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June 19, 2018

Palatine's senior offensive guard Carson Walker was one of two recipients to be awarded the "GridIrons Gives Back" scholarship for excellence in the classroom as well as on the gridiron.

Sponsored by the law offices of Kelleher & Buckley, LLC., and in conjunction with GridIrons, Walker received a $500 check towards tuition at Illinois State University, where he will be attending in the fall.

"Carson is an exceptional young man in many ways," said Palatine head coach Corey Olson. "He's a well-rounded student that has been an important member of our team for four years."

Walker, a 3-year starter at offensive guard, started 37 games over 4 years for the Pirates and even played some snaps on the defensive side of the ball last season.

"Carson was one of the most physical kids I have coached, a dominating down blocker that will wear you down over the course of the game," Olson said. "He is a very intelligent player as he rarely makes mental errors or body position errors as an offensive l...

May 26, 2018

Hoffman Estates' senior middle linebacker James Burks was one of two recipients to be awarded the "GridIrons Gives Back" scholarship for excellence in the classroom as well as on the gridiron.

Sponsored by the law offices of Kelleher & Buckley, LLC., and in conjunction with GridIrons, Burks received a $500 check towards tuition at the University of Illinois, where he will be attending in the fall.

"Jimmy was one of the best student-athletes to ever come through our football program," said Hawks head coach Tim Heyse. "On the field, he was THE leader, in the weight room, during offseason workouts … truly a coach’s dream kid."

In his senior season, the defensive stalwart had 92 tackles, 16 of them for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 pass breakups on a historic Hawks squad that reached the 6A semi-finals.

And he was no slouch in the classroom either.

Burks, who plans on studying advertising at Illinois, finished his high school career with an impressive 3.8 GPA and was nominated by...

November 19, 2017

All good things must come to an end.

Strike that.

All GREAT things must come to an end.

With a trip to Dekalb and a spot in the 6A championship game on the line, Hoffman Estates suffered its first home loss of the season on Saturday night in the semifinals, as visiting and defending state champions, Prairie Ridge, rolled to a 42-21 victory in front of a packed Garber Stadium.

Wolves senior quarterback Samson Evans proved to be every bit the real deal, and then some, as the Iowa commit gashed the Hawks (10-3) defense for 317 yards and 4 TDs on the ground while also adding a TD toss in the victory.

"Too much Evans tonight," said Hawks head coach Tim Heyse. "He'll probably be player of the year in the state."

Just a week after Hoffman Estates held Belvidere North and its triple-option offense to just 162 yards of total offense in the quarterfinals, Prairie Ridge proved to be a different animal altogether with Evans amassing 172 yards rushing and two scores on his own in the firs...

November 12, 2017

Triple Option:  An American football scheme used to offer several ways to move the football forward on the field of play. The triple option is based on the option run, but uses three players who might run with the ball instead of the two used in a standard option run.

Stopping the Triple Option:  (See: Hoffman Estates Hawks Defense)

Facing a triple option offense for the first time this season, the Hoffman Estates Hawks defense kicked it into another gear on Saturday in a 6A quarterfinals tilt with Belvidere North on the road, holding the Blue Thunder to 162 yards of total offense in a 35-10 rout.

With the win, the Blue and Orange (10-2) advance to the semifinals for the first time in school history and match the 1988 squad for most victories in a season.

"Our scout team gave us a great look this week in practice," said Hawks head coach Tim Heyse. "Our freshman head coach was an all-state option QB, so he was our QB this week and gave us a...

November 7, 2017

Let these numbers marinate for a second: 19 receptions, 281 yards, 5 touchdowns

Those would be pretty good stats for a high school wide receiver over the course of a season, let alone a single game.

But on Saturday night in Palatine, Pirates senior wide receiver Johnny O'Shea did just that in a second round 8A playoff game against the Edwardsville Tigers.

"He's a unique kid," said Pirates head coach Corey Olson. "A once in a lifetime player that you may get to coach."

Despite all the lofty numbers, O'Shea's performance still wasn't enough to help the Pirates advance to the quarterfinals, as the Tigers won a high-scoring affair, 38-35.

"Number 80 is a heck of a player isn't he?" Edwardsville head coach Matt Martin said. "You know the fade is coming and we still couldn't stop it."

With the Pirates trailing 7-0 with 2:03 left in the first quarter, O'Shea registered the first of his record-breaking five touchdowns on the afternoon, scoring from 16 yards out on a great pass from quarte...

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