Beth Long

Chicago Catholic League teams with offensive power set to square off in Lombard

Chicago Catholic League teams with offensive power set to square off in Lombard. Here's a quick preview of the action and key players we'll be watching.

Lombard (IL) Montini is a perennial power in Illinois high school football, and the Broncos seem to be rolling yet again this year with impressive victories already over in-state powers East St. Louis, Maine South, and St. Rita. 

This week, the Broncos welcome in Chicago (IL) De La Salle, who finished just 1-8 last season and are just 1-2 to start this season.  De La Salle's first two opponents, Bradley Bourbonnais and Huntley, are a combined 6-0, but the Meteors are coming into this matchup off of a win against Oak Park's Fenwick High School in week 3.

Montini (3-0) seems to have the advantage heading into this one, and it would be an upset if the Meteors of De La Salle were to come into the Broncos' house and steal a victory.

Let's take a look at the key players on each team that we'll have our eye on in this one:

Montini At A Glance...

The Broncos in the past have been a very pass-heavy team, and for good reason.  With receivers like Jordan Westerkamp and Joey Borsellino on the roster in the past, it's easy to see why that was the case.  But a young running back is emerging quickly as a key playmaker for the Broncos.

Prince Walker, a 5'10" 185 pound junior back, is already picking up Big Ten interest, and has been involved in the Montini offensive scheme for the past couple years.  But now, as a junior, he figures into the gameplan far more as a feature back than past years.  Walker has great agility and can make people miss, but as his body matures, he is developing a bit of a power run game to complement his open field running.

De La Salle at a Glance...

The Meteors were one of the state's most talented teams a couple seasons ago.  With several division one offensive linemen, led by now-Ohio State tackle Jamarco Jones and Nebraska RB Mikale Wilbon, the Meteors underachieved and struggled to get the offense moving that year.  But a young playmaking receiver gives them another go-to guy in the offense, and the junior is hoping to put his name on the map.

Eric Rooks, a 6'4", 200 pound wide receiver for the Meteors, is already garnering attention of colleges, including offers from Toledo and Kansas.  Rooks camped with the Illini this summer and hopes that a strong junior season will lead to more college attention.

Be sure to stay tuned after this one for evaluation of these two budding offensive prospects and more post-game content.

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