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IHSA Football 2022 Fall Season Preview Biggest Headlines and Questions With Coach Big Pete



By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber


Well, 2022 Fall Season Is Here And There Are Plenty Of Storylines/Questions

LETS GET THIS STARTED!!!

THIS A LONG ARTICLE

Make Sure To Watch Video On The Bottom For Full Preview



CONFERENCE PREVIEWS BELOW


Central State Eight Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - End Of A Era


DuKane Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Wild Ones


DuPage Valley Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Naperville vs Everybody


Black Diamond Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Flora Ready To Challenge


West Suburban Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete : Morton Surprise


2022 Southland Athletic Conference Preview With Coach Big Pete : Kays, Warriors, Raptors Oh My!!!


North Suburban Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Who Can Beat The Blue Devils?


Western Big 6 Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Geneseo Surprise


Metro Suburban Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Who Can Stop The Spartans & Knights?


Illinois Central Eight Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Big Questions & Big Answers




CHECK OUT THE FALL PREVIEW BELOW




So who are the best players in Illinois?


CLICK HERE - Coach Big Pete's Top Illinois Recruit Watchlist Classes Of 2023, 2024, 2025







2022 HERE WE GO



Ref Shortage AGAIN....


Helicopter parents, snowplow parents, yelling coaches mix for a horrible future of getting refs for youth sports and high school sports. Like I said in 2021 the future is not bright for youth sports all together and something has to change for the better. Have some games moved from Friday to Thursday and Saturday due to the shortage.





VARSITY SEASONS CANCELLED


Fisher, Sandwich, Urbana cancel Varsity schedule and stick to a JV Schedule. Again, this is a sign of the times, and we must get use to it. High School Football is not a draw as it once was and has stigma around it.



IHSA TRANSFER PORTAL STRIKES AGAIN


We got top recruits transferring out to powerhouses, and we got recruits transferring out of state to national powerhouses. I'm sure this will help their recruiting and getting offers.







AGAIN LINK TO COACH BIG PETE'S TOP RECRUITING MYTHS ARTICLE - MUST READ






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Legend's Last Season


Sacred Heart Griffin Head Coach Ken Leonard last season and also the last Leonard Bowl. SHG is looking to send Coach Leonard a champion.


Who will be this year's Wheaton North / Lockport?


Two big school teams last season that shocked the world (we knew they were playoff bound) and the private school football fans. If I'm looking, I would say take a close look at Lemont, Downers Grove South, Morris, Reed-Custer, Du-Pec, Sandburg, Providence Catholic, Glenwood, Edwardsville, Minooka, Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake South, Huntley. Camp Point Central





Tales of my demise were greatly exaggerated


Rochester is not slowing down or going to be weak. Derek Leonard and staff are still there. Rochester will be good this season, and will be punishing teams that think they will be weak





HOW TO NOMINATE A PLAYER FOR DEEP DISH FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE NIGHT IN ILLINOIS

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Will the Chicago Public School Conference have a team at state for 2022?


Morgan Park & Kenwood Academy could be dominate forces as we get into November. Keep a close eye out for Taft, Johnson Prep, and Simeon as well.



These Offensive Line Units Scare Me


Loyola Academy, St. Rita, Marist, ICCP, St. Francis, Lemont, Batavia, Glenbard West, East St. Louis, Maine South, Highland, Nazareth, Byron



THEY ARE HUNGRY AND WANT A STATE TITLE


East St. Louis, St. Rita, Kankakee, Sacred Heart Griffin, South Elgin, Glenbard West, Maine South, Mount Carmel, Nokomis,

Batavia, St. Francis, ICCP, Warren Township, Ottawa Marquette, Moline, Sterling, Reed-Custer, Loyola Academy, Lincoln Way East, Maroa Forsyth, Morris, Kaneland, Hinsdale Central, Beardstown, Mahomet Seymour, Tri-Valley, Breese Central, Pekin, Metamora, Quincy Notre Dame



IHSA SURPRISE TEAMS FOR 2022


Geneseo, Morton (Chicagoland), Streator, Johnson Prep, Springfield, Woodstock, Marian Central Catholic, St. Laurence, Rich Township, St. Charles East, Alton, Althoff Catholic, Winnebago, Peoria Notre Dame, Marian Catholic, Maine West, Lincoln, Rockford Lutheran, Palatine, Mount Carmel Golden Aces, Rochelle



