Analysis

Fall 2021 Kane County Chronicle All-Area Football Team

Kaneland players celebrate Sam Gagne's (3) touchdown during a game at Geneva on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

Here is the Kane County Chronicle All-Area football team. Considerations were made with coach input. Schools in the Chronicle coverage area are: Batavia, Burlington Central, Geneva, Kaneland, Marmion, St. Charles East, St. Francis and St. Charles North.

First Team Defense

Sammy Atkins, St. Francis, senior, linebacker

The Metro Suburban Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Atkins led the team in tackles with 89, 43 assists, 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, seven quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two interceptions and three pass breakups.

St. Francis senior Sam Atkins. Picture courtesy of Atkins.

Jacob Bottarini, Marmion, senior, linebacker

The Defensive Player of Year in the CCL White Division, Bottarini was a Class 5A All-State Coaches Association first team selection. Bottarini had 76 Tackles, six for loss, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Marmion's Jacob Bottarini (33) carries the ball during a Class 5A second-round game against Nazareth Academy in Aurora on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

Ryan Calcagno, St. Francis, senior, defensive back

A University of St. Thomas recruit, Calcagno had 27 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, four interceptions including a pick-six and seven pass breakups for a team-high.

Genoa-Kingston's Jake Oates intercepts a pass in front of St. Francis' Ryan Calcagno Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, during their IHSA Class 4A playoff game at Genoa-Kingston High School.

Ivan Erickson, Marmion, junior, defensive end

The mammoth 6-foot-6, 230-pounder had 70 tackles, four sacks, 15 tackles for-loss and one fumble recovery.

Marmion junior Ivan Erickson. Picture courtesy of Erickson.

Paolo Gennarelli, St. Charles North, senior, defensive/offensive tackle

While commanding a lot of double teams on the line, Gennarelli, an Army recruit, had 31 tackles and five quarterback hurries while still earning Coaches Association Class 7A first team recognition.

St. Charles North senior Paolo Gennarelli.

Tyler Jansey, Batavia, junior, linebacker

Jansey had 88 tackles, 16 for loss, six sacks and eight quarterback hurries for the Bulldogs, who went undefeated in the DuKane Conference.

Batavia sophomore Tyler Jansey and the Bulldogs are set to play Geneva this Friday at NIU's Huskie Stadium. Jansey's older brother Michael played on the NIU field in 2017 when Batavia won the Class 7A state championship.

TJ McMillen, St. Francis, junior, defensive tackle/center

Was a force on both ends of the ball, compiling 55 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss. McMillen recorded 41 pancakes while playing three positions on the offensive line.

St. Francis' Adam Criter follows the blocking of TJ Mcmillen Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, during their IHSA Class 4A playoff game at Genoa-Kingston High School.

Mason Pawelko, Geneva, senior, defensive back

Pawelko was third on the Vikings’ defense with 59 tackles, three for loss and four interceptions.

Geneva's Mason Pawelko (4) runs the ball during a home game against St. Charles East on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

Anthony Roberts, Batavia, senior, defensive back

Roberts, an Indiana State recruit, had 29 tackles, 13 passes defended and two interceptions for DuKane Conference champion Batavia.

Geneva’s Carter Powelson (5) carries the ball against Batavia's Anthony Roberts (1) during a varsity football game at Geneva High School in Geneva on Friday, Oct 8, 2021.

Jack Sadowsky, Batavia, junior, linebacker

Sadowsky, a one-two punch with Jansey, had 81 total tackles, 20 1/2 for-loss, 5 1/2 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries for the Bulldogs, who went undefeated in the DuKane Conference.

Batavia's Jack Sadowsky (6) takes down Phillips' Dayvone Rainey during the first game of the season in Batavia on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Gavin Sarvis, Burlington Central, senior, linebacker/running back

The Fox Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sarvis had 93 total tackles, 14 for loss, nine quarterback pressures, five sacks and pass breakups apiece and two interceptions and forced fumbles each.

Burlington Central's Gavin Sarvis

Tyler Sapit, Batavia, senior, defensive end

Batavia’s top defensive lineman, Sapit had 59 tackles, 22 for loss, with 4 1/2 sacks and 29 quarterback hurries.

Batavia senior defensive end Tyler Sapit.

First Team Offense

Ryan Boe, Batavia, sophomore, quarterback

The top young quarterback in the DuKane Conference, Boe piloted Batavia’s offense with 1,481 passing yards, completing 66% of his passes, and had a 16-to-4 touchdown to interception ratio.

Batavia's Ryan Boe looks for a receiver during the IHSA Class 7A  varsity football playoff game between Batavia and Mt. Carmel on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Chicago.

Jalen Buckley, Batavia, senior, running back

The Kane County Chronicle Player of the Year, Buckley ran for 1,194 rushing yards, averaged nearly 120 per game, had five games of over 100 yards rushing and had 16 rushing touchdowns for a team that went undefeated in the DuKane Conference and was a Class 7A coaches association first-teamer.

Batavia's Jalen Buckley runs the ball for a touchdown during a game at St. Charles North on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

Troyer Carlson, Kaneland, sophomore, quarterback

Carlson, a Class 5A coaches association honorable mention selection, threw for 2,790 passing yards, had a 64.3 completion percentage with 36 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.

Kaneland's Troyer Carlson looks for a receiver during their game Friday, Sep. 10, 2021 at Sycamore High School.

Adam Criter, St. Francis, senior, wide receiver

The Metro Suburban Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Criter finished with 96 rushes for 573 yards and 13 touchdowns, plus 21 receptions and 472 yards and three touchdowns.

St. Francis' Adam Criter (2) runs the ball in for a first quarter touchdown against IC Catholic Prep during a game in Wheaton on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Jerred Durian, Marmion, senior, lineman

An all-state coaches association Class 5A Honorable Mention, Durian gave up no sacks all year; his offense racked up 3,419 total yards and finished his career as a three-year starter.

Marmion senior Jerred Durian. Picture courtesy of Marmion Athletics.

Matt Harris, Marmion, senior, lineman

A three year starter, Harris was an All- CCL White Conference first team selection as a senior. Harris and Durian both starred on the line for the Cadets.

Marmion senior Matt Harris. Picture courtesy of Harris.

Sam Gagne, Kaneland, senior, wideout

Gagne, a Class 5A first-teamer, had an eye-popping 61 catches for 1,146 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Kaneland's Sam Gagne carries the ball during a game at Geneva on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

Dane Pardridge, Marmion, senior, wideout

The NIU recruit had 497 yards on 27 receptions, five touchdowns and averaged 18.4 yards-per-catch.

Marmion’s Dane Pardridge takes the field during a 7 on 7 football scrimmage at Kaneland High School in Maple Park on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021.

Carter Powelson, Geneva, senior, running back

The soul of Vikings’ offensive resurgence and first playoff appearance in six years, Powelson had 196 rushing attempts for 855 yards (4.3 average) and six touchdowns.

Geneva running back Carter Powelson (center) moves through a gap in the Collinsville defense. Geneva defeated Collinsville 28-2 in a Class 7A first-round football playoff game at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, IL on Saturday October 30, 2021.

Spencer Prats, Batavia, senior, lineman

One of Batavia’s top offensive lineman, Prats was part of a group that averaged 31 points per game, 137 passing yards and 186 rushing yards.

Batavia's Spencer Prats

Drew Surges St. Charles North, junior, running back/linebacker

A jack of all trades for the North Stars, Surges took snaps however he needed to, whether at linebacker, running back or part of the punt team. Surges had 522 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 54 tackles defensively and two sacks.

St. Charles North's Drew Surges (6) carries the ball during a game against Batavia at St. Charles North on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

AJ Sanders, Batavia, senior, running back/receiver/defensive back

Sanders was everywhere: running back, slot receiver, defensive back, returner, etc. Sanders had 287 rushing yards, 403 receiving yards, six combined touchdowns and amassed 837 all-purpose yards.

Batavia's AJ Sanders runs the ball during the IHSA Class 7A  varsity football playoff game between Batavia and Mt. Carmel on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Chicago.

Honorable mention

Defense

Drew Bartels (Batavia, senior, linebacker); Mac Happold (Geneva, senior, linebacker); Anthony Kuceba (Marmion, senior, defensive back); Carson Kuligowski (St. Charles North, senior, linebacker); George Litgen (St. Charles North, senior, linebacker); Alex Panico (Kaneland, senior, defensive back); Ty Risberg (St. Charles East, senior, defensive tackle); Lucas Sharkey (St. Charles North, senior, defensive lineman); Vincie Solano (Batavia, senior, defensive back); Blake Stempowski (Geneva, senior, linebacker).

Offense

Sean Adkerson (Burlington Central, senior, quarterback); Austin Barrett (St. Charles East, junior, lineman); Drew Gerke (Batavia, junior, wideout); Kelton McCaslin (St. Charles East, senior wideout); Eric Newberry (Batavia, senior, wideout); Alex Porter (Geneva, senior, quarterback); Tyler Tuisl (Geneva, senior, wideout); Mason Tousignant (St. Charles East, junior, wideout); John Vendl (St. Charles North, junior, running back);