An eventful season on the local gridiron has led to an eventful offseason.
A handful of local high school standouts signed their letters of intent to play college football on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Loyola Academy celebrated four football players, including three from its vaunted defense, on national signing day. Defensive lineman Joe Kelly and defensive back Kenny Langston will reunite on the football team at Colgate University. Linebacker/edge rusher Ethan Hogg will play for the University of Connecticut next season, and offensive lineman Kyle Baltazar is headed to Army West Point.
For the state-champion Ramblers this season, Hogg racked up 64 tackles, including 10 or loss and 4 1/2 sacks. He also had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Kelly finished with 50 tackles, 6 1/2 for loss, and played on both the offensive and defensive lines. Langston, a defensive captain, had 47 tackles, 4 pass breakups and 2 interceptions.
Balatzar led an offensive line that helped Loyola gain 5,000 yards of total offense, including 2,614 yards on the ground (5.6 yards per attempt) with 36 rushing touchdowns.
Up in Highland Park, multi-year starting offensive lineman for the Giants, Eli Secher, locked in his commitment to the University of Wisconsin at La-Crosse.
Secher was a team captain and helped Highland Park’s prolific offense average 34.5 points per game and earn a playoff victory for the first time since 2009.
New Trier football had its share of college signees as well; however, they were honored during the previous signing period in November.
Five Trevians — Miles Cremascoli (Ohio University), Liam Fitzgerald Jr. (Brown University), Dylan Jeppe ( Macalester College), John McGurk, (Middlebury College) and Clayton Savarie (Kenyon College) — were celebrated by the high school during the ceremony.
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