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...
The last time the Hawks and Pirates met, it took two overtimes for Palatine to emerge as the victor.
Not this time.
Behind a superb team effort defensively, the Pirates (14-10, 5-3) put the clamps on the Hawks Friday night en route to a 41-29 home victory. They remain one game behind conference-leading Barrington (18-4, 6-2) in the MSL West race.
"We had a battle with Hoffman last time we played them, and know what they're capable of," said Pirates head coach Eric Millstone. "They've had a couple of pretty good offensive games, so we wanted to emphasize getting out on their shooters and finish possessions."
They did all of the above while limiting the Hawks to 5-for-18 shooting from the field in the first half and 12-for-41 for the game.
"Our defense looks better when the other team misses shots, but I think it was a combination of them missing and our defense having something to do with that," said Millstone.
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...
Anyone who has watched the Palatine Pirates play this year knows full-well that they are no No. 23 seed.
But that's the hand they were dealt to start the Class 8A playoffs, as the Pirates were paired with the 10th-seeded South Elgin Storm in the first round.
Playing near-perfect football for 48 minutes on both sides of the ball, Palatine upended South Elgin 24-3 at Millennium Field in Streamwood on Saturday to advance to the second round of the playoffs, looking every bit like a 1-seed.
"Our football team, as we talk about, is playing our best in October," said Pirates head coach Corey Olson. "And that's what we do traditionally at Palatine, keep getting better and better."
Palatine got its lone score of the half with 2:23 left in the first quarter when Jack Orlando waltzed into the end zone untouched for an 8-yard TD run and put the Pirates up 7-0.
Orlando and the rest of Palatine's stable of running backs rushed for a combined 198 yards on the day behind...
The Pirates defense answered the bell time and time again in last season's opener on the road at Stevenson. Palatine forced four turnovers and made three red-zone stands to stave off the Patriots for a 28-20 victory.
And now the two high school heavyweights will shift venues for this year's season opener at Chic Anderson Stadium in Palatine on Friday, Aug. 25th, at 7:30p.m.
The Pirates will have to adjust to life without former phenom quarterback, Zach Oles, who is now at Butler. But Palatine should be in good hands with Oles' heir apparent, senior D.J. Angelaccio, taking over under center. Angelaccio played brilliantly in relief of Oles when he went down with a season- ending injury in the Class 8A playoffs last year. And you can expect more of the same from the signal caller this season
Angelaccio will be working with a new, but familiar face as the Pirates promoted its former offensive line coach, Corey Olson, to the head coaching position...