[David Toney - For Shaw Media]
Grace’s summer is compounded by playing three positions — quarterback, safety and guard — that require a lot of time, dedication and trust from teammates. After deciding not to play football last season, Grace’s return to the gridiron is a boon for a football program that made strides last season toward the program’s first winning season since 2011. The Dukes (4-5) have an open spot at quarterback following the graduation of Joe Javorek.
“It’s been a very tiring summer,” Grace said on Saturday at the Riverside-Brookfield Summer shootout. “But I’m excited.”
Grace, in his second year on the varsity last season, proved to be a valuable cog in York’s historic season. The Dukes (29-5) established several new standards for the program, winning 16 of 17 home games, plus claiming the championships at the Palatine Thanksgiving Tournament and the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic to set a single-season program record for wins.