All-Area Football Team, DuPage County 2018

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Kevin Schmit, Dave Oberhelman


Aidan Cruickshank, Hinsdale Central

Cruickshank came just shy of the program record for tackles in a season...his own record, set last year. "He started strong when he came up to varsity and just kept it up," coach Dan Hartman said. "He just had a nose for the ball." The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior linebacker came up as a sophomore, made 128 tackles as a junior and piled on 107 tackles this season. Cruickshank had 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, an interception and a huge blocked punt in a season-opening win over Naperville Central. "He's one of the best open-field tacklers we've had," Hartman said.

Brendon Passarelli, Hinsdale Central

An IHSFCA All-State selection and the Offensive Lineman of the Year in the West Suburban Silver, Passarelli became the latest elite Hinsdale Central lineman. "He has the ability to physically manhandle defensive linemen," coach Dan Hartman said. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound senior played tackle as a junior and moved to guard this season. He also played some defense, but his college position is likely at center. Wherever he was, Passarelli showed a combination of strength and speed that allowed him to dominate in tight or in space.

Honorable mention: Matt Bobak (Hinsdale Central, sr., RB), Owen Goss (Hinsdale Central, jr., DB), Sean Kelly (Hinsdale Central, sr., DL)


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