Chicago Christian senior Luke Jelderks has moved to quarterback this season. The Knights have made the playoffs the past two full seasons. File photo
High School Football Preview: Chicago Christian looks to keep good times rolling under new coach
KNIGHTS AT A GLANCE
CONFERENCE: Metro Suburban Red
HEAD COACH: Tom O’Connor
2019 RECORD: 6-4
2021 SPRING RECORD: 5-1
2021 FALL OUTLOOK: The Knights lost a lot of talent from last spring’s league co-championship squad, including four all-conference linemen.
Coach Nick Cook left the school for a job in Ohio and Tom O’Connor takes over a program that has gone 18-9 the past three seasons.
It appears O’Connor will be using a lot of players both ways.
He will rely on players such as lineman Matt Haan (whom the coach says is being highly recruited), quarterback/defensive back Luke Jelderks, wide receiver/defensive back Tony Barclay, running back/defensive back Luke Edgar, wide receiver/defensive back Kaleb VanDrunen and wide receiver/defensive back Nolan Krysheld.
“We will be young overall, but our core players are experienced,” O’Connor said. “We will go as far as Luke Jelderks can take us.”
The Knights will have the benefit of a long stay in Palos Heights to begin the season. They open at home on Friday, Aug. 27 against Chicago Noble/Hansberry, which didn’t play in the spring. They’ll host Ottawa Maquette (2-2 in spring) Sept. 3 before diving into the conference campaign with a home tilt against Riverside-Brookfield on Sept. 10.
DID YOU KNOW?: Running back/defensive back Luke Edgar has committed to the United States Marine Corps.
Aug. 27 Chicago Noble/Hansberry, 7:15
Sept. 3 Ottawa Marquette, 7:15
Sept. 10 Riverside-Brookfield, 7:15
Sept. 17 at St. Francis (Wheaton), 7
Sept. 24 Aurora Christian, 7:15
Oct. 1 at St. Edward, 7
Oct. 8 Aurora Central Catholic, 7
Oct. 15 Westmont, 7:15
Oct. 22 Ridgewood, 7:15
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