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Preseason No. 18 - Minooka

No. 18 Minooka

Last season: 8-3 overall, 6-1 Southwest Prairie, eliminated in the Class 7A second round.

Season ahead: Minooka’s offense put up plenty of points last season – 335 points to be exact -- and that was relying mostly on its running attack. This season, the plan still is to run, but it’s also going to let returning senior quarterback Mitch Brozovich loose to throw the ball.

Last season, Brozovich was coming off a torn labrum injury and was unable to throw a football for most of the spring and summer. He’s fully recovered now and has spent the entire offseason training.

“He’s impressed people with his legs and feet,” Minooka coach Bert Kooi said. “He’ll impress this year with his throwing. It’s night and day.”

Brozovich’s rise is just one more reason why the Indians’ offense could be scary this season. They return senior running back Kyle Banks, who rushed for 956 yards last season, and four offensive linemen, including Mike Melone and RJ Buddle.

Defensively, Minooka has some holes to fill, but it returns highly recruited defensive end Zach Colvin, who had 11 tackles for a loss last season, and linebacker Parker Parzych, who had six tackles for a loss. Linebackers Daylon Bacot and Drew Kooi also return.

Player to watch: Senior defensive Zach Colvin is one of the premiere defensive linemen in the state. His athleticism is what most Division I coaches are noticing. He’s 6-4, 265 pounds and is a three-sport athlete (baseball and basketball). He could be a special college player once he begins devoting himself solely to football.

Newcomer to watch: Senior wide receiver Dan Fox.

Key game: Oct. 8 at Plainfield North – The Indians lost 6-0 to Plainfield North last season. Both teams were among the best in the Southwest Prairie last season, and that should be the case again this year. Minooka would like to get revenge on Plainfield North on the road.

What they’re saying: “We believe each and every year we are going to compete for a conference title,” Minooka coach Bert Kooi said. “Not that we’re taking anything for granted, but we got a little taste of the playoffs a year ago, and I think we want to make a bigger dent in that this year.”