Disabato: Who’s making the grade in Southland football?
By Pat Disabato email@example.com Twitter: @disabato October 31, 2012 8:08PM
Pat Disabato hands out his marks for the 2012 high school football season to every team in the Southland.
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Updated: December 2, 2012 6:28AM
Football’s regular season is a distant memory for most local teams.
Some met preseason expectations, others did not, and a few teams managed to overachieve.
So which teams did what?
My annual report card provides the answers. It’s a tradition readers greatly anticipate, and coaches, at least those with thin skin, consider ideal for potty training puppies.
Remember, grades are not awarded exclusively by wins and losses. Difficulty of schedule, a coach’s ability to get the most out of his team and the program’s history are taken into consideration during the evaluation process.
Here’s the 2012 report card, based exclusively on regular-season performance (team record in parentheses):
A — High honor roll
Lincoln-Way East (9-0): Dominated a difficult schedule.
Crete-Monee (9-0): Barely broke a sweat while carving opponents like a holiday ham.
Marist (8-1): Lived up to preseason No. 1 expectations.
Mount Carmel (8-1): A penalty away from going 9-0.
Richards (8-1): A turnover or two from perfection.
B — Honor roll
Oak Forest (8-1): Why not high honor roll, you ask? I love coach Brian McDonough, but it’s time to replace one of the nonconference cupcakes — Urban Prep Charter (1-8) or Rich Central (3-6) — with a quality foe.
Lemont (8-1): Similar to Oak Forest, the Indians are far too proven to play Little Village (0-8) and Riverside-Brookfield (2-7). What? Mount Assisi wasn’t available?
Homewood-Flossmoor (7-2): No shame in young squad losing to Lincoln-Way East and Bolingbrook.
Providence (7-2): Defense among the elite.
Sandburg (7-2): An additional game-breaker or two on offense away from challenging L-W East and H-F.
T.F. South (7-2): Good to see program again competing for conference championships.
Thornton (7-2): Good season, but expected more from talented senior class.
Andrew (6-3): Young squad could rank among elite in 2013.
Bloom (6-3): First time qualifying for playoffs in 23 years.
Evergreen Park (6-3): Definitely has turned corner, and installation of FieldTurf will make program even more attractive.
Lincoln-Way North (6-3): Nice job of righting ship on verge of sinking at 2-3.
Lincoln-Way West (6-3): Three losses were by a combined 31 points.
Morgan Park (6-3): Regaining its swagger.
Rich East (6-3): Would love to see results if it embraced passing game more.
Shepard (6-3): All or nothing. Outscored opponents 280-103 in its six wins but was outscored 137-43 in its three losses.
C — Respectable
Bremen (5-4): With playoffs on the line in Week 9, showed great resolve by hammering Oak Lawn on the road.
Brother Rice (5-4): Solid step up in coach Brian Badke’s first season.
Tinley Park (5-4): If not for a few key injuries, might have won another game or two.
Eisenhower (4-5): Overcame 0-3 start — against Rich East, Andrew and Lemont —to play for a share of conference title in Week 9.
Lincoln-Way Central (4-5): A bounce or two away from qualifying for playoffs.
Reavis (4-5): First-year coach Tim Zasada brought enthusiasm that was sorely lacking.
D — Below par
St. Rita (4-5): Injuries and a monster schedule were not favorable. Still, we’re talking St. Rita, a program that should be able to overcome such obstacles and finish above .500.
Rich Central (3-6): Program appears to be going backward.
Rich South (3-6): Offense had its moments (146 points scored) but defense was a sieve (289 points allowed).
Thornwood (3-6): Since 4-0 start in 2011, has gone 4-10.
Argo (2-7): A broken record. Two above-.500 finishes the past 11 years.
Chicago Christian (2-7): Might be on the verge of bigger and better things in the near future.
Oak Lawn (2-7): A head-scratcher. Held Richards to 18 points, but allowed a combined 116 in losses to Evergreen Park, Eisenhower and Bremen.
Stagg (2-7): Baby steps, though a move to SouthWest Suburban Blue will not help.
F — Back to
the drawing board
Hillcrest (1-8): One win does not a season make.
Lockport (1-8): Seriously?
Marian Catholic (1-8): With fewer than 20 players on sophomore roster, new coach has work cut out.
St. Laurence (1-8): New coach didn’t translate into victories.
T.F. North (1-8): Hillcrest thanks you.
Thornridge (0-9): Not pretty.