Glenbrook South football season preview

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2014 schedule
Aug. 29 at Prospect 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 Metea Valley 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 Deerfield 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Niles North 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 Maine South 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 Evanston 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 at New Trier 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 Waukegan 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Niles West 7 p.m.

Best game on the schedule: Maine South at Glenbrook South, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

Glenbrook South started 4-0 last year before facing Maine South and its whopping 60-game CSL South win streak. The Hawks won last year’s game fairly convincingly, 42-21, as their running backs combined for 255 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Maine South’s streak is at 65 now. “They’re pretty tough,” Titans senior quarterback Fitz Stadler said. “We’re a tough program too, but it’s always a competitive game.”

Best-case scenario: The Titans lost all eight of their 2013 all-conference selections to graduation, including tailback/cornerback Brett Laurie, who scored 19 touchdowns last year, and wide receiver Cody Carroll. The team returns Stadler, though, and with another group of experienced seniors taking over, a playoff win is possible. The Titans qualified for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season in 2013 and last won a playoff game in 2011.

Best playmaker: Not many high schools have what Glenbrook South has in its pocket: a tall, big-armed senior quarterback with experience. Fitz Stadler is 6-foot-8 and has verbally committed to play baseball at Arizona State. He throws the deep ball and he said he can even scramble if he needs to. “He played every snap for 10 games last year, so that’s going to help the continuity and consistency in our offense,” coach Mike Noll said.

Best student-athlete: Senior strong-side guard Mike Berg already has career aspirations: He wants to become an engineer. Berg said he’s good with math and science and really enjoys physics, so next year he plans on taking an engineering physics course at whichever college he attends. “He’s just a really smart kid, really solid, sound character kid,” Noll said. “Good attitude kid, good work-ethic kid. He’s one of those guys that you don’t have any doubt that he’s going to be successful.”

Best teammate: A leader of the defense, senior linebacker Quinn Conaghan relays plays in from the sidelines, calls audibles and alters formations before the snap. He isn’t just valuable on game day for the Titans, though. Both Stadler and Berg said Conaghan is a tenacious athlete in practice, which brings out the best of his teammates. “I don’t really like blocking very often in practice, but I look forward to it because he’s a good player,” Berg said.

Best season: The Titans, a perennial playoff team, had their best run in 1986 under coach Bob Schoenwetter. They won three postseason games convincingly before falling to Wheaton North 6-0 in the Class 5A semifinals.

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2013 record: 7-3 overall, 3-2 CSL South

2013 playoffs: Lost 33-17 to Warren in Class 8A first round

Head coach: Mike Noll, entering 11th season

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