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Media Games East St. Louis @ Simeon- Saturday Phillips vs Fenwick
These are games which will have media from all over and high school football fans will be keeping a big eye on.
Simeon vs East St Louis. Both of these programs have storied histories. But East St. Louis has been much more successful statewide over the years. I know East St. Louis has some studs on their team and has a history and all that, but I love the momentum going on at Simeon. I am going on a limb and say right now that I would not be surprised if Simeon wins this game by 14 points.
Phillips is state ranked. The Tribune has them ranked ahead of St. Rita, Joliet Catholic, and Maine South. Fenwick is not ranked. I don't care. Last year, I saw catholic school Carmel go into Phillips field and hand Phillips their only regular season loss. Much hype has been on the fact that Quayvon Skanes(sr, WR) will be the starting QB for Phillips. I am sure he will do well running the ball and handing it off. But Fenwick has a defense that is capable of stopping a running game and Fenwick did beat Carmel last year where Phillips could not. Still, I like Phillips in this game but I don't see it a runaway game.
Simeon will play Greenville High School for their week 2 non-conference game. Simeon had to scramble to find a game after Wheaton St Francis backed out of their originally scheduled week 2 game against Simeon.
The game will be played on Friday, September 4th, 7pm at Greenville, MS. I heard Simeon tried to get an in state opponent but was not able to do so because everyone's schedule was filled so they got a game in SEC country in Mississppi. Wheaton St. Francis will play Catalyst/Maria out of Chicago- a school with only 475 students. I guess St. Francis is trying to get a W before they play their Catholic League opponents.
Meanwhile, I am not sure how much of a game the Greenville game will be as I heard Greenville had only 1 win last season.
Simeon hopes to have lineman Terrell Maclin-Dupree(6-5, 310lbs,sr, OL.DL) back in that game after suffering a concussion after getting hit by a car in July. He will miss their opener vs East St Louis.
Chris Casey(6-2, 195lbs, sr LB/DE) of Richards has transferred to Simeon and will play for the Wolverine football team this fall. Casey is a DI college linebacker prospect and is getting looked at by several Big 10 Schools.Casey has a lot of explosiveness and speed. You'll see him break up a lot of running plays, cause tackles for loss, and generally disrupt opposing offenses.
It will be curious how Simeon uses Casey because Simeon already has 3 high impact linebackers in Quinton Jones(5-10, 200lbs, sr. MLB/OLB), Antonio Crosby(5-10, 200lbs, sr, LB), and Brandon Purnell(6-2, 227lbs, sr, LB). All 3 are all-city caliber linebackers and are being looked at by colleges. They may put Casey or one of the others at the Defensive End or other position.
Simeon returns a lot of players - particularly on the defensive side of the ball- from a team that advanced to the 8A semi-finals last year. Simeon's defense averaged only 5 points a game in their 7 CPS games last year. Futhermore, they only gave up 9 points to Wheaton North, 7 points to Downers Grove South, and 17 points to Hinsdale Central.
This linebacking crew assembled by Simeon is one of the best in the Chicago area. The addition of Casey makes an already great Simeon defense even better.
This may sound like a weird request but I was wondering if you could get in contact with a student for me. We have a championship ring here at a restaurant in Iowa that I believe belongs to an athlete from CPS. The ring belongs to someone with the last name Whitehead, a wrestler in the 195 pound weight class from Simeon High School. The ring was found at Taco Tico in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Please e-mail me back if you can help.locate this person! Thanks! Brittany Howell
If you feel you can help Brittany reunite the ring to the owner send me an email at Publisher@CPSfan.com
Simeon 3 Lake View 2 Lake View gave much favored Simeon all it could handle as Simeon won 3-2 to capture the CPS Baseball crown.
Simeon scored all 3 of its runs in the 3rd inning. The decisive 3rd run came when Simeon speedster Dion Earls(sr) scored on a grounder. Simeon starter Jamari McKinney(sr) held Lake View to 2 runs in his 5 and 1/3 innings of pitching.
Lake View starter Joey Lara(sr-FB photo)
Lake View best chance to tie the game came in the 6th inning when first baseman Sam Wusu(sr) - a star wide receiver on the Lake View football team -tried to score on a wild pitch but was thrown out.
Lake View finished a great run in the city playoffs which saw them beat Harlan 3-2, Whitney Young 4-3, and much favored Taft 6-3.
Fabbians Ebbele was a 6-8, 295lb monster lineman playing for Simeon. Then he picked the University of Arizona for college. He signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.
EJ Bibbs of Bogan and Iowa State and Louis Trinca-Pasat of Lane Tech and Iowa were not selected in the 7 round NFL draft last weekend. However, soon thereafter they signed as free agents. Bibbs was picked up by the Cleveland Browns and Pasat-Trinca signed with the St. Louis Rams.
19 tight ends were selected ahead of Bibbs, but he will now get his chance with the Browns.
"Thank God Rams have given me one more opportunity. Those who overlooked me will regret it," said Pasat-Trinca after signing with the Rams.
The CPS at the 2015 NFL draft Laken Tomlinson - Lane Tech- Duke- 1st round Detroit Lions Daron Brown- Morgan Park- NIU- 7th round Kansas City Chiefs Fabbians Ebbele - Simeon- Arizona- Undrafted Free Agent Louis Trinca-Pasat - Lane Tech- Iowa - Undrafted Free Agent EJ Bibbs - Bogan - Iowa State - Undrafted Free Agent
Dante Culbreath(left) Simeon Head Football Coach, Dante Fowler(center) of the University of Florida Gators and projected top 10 NFL draft pick, and Neilski at the Gatorade Evolution of Football Panel Discussion Pre- NFL Draft 2015 event held at the Art Institute.
Special thanks to NFL sponsor Gatorade for the special invitation to national and local media and football figures to the the Gatorade Evolution of Football Panel Discussion Pre- NFL Draft 2015 event held at the Art Institute.
The CPS is going to figure prominently at this year's draft which is held in Chicago after being in New York City for a long time. The CPS should get at the minimum of 1-2 players drafted for sure and maybe upto 4 or 5 that will either get drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent.
Mike Ditka(center) was in the house along with 3 top 10 NFL draft prospects.
Sneak peek of the NFL Draft Camp at Grant Park. The City of Chicago is holding a free 3 day football festival in Grant Park featuring music, food, and a host of family friendly activities like kicking field goals, and getting autographs from NFL prospects. If you are downtown this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you may want to check it out. I got some backstage pre-event access yesterday. Lot's of people taking pictures from the outside, a lot of cool screens, a huge tent, and lots of buzz. This looks like it will be a happening event for any football fan.
Matt Fleming(sr) of Simeon traveled to Belleville West "Norm Armstrong" Invitational this past weekend and came home with IL#3 time under legal conditions in 200m (22.31) & IL#2 mark under legal conditions in Long Jump (22'11), finishing behind the premier jumper in the nation (US#2/IL#1 & New Balance Champion; 24'10 & 51'11) Ja'Mari Ward of Cahokia.
Bolton titled the tape: Believe the Hype. I am believing. Bolton has protypical RB height and size in 5-10, 195lbs. He's got a burst of power and speed. Although most of the tape shows his running back ability, I love the explosiveness he showed on the defensive side of the ball. His carrying ability is top notch for a CPS back. I see him as a powerful runner who will make some big plays yet still has the strength to gain those tough yards- which are really needed during the playoffs. Simeon has another offensive weapon in their arsenal.
Got a scoop? Publisher@CPSfan.com submissions with pictures will most likely be published.
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Here is the email I got from Gatorade:
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At 6-3,225lbs Dakota Turner has the size, strength, arm, and ability to keep Simeon football in a highly competitive position. Turner got some valuable playing time last season as the back up and looks to play a much bigger role for a Simeon football team that surprised by advancing all the way to the state semi-finals in class 8A last fall. He is one of the reasons why optimism continues at Simeon.
