T.F. South football coach Tom Padjen had a few more freshmen come out when school started this week and the 37th-year head coach is happy about the numbers on all three levels.
"We got over 180 out total, including close to 70 on the varsity," Padjen said. "I just hope we do not run out of equipment."
The Rebels host defending Class 6A state champion Crete-Monee at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 for the season opener.
Family education: Thornton wide receiver/defensive back Jauan Wesley recently committed to Iowa State and the standout said he learned a lot about the recruiting process from his older brother Jalen Banks.
Banks is a freshman at Vanderbilt.
"I saw how he handled it and I followed the same way," Wesley said. "He took his time, made sure he had everything in order.
"It helped me a lot in my recruiting process."
Up front: T.F. North coach Artie Rogers said his offensive line will be a key and senior AJ Price and junior Jamal Williams will be two of the keys.
"We need them to lead," Rogers said. "Jamal has moved to center and he also plays defensive end. He can be as good as he wants."
Last year, injuries depleted the line.
"We got a little better numbers, but the line will have to come through for us to move the ball," Rogers said. "We have to be serious."
-- Compiled by Mike Nieto