By Doug Halberstadt
Week No. 1 of the Illinois high school football season is in the books. Much to no one’s surprise who follows the NIC-10, Boylan won for the 48th time in a row. A very impressive streak, no doubt. They will be going for No. 49 this Friday night when they host the Machesney Park Harlem Huskies.
One thing that NIC-10 fans may not know is that after the first week of the season, our conference features three of the top 20 quarterbacks and three of the top 20 receivers in the state.
Cody Digiovanni, a senior at Harlem, is the fifth-eight of 15 for 198 yards with one touchdown in last Friday’s (Aug. 26) win over the East E-Rabs.
The other local QB in the top 10 is senior Andrew Lantz from East. He’s ranked seventh after going nine of 21 for 184 yards with three touchdowns in the loss to Harlem.
Boylan senior Lamont Toney is the other local QB to make the top 20. He’s ranked 18th with his eight of 13 for 84 yards and one touchdown in the Titans’ win over Rockton Hononegah.
It would stand to reason that the guys who cracked the top 20 in receiving might have been catching some of those passes from the top-rated QBs.
The eighth-rated receiver in the state is Harlem senior Jordan Baxter. He hauled in three of Digiovanni’s tosses for a total of 84 yards and one touchdown.
Another Harlem receiver to crack the top 20 is senior Brandyn Stout. He only caught one pass, but it was a nice one, 62 yards. That earned him the 17th spot on the list.
Finally, right behind Stout is E-Rabs junior Austin Young. He also amassed 62 yards, but he did it with three catches, one for a touchdown.
Nice work for the area NIC-10 athletes, and that’s only the beginning.
From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue