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You probably saw the picture when Ethan signed his scholarship papers is a ceremony at his high school. The whole family is grinning from ear to ear while decked out in Purple & Gold. My first thought was how none of them seemed at all worried about him going off so far from home. That is a testimony to Les, Coach Stud and the whole LSU staff. That's not the reason for this post, just something we should also appreciate.
I wanted to see if I could find a better picture than the one linked here so I did a search.When nothing came up under "pictures", I changed the search to "news". Found a couple of articles that told about Pocic's 11-1 Lemont team playing this Saturday against 12-0 Crete-Monee in a Class 6A semifinal matchup. That's the same Crete-Monee that all world WR Laquon Treadwell plays for.
Linked this article & the picture they took.
Arvia: Crete-Monee wants what Lemont has
Whoever said “A picture is worth 1,000 words,” never saw one of mine.
Yet, with this column I include what I like to call my “Portrait of Four Teens Who Don’t Find Me Amusing” not for the thousand yawns it conveys, but for a few genial words uttered before the photo was snapped.
Ethan Pocic, the behemoth at the right, extended a giant paw toward Laquon Treadwell, the bundle of fast-twitch sinew on the left, and said, “Hey, when are you going to declare for LSU?”
As he shook Pocic’s hand, I didn’t catch Treadwell’s response — he’s a bit of a soft talker. But his destination (and LSU isn’t, he said later, among his final five choices) isn’t as important as the respect shown toward each other by the two blue-chippers.
Next year, Pocic, an offensive lineman, will be at Louisiana State. Treadwell, by wide acclaim the best undeclared wide receiver in the country, will be at some other institution whose games end up on network television.
But Saturday night, they’ll both be in Lemont, when Treadwell’s Crete-Monee squad meets Pocic’s Lemont Indians in a Class 6A football playoff semifinal.
ETA: added the Signing Day pic for those who missed it.
This post was edited by chinese58 on 11/15/2012 at 9:15 PM
Here a couple of articles about Ethan and the big game Saturday.
Pocic's team is the established winner and Treadwell's is the upstart.
Lemont, Crete-Monee face off with state berth on the line
Defending the spread offense is not a foreign concept to Lemont with previous opponents Tinley Park and Richards each running a version of it.
But those experiences will pale in comparison to what the Indians will be up against Saturday as they square off against undefeated Crete-Monee in a Class 6A semifinal matchup.
Led by one of the top receivers in the country in Laquon Treadwell (68 receptions, 1,219 yards, 14 touchdowns), the Warriors are averaging just over 40 points per game this fall. The senior caught a touchdown and ran for another in Saturday’s 42-6 quarterfinal win over Ottawa.
Quarterback Marcus Terrell has thrown for 2,818 yards and 36 scores while wide receiver Lance Lenoir has caught 50 passes for 918 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Defensively, Crete Monee has been downright stingy, allowing just one opponent to score over 14 points all season. Coincidentally, that team was Peoria Richwoods, which knocked out Lemont in last year’s postseason.
“They are very talented,” Lemont head coach Eric Michaelsen said. “They are physical and they are well coached. Their offense is dynamic with their big play ability. And their defense hardly gives up any points. It’s a big challenge.”
Lemont will counter with an impressive offense of its own, though the Indians accomplish things a little differently. Behind an outstanding offensive line headed by LSU recruit Ethan Pocic and Bowling Green-bound Tim McAuliffe, running back Chris Giatras has been nearly unstoppable this fall.
Quarterback Zach Brosseau can also get it done through the air with Drew Slee his favorite target.
Extended drives are a must for the Indians as they try to keep the electric Warriors offense off the field.
“In a perfect world, we keep the ball and they rarely have it,” Michaelsen said. “Against a team like this, which is quick-strike, that is even more important. Offensively, we have to move the chains and hold on to the football. And defensively try to cause some turnovers.”
That offensive formula was on full display in Saturday’s 21-14 quarterfinal win over Oak Forest. Giatras ran the ball 35 times and scored all three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The defense did the rest, forcing a fumble with under three minutes remaining to seal the contest. Special teams also got into the act, with Jake Lemming blocking a punt in the first half, which led to a score.
