Aug. 29 at Elmwood Park 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Kelvyn Park* 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 at St. Francis de Sales 3 p.m.
Sept. 19 Leo 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 Lake Forest Academy* 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Montini 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 at St. Rita 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 at DePaul Prep 12:45 p.m.
Oct. 24 Hales Franciscan* 7:30 p.m.
* at Elmhurst College
Best game on the schedule: St. Joseph at St. Francis de Sales, 3 p.m. Sept. 13
While the players may be looking forward to the addition of state powers Montini and St. Rita to the schedule, Griffin has his sights on the conference matchups. The Chargers were blown out by Leo and Hales Franciscan a year ago, but dropped a close 7-6 decision to Gordon Tech (now DePaul Prep). Leo, which won 10 games a year ago, will be replaced on St. Joseph’s conference schedule by St. Francis de Sales, which did not win a game last season.
Best-case scenario: After going winless in Anthony Griffin’s first season as Chargers head coach, St. Joseph finished 1-8 and 2-7 the next two years. The Chargers will be looking to continue that trend with at least three victories this season. “We want to get more wins than we did last year and be a better team,” junior wide receiver said. “I want to help make this team better. I’m going to try to make sure people come out every day, work hard and not take any days off. I think we can be good if we do that.”
Best playmaker: St. Joseph’s football program doesn’t often have Division I schools taking notice, but sophomore running back/free safety Armone Elem has garnered plenty of attention.
Elem has received letters from schools such as Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia and Penn State.
After being promoted to varsity as a freshman, Elem rushed for 213 yards on 25 carries and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Defensively, he had 15 tackles and two pass break-ups. “He’s going to make a lot of plays for us,” Griffin said. “We’re going to be young at a lot of positions, but we’re going to be a really athletic team with some more speed.”
Best position group: The wide receiving corps should also do plenty of damage behind 6-foot-3 Eiland (16 receptions, 248 yards, four TDs) and senior Byron Robertson (eight receptions, 92 yards). “I want to try and help our team make the playoffs,” Robertson said. “We’ve been getting better each year and I expect more of our team. I feel like a leader. I expect to score a lot of touchdowns and make a lot of plays for my team.”Tags: football, St. Joseph, St. Joseph athletics, St. Joseph football
2013 record: 2-7 overall, 0-3 Catholic Red
2013 playoffs: Did not qualify
Head coach: Anthony Griffin, entering fourth season