The 2015 football season was one of “what if’s” for the Cahokia Comanches.
What if the Comanches hadn’t come up a point short in a wild 41-40 loss at Marion? What if a slow start didn’t come back to haunt Cahokia in a 34-32 loss at Althoff? What if a fourth quarter meltdown hadn’t occured in a season-ending 24-6 setback at Normal U High.?
“We finished 4-5, but it could have just as easily been a 7-2 season. We had some opportunities,” said head coach Antwyne Golliday. “Even if we win one or two of those games, we’re 5-4 or 6-3 and in the playoffs. That’s the objective, to make the playoffs.”
This season, the Comanches possible return to the postseason will be led by an experienced and talented group of athletes in the backfield along with an always strong offensive and defensive lines. Cahokia should also feature one of the top group of linebackers in the South Seven Conference.
Senior Wayne Grant returns at quarterback after completing 52 percent of his passes for nearly 450 yards in three starts last season. Among his favorite targets will be senior Tyron Lyons who had 18 receptions for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Darrius McClatchery is another senior quarterback who will play when Grant is moved out to play wide receiver.
Lyons, one of the top 400 meter runners in the state, is also competing for playing time at running back along with Marquis Murray, Leo Stewart and Chrishawn Crosby.
Senior Courtney Hoffman will anchor the Comanches offensive line.
Hoffman along with Robert Jackson and Quontez Miller will be anchors on the defensive while freshman Cortez Brown and Grant will be keys of the Comanches defensive backfield.
Sophomores Nate Williams and Jaquon Walker will lead a group of strong, but inexperienced linebackers for the Comanches.
— Dean Criddle
Crystal Lake South
at (STL) NW Acad. of Law
at Mount Vernon
at Normal U. High