Argo cautiously optimistic about a strong football season
By Pat Disabato email@example.com September 4, 2012 7:20PM
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:44PM
Argo coach Jim Innis was hoping his team could overcome its youth and have a strong start to the season.
Even at 2-0, Innis remains cautiously optimistic.
“We’re young and we make mistakes,” he said. “We have three sophomores on the offensive line. We’ve got to continue to improve each week.”
Offensively, the Argonauts heavily rely on quarterback Jason Noel. The junior completed 11-of-18 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns during a 40-7 Week 2 win over Ridgewood.
“Jason can run the ball, too. He’s a dual threat,” Innis said. “He’s much improved in the throwing department from last year. He worked hard over the summer.”
Noel has multiple weapons at receiver. Senior Alex Myles, junior Drake Walker and sophomore Diamonte Mallory all have TD catches. Mallory leads the team in receiving yards.
When Argo, which runs a spread attack, shifts to ground mode, it’s generally junior D’Ken Jones and Noel toting the pigskin.
If the Argonauts are going to remain undefeated, they’ll have to upend Reavis, also 2-0, on Friday in Burbank.
Bloom aiming high
After opening the season with a win, Bloom dropped a tough 31-27 decision Friday to Glenbard South.
Coach Tony Palombi likes what he has seen from his squad.
“The expectations are high, especially from the kids,” he said. “We’re looking to have a good year.”
Quarterback Kendall McGinnis is off to a good start, scoring two TDs against Glenbard South. With an experienced offensive line of Alan Hall, Jalen Thomas, Antwon Bluster, Brandon Rockett and Colis McCloud, Bloom should be able to put up points.
“It’s the strongest line we’ve had in years,” Palombi said.
Richards quarterback Tommy Mister tweeted this Monday: “Banged up ankle ... Mad I’m not gonna be out there this Friday.” The Bulldogs travel Friday to Evergreen Park — the same Evergreen Park that demolished Richards 33-0 in Oak Lawn last season.
Coach Tony Sheehan said it’s “very doubtful” Mister will play.