The Crete-Monee football team has plenty of enthusiasm and was ready to hit the ground running (or passing), according to first-year coach John Konecki.
The defending Class 6A champions had good practices, though contact was limited because of the IHSA's new rules, but Konecki liked what he saw.
"Our kids came out excited and ready to work," Konecki said. "We had a good summer, but we are also looking to move some people around and get the right people in the right spots."
One of those positions is quarterback where Marcus Terrell threw for 6,169 yards and 69 touchdowns over the last two years before taking his talents to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Konecki said Franklin Douglas and Luke Hommes are the two quarterback candidates.
"Nothing is set," Konecki said. "We haven't even been in pads yet."
He said the numbers on all three levels are good.
"Our kids and our community are proud of our program," Konecki said. "(Former coach) Jerry (Verde) and the staff built into a program where kids want to play and football is a big thing."
Uneven bookends?: T.F. North coach Artie Rogers said his offensive line worked really hard over the summer and that may be a strong point this year.
"We go in size from 5-foot-8 to 6-8," Roger said. "We got some experience and they can be as good as they want to be.
He said the whole squad is still learning.
"We changed some things in our offensive scheme, so everyone is just getting used to it," Rogers said. "They are eager, but still learning."
Follow the Verde: Marian Catholic first-year coach Verde said the time put in the summer is showing in the first few days of camp.
"There was an emphasis on learning and building trust," Verde said. "We must now push forward with the physical part of the game to make sure we are prepared for the challenges ahead."
Glad to meet you: St. Francis de Sales coach Guy Lewis just got the job last week and he was on his honeymoon.
He said that director of football operations Tom Gullickson ran things over the summer, so it made the transition easier.
"Gully really kept it going for the kids during the summer," Lewis said. "I am still learning the names, but at least the fundamentals were in place."
The Pioneers will play their home games at the Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St.
"Beautiful facility," Gullickson said. "We think it is a great place for us and we using it for our preseason camp."