T.F. North Meteors
Last year's record: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue), lost to Oak Forest in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Head coach: Artie Rogers
Record: 16-13 at T.F. North and 19-20 overall.
Assistant coaches: Mike Anaclerio, Rick Carlson, Fred Schuldes, Richard Watson.
Starters back: Total 3 (1 on offense, 2 on defense)
Top offensive players: Jeremy Baldwin, Sr., OL; AJ Price, Jr., OL; Marvel Thompson, Sr., WR/RB; Adonis Barnes, Jr., RB; Davion Sylvester, Jr., QB; Nikita Smith, Jr., WR.
Top defensive players: Cameron Smith, Sr., LB; Baldwin, DL; Thompson, CB.
The Times Breakdown
Times Coach of the Year Rogers will have his work cut out for him this season after the loss of 23 seniors and a trip to the playoffs. He returns only three starters and has 33 total players, but don’t weep for the Meteors yet. Rogers has as much talent as he’s had in three seasons as head coach and will rely on Baldwin to lead the offensive line and quarterback Sylvester to lead the offense. If the injuries pile up, it could be a tough year, but if North stays healthy, it could make another playoff appearance.
Quote: "We can be 0-9 or we can win seven or eight games. You never know until you get started. You never know how the young kids will react when they are thrown in there full time and pressed into a varsity role.” !~ Rogers
!~ Compiled by Allison Buell