Foreman is eager to get back to the Illini conference. Only a 3 point loss to conference champion Taft last year prevented Foreman to winning conference and going back to the Illini. In that game, Foreman seemingly had the game in the bag before a few key plays in the 4th quarter prevented them from taking the game. I did not get a chance to interview any of the players or coaches last year after that game because there was a lot of emotion and things like helmet throwing after the game.
This year Foreman is a strong contender to win the Chicago Big Shoulders. But it won't be easy. Conference champion Taft is back in the conference after declining the invitation to move up to the Illini. I know Taft graduated a boat load of starters, but Taft always reloads and I expect them to be in the mix again. Then you can never count out teams like Lincoln Park, Steinmetz, and even Prosser. Foreman beat those teams by only one score last year.
So why am I picking Foreman as one of the favorites this year. For one, they probably have the conference's top player in Johnny Daniels(6-4, 256lb, sr, DL/OL). Daniels was a former 287lb freshman ROTC member who orginally wanted to play basketball. But he was convinced by coach Grazzini to play foorball and the rest is history. He could become Foreman's first Division I football player. He already has an offer from Northern Illinois and interest from other schools.
Foreman will have to find a replacement at quarterback after the graduation of pass happy Sergio Serrano and his 1200 yards passing last year. Two contenders for the starting QB spot will probably be athletic basketball player Karon Linton(6-0, 195lbs, sr) or Perrin Groves(5-10, 160lbs, jr).
Also look out for captain Denandre Wilkerson(5-10, 250lbs, OL/DL, sr), sophomore Wendell Eiland(5-9, 176lbs, so, RB/S).
Foreman plays a rough first three games. They start with Catholic school St. Viator, then play Chicago conference Dusable who was 7-2 last year, and they open conference play with a motivated Lincoln Park team. After those three games we will know how good Foreman is.