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Equipment Handout/Start Date: Monday, August 10, 2015

Levels: Varsity/Sophomore/Freshman. No-cut sport.

Head Coach: Bill McNamara (

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week. Times will vary based on competitions.

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  • Stevenson 26, Palatine 24

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 29, 2015

    A veteran and a rookie were headliners for the Patriots in their 26-24, season-opening win at Palatine Friday night.

    The rookie was Aidan O’Connell, who had never played in a varsity game. After starting quarterback Jack Sorenson was injured on the Patriots’ first offensive play, O’Connell was thrown into action. The junior acquitted himself well, completing his first 11 passes and finishing the night 17-for-20 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. “We have a lot of faith in Aidan O’Connell,” said head coach Bill McNamara told the Daily Herald. “He has great skills. He put the ball there and made some great plays. He showed a lot of character coming off the bench and playing like that.”

    aidan oconnell at palatine 2015The veteran was senior running back Tyler Vincent, who scored two touchdowns in the first half to keep SHS in the game while it found its footing. Vincent scored on a 1-yard run after the Pirates took a 7-0 lead, then took a screen pass from O’Connell and ran it in from 46 yards out to take a brief 12-10 lead. He finished the night with 92 yards on the ground. “I knew I needed to run hard to take some pressure off of Aidan,” he told the Herald. “So I ran harder and the line did a great job of opening holes for me.”

    Palatine regained control at halftime, 17-12, but in the second half O’Connell took over. He completed 9-of-13 passes for 120 yards and two TDs, both to classmate Henry Marchese. They connected on a 48-yard pass play late in the third quarter to give Stevenson a 19-17 lead, then followed early in the fourth with an 11-yard TD to extend the lead to 26-17. "He has an incredible arm," Marchese told Pioneer Press. "Jack goes down, and the young kid came up big. I'm happy for him."

    Palatine scored with 2:35 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 26-24, and got the ball back. But junior cornerback Piotr Niedzwiedzki preserved the win with an interception.

    SHS will play host to Homewood-Flossmoor at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in a rematch of last year’s Class 8A state championship game.

    Photo: Brian O’Mahoney/Pioneer Press

  • Eat Like a Champion

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 21, 2015

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    Players eat breakfast during training camp. (Pioneer Press photo by Ronnie Wachter)

    Everyone knows the effect that teenage boys and their ravenous appetites can wreak on a household food budget. Now, imagine trying to feed about 60 varsity football players every Wednesday night. Stevenson’s football parents have been doing just that for years during the season, and Pioneer Press talked with their leader and “head chef,” Julie Marchese.

  • Corn Roast Raises Nearly $800

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 18, 2015

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    Some of the players who helped at the corn roast. (Pioneer Press photo - Christine Won)

    The football team raised $796 at its annual corn roast, held Saturday at Sunset Foods in Long Grove. Money raised will go toward team expenses such as its weekly Wednesday and Thursday night meals, and the end-of-season gift for senior players. SHS football parents also thanked Didier Farms for its support with the corn roast.

  • Micucci Trying to Get a Leg Up at NU

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 18, 2015

    Matt Micucci enters Northwestern University training camp as the team’s back-up punter, and the junior is hoping to see his first collegiate action this season. Micucci stands behind Hunter Niswander, a sophomore who punted five times in 2014. Joining Micucci on the NU roster is Cameron Green, who helped lead Stevenson to its first state championship last fall.

    Micucci walked on at Northwestern after a sterling career at Stevenson. He was the Patriots’ starting quarterback, punter and kicker in 2011, helping SHS to a 9-3 record and its second straight appearance in the IHSA Class 8A quarterfinals. He threw for 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns. Micucci led the Pats to a 24-22 second-round upset of three-time state champion Maine South, completing 20-of-32 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He also kicked a field goal. As a junior at SHS, Micucci make all 50 of his PAT attempts, including the game-winner in a 24-23 win over Lake Zurich. Here are highlights of the big win over Maine South in 2011:

  • Morrissey Ready to Help Michigan State

    By: SHS Public Information Office | Aug 14, 2015

    matt morrisseyAfter spending last year as a redshirt, Matt Morrissey is ready to hit the field this fall for Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound safety was listed as the backup strong safety for the defending Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions heading into training camp.

    He already has one fan among Spartan followers. Tyler Hayward of isportsweb wrote this in his review of the MSU safeties: “Personally, I would love to see Morrissey get a lot of reps this season, as his knowledge of the game for a younger player is rare.”

    Morrissey will face one of his former Patriot teammates, Zach Novoselsky, in the season-opener when Michigan State travels to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan.