Record Newspapers All-Area football team

Plano’s Ray Jones Jr works to get past Ottawa’s Trey Donnely and Dillan Quatrain on a run in the 1st quarter Friday at Plano. Oct 22,2021.

Here is the Record Newspapers All-Area football team.


Oswego senior lineman Vince Anderson

Vince Anderson, Oswego, senior, offensive line: Two-year starter and all-conference selection was anchor of offensive line for Southwest Prairie West co-champions at tackle.

Oswego East senior Ty Carlson

Ty Carlson, Oswego East, senior, receiver: A playmaker in all three phases. The 6-foot-4 all-conference pick had 27 catches for 590 yards and seven touchdowns. Returned opening kickoff 98 yards for TD against Plainfield East. Defensively had team-high five interceptions.

Yorkville senior Kyle Clabough

Kyle Clabough, Yorkville, senior, offensive line: After winning the Class 3A state shot put title in the spring, Clabough returned to football this fall and anchored Foxes’ offensive line.

Plano's Ivan Galvan

Ivan Galvan, Plano, senior, offensive line: The 6-foot-3, 280-pound tackle teamed with Bryan DelAbra on the right side of the Reapers’ offensive line to lead the way for 1,000-yard rusher Ray Jones.

Yorkville junior Cruz Ibarra

Cruz Ibarra, Oswego, junior, quarterback: After splitting time during the spring season, Ibarra emerged as starter in first full varsity season. Strong-armed junior also a standout wrestler completed 83 of 165 yards for 909 yards and seven TDs.

Plano senior running back Ray Jones Jr.

Ray Jones, Plano, senior, running back: Plano’s offensive Player of the Year and all-conference pick was honorable mention Class 4A All-State pick, leading Reapers back to playoffs. Jones ran for 1,157 yards with an 8.1 yards a carry average and 14 TDs in eight games. Ran for over 100 yards in every game with 210 yards and four TDs in win over Johnsburg.

Oswego East junior Tre Jones

Tre Jones, Oswego East, junior, quarterback: Dynamic dual-threat QB was Wolves’ top playmaker in first season after transferring back to home district from Montini. Jones threw for 853 yards and eight TDs and ran for 310 yards and five TDs.

Oswego senior running back Mark Melton

Mark Melton, Oswego, senior, running back: Speedster was a Class 8A All-State pick. Melton ran for 1,139 yards in nine games with 8.4 yards a carry and scored 13 TDs for the SPC West co-champs. Ran for more than 200 yards against Minooka and West Aurora.

Oswego East junior Oshobi Odior

Oshobi Odior, Oswego East, junior, linebacker: Physical, 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior made his presence felt on both sides of the ball and was an all-conference pick. Defensively had team-high 73 tackles, 55 of them solos, with nine tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. On offense ran for 223 yards and two TDs, and caught 13 passes.

Yorkville senior John Swarn

John Swarn, Yorkville, senior, wide receiver: Two-year starter was an honorable mention all-conference pick in helping lead Foxes to third straight playoff appearance. Swarn had team-high 21 catches for 400 yards and two TDs.

Oswego sophomore receiver Deakon Tonielli

Deakon Tonielli, Oswego, junior, tight end: A major Division I prospect, this 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior had team-high 32 catches for 385 yards and two TDs in second varsity season. Played quarterback for one game and was 3-for-6 for 40 yards. Tonielli holds 10 scholarship offers, including Michigan, Tennessee, Purdue and Cincinnati.

Sandwich sophomore Seven Tornga

Seven Tornga, Sandwich, junior, running back/linebacker: Repeat All-Area selection was an All-Kishwaukee River Conference/Interstate 8 Blue Division selection. Tornga ran for 165 yards and two TDs in a game against Harvard and 181 yards and two TDs in a game against Marengo.