“It means a lot,” Giatras said of playing in the semifinals. “It means we are one step closer to our ultimate goal and that is a state championship. I can’t wait to play at home in front of our crowd. They really deserve it.”
The Illinois High School football playoffs are one step closer to the state finals in Champaign, and there are just four teams in every classification left.
FOXSports NEXT breaks down which teams remain in the hunt for the state 6A title and prospects that highlight these teams.
Crete Monee (12-0) at Lemont (11-1)
The big 6A playoff match-up is happening Saturday at 6PM at Lemont High. This is a match-up of two heavyweights. Crete-Monee has been largely untested in the playoffs, with the exception of a 35-32 win over Peoria Richwoods, they have won by a large margin. No surprise for a team that features the best receiver in the Midwest, Laquon Treadwell (top five of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ole Miss) and several other impressive players to go along with him. Most notably, 2014 linebacker Nyles Morgan who just picked up an offer from Ohio State and is getting interest from all over the country. Others to keep an eye on in this match-up are senior receiver Lance Lenoir, senior defensive back Jaylen Dunlap, and senior defensive tackle Jonathan Schultz.
On the other side of the field, Lemont advanced over Oak Forest by a touchdown, winning in the quarterfinals 21-14. Their path to the semis also included a 23-19 win over Oak Lawn Richards and a 45-0 win over Morgan Park. They are headlined by offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, who is committed to LSU and measures in at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, plus is one of the most talented lineman in the 2013 class. Pocic gets some help from senior offensive guard Tim McAuliffe who is committed to Bowling Green. Other prospects to watch are senior defensive back Jake Lemming and senior linebacker Connor O’Brien.
This post was edited by chinese58 on 11/15/2012 at 9:32 PM
The IHSA state championship games are one step closer. FOXSports NEXT breaks down which teams remain in the hunt for the State title and prospects that highlight these teams.
Thanks Eights, I just love finding, reading and sharing this great stuff.
Here's an interview with Ethan.
Q-and-A with Ethan Pocic, Lemont football
Ehan Pocic, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior with Lemont football, is regarded as one of the top linemen in the country.
The LSU recruit primarily plays on the offensive line, but on occasion will be used on the defensive side.
His older brother, Graham, is a senior lineman at Illinois.
It’s just a good fit for me. Meeting with the coaches and players, it’s where I wanted to be.
You were recruited by dozens of elite Division I programs. How was the recruiting experience?
It was fun at first but then it got very stressful. I was always talking to coaches on the phone.
How many letters from various colleges did you receive during the recruiting process?
Boxes and boxes of letters. Some days I’d get seven hand-written, personalized letters from schools.
How has your older brother Graham helped you develop?
He’s helped me out a lot with technique and stuff and he’s always reminding me that I have to live up to the hype and carry on the Pocic name.
State title game. You’re in it. What team do you most like to beat for the championship? Why?
Peoria Richwoods. They got us in double overtime last year. It was a heartbreaking loss.
What’s in your iPod?
A little of everything. Blink 182, Drake, Odd Future.
What celebrity would you choose as your prom date?
Ten years from now, when you’re talking about coach Eric Michaelsen, what’s the first thing that will come to mind?
That’s he’s a great person and a great coach who wants the best for his players.
What do you like best about being a student-athlete at Lemont?
The small-town atmosphere.
As told to Pat Disabato
Ethan Pocic, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior with Lemont football, is regarded as one of the top linemen in the country. The LSU recruit primarily plays on the offensive line, but on occasion will be used on the defensive side. His older brother, Graham, is a senior lineman at Illinois.
Here's a column that gives some detailed Lamant football history.
LSU's getting a guy that's used to winning!
Disabato: Lemont knows how to avoid early playoff trap door
he high school football playoffs have produced some stunning moments, both good and unfortunate, for our local squads.
