Glenbrook South’s Cohen-Carroll form unlikely passing combo (+ Glenbrook South team page)
Glenbrook South's Max Cohen throws the deep pass during his game against Maine South in Glenview on Friday. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun-Times Media
BOYS and GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
At Niles West Sectional (B) 2:30 p.m.; (G) 1:30 p.m.
At Semi-Finals, TBA
At Semi-Finals, TBA
At Playoffs - 1st Round, at Schaumburg, 7 p.m.
At Sectional Finals, 3 p.m.
Hosts Super-Sectional, 6 p.m.
At Niles West, 5:30 p.m.
At Lake Zurich Regional, 6 p.m.
At Fremd Sectional, 6:30 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:26AM
GLENVIEW — If looks counted for anything, Max Cohen might not ever be picked to play quarterback.
The Glenbrook South senior generously is listed at 5-foot-10 and most of his weight seems stored in his lower body.
Bottom line: Cohen in no way resembles a conventional signal-caller.
Good thing Glenbrook South coach Mike Noll is open-minded.
“He’s an extremely determined player,” Titans junior receiver Cody Carroll said of Cohen. “I know how hard he works. He puts in so much effort into being a better quarterback.”
On the other hand, Carroll easily could be cast as a wideout. At 6-2 and 188 pounds, he looks the part.
Together, Cohen and Carroll give Glenbrook South one of the league’s most potent passing pairings.
In his first year as the starter, Cohen has the Titans in the playoffs for a fifth season in a row. The left-hander is 88-for-157 for 1,422 yards. He’s thrown for 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
“I’ve been a determined person my whole life,” Cohen said in response to Carroll’s comment. “I want to be a perfectionist. I always want to be on time and in the right spot with my throws.”
Carroll has been the biggest beneficiary of Cohen’s progress at the quarterback position. The first-year varsity player has caught 53 passes for 766 yards and nine touchdowns, making him one of the best receivers in the CSL South.
“We developed our chemistry early,” said Carroll, who’s known Cohen since elementary school. “We would throw on Sundays in the winter. We clicked right away, but we’ve been working on it for a long time.”
Even though they’ve known one another for years, Cohen said he’s grown to trust Carroll as the season’s gone on.
“He’s become more consistent,” said Cohen, who played in the secondary last season. “He’s improved catching the ball.”
A baseball player growing up, Carroll started football as a freshman in high school. After two seasons on the lower levels, he emerged as one of the team’s threats in the passing game during the summer.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a surprise to me because I’ve work hard to produce,” said Carroll, who pulled in nine passes for 118 yards in Friday’s 35-14 loss to Maine South. “But I didn’t know how much of an impact I would make in my first season.”
Name in the Game
Noteworthy efforts: Brennan, a freshman runner on the Titans’ cross country team, has made an immediate impact for the Titans, highlighted by her 24th place performance at the Loyola Regional on Saturday. “This is Anna’s first year running competitively. She has made large strides by dropping her time over a minute during the season,” said Glenbrook South coach Frederick Kocian.
24 | Points compiled by the girls tennis team en route to a fourth-place showing at the state tournament on Saturday. First-team all-state player Annamarie Emme netted seventh and Caroline Ryba earned ninth in the singles state competition, respectively.
“We had the highest ranking ever at state for a girls GBS tennis team. I’m really proud of all the girls because everybody contributed to our team’s standing.”
— Katie Nicolotti, Glenbrook South tennis coach
Football: Glenbrook South at Schaumburg, 7 p.m.
Making the playoffs for the eighth straight season, the No. 11 seed Titans visit No. 6 seed Schaumburg in a matchup between Mid-Suburban and Central Suburban Class 8A teams.
Girls cross country: Niles West Sectional meet, 1:30 p.m.
After taking seventh place at the Loyola Regional, the Titans will compete in the loaded Niles West Sectional featuring six teams that finished above them in the regional, plus solid teams like Lake Park and York.
Culture Grid: David O’Gara
The junior is one of the premier cross country runners in the area, already recording the seventh fastest time (15 minutes, 23 seconds) in school history and earning all-Central Suburban recognition for a second consecutive season. Fresh off a sixth place finish (15:35) tearing up the Harms Woods course in the Class 3A Loyola Regional, the speedy Titan slowed down just long enough to answer a few questions
What’s your favorite movie of all time? Favorite book? “My favorite movie is ‘Forrest Gump’ and favorite TV show is ‘Friends.’ ”
What is the greatest invention and why? “That’s a tough one because there are so many incredible inventions, but I would probably go with the watch. Gotta know what time it is!”
What’s your favorite sport other than running? “Basketball.”
What are three things that can always be found in your refrigerator? “I’ll say bagels, blueberries and chocolate milk.”
Who is a role model for you? “That’s easy, my dad. He never misses a cross country meet and is very supportive of me.”
What’s your favorite subject in school? “I like history and I could see myself possibly pursuing a career in international relations.”
What’s the best thing about being a part of the Glenbrook South cross country program? “I think spending time with my coaches and teammates. I’ve learned so much already, we support each other and its fun hanging out with everybody.”