Bogan 47 Simeon 42 Bogan won its first city championship in boys basketball after a 47-42 upset of Simeon. Luwane Pipkins(sr) led Bogan with 19 points. He hit 10 of 11 free throws. Simeon won big last night in their win over #1 Stevenson but could not win two nights in a row.
After watching his highlight tape here is my thoughts:
"Another quality lineman for Simeon....great height at 6'6", blocks well for the run game, hard for defensive linemen to push him, at 4.9 for a 40 really fast for a lineman of his size, definitely add to my CPS linemen to watch list."
Phillips and Simeon have talent all over their roster and should be competitive for years to come. Pictured above is 6-4, 225lb jr defensive end Devin Jones of Phillips. Jones - despite his height, size, and skill does not even start for Phillips. For over 90% of CPS schools, a talent like Jones would be a definite starter.
No team, I don't care who you are makes it to the state finals every year. Even Simeon's basketball team got bounced out of the state playoffs last year before making it downstate.
So the expectation should be not to win state every year, but to field and prepare your team, so your team is in the hunt. Phillips and Simeon have built their program so that their varsity level is ready every year. They may not advance to the semi-finals of state every year, but if they keep up their program, they will be in the picture to advance in the state playoffs every year.
This year, Phillips and Simeon are a "story". The CPS seems to be gaining momentum in the right direction. If we keep putting the effort, there could be a day (soon) when the CPS advances two teams to the state semi-finals and it is not a major story.
King, Curie, and other programs seem to be headed in that direction. Others like Harper, Hubbard, Morgan Park, North Lawndale, Payton, and the other CPS schools will have an opportunity this off season to keep moving in the right direction.
William Walton #56, a 6'1 280 Offensive Lineman also the starting Center of Dunbar Is transferring to Simeon.
"The coaches will help me get better at my position. And I get to play with my past teammates that I played with at Odgen Park when we won the mum bowl in 2010," said Walton.
Walton, is coming from a Dunbar program that has a very disciplined line. They are very well coached and seldom make false starts. They really work on repeating the snap and making sure it is perfect. The line is a big reason why the Dunbar run game has been very effective for years.
Simeon already has an impressive line that features 4 all-city lineman. Keevan Agee (6-3, 255, JR) and Terrell McClain-Dupree (6-5, 315, JR) return for Simeon next year. Simeon is keeps stockpiling quality players.
Simeon and Phillips Both Advance to the State Semi-Finals
Phillips hung on with a 14-13 win over #1 Rockford Lutheran (RLFB photo)
With Simeon's 34-20 win over defending state champion Naperville Central in class 8A and Phillips 14-13 win over #1 and undefeated Rockford Lutheran, the CPS advanced two teams to the state semi-finals in the same season for the first time in history.
The good thing about high school kids is that they usually aren't hampered by limitations of the past. They don't know or are not affected by the fact that previously only 4 CPS teams have even made it to the state semi-finals in football. No matter what so called experts say about predicting future performance by past results, the only thing that matters is on field results right now. And right now both Phillips and Simeon are performing.
Forget about what old timers say. Forget the myth that the CPS is only a basketball conference. In the last several years Mather and Washington have won state in boys soccer, Jones won state in boys cross country, Dunbar and Kelvyn Park finished in the top 6 at state in boys track, and now Phillips and Simeon have already made a huge breakthrough in football.
The CPS is definitely making strides in other sports besides basketball. The results are speaking for themselves.
Class 8A Simeon 34 Naperville Central 20 Down by 7 in the 3rd quarter, Simeon went on a 28-0 run to stun defending state champion Naperville Central. Simeon quarterback Timon Watkins(sr, QB) was a very efficient 13 of 19 passing for 117 yards and gained 58 yards rushing. Simeon's defense came up big again as they held Naperville Central star running back Kevin Clifford to 41 yards on 18 carries. Simeon also won the turnover battle 3-0.
Class 4A Phillips 14 Rockford Lutheran 13 Phillips took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 33 yard touchdown catch by Quavon Skanes and an 18 yard run by QB Dewayne Collins. Rockford Lutheran missed a potential game tying extra point with 1 minute 27 second left in the game to preserve the win. Rockford Lutheran missed a 25 yard field goal attempt in the 2nd quarter. This was a classic well played game by both teams.
