Huntley quarterback Kam Sallee is not surprised at his buddy Bryce Beschorner’s success.
“Every day he works the hardest and never gives up,” Sallee said. “He’s always been the tallest and the best. He’s a great target, he can jump and he reads the ball really well.”
Beschorner, the area’s leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, has been key to the Red Raiders’ recent surge as they head to Jacobs for a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division football game at 7:15 p.m. today.
Huntley (3-2 overall, 3-0 FVC Valley) has won three consecutive games and leads Cary-Grove by one-half game in the division. Jacobs (3-2, 1-1) is right in the race with four remaining games after a loss to C-G last week.
Beschorner (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) has 25 receptions for 478 yards and eight touchdowns. Teammate Jake Lackovic and Marian Central’s Greg Walczak are next in the area with five receiving touchdowns. Sallee and Beschorner have been teammates for the most of the past five seasons.
“I’m pretty happy about my part [in the offense],” Beschorner said. “Jake and I are pretty dangerous together. We’ve spread it out a little more with coach [John] Hart this year and Kam throws it as well as anybody I’ve ever played with, not taking anything away from Jake Brock last season.”
Beschorner’s size and speed make him a difficult matchup for high school defensive backs.
“Teams have done things to try and take him away and he still gets his catches,” Hart said. “He runs well at the high school level, but at the next level somebody’s going to get not just a D-I player, but a player who can make an impact.”
Hart, who came to Huntley this year from a long stint coaching in Indiana, likens Beschorner to former Illinois and NFL tight end Ken Dilger. Hart said Dilger was a tall split end at Heritage Hills (Ind.) High School and later added weight and moved to tight end, where he flourished in college and in the pros.
“Bryce isn’t real physically developed yet,” Hart said. “He’ll get enormously stronger when he lifts more.”
Beschorner understands his future at the NCAA D-I or D-II level likely will be as a tight end.
Beschorner has helped Huntley’s offense excel, but Jacobs also can produce points. Huntley has scored 142 and allowed 133, while the Golden Eagles have scored 160 and allowed 163 (143 in the past three games).
Jacobs also has a potent passing attack behind quarterback Bret Mooney, wide receivers Jake Gierlak and Hunter Williams and running back Steven Varela.
“We have to cover Beschorner; he’s their bail-out guy,” Eagles coach Bill Mitz said. “He makes a lot of great plays. We have to tackle people better. That’s been our problem.”
Mitz feels some adjustments the team has made will help going into the final four games.
“The last three days has probably been our best days of practice this season,” Mitz said. “If that’s any indication, we should have a good game.”