Top offensive football players in Springfield, IL area

Top offensive football players in Springfield, IL area


Rochester senior Hank Beatty drops back for a pass during the first day of football practice for the season at Rochester High School on Aug. 9. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

The high school football season begins this Friday and here are the Springfield area’s top offensive football players. The list is largely based on last spring season and organized alphabetically. 

Here’s a glance at the area’s top offensive players:

Hank Beatty, Rochester 

The University of Illinois commit can produce from anywhere. The senior quarterback and receiver was named Class 4A all-state by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and threw for 738 yards and 12 TDs with no interceptions at QB. He also caught 30 passes for 389 yards and six TDs and ran for 502 yards.   

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Athens' Connor Breazeale (15) pulls in a pass for a touchdown against North Mac to put the Warriors up 18-13 in the second half in Springfield on April 16. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Connor Breazeale, Athens

The senior tight end returns as one of coach Ryan Knox’s key starters this season. During Week 5 against North Mac, he caught a 15-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give Athens a 18-13 advantage before falling 21-18. He was also all-Sangamo Conference second team as a punter.

Kaleb Brown and Brenden Pupillo, Auburn 

The bulk of Auburn’s experience rests on the offensive and defensive line, according to new coach Ryan Gardner. That includes senior two-way linemen Brown and Pupillo, the latter was named all-Sangamo Conference honorable mention last season. 

Springfield's Jeffery Elms (9) takes off on a rush against Rochester in the second half at Memorial Stadium in Springfield on March 27. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Jeffery Elms, Springfield High 

The senior running back and defensive back showed flashes of speed during the spring. He ran for 372 yards and six TDs in six games. 

Landon Engelman, Nokomis 

Named the most valuable offensive player in the Cahokia Conference small-school division, the senior running back totaled 82 carries for 711 yards and added four catches for 72 yards. He finished with 10 total touchdowns. He also nabbed six interceptions at defensive back.

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