Goss: Joliet Central hoping football effort leads to football achievement
By Dick Goss firstname.lastname@example.org August 28, 2013 11:10PM
Joliet Central football coach Brett Boyter (left). | File photo
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:48AM
No cheering in the press box, on the sidelines or in any other media hangout.
But if there is one local football team I especially want to see win Friday night when the season gets under way, it’s Joliet Central.
The Steelmen, who visit Rich Central, are 0-27 since the return to separate sports programs at Joliet Central and West. So for now, they’re the antithesis of what you have been reading the last week and a half, the rundown on the Top 10 teams in our area.
Steelmen coach Brett Boyter, entering his second season at the helm, said there is a proper order to football. You don’t say let’s go win a game or two and all will be well. Instead, do the right things and don’t be concerned with record. Victories will come.
“Are we achieving our standards?” Boyter said. “If we do that, wins will follow. That’s the way we are approaching it.”
Rich Central beat the Steelmen 24-14 to open last season and has significant talent back. But while Boyter thinks you need to know something about your upcoming opponent, it still comes down to doing your job.
“As always, expectations are high at this time,” he said. “We have had a good camp. We’re absolutely ahead of where we were at this time last year.
“The question now is will we play as a team? Will we believe in each other and trust each other when adversity hits?”
What about having the same thought process when the Steelmen have success?
“Learning to play with success would be an excellent problem,” Boyter said. “But, no, we do expect it to happen. The key when it does will be staying consistent and keep improving every day, keep doing the things we emphasize and don’t change.”
Boyter said Central will have about 55 varsity players, with 70 on the freshman level and 40 to 50 sophomores. This is more like it.
“I’m especially excited about the numbers on the lower levels,” he said. “On varsity, we have depth in some places and in some positions we’re kind of thin.”
Sophomore Ezequiel Castro probably will start at right tackle on offense, and sophomore Alex Ruettiger will be in the defensive line rotation. They may be the only ones playing up, another indication numbers are improving.
From an individual standpoint, Boyter said three Steelmen — wingback Austin Adams, receiver Ben Donahue and cornerback Vincent Lee — stand out for their offseason improvement. Boyter said Donahue could fill in for regular quarterback Landriel Hart, should that need arise.
If that first “W” does not happen Friday, Central is home against Reavis in Week 2. The Steelmen lost that match-up 7-6 in 2012.
University of St. Francis coach Joe Curry mentioned at his 7-on-7 in June how much more disciplined and improved Central looked. Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said this week how the Steelmen’s numbers are better, how Boyter has things going in the right direction.
No cheering in the press box, but how about from this desk — go, Steelmen.
Providence at Joliet Catholic
Over the last week, we have discussed Friday’s No. 3 Providence at No. 4 Joliet Catholic collision and have previewed the season for the two perennial powers. No matter how many times you review it, the bottom line is this will be a thriller.
The strengths of the teams are similar. It could be decided by how well the new starting quarterbacks handle their respective teams’ offenses.
Joliet Catholic’s Nick Morrison had some quality series last year as Craig Slowik’s backup. Coach Dan Sharp said Morrison, a run and pass threat, has an excellent grasp of the Hilltoppers’ offense.
Providence junior Justin Hunniford is a quality passer and makes good reads. Senior Sam Abraham gave him the ultimate battle all summer and fall before coach Mark Coglianese and his staff decided to start Hunniford against Joliet Catholic.
This is one you don’t want to miss.