Rivalry week might be a little ways off in college football, but this week in Illinois high school football, Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South lock up and we'll have our eyes on two young blue-chip players in this one.
It wasn't too long ago that Downers Grove South was one of the big powers in suburban Chicago. But after a large corps of their talent graduated, they've spent a couple years rebuilding.
On the other hand, Downers Grove North has been in the playoff picture, but they've struggled to get over the hump and really make the deep run at the title they've been after for so long.
It may not be this year for either team, but each squad has a lot of young talent, and each team is highlighted by an underclassman who has serious division one potential.
One of them even has ties to Illinois. We take a look at a couple of the young premier players in David Edwards and Erik Swenson for these teams:
At 6'6" tall and 215 pounds, Edwards already has great size for the quarterback position, and he's only a sophomore. He's already leading his team to a winning record, opening the season 3-0 before falling to a strong Lyons Township team last week. Interestingly for Edwards, his cousin was an all-state defensive back and played at Illinois.
6'7" tall and 285 pounds is pretty good for an offensive lineman, right? Alright well here's the hook. This kid is a freshman (pause.. ok let's move on). Swenson starts for Downers Grove South as a freshman and probably could have last year. He was 6'4" and 250 pounds in 7th grade. He has a great frame with long arms, and once he gets used to his frame and works on moving a little better, he's going to be a monster on the line.
Downers Grove North High School
Game Time: 7:30 PM, Friday September 21th