Watch out for up and coming junior Tahje Hartley (DE Jr , 6-1, 195lbs). He's added 15lbs of muscle since last season.
4-6-0 overall; 4-1-0 first place in the Illini Prairie State Conference; First round state playoff loss to Lemont 56-30.
MP is coming off a season in which they opened 0-4 with losses to Providence catholic, Mount Carmel, Simeon, and Amundsen. The Amundsen loss was especially painful as it was the first time Morgan Park has ever lost to Amundsen - and one of the most stunning upsets in the CPS for any sport last year.
But after the Amundsen lost MP went on to win all of their remaining conference games including a 27-14 win over conference rival Hubbard. But the euphoria from the Hubbard win did not last long as Morgan Park got beat by Whitney Young in the CPS playoffs and Lemont in the state playoffs.
Illini Prairie State Conference
Urban Prep (moved up from Chicago conference)
A Morgan Park source told me that the kids are working hard under new coach Wesley Yates, who replaced Jeremy Gold. Under Yates, the kids are looking to go back to going back to one of the elite teams in the CPS.
They will do so with some quality returning talent and some up and coming players despite the loss of graduation and transfers (most notably Demetrius Cooper- who has an offer from Notre Dame among others).
Charles Bournes is the running back to look out for. Andre Newell returns as the starting quarterback.
As usual, Hubbard will be there for the conference mix. But do not count out the other teams. Morgan Park struggled to beat Robeson, Orr, and even Bogan last year. Those teams will be roaring to get back at Morgan Park. Urban Prep fresh from being promoted from the Chicago conference has a lot of returning talent and does not want to get sent back down. My feel is that Morgan Park will not go through conference play unscathed.
Players to Watch
Jonathan Harris OL/DE Jr
Tahje Hartley DE Jr
Jareem Fleming DE Jr
Tim Smith WR/DB JR
Eddie Scott LB Sr
Javon Bright Wr/S
Charles Bournes RB
Andre Newell QB
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