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Fox Valley Conference 2021 Preview: Not That Much Of A Surprise In The Fall Like The Spring

By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber

Welcome back IHSA Fall Football!!! As is every August I do conference previews and again please remember predictions and previews mean crap. High school football is the greatest thing because of pure parity. What is up last year could be down this year and what is down last year can up this year. ANYTHING AND I MEAN ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN IHSA FOOTBALL. Also unlike some prep writers who take credit and copy and past the coaches work. Thank You, to the high school coaches that put the info up on HUDL and emailed me info as well. Also I am not taking that much from the COVID Spring Season. Spring Season was a very weird and crazy time. Was going to do Conference Preview videos, but no one needs to see my face till next week. It will be just article form


This Conference is very confusing this year..... Hampshire had an amazing season in the Spring and now have a target on their backs. I see things sort of returning back to pre-covid times this Fall. To me Cary Grove, Huntley are my top dog teams in the Fox Valley. Cary-Grove has got double edged sword in its passing and run game. Huntley to me has got a great defense along with pretty competitive offensive line. I think the biggest question is can they repeat their success from the spring along with the QB play. For my contenders I have Prairie Ridge and Hampshire in the FVC. Prairie Ridge is Prairie Ridge with the level of top athletic players and smash mouth linemen. Hampshire returns their star QB and playmaking passing attack that makes DBs sweat. I really think Crystal Lake South, Jacobs, Crystal Lake Central are going to surprise some people this season. Gators football had a fluke of a season in the Spring, and love that Offense. Jacobs to me is going to be a complete surprise with some of their offensive playmakers main question will be their QB. The only other solid team I see in this season for the FVC is Crystal Lake Central that no one is really talking about along with good group of seniors returning. McHenry turned some heads last season but I just see that schedule being too stacked against them. Burlington Central is team to me that looks good in 2022 but I see some growth still needed with Melvin's Bunch. Dundee-Crown looks to have another tough season but has some nice speed in the backfield.

Best Bet: 1 Fox Valley Team will be in a IHSA Semi-Final Game this Fall

Tell Me Why: Why does Prairie Ridge and Cary Grove give defensive coordinators around Illinois night sweats

Tell Me Why 2: Fox Valley has such a positive and vibrant linemen culture

Tell Me Why 3: Burlington Central is a program that still people need to lookout for in the coming years


Fox Valley Conference 2021 Fall Top Dog Teams

Cary-Grove, Huntley


Fox Valley Contender Team In 2021 Fall

Hampshire, Prairie Ridge


Surprise Teams Of Fox Valley Conference

Jacobs, Crystal Lake South, Crystal Lake Central

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Coach Big Pete's Top 10 Players In The Fox Valley Conference Class Of 2022

Justin Kowalak Crystal Lake South

Jameson Sheehan Cary-Grove

Gavin Sarvis Central

Ben Ludlum Jacobs

Luke Zunkel McHenry

Devin Yeats Hampshire

Jack Schnoor Prairie Ridge

Christopher Medina Huntley

Wade Abrams Cary Grove

Hunter Guyon Dundee-Crown

Coach Big Pete's Top Fox Valley Conference Players Of The Future You Must Keep An Eye Out For Classes of 2023-2024

Nate Compere OL Crystal Lake South 2023

Luke Griskey OL Huntley 2023

Boston Bower ATH Huntley 2023

Grant Stec TE Jacobs 2024

Michael Prokos ATH Crystal Lake South 2024

Andy Burburija OL Crystal Lake South 2024


When You Hear From People That Prairie Ridge & Crystal Lake South Are Not Good Anymore


When You See A New Giant Linemen From The Fox Valley Conference AKA Land Of Giants

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