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Football

Talented backfield duo expected to lead LT

TALENTED BACKFIELD: Seniors Leonard Ross and Tommy Fiedler give the Lions one of the best backfields in the area. Ross ran for 1,053 yards and totaled 14 touchdowns; Fiedler passed for 1,738 yards with 18 total touchdowns and just two interceptions last season. "It's nice to start out with a backfield tandem like Tommy and Leonard for sure, but I think we'll be good in a lot of areas." LT coach Kurt Weinberg said.

HOPING TO START FAST: In each of the past three seasons the Lions have had a losing record entering October only to rally for a playoff spot with a 5-4 record. Thanks to the strength of the West Suburban Silver, a 5-4 record will typically be good enough to make the playoffs, but the Lions are hoping to avoid a similar fate this fall. LT's first two opponents, Warren and Willowbrook, beat the Lions a year ago.

LOOKING FOR MORE D: Last year the Lions gave up an average of 28 points per game, second-worst in the West Suburban Silver. The defense has higher expectations this fall with a senior-laden group led by returning starters Dante Stefanini, Aaron Smith (both linemen) and Joe Dillon (linebacker). They will be joined by the likes of fellow seniors Connor Gales, Charlie Herbert, Danny O'Malley and Liam Held.

Lyons Township Lions

Class: 8A

Coach: Kurt Weinberg

2013 record: 5-5 (4-2 WSS)

Conference: West Suburban Silver

Top Returners

Emmett Corrigan sr. WR

Noah Davis sr. OL

Joe Dillon sr. LB

Tommy Fiedler sr. QB

Connor Gales sr. LB

Michael Grace sr. WR

Liam Held sr. LB

Charlie Herbert sr. LB

Owen McNulty sr. WR

Blaze Nacker sr. OL

Chase Nacker jr. OL

Danny O'Malley sr. DB

Leonard Ross sr. RB

Aaron Smith sr. DL

Dante Stefanini sr. DE

Key Newcomer

Reggie Terrell Jr. so. CB

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