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REDHAWKS AT A GLANCE

CONFERENCE: Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue

HEAD COACH: Ron Dawczak

2019 RECORD: 8-5

2021 SPRING RECORD: 4-2

2021 FALL OUTLOOK: With quarterback Dontrell Jackson Jr. committing to Coastal Carolina and lineman Deuce McGuire committing to Northwestern, the RedHawks have a couple of proven elite players to build the program around.

Coach Ron Dawczak is looking for running back Jaylen Johnson, linebacker Jimmy Rolder, defensive back Nick Verzoni, defensive back Sam Laurencell, defensive back John Nestor and defensive lineman Jayson Harris-Woodard to have big seasons for the RedHawks.

The spring brought mixed results with wins over Notre Dame, Brother Rice, Nazareth and St. Patrick and losses to Mount Carmel and Loyola Academy.

“The RedHawk players are focused on getting better with each passing day,” Dawczak said. “They look forward to the challenge of the upcoming season and are eager to put in the hard work that is necessary to have a successful season.”

The RedHawks open the season with a home battle against the Curie on Friday, Aug 27.

DID YOU KNOW?: Offensive lineman Deuce McGuire was ranked the sixth-best junior in Illinois last year by 247Sports.com.

—Jeff Vorva

 

RedHawks Schedule
Aug. 27 Curie, 7

Sept. 3 Richards, 6

Sept. 10 Nazareth, 6

Sept. 17 Mt. Carmel, 6

Sept. 24 at Marmion, 7:30

Oct. 2 at Loyola, 1:30

Oct. 8 Montini 6

Oct. 15 at Carmel, 7:30

Oct. 22 Brother Rice, 6

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