Yorkville sophomore Ben Alvarez

Ben Alvarez, Yorkville, sophomore, linebacker: Honorable mention all-conference linebacker made huge impact in first varsity season for a young, talented Foxes’ defense. Alvarez had 59 tackles, 23 of them solos, with seven tackles for loss, five interceptions, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Oswego East senior Jared Badie

Jared Badie, Oswego East, senior, linebacker: Illinois recruit and one of the state’s top prospects in the senior class was a leader of Oswego East defense in third varsity season. Speedy, athletic linebacker had 32 tackles, 22 of them solos, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Oswego East senior Robbie Coleman

Robbie Coleman, Oswego East, senior, defensive line: Transfer from Plainfield South moved from middle linebacker to defensive end and emerged as one of Wolves’ defensive leaders. Coleman, an all-conference pick, had 54.5 tackles, second on the team, with 42 solos, 12 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Yorkville junior Jake Davies

Jake Davies, Yorkville, junior, defensive line: The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end who also played tight end was a Class 7A All-State pick. Also academic All-State and all-conference. Davies had 64 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks and one quarterback hurry, one pass breakup and one blocked field goal. Offensively had five catches for 70 yards.

Plano's Nemo Denton

Nemo Denton, Plano, senior, defensive end: Two-time all-conference player was Plano’s defensive Player of the Year. Denton was second on Reapers in tackles with 53 in eight games, 39 of them solos, with two sacks. Led Plano with 13 tackles for loss and had two forced fumbles.

Oswego senior defensive back Cameron Grays

Cameron Grays, Oswego, senior, defensive back/running back: Three-time all-conference pick, the last two at Oswego after transferring from DeKalb, had 27 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Had a pick six against Oswego East. Offensively ran for three TDs, including game-winner in double overtime against Plainfield North.

Oswego junior Braedon Hellinger

Braedon Hellinger, Oswego, junior, linebacker: All-conference linebacker emerged as a leader for Oswego defense that had graduated its entire front seven from the spring. Hellinger had 73 tackles, 25 of them solos, with two tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Yorkville sophomore defensive back Blake Kersting

Blake Kersting, Yorkville, junior, linebacker: All-conference pick and second-year varsity player moved from safety to linebacker this fall. Kersting had team-high 86 tackles, 45 of them solos, with 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions, one sack, two pass breakups and one blocked field goal.

Yorkville junior Andrew Laurich

Andrew Laurich, Yorkville, junior, defensive line: Leader of a strong Foxes’ defensive front, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Laurich had 41 tackles, 18 of them solos, and 17 tackles for loss with five sacks and four quarterback hurries. Forced two fumbles, recovered one and had one interception. Also ran for three TDs. Hold scholarship offers from Bowling Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.

Oswego East junior safety Mike Polubinski

Mike Polubinski, Oswego East, junior, defensive back: Junior safety had 53 tackles, third on Oswego East defense, with 42 solos. Polubinski’s seven pass breakups were second on the team. Also had two interceptions, one a pick six.

Oswego sophomore Taeden Thomas

Taeden Thomas, Oswego, sophomore, defensive line: Athletic, rangy defensive end showed his huge potential as force on Oswego defensive line. All-conference pick had 41 tackles, seven sacks and seven tackles for loss.

Yorkville junior Andrew Zook

Andrew Zook, Yorkville, junior, defensive line: Third All-Area player from Yorkville’s strong, junior-dominant defensive front was an all-conference selection and academic All-State. Zook had 54 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks with one fumble recovery.

Honorable mention

Juny Almeida, Oswego East, junior, linebacker; Bryan DelAbra, Plano, senior, offensive/defensive line; Sean Earwood, Plano, senior, linebacker; Andrew Garton, Yorkville, senior, defensive back; Hunter Janeczko, Yorkville, junior, linebacker; A.J. Johnson, Oswego, senior, linebacker; Nate Kraus, Yorkville, senior, quarterback; Dan Reedy, Sandwich, junior, offensive/defensive line; Jacob Sergen, Oswego, senior, running back.