CN100 Sports Football Preview: Week 5 - Evanston vs. New Trier

Marcia McMahon
CN100 Game of the Week: Evanston vs. New Trier

IHSA Football Week 5 – Evanston Wildkits vs. New Trier Trevians

– One of the oldest rivalries in Illinois kicks off Week 5 of CN100’s high school football coverage, and it starts the Central Suburban South season for Evanston and New Trier.

Last year, New Trier won the rivalry game after Evanston went for two and failed to convert in the final seconds.

This year’s contest can be seen on CN100, The Comcast Network, at Noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, and 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. You can also watch it anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand by clicking Get Local and CN100. X1 users, look for Get Local under the Xfinity Services tab.

Evanston saw its 3-0 start derailed last week in a 35-7 loss to highly-touted Barrington. Prior to that, an impressive win over Hubbard started the season, followed by a blowout of Foreman and a comeback win over Conant.

The Wildkits are led by senior running back Ben Easington. He’s rushed for 420 yards and five touchdowns in 46 attempts, including a 97-yard touchdown run. He also starts on the defensive side of the ball. Freshman Quadre Nicholson provided an early spark in the backfield, as well, by gaining 159 yards and two touchdowns in 26 carries.

Evanston isn’t a big threat to throw, but when the Wildkits do go to the air, junior Drew Dawkins is at the ready. He’s 16-for-31 for 239 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He spreads the ball around. Senior Andrew Baumann has caught two of the touchdown passes.

Baumann is also a key defensive player for Evanston at strong safety. He’s racked up 13 tackles and an interception.

Senior middle linebacker Charlie Krause paces the team with 21 tackles and is flanked by junior linebacker Reggie Henley, who has 10 tackles. Sophomore free safety Michael Axelrood teams with Baumann for a formidable duo over the middle. He has 17 tackles and a pick.

Up front, senior defensive end Mo Brown posted 16 tackles, and he also starts on offense at right guard.

"I believe we’ve played solid so far this season," Evanston coach Mike Burzawa said. "This will be a huge challenge for us on the road. Brian Doll has done a great job with the program since taking over three years ago. It’s exciting to have the CSL South conference opener versus New Trier."

Indeed, Doll is 21-6 since taking over the Trevians, including a 2-2 mark this season.  The Trevians are 12-2 at home under Doll. New Trier started the season with wins over York and Warren, but dropped its last two, 45-28 to Fremd and 41-21 to Palatine.

It all starts with three-year starting quarterback Clay Czyzynski for the Trevians, who has thrown 51-for-86 for 695 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 298 yards and five scores in 55 carries.

Senior running back Francis Fay does it all for the Trevians. He’s gained 237 yards in 42 carries and leads the team with 16 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Fay is a cornerback tasked with locking down the other team’s top receiver.

Senior linebacker Max Rosenthal just received his first collegiate offer from Fordham. He has 27 tackles, 20 solo, and a sack. Senior linebacker Chris Notari leads the team with 29 tackles, 18 solo. Senior safety Dan Anderson and senior linebacker Max Bryla each have 27 tackles.

"Injuries plagued us the past two weeks, but we look healthy coming into the game," Doll said. "You can throw the records out when these teams play, as it’s a rivalry game."

- Paul Johnson, CN100 Sports Correspondent


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