Timothy Smith(6-2, 340lbs,sr, OL) is part of a Westinghouse team that has seniors for the very first time. Westinghouse is trying to be the first Chicago Conference team to beat a suburban/downstate opponent in the state playoffs.
We all know they can hoop the basketball at the west side. This year, football seems to be progressing in the right direction. Raby, Marshall, Austin, and Westinghouse have all qualified for the state playoffs.
Raby is an established Illini school. They are known for one of the top junior quarterbacks in the CPS in Chris Covington. But they will need contributions form otehr players if they want to hang with Aurora Christian in their first round state playoff game.
Marshall is relatively new to the Illini and looks like they are there to stay. Austin and Westinghouse won their perspective Chicago conference and will move up to the Illini next year.
Austin is an ancient school that did well in football decades or so ago, but until recently has had some rough times in football. This year, they are undefeated and will try to beat Illini team Marshall in the first round of the class 4A playoffs.
Westinghouse is also an old school, but got completely revamped a few years ago. They moved to a new building and completely started over as far as getting new students. This is their first year with a senior class. They play a tough first round match up versus Tinley Park. They are trying to become the first ever Chicago Conference team to beat a suburban opponent in the state playoffs.
Like it or not, the west side will be judged on how well they do in the state playoffs. South side schools Simeon, Morgan Park, and Hubbard have all had state playoff experience in the past. In order for people to start saying football is played in the west side, they will need to do something in the state playoffs this year. The winner of Marshall and Austin will have to beat their likely opponent Brooks in the 2nd round. Then either Westinghouse will have to upset Tinley Park or Raby will have to upset Aurora Christian.