From teams making unsuspecting quarterfinal runs to perennial powers being ushered out the playoff door quicker than anticipated, these playoffs have been as unpredictable as a midnight Las Vegas buffet.
But lets’s focus on the positives, shall we?
Lincoln-Way West, just 4 years old, has advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals and left in its wake No. 1 seed Kaneland, which likely still doesn’t know what hit it Saturday.
Evergreen Park, which finished the regular season above .500 for a third straight time, finds itself in the Class 4A quarterfinals party for the second straight year.
Crete-Monee, a regular-season wrecking ball under coach Jerry Verde, is participating in the Class 6A quarterfinals for a third time in six years.
Mount Carmel, which has qualified for the postseason 27 straight seasons, finds itself three wins away from its 11th state championship.
Lincoln-Way East, escorted from the Class 7A playoffs in the second round the past four seasons, removed that monkey from its back and finds itself in the quarterfinals.
Oak Forest, with 13 consecutive playoff season under its belt, including trips to the Class 6A semifinals in 2006 and ’07, is one win away from another semis appearance.
Ironically, standing in the way of Oak Forest advancing to the semis is Lemont, which owns stock in “early playoff exit repellent.”
It hasn’t mattered who runs, catches or throws the ball or who blocks, tackles or kicks; Lemont gets the job done.
There haven’t been any one-and-done playoff appearances during coach Eric Michaelsen’s 11 years. Heck, there hasn’t even been a second-round ouster the past six seasons.
It’s been quarterfinals or bust since 2007, a model of consistency few others in the area can match.
The Indians have advanced to the playoffs nine consecutive years, the last six resulting in at least 10 victories.
In 2007 and ’08, Lemont advanced to the 6A state title game, only to fall short. Still, at least Lemont can say it’s experienced the thrill of a state championship game, something a great many others from our talent-rich region cannot.
“It’s not something we talk about,” Michaelsen said of reaching the quarterfinals the past six years. “We talk about making the playoffs, winning conference and winning as many games as possible in the playoffs.”
It’s worked, in large part, with the benefit of some oversized, skilled linemen and a relentless supporting cast.
Lemont has developed some of the most skilled lineman the Southland ever has produced, including seniors Ethan Pocic, an LSU recruit, and Bowling Green-bound Tim McAuliffe.
But their presence hardly guarantees a trip to the quarters. In truth, the Indians rarely have had Division I skill players to line up with those beefy linemen.
The running backs they do have, though — such as Chris Giatras this year and Mike Andreotti in 2011 — run with vengeance and passion.
“Generally, those kids are not that fast but they give you every ounce of energy and effort each week,” Michaelsen said. “We’ve had really good players who are willing to sacrifice and work hard to be a part of the program. It would be nice to have the Division I skill kid. But I’m happy with what we have — kids who listen and want to be successful. I wouldn’t trade them.”
Lemont has been criticized, even in this space, for putting together a less than imposing nonconference schedule.
You know what? It hasn’t adversely affected the Indians on the field.
There also are plenty of critics of the South Suburban Blue Conference — though I’m not one of them. The truth of that matter is the Blue had five of its teams qualify for the postseason, three of which reached the second round and two that still are standing in the quarters.
“I think we have a very good conference, and one of our top goals is to win conference,” Michaelsen said. “It prepares us for the postseason.”
On Saturday, Lemont will try to beat Oak Forest for a second time this season and punch its ticket to the semis. It’s a game that has all the makings of a classic.
In the teams’ first encounter, in Week 5, the Indians got a last-second field goal from Joe Hehir to pull out a 17-14 win.
Win or lose, this much is fairly certain: Lemont will not beat itself. It has a knack of letting other teams do that.
“We like to play strong defense and control the clock by running the ball,” Michaelsen said. “We can throw it, but the more you throw it, the more high-risk the offense.”
The high school football playoffs have produced some stunning moments, both good and unfortunate, for our local squads. From teams making unsuspecting quarterfinal runs to perennial powers being ushered out the playoff door quicker than anticipated, these playoffs have been as unpredictable as a midnight
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