Lake Forest Academy football season preview

2014 schedule
Aug. 29 at Highland Park 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 at Libertyville 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 Aurora Christian 2 p.m.
Sept. 20 Gordon Tech 2 p.m.
Sept. 27 at St. Joseph 2 p.m.
Oct. 3 at De La Salle 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Hales Franciscan 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 St. Francis de Sales 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 Providence 1 p.m.

Best game on the schedule: Aurora Christian at Lake Forest Academy, 2:00 p.m. Sept. 13.

This is Week 3 of the season and the Caxys’ first home game. Aurora Christian won Class 3A state titles in 2011 and 2012, losing in the semifinals in 2013. Lake Forest Academy begins the year with two tough nonconference road matchups. With only four home games in 2014, it is imperative the Caxys start their home schedule on a winning note.

Best-case scenario: An associate member of the IHSA, Lake Forest Academy is not eligible for the postseason. All the Caxys have is the length of the regular season — nine games. If they can win one of their first two games, the schedule is favorable as Loyola and 2013 CCL champion Leo are removed. A winning season is a real possibility for the Caxys this fall.

Best position group: Lake Forest Academy’s roster limitations — the Caxys have 43 total players at all levels — will force several players to go both ways. But the four Caxys on the offensive and defensive lines are as big and talented as any opponent they face (averaging 253 pounds per man). Division I prospect Wesley Annan (6-foot4, 295 pounds) is the best of a formidable group. “As a linebacker, if [Annan’s] in front of you, you know there will be holes to make plays,” senior Christian Tchamitchian said.

Best playmaker: As a two-year varsity basketball player, Dejon Brissett is used to jumping over defenders to get to the rim. Now, he’ll be doing the same on turf, using his wiry 6-2 frame to snatch footballs out of the air. “A force on both sides [of the ball],” coach Robin Bowkett said, adding that Brissett will also play in the secondary. “He’s our down-the-field, touchdown guy.”

Best member of the secondary: There is a science to being a shutdown corner. Malcolm Chaka believes he can be that guy for the Caxys in 2014, and he’ll tell anyone who asks how he approaches playing the position. “The more you can throw guys off, the better. You can’t let a receiver get comfortable,” said Chaka, a senior who possesses excellent size at 6-3 and 210 pounds. “Whether it’s playing off or playing press, you make sure he never knows what you are going to do.”

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2013 record: 4-5 overall, 3-1 in CCL Red

2013 playoffs: Not eligible

Head coach: Robin Bowkett, entering third season

1 Comment

  • Joseph A. Annan

    Yes, Lake Forest Academy is loaded with international students who also love to play football. You have students from the "GTA"_Canada, Austria, Sweden, Trinida

    2014-08-29 17:02:35 | Reply
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