High School Football: Week 1 in Pictures, 10 Featured Photos

Wheeling's Simon Micula drags a would-be Round Lake tackler to the last yard to score a touchdown.

Wheeling’s Simon Micula drags a would-be Round Lake tackler to the last yard to score a touchdown.

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Wheels racer Simon Micula set a school record with five touchdowns in a 58-7 win against Round Lake. He also had eight tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss while playing defense.


Loyola's Declan Forde (17) makes a one-handed catch for a long gain against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Loyola’s Declan Forde (17) makes a one-handed catch for a long gain against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

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Loyola’s air attack on St. Xavier was tremendous. Quarterback Jake Stearney hit five different receivers. He was 15-for-19 for 253 yards with four touchdowns and an interception (which coach John Holecek said wasn’t his fault). This Declan Forde catch (four catches, 95 yards and a touchdown), was one of the most impressive of the weekend.


Kenwood's Nacari McFarland (10) is evaluated for injury after being sacked early in the second half of play against Glenbard North.

Kenwood’s Nacari McFarland (10) is evaluated for injury after being sacked early in the second half of play against Glenbard North.

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Kenwood quarterback Nacari McFarland was one of the most promising young players of the weekend. The 6-6 junior was 7-of-11 passing for 120 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury.

“He’s probably out for now, but his backup is pretty good,” Broncos coach Sinque Turner said. “We will be fine. The boys were used to McFarland but [Kevari Thunderbird] It’s taken a lot of reps.”


St. Rita's Conor Talty (31) reacts after kicking a field goal in the game against Mount Carmel.

St. Rita’s Conor Talty (31) reacts after kicking a field goal in the game against Mount Carmel.

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St. Rita didn’t have many highlights in a 35-3 loss at Mount Carmel on Friday. But the highlight was wonderful. Kicker Conor Talty, a recruit from Alabama, hit a 51-yard field goal with a few feet to spare.


Simeon's Malik Elzy (8) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Wheaton-Warrenville South.

Simeon’s Malik Elzy (8) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Wheaton-Warrenville South.

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Simeon senior Malik Elzy lived up to all the hype on Saturday against Wheaton-Warrenville South. The numbers are not impressive. Elzy had three receptions for 124 yards. But every time he touched the ball he was a scoring threat.


Glenbard North's Johnnie Robertson (3) scores a touchdown against Kenwood.

Glenbard North’s Johnnie Robertson (3) scores a touchdown against Kenwood.

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Glenbard North lost Sam Palmer, its starting running back, in the first series of the season. That put even more on the shoulders of receiver Johnnie Robertson and quarterback Justin Bland. The pair of seniors complied at the critical moment.


Wheeling's Diego Giles (19) enjoys the moment after intercepting a pass.

Wheeling’s Diego Giles (19) enjoys the moment after intercepting a pass.

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Wheeling went 1-8 last season. The Warriors also beat Round Lake in the opener last year, but lost the next eight games. This team has higher expectations with 12 starters back.


Loyola's student section was packed for Saturday's game against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Loyola’s student section was packed for Saturday’s game against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

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Cincinnati St. Xavier brought in a band and student section and sold their Wilmette side of the stadium. But Loyola fans also attended the game, which was broadcast on ESPN.


Glenbard North's Justin Bland (1) celebrates a touchdown during the game against Kenwood.

Glenbard North’s Justin Bland (1) celebrates a touchdown during the game against Kenwood.

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Glenbard North quarterback Justin Bland engineered a comeback win on the road against Kenwood.

“We have the chemistry to win in the playoffs before,” Bland said.


Loyola's Drew MacPherson (34) breaks up a long run for a touchdown against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Loyola’s Drew MacPherson (34) breaks up a long run for a touchdown against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

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Sophomore Drew MacPherson was another rising young star this weekend. Loyola wasn’t expected to have much of a running back threat this season, but MacPherson had a 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and junior Will Nimesheim opened the second half with a 70-yard touchdown run.

“That was amazing,” Holecek said. “I didn’t think those guys were going to walk past too many people, but they certainly looked good today.”

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