NCAA Football

Central Suburban South: 2012 Preview

The Central Suburban South has had one very dominant team over the past number of years in the Maine South Hawks. Maine South went 10-1 last season with an unexpected loss to Stevenson in the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks will have Northwestern recruit Matt Alviti back at quarterback this season for his senior year after an Illinois state championship in 2010. The Glenbrook South Titans went 8-3 last year, falling in the second round of the playoffs in overtime. Mike Noll has been a coach who had a ton of success in McHenry before heading to Glenbrook South and always have a talented team. The New Trier Trevians finished 6-5 in 2011 and will return most of their offensive line along with some talent at wide receiver and running back. The Trevians may be able to make the next step up in the conference with all that experience returning.

The Evanston Wildkits also made the playoffs in 2011, squeaking in before losing to state champion Loyola in the first round to finish with a 5-5 record. Keep an eye on lineman Zach Husain for Evanston, he goes both ways and may go a long way towards pushing Evanston to more wins in 2012. The Waukegan Bulldogs went 3-6 in 2011 after starting 3-2 but couldn’t continue their momentum the rest of the season. The bottom of the Central Suburban South was taken by the Niles West Wolves. The Wolves went 2-7 last season after going 1-8 in 2010. Niles West will be led by Jeremiah Jordan and hopefully for Wolves fan, Jordan can maybe spring a few punts or kickoffs for touchdowns and potentially get the Wolves out of the cellar in 2012.

I’m looking for Maine South to once again win the division with Alviti at the helm but will face a tough task in the Wheaton-Warrenville South Tigers in Week 2, who were in the state title game last season. Evanston has three straight home games to start the season so a quick start will be key for the Wildkits but I see them finishing second in the division with New Trier finishing a close third.