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Glenbard North – what to watch

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 4:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 12:26 p.m. CDT
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(Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com )
Glenbard North running back Vittorio Tricase breaks a tackle during practice Aug. 19.

A new look: For the first time in a while, there will be no Jackson in the starting backfield. With Phil a redshirt sophomore at Northwest Missouri State and Justin a freshman at Northwestern, the Panthers will rely on sophomore Vittorio Tricase and junior Devion Hodges to carry the ball in the run-based offense.

"Both have very good ball skills and both are very quick," coach Ryan Wilkens said.

A veteran under center: One position Glenbard North does have plenty of experience at is quarterback where Brett Gasiorowski returns after starting every game as a junior in 2013. He threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another two scores last fall and should see those numbers increase this time around.

"With a full year of experience under his belt, he is taking more charge of the offense," Wilkens said.

Getting defensive: The Panthers have always prided themselves on a strong, aggressive defense, and this fall should be no different. The unit, which is led by returning linebacker Luke Greenberg, held six opponents to 14 points or less in 2013.

"The defense looked good in doubles and they are playing really well up front," Wilkens said. "And Luke brings a different style of play, he really plays downhill."

AT A GLANCE

Class: 8A

Coach: Ryan Wilkens

2013 record: 9-2

Conference: DuPage Valley, 7-0, 1st

Top returners

Brett Gasiorowski sr. QB

Vittorio Tricase so. RB

Dillon Warnecke sr. FB

Axel Vargas sr. OL

Dom Heredia sr. OL

Luke Greenberg sr. LB

Matt Michalak sr. DE

Matt Kos sr. DE

Brad Metoyer sr. LB

Phil Partipilo sr. LB

Steven Adamatis sr. DB

Promising newcomers

Devion Hodges jr. RB

Jace James so. WR

Lucas Cherry jr. DL

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