Way To Early Pre-Season List Of Coach Of The Year Candidates For The IHSA


Ken Leonard SHG

Tyson LeBlanc Oswego East

Bob Organ Morton

Larry Johnsen Geneseo

Brian Iossi Burlington Central

Macarthur White Zion-Benton

Kyle Tutt Streator

Kevin Braucht Bloomington Central Catholic

Terry Maxwell Seneca

Tim Racki Nazareth

Matthew Leitzen Stockton

Sean Norris Wheaton Warrenville South

Derek Schneeman DeKalb

Terrell Alexander Homewood Flossmoor

Derek Spates Decatur MacArthur

Michael Hennessey Niles Notre Dame

Ryan Crissey Glenbard South

Orlando Gooden Cahokia

Liam Kirwan Marian Central Catholic

Matthew Harding Minooka

Kyle Jackson Centennial

Chris James Morgan Park

Warren Rhodes Johnson Prep








Some Of Top 2025 & 2026 Players You Need To Know About This Season In Illinois


CLASS OF 2025


Gabe Kaminski DE Nazareth

Christopher Burgess Jr. DL Simeon

Trey Zvonar TE Lincoln Way East

Sael Reyes DB East St. Louis

Christian Pierce LB Brother Rice

Connor Gregory QB Oswego East

DeShaun Williams ATH St. Francis

Ryan Mascari ATH Neuqua Valley

Marquon Thompson ATH Downers Grove South

Caden O'Rourke DE Lincoln Way East

Brennan Saxe ATH Fremd

Talyn Taylor ATH Geneva

Nashaun Brown ATH Johnson College Prep

John Behmer DE Rockford Lutheran

Mason Ellens ATH Glenbard West

Dominik Hulak ATH ICCP

Marcus Thaxton ATH Morgan Park

Iose Epenesa DE/ATH Edwardsville

Quinn Morris ATH Plainfield East

Colton Gumino QB Hersey

Tyler Lofton RB Marian Catholic

Deuce Thornton OL Peoria

Jack Elliot ATH Mt. Carmel

Jacob Bell QB Naperville North

Jaylen Williams DE Palatine

Ian Willis WR St. Francis

Nathaniel Marshall DE Fenwick

Jacob Jansey ATH Batavia

Ethan Plumb QB St. C harles North

Dayne Schellenger OL Highland

Zayne Schellenger DL/OL Highland

Logan Farrell TE Palatine

Jovan Clark ATH Morgan Park

Charlie Cruse WR Downers Grove North

Logan Malachuk QB Nazareth

Joe Reiff DE York

Charles Bass East St. Louis

Brandon Parades QB Plainfield East

Andre Lovett ATH Eisenhower

Taryan Martin RB East St. Louis


CLASS OF 2026


Owen Lansu QB Downers Grove North

Matthew Plumb QB St. Charles North

Jaquarius Green OL Peoria

Riley Contreras ATH Hinsdale Central

Phillip Goodrich ATH Carmel

Hunter Niklos Athlete Harvest Christian Academy

Logan Abrams Athlete Cary-Grove








Who can repeat as state title champs this 2022 campaign?


Wilmington, Joliet Catholic, Lena-Winslow



Besides East St. Louis...... Who will emerge from the southern Illinois region and challenge for a state title in 2022?


Fairfield, O'Fallon, Cahokia, Marion, Flora, Highland, Mater Dei (Breese), Edwardsville, Carbondale



STOP SLEEPING ON THESE IHSA TEAMS


Nazareth, Willowbrook, Chicago Academy, West Aurora, Quincy Notre Dame, Peoria, Phillips, Bolingbrook, Homewood-Flossmoor, Plainfield Central, Prairie Ridge, Dakota, Crete-Monee, Lincoln Way West, Maroa Forsyth, Marengo, Olney, New Trier



Will We Have Another Chaotic Season Like We Did In 2021?


The first two weeks will be a huge sign, but right now my mind is saying this is the future of IHSA Football. Everything will be pure craziness.



Way To Early Pre-Season List Of Player Of The Year Candidates For The IHSA


Joshua Franklin Crete-Monee

Elijah Owens Jacksonville

Ryan Boe Batavia

AJ Mulcahy DUPEC

Kanye Tyler Pekin

Cole Crafton Lincoln Way West

Connor Dennis Boylan Catholic

Ethan Plumb St. Charles North

Sam Greene Salem

Logan Malachuk Nazareth

Michael Champagne Glenbard South

Arthur Palicki Willowbrook

Nacari McFarland Kenwood Academy

Robert Battle East St. Louis

Max Bray Aurora Christian

Colin Hayes Bloomington Central Catholic

Allen Middleton Mascoutah

Ty Lott SHG

Javius Catlin Rockford East

Kaden Feagin Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School

Belay Brummel Wheaton Academy

Jett Hilding St. Rita

Sam Reddinger Morris

Antonio Tablante Sterling

Ryan Novak Riverside-Brookfield

Matt Vezza York

Jake Stearney Loyola Academy

Ryan Dawson Downers Grove South

Cole Teschner Montini

Aidan Gray Naperville North






This is my last year covering IHSA Football... Publisher 7 Coming Later In The Fall

Thank You #IHSA FOOTBALL FAMILY FOR A WONDERFUL 7 SEASONS



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