big play made by the York defense, there's a good chance it was made by McCoy. The 6-foot-4 linebacker was a West Suburban Silver all-conference performer for the Dukes this fall.

Tommy Mogavero

School: Glenbard East

Year: Senior

Impact: Mogavero was a key player at the back of the Rams' defense and was a senior captain. From the safety position he helped make some big plays and organized East's defense.

Zach Ray

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: The defensive lineman was an all-conference performer and a captain for the Dukes this season. Ray helped York battle in the trenches in the tough, physical West Suburban Silver.

Ben Sullivan

School: Glenbard East

Year: Junior

Impact: Glenbard East coach John Walters raved about Sullivan at every opportunity this season. The Rams' coach frequently called the junior his best offensive lineman. In addition, he was also a team captain.

Nile Sykes

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: It's no secret why Division I programs are clamoring over Sykes. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound linebacker has supreme athleticism for his size. He had 80 tackles, 22 for loss, and 12 sacks this season as he was named Suburban Christian Blue all-conference.

Sam Symeonides

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: Symeonides' impact on the Knights' defense cannot be overstated. The senior managed to lead the team in tackles, a rare feat for a lineman, with 121. He also had 28 tackles for a loss with 16 sacks.

Dylan Thompson

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: The Ohio State-bound defensive end is a monster at 6-foot-4 and 271 pounds. He had monster numbers as well: 13 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and 59 total tackles for one of the best defenses in the state. The Suburban Christian Blue all-conference selection was also named Lineman of the Year in the conference.

Tyler Tumpane

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-state and Suburban Christian Blue all-conference wide receiver was a versatile weapon and surpassed 1,000 yards in the Class 5A final. He finished the year with 1,001 yards receiving on 85 receptions. He had 13 touchdowns, 10 receiving and three rushing.

Alex Wills

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: Wills showed great improvement from his junior to senior year and was honorable mention all-state in Class 5A while being named Suburban Christian Blue all-conference and MVP in the conference. He finished the season with 3,039 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. He accounted for five more scores on the ground.

Jim Wislek

School: Addison Trail

Year: Senior

Impact: Wislek was the senior leader on a young Addison Trail team. The all-conference running back rushed for 551 yards on 126 carries with 11 rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.

Honorable mention

Addison Trail: Eric Gilliam, Matt Gontarek, Mike Rybarczyk

IC Catholic: Clark Brinkman, Riley Ricobene

Glenbard East: Drake Pusateri, Dominic Wilberton

Montini: Josh Belt, Derrick Curry, Anthony Ferraro, Edgar Ruano, Leon Thornton

Willowbrook: Adrian Abrams, Irwin-Leon Cervantes, Christian Chavez, Jimmy Marcello

York: Ted Harrold, Charlie Rose

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