Westphal Back At Illinois

Bolingbrook cornerback Parrker Westphal returns to Illinois, this time with Aaron Bailey.

Losing quarterback Aaron Bailey to injury in week 6 was a huge blow to Bolingbrook, but the Raiders have weathered the storm, and opened the playoffs with a win against Orland Park Sandburg High.

And if you ask Bolingbrook cornerback Parrker Westphal, a big part of their success during that trial was due to the big play of backup Quincy Woods.

"Quincy's been holding his own for us," he said. "He's been putting up about 20 points a game, but now we have our secret weapon, wait, our nuclear warhead back in Aaron Bailey, and we'll be ready to play."

Bailey is nothing short of a bigtime offensive weapon. The Illinois bound quarterback means so much to his offense that it puts Westphal and the defense at ease.

"Whenever Aaron has the ball in his hands I don't even worry," Westphal said of Bailey. "The defense doesn't have to worry because when he has the ball in his hands he's going to put up points no matter what."

Still, the quiet Westphal has been one of the loudest players on the team, but he speaks with his game. And his game has been deafening so far. Opposing teams gameplan around him, and to some extent that bothers Westphal.

"The two weeks before I had two interceptions," he said. "But this week's game they really didn't throw my way. It's nice to know that they're scared to throw my way."

This week, Westphal and Bolingbrook host undefeated Nequa Valley of Naperville, which means Nequa Valley's Mike Dudek will be seeing Westphal across from him all game. Westphal is eager for the opportunity to test himself against the skilled receiver.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I'm just going to use the techniques my coaches taught me. I'm not too worried about who I'm going against. I love doing that. I love going against their team's best guy. It's just more motivation."

In the last couple of weeks, Westphal added to an already deep offer list when he picked up an offer from Ole Miss out of the SEC.

"Ole Miss offered me a couple weeks ago," Westphal said. "They came into the school and their receivers coach offered me and told me he wanted to keep in contact."

That was Westphal's most recent offer, but his most recent visit was to Illinois a few weeks back. Last time, he was without Aaron Bailey due to the injury, but this time he made the trip with his teammate and good friend.

"Illinois was my last visit too," he said. "This time with Aaron we get more bonding time and more chemistry. We've been playing together since Pop Warner, so it was fun to have family time."

And Bailey being in attendance makes a big difference for Westphal.

"It means a lot," he said. "He's like a big brother to me."

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