Simeon and Phillips advance to the state semi-finals for the first time in school history.
Class 8A State Football Playoffs Quarterfinals Simeon vs Naperville Central Sat, Nov. 15, 2:00pm @ Naperville Central
Simeon has made it to the state quarterfinals 3 times (1990, 1992, and 2011). In 2011 they beat a highly regarded Schaumurg team 55-50 in the 2nd round before falling 17-14 to Lake Zurich in the quarterfinals. This Saturday, they try to make school history by advancing to the state semi-finals. Standing in the way is defending state champion Naperville Central. Naperville Central knows what it takes to get past this round as many of their players played on last year's state championship team.
In my opinion, the 2011 Simeon team has a slightly better offense than this year's team- as the 2011 was led by Purdue bound QB Robert Gregory and all-city running back Haratio Banks. That duo of Gregory and Banks had an unstoppable running game. However, I feel that what really separates this year's team from their 2011 team is their defense. Their defense has looked dominant all year including state playoff wins against Downers Grove South 28-7 and Hinsdale Central 55-17.
Simeon vs Downers Grove South Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 7:00pm @ Gately Simeon (along with Phillips) is the pride of the Public League. Simeon is proven that they can play with anyone. They beat Wheaton North and lost by two points to St. Rita earlier this season. Simeon also has some state playoff success. Last year they beat Lyons Township in the first round before falling 27-20 to Nequa Valley in the 2nd round. This year's Simeon team does not have the big name senior DI stars like they have had in the past. Neverthless, I see them playing very competitive against a 6-3 Downers Grove South team. Downers Grove South strength is their offensive line that features 6-5, 310lb Michigan comitt Erik Swenson. DGS has a balanced pass/run offense. I see this as a close game with Simeon coming out on top late.
Curie starting quarterback Michael Goldsmith.
Taft vs Curie Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00pm @ Lane Stadium I am saying it bluntly, this will not be a pretty game for Taft. I expect Curie to fully dominate this game. Taft will have nobody to stop Curie's athletes. It starts with running back Chris Baldwin(jr). Baldwin has been tearing it up all year. Against mostly Illini conference opponents, Baldwin- a junior- had to average over 150 yards/game rushing. In addition to Baldwin, Curie has a boatload of talent like dangerous kick returner/RB Macio King, serviceable QB Michael Goldsmith, and a big line featuring Ronald Smith ((who I estimate to be 6-3, 290lbs). If Chicago Big Shoulders champion Taft stays within 30 points of Curie I will be very surprised.
One of the biggest storylines to start this season is Simeon's 42 game win streak versus CPS opponents. A couple teams came close to snapping that streak last year as Simeon got by King 20-14 in the CPS semi-finals and Dunbar 23-14 in the CPS finals. But for the most part, scores have been like Simeon's 60-13 win over Lane, 50-0 win over CVS, and 44-0 over Foreman.
Simeon looks strong once again this season and should be favorite to win against every CPS opponent. Toughest CPS opponents will be Brooks in Week 2 and DUnbar in Week 7.
Here is Simeon's schedule this year.
Week 1 @ St. Rita Week 2 @ Brooks Week 3 vs Wheaton North Week 4 vs Lane Week 5 Curie Week 6 CVS Week 7 Dunbar Week 8 @ Whitney Young
Two more Chicago Public Schools products from the 2014 class, Pontraille Gray (Hubbard Safety/Linebacker - 6'1 205 lbs) and Dia Betts Jr. (Simeon Safety - 5'10 185lbs) have also decided to take a post-graduate year and play for Midwestern Preparatory Academy, this upcoming season. Pontraille, pictured to left with his parents and head coach Marques Sullivan, will be playing in this weekend's CPS All-Star game. Dia is pictured to the right with former New York Jet, Ryan Yarborough, who serves as wide receivers coach. To find out more information about Midwest Prep, please visit www.midwestprepacademy.com