I'll admit it. When I watch football, I usually watch the ball.
At high school games, I have to. With NFL games, I hardly know how not to.
Try as I might to understand what's going on or why in the trenches, it's always somehow eluded me.
I never played the game. I just know people who did.
That's why this year, for people like me, we're trying to give readers more insight into all that goes into planning and playing each position in high school football.
Our goal this season, like it is every season, is to take you inside the huddle with all of our local high school football teams. This year, we're just doing it with a lot more detail.
After this fall, hopefully we can all become a little better at taking our eyes off the ball.
-Jon Styf, Sports Editor, Northwest Herald
Marian Central quarterback Billy Bahl and offensive coordinator Dirk Stanger break down the keys of the Hurricanes' passing game.
Johnsburg football head coach Mike Maloney uses video from last season to show how the Skyhawks' offense executes the quarterback draw.
Huntley football head coach John Hart and defensive coordinator Matt Zimolzak demonstrate on the white board and through Huntley game film how the Red Raiders defend the outside run.
Prairie Grove shows us how to run the midline option, the inside veer and outside veer.
Receivers from Marian Central and Cary-Grove help break down the aspects of the receiver route tree.
Cover 2 is a common coverage seen on football of all levels. Focusing on the defensive backs, learn the basics of this two-deep coverage.
What is a B-Gap? How about a veer? We break it down for you in simple terms.
What do offenses key on for the inside veer?
What do offenses key on for the outside veer?
What do offenses key on for the midline option?
By Mike DeFabo
As offenses continue to evolve, defensive backs are becoming more important than ever.
By Joey Kaufman
The life of a quarterback: keeping your head on a swivel, and learning to do a little bit of everything.
By Jacob Sheyko
Whether its a spread offense or an option attack, the role a receiver or tight end plays is important.
By Ryan Altman
More than height and weight: The skill set of an offensive lineman.
By Matthew Paras
Cary-Grove defensive lineman Michael Gomez and former Huntley defensive end Brandon Dranka on what makes a great defensive linemen.
By Luke Srodulski
Marengo's Kyle Gara and Prairie Ridge’s Parker Tomlin on the qualities a linebacker must possess.
By Kevin Meyer
Crystal Lake Central's Ryan Williams and Jacobs' Josh Walker on the varied responsibilities of the position.
By Alex Kantecki
A look at what makes a kicker successful.