Thursday Football: De La Salle

Staff Writer
Posted Aug 30, 2012


De La Salle started strong last weekend, and this week they set out to prove that their first win was no fluke. IlliniPlaybook will be on hand for their matchup against Gordon Tech on Thursday.

After an impressive opening win, Chicago's De La Salle looks to keep their momentum going this Thursday evening against Gordon Tech.

De La Salle may be young, but they have a lot of talent.  The star of week one was Mikale Wilbon, who ran for over 350 yards and four touchdowns as De La Salle routed Lane Tech.  Of course, he had a little help from his friends up front.  With linemen like Javon Burruss, Aaron Roberts, and, most notably, Jamarco Jones, Wilbon had plenty of open space to run through last weekend. And of course, Shelby Spence is piloting the offensive assault.

De La Salle was only 4-6 last season, but a win this week would not only get them to 2-0, but also give them some bigtime momentum heading into next weekend's marquee matchup against Mount Carmel and Enoch Smith Jr.

We take a deeper look at some of the key players for De La Salle:



Wilbon is a tank.  But he's a tank with a turbocharger.  He's powerful, compact, fast, and cuts on a dime.  If his output last weekend was any indication of the rest of his season, he could be well on his way to a 2000+ yard season.



Jamarco Jones isn't just a big body.  At 6'-6" tall and 285 pounds, he moves well and possesses great strength.  A majority of the time he controls his side of the line of scrimmage and is one of the facilitators of Wilbon's success.



Wilbon's right hand man is second-year starter Shelby Spence.  Spence has the speed to be a threat with his feet and can also use his arm to hurt opponents.  With Wilbon's emergence, look for Spence to get more opportunities to shine.



Consider Burruss the understudy to Jamarco Jones.  Amazing to think that De La Salle's four main offensive linemen are three juniors and a sophomore, but their youth is seemingly an afterthought.  Burruss checks in at 6'-5" tall and 310 pounds.  Needless to say, Burruss is getting some valuable experience while also being a valuable member of the De La Salle offensive line.



Game Information:

Gordon Tech's Lane Stadium Game Time: 4 PM, Thursday August 30th



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