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East St. Louis QB changes his mind on going to Missouri

University of Missouri at Columbia lost one of the St. Louis metro-east’s top high school football recruits when East St. Louis Senior High School Flyers senior quarterback Reyondous Estes did an about face on his verbal commitment to the Missouri Tigers and announced he will instead play NCAA football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Estes led the East St. Louis Flyers to the IHSA Class 7A Illinois state championship.

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Epenesa impresses on national stage

Edwardsville, Illinois, High School Tigers senior defensive end AJ Epenesa had two tackles at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas Saturday. The Edwardsville Tigers’ three-sport standout has committed to continue his football career in the NCAA at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where some believe, as a true freshman, he could possible start for the Hawkeyes.

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Flyers’ Thomas was best when the games mattered most

East St. Louis, Illinois, Senior High School senior wide receiver Jeff Thomas, a four-star football prospect, stands out among NCAA Division I recruits for his speed, skill and his performance in the clutch. Rated among the country’s top players in the ESPN Super 300, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 24/7Sports, Thomas led the East St. Louis Flyers to an IHSA Class 7A Illinois state football championship.

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Edwardsville's A.J. Epenesa wins another accolade

One of the nation’s top high school football recruits resided right here in the metro-east and Southern Illinois this season, Edwardsville High School Tigers senior All-American defensive end and University of Iowa Hawkeyes recruit A.J. Epenesa. Epenesa was voted by area coaches as the Belleville News-Democrat (BND) Large-School Football Defensive Player of the Year.

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BND Large-School All-Area Football Team

A look at the 2016 Belleville News-Democrat Large-School (Class 5A-8A) High School Football All-Area team selected by metro-east high school football coaches in Southern Illinois. East St. Louis Senior High Flyers senior All-American receiver Jeff Thomas was voted Offensive Player of the Year and Edwardsville High School Tigers senior All-American defensive end and University of Iowa Hawkeyes recruit A.J. Epenesa was voted Defensive Player of the Year.

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Dominant Althoff lineman is Player of the Year

Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders senior defensive lineman Cristian Wills was voted by metro-east high school football coaches as the Belleville News-Democrat Small-School (Class 1A-4A) Defensive Player of the Year. Wills has several Division I college football scholarship offers and helped Althoff reach the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A playoff quarterfinals.

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BND Small-School All-Area Football Team

A look at the 2016 Belleville News-Democrat Small-School (Class 1A-4A) High School Football All-Area team selected by metro-east high school football coaches in Southern Illinois. Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders running back Jaylon Bester was voted Offensive Player of the Year and Althoff defensive lineman Christian Wills was voted Defensive Player of the Year.

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Pure speed, big production push Althoff back to Player of the Year

Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders senior running back Jaylon Bester was voted by metro-east high school football coaches as the Belleville News-Democrat Small-School (Class 1A-4A) Offensive Player of the Year. Bester, who helped lead the Belleville high school to an 11-1 record and spot in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A quarterfinals, will sign with Miami (Ohio) University in February.

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Belleville providing Cowboys another football star

Althoff Catholic High School senior wide receiver and defensive back C.J. Coldon has given a verbal commitment to the University of Wyoming and will sign with the Cowboys college football team during the NCAA signing period in February. Wyoming is also the home of former Belleville West Maroons running back Brian Hill, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s top collegiate running back.

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Estes, Thomas finish Flyers careers in style

Two of the great players in East St. Louis, Illinois Senior High School football history, seniors Reyondous Estes and Jeff Thomas helped the East St. Louis Flyers win their eighth Illinois state football championship on Saturday in Champaign, Illinois. But the duo had all kinds of help from a defense which ended a dominant season with another spectacular effort in a 26-13 win over Plainfield North at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.

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Flyers collect their eighth state championship

East St. Louis Senior High School senior quarterback Reyondous Estes threw three touchdown passes — including two to All-American wide receiver Jeff Thomas — and the East St. Louis Senior High School defense dominated throughout as the East St. Louis Flyers captured the eighth state championship in school history with a 26-7 win over the Plainfield North High School Tigers in the Class 7A title game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois.

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What’s next for the East St. Louis seniors?

The East St. Louis High School Flyers have seven to eight seniors who could receive scholarship offers from NCAA Division-I programs, head coach Darren Sunkett estimated. Reyondous Estes is committed to Missouri and All-American wide receiver Jeff Thomas has narrowed his choices to Alabama and the University of Illinois.

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Sports Illustrated to release documentary on East St. Louis football team

The latest in the tradition of excellence long associated with the East St. Louis Senior High School football program, the ‘16 Flyers and their undefeated season have been the subject of a season-long documentary filmed by a crew led by Joe Ward and Alex Agnant of ImagineMotion Productions in association with Sports Illustrated. An announcement as to when the project will be distributed is expected in the not-too-distant future.

Videos

Edwardsville football coach talks playoff loss to Glenbard West

The Edwardsville Tigers lost to the Glenbard West Hilltoppers 38-21 in an IHSA Class 8A playoff football matchup.
Edwardsville football coach talks playoff loss to Glenbard West 1:07

Edwardsville football coach talks playoff loss to Glenbard West

Triad football coach talks Saturday playoff loss to Morris 2:25

Triad football coach talks Saturday playoff loss to Morris

After 10 straight wins, Columbia loses to Canton in 4A football playoffs 1:40

After 10 straight wins, Columbia loses to Canton in 4A football playoffs

Mater Dei QB helps lead Knights past Central in 4A football playoffs 1:42

Mater Dei QB helps lead Knights past Central in 4A football playoffs