Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Players of the Week - Beloit

The Forester Football Coaching staff named their players of the week for the 42-34 victory over Beloit College on Saturday:

Offensive Player of the Week- Sophomore, RB Joey Valdivia. Playing his first football since 2012, Valdivia rumbled his way to a career day with 13 Carries, 166 yards, 3 TDs.

Defensive Player of the Week- Sophomore, LB Michael Cole. Cole graded out over 85% and recorded 23 production points in the Forester Victory. His hit on a Beloit Wide receiver, created the Foresters 2nd interception of the day.

Special Teams Player of the Week- Senior, K/P Jon Gurchak. Jon had 2 Touchbacks on Kickoffs, and forced 2 of his 4 punts to be Fair Caught. He averaged 40.3 yards per punt, and averaged 55.3 yards per kickoff (including a squib kick as the first half expired).

Lineman of the Week- Freshman, Center Ethan Sheirer. In his first start for the Foresters, Ethan graded out at 89% and helped pave the way for 283 yards rushing, and no sacks on the day.

Scout Team Player of the Week: Freshman, WR Darren Estrada. Estrada gave the Foresters a great look all week long, and earned the opportunity to be a part of the Forester return game due to his great week. He recorded 2 kickoff returns for 42 yards on the day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Players of the Week Gustavus Adolphus 2015

The Forester Football Coaches Announced their Players of the Week for Week 2 of the 2015 Season.

Offensive Player of the Week: Junior WR Willie McIntyre, Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly). 5 catches for 83 yards and drew 2 DPI penalties.

Defensive Player of the Week: Junior LB Joe Nitti, Lombard, IL (Montini Catholic). 6 tackles, and graded out above 80%

Special Teams Player of the Week: Freshman LB Jack Garcia, Phoenix, AZ (Brophy Prep) Garcia stood out on special teams in the return game as a blocker.

Lineman of the Week: Freshman Charlie Timmerman, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Los Osos) Timmerman had 4 Tackles, including 1.5 TFL's

Scout Team Player of the Week: Sophomore LB Hector Mendoza, Oswego, IL (Oswego East)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Brannon adopted by LFC Football through Team Impact

Taken from an email written to the Gridiron Gang, from Dan Plutchak

Many were wondering Saturday about No. 19 who ran out on the field with the Foresters.

Here's the background from Coach Cat. Be sure to click on the link for the video below:

Brannon is 9 years old and from Glenview, IL.

He has joined the team through a partnership with a group called Team Impact, whose goal is improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the "Power of Team."  More: TEAM IMPACT

Brannon was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer in August of 2014.

He had brain surgery in August of 2014 followed by 31 days of radiation that ended in October of 2014. He took a month off and then did 6 months of aggressive chemo.

Two weeks ago his MRI came back clear and he is in remission but dealing with the effects of treatment.

It has impacted his weight, hearing, and walking. It's hard for him to walk independently, so he uses orthotics and works with a physical therapist. He is going to get hearing aids soon as well.

It's hard for him to see his friends playing sports when he can't. He has to watch, and even he will try to keep up but later will always say it's too hard and it used to be so much easier.

He still manages to always see the positive and always says "on the bright side...". Many people have told his mom how much of an inspiration he is.

He used a tutor for his school work and will be able to move onto the 4th grade next year.

She hopes this experience will lift his spirits.

When you see Brannon and his family, welcome them to the Gridiron Gang.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Players of the Week- Wisconsin Lutheran College

The Forester Coaching Staff Announced the Team Players of the Week for the Wisconsin Lutheran Game on 9/5/15

Offensive Player of the Game:

Junior Running Back, Charlie Quinn: 34 Carries 143 yards 1TD, 1 reception 7 yards.

Defensive Player of the Game:

Sophomore Cornerback,Chase Slagboom: 7 Tackles, 2 Interceptions, 3 Pass Break Ups

Lineman of the Week:

Sophomore Offensive Lineman, Andrew Johnson- graded out the highest among offensive and defensive lineman while starting at Left Tackle for the Foresters.

Special Teams Player of the Week:

Senior Kicker/Punter, John Gurchak- 4-4 on Extra Points, 1-1 on FG's, 5 Kickoffs (1TB) 60.4 average. 8 Punts for 264 yards.

Scout Team Player of the Week:

Freshman OLB Charlie Timmerman