FNL Kickoff: O'Fallon at Hinsdale Central

The high school season gets underway on Friday night, and Illini Inquirer will be out and about taking in the action, specifically keeping our eye on Illinois commit Kentrail Moran.

Prep football is back starting Friday night in the state of Illinois, and kicking off the season is a big time matchup between two talented programs in O'Fallon, who will make the long trek from the Metro East St. Louis area all the way up to the Chicago suburbs to take on Hinsdale Central.

O'Fallon at a glance...

The panthers' identity offensively is rooted in the run game.

Workhorse running back Kentrail Moran leads the way for O'Fallon. The 4-star prospect is committed to Illinois, and is arguably one of the state's most talented offensive skill players. We know he can be a three-down back from seeing him in action in prior years, but we want to see just how much he has improved this offseason heading into his senior campaign.

One other key player for O'Fallon who is no stranger to the spotlight is Missouri K commit Tucker McCann.

McCann is one of the most accurate kickers out there, but he has proven in the past that he has the distance to put the ball between the uprights from deep. If this one turns into a slugfest between the trenches, his leg could be the difference on the scoreboard when the clock hits zero.

Hinsdale Central at a glance...

In recent years, Hinsdale Central has been an offensive lineman factory of sorts. To be fair, though, three of those D1 offensive linemen all share the same last name, and the third in that line, Michigan State commit Matt Allen, headlines this year's offensive line class for the Red Devils.

Allen, who is listed as a center, just like older brothers Jack and Brian were in high school, has the size to play at either guard position as well. It is possible he could move to those guard spots in college, but his versatility and skill are a huge asset to the offensive line at Central.

But Allen isn't the only Division One-bound offensive lineman on that team. Lining up to his outside is Doug Kramer.

Another interior offensive lineman, Kramer is weighing several MAC offers as well as a handful of Ivy League offers. Along with Allen, the two pave the way for the Hinsdale Central run game.

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