Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Bailey committed to the University of Illinois two weeks ago.
Aaron Bailey, star junior quarterback for the state championship Bolingbrook Raider football team and University of Illinois recruit, has been nominated for a spot in next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, according to Illinoishomepage.net. Bailey committed to the University of Illinois two weeks ago. According to a report by ESPN, Bailey was ranked by ESPN Recruiting as the No. 37 athlete in the Class of 2013 and the 11th best recruit in Illinois. He had been recruited by at least half a dozen Big Ten Conference football programs and stands to gain more notoriety after helping lead the Raiders to a state championship for the first time in Bolingbrook history. Click here to read more Aaron Bailey coverage on Bolingbrook Patch.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Bolingbrook High School football coaches have been touting Aaron Bailey as a special talent for more than a year.
Aaron Bailey, star junior quarterback for the state championship Bolingbrook Raider football team, has committed to the University of Illinois, ESPN says. According to the report, Bailey was ranked by ESPN Recruiting as the No. 37 athlete in the Class of 2013 and the 11th best recruit in Illinois. He had been recruited by at least half a dozen Big Ten Conference football programs and stands to gain more notoriety after helping lead the Raiders to a state championship for the first time in Bolingbrook history. "Aaron, No. 1, is just a great kid," Raider's offensive coordinator Matt Monken said last year. "[He] loves playing football. He wants to win." Click here to read more Aaron Bailey coverage on Bolingbrook Patch.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Bolingbrook High School state champion football team continued its slew of postseason awards by landing three on the Chicago Tribune's all-state team.
You don't become Illinois state champions without having a few studs on your team. And the Bolingbrook Raiders were no different this season. Just a week removed from Bolingbrook High School's first-ever state championship—a 21-17 win against top-ranked Loyola Academy on Nov. 26—three of its work horses were honored with first-team all-state status by the Chicago Tribune. Bolingbrook's junior quarterback Aaron Bailey, and senior linebacker Antonio Morrison and senior offensive guard Robbie Bain were each selected by the Tribune as best in the state. Bailey, who was also a finalist for the Gatorade Player of the Year award, shined this season while rushing for 1,983 yards, passing for 1,039 yards while scoring 40 touchdowns. Bailey was …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Star linebacker Antonio Morrison said he will most likely play in Saturday’s 8A state final against Loyola.
The Bolingbrook Raiders football team has taken a page out of DJ Khaled's playbook this season. In other words, all they do is win. The popular song blasted through the Bolingbrook High School football stadium as the Raiders (12-1) had a focused but loose practice Wednesday in preparation for their biggest game of the season—decade, even—an IHSA 8A state championship game against Loyola Academy tonight at 7 p.m. in Champaign. Senior linebacker Antonio Morrison, who suffered fracture in his left foot after the Downers Grove South game, said he plans playing. “I was running around (Wednesday), jumping up and down,” said Morrison, who is a finalist for the Butkus Award. “I wasn’t running or sprinting as fast as I can. I’m not totally back to…
Friday, November 25, 2011
Individual contributions lead Raiders to state championship.
By the voting deadline for this week's Athlete of the Week (9 p.m. Nov. 22), the Bolingbrook football team had 92 percent of the votes, making it the clear winner. It would be easy to regularly nominate Aaron Bailey for Patch Athlete of the Week honors. Bolingbrook's quarterback, a heavily recruited junior, leads the team in offensive production every game and his numbers are good enough to stand toe-to-toe against any of the state's top performers. Last week, Bailey actually garnered Patch's weekly award and could have again this time around on the strength of 199 rushing yards and a game-winning touchdown. This week's about the Raiders though -- all of them -- because it took all three phases of their team to beat Naperville Central on …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Antonio Morrison, Bolingbrook's star linebacker, hurt himself during the Downers Grove South game and is questionable for the state finals.
Bolingbrook High School senior linebacker Antonio Morrison usually shows his leadership on the football field through stellar plays. During Saturday’s IHSA 8A state semifinal game against Naperville Central, the Florida recruit had to lead on the sidelines. An injured Morrison cheered his teammates on as the Raiders beat Naperville Central 22-19 to advance to state finals. “I turned into a coach,” said Morrison, who was on crutches with a boot protecting his left foot. “I’ve practice with these guys everyday and seeing them win, there is nothing hard about that.” Morrison fractured his left foot during the Raiders' 47-19 victory over Downers Grove South in the team's quarterfinals game. He said he was limping after the game and it got …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Raiders will face Loyola in the 8A state championship at Champaign. This is the second time Bolingbrook has reached the finals.
Bolingbrook outlasts Naperville Central 22-19 Saturday at Memorial Stadium to advance to the 8A state finals for only the second time in the school’s history. The Raiders (12-1) will face Loyola (13-0) next Saturday, who beat Glenbard North 28-13. Bolingbrook has never won a state title, losing to Belvidere High School in 1993. Former Bolingbrook quarterback Greg Williams, who went on to play for North Carolina and now linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers, was at the game and talked to junior quarterback Aaron Bailey to “finish it for me.” “It’s a blessing from God to play in state,” said Bailey, who had 199 rushing yards and a winning 60-yard touchdown scamper. “This is not just a state championship for us, but this is for all …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The junior signal caller has led the Bolingbrook Raiders to the IHSA 8A state semifinals.
By the voting deadline for this week's Athlete of the Week (9 p.m. Nov. 16), Aaron Bailey of Bolingbrook had 48 percent of the votes, making him the clear winner. In Saturday’s 47-19 quarterfinal victory over Downers Grove South, Bolingbrook's Aaron Bailey rushed for 214 yards and five touchdowns, the kind of production expected from big-time running backs. Bailey, Bolingbrook High School's star junior, managed that output from the quarterback position. But it is nothing new to opposing defense's, which makes this type of performance in a playoff game all the more amazing. For example, the Raiders' latest win was the second time they've managed a victory in the playoffs without the benefit of a single passing yard. “We were kind of messing…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Bolingbrook High School football team's defensive unit has shut down high-scoring offenses during its successful playoff run.
With junior quarterback Aaron Bailey and Bolingbrook’s offense running smoothly on all cylinders, the Raiders defense can get lost in translation. But the defensive unit, led by senior linebacker Antonio Morrison, has shutdown explosive defense after explosive defense during the Raiders’ playoff run, which resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. when Bolingbrook travels to Naperville Central in the IHSA 8A semifinal game. “You need to have a team to win a game—both offense and defense,” Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow said. “If opponents don’t score, they don’t win.” The Raiders (11-1) have played some of the best offenses in the state in these playoffs: Neuqua Valley (32.8 points per game); Mount Carmel (30.2 points per game); and Downers Grove …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Raiders will get their chance at revenge with Mount Carmel coming to town Saturday.
After Bolingbrook High School's IHSA playoff-opening 33-14 win against Neuqua Valley, Raiders head coach John Ivlow declined to say whether he preferred to face Mount Carmel or Hinsdale Central. Now that it's been decided for them—Bolingbrook will take on Mount Carmel on Saturday at 6 p.m. after the Caravan dropped Hinsdale Central 28-14—Ivlow and company may be secretly pleased things wrapped up the way they did. That's because it offers the Raiders a shot at revenge. Mount Carmel was the team that ousted the Raiders in last season's playoffs. "We'll play whoever. You've got to beat them all to get where you want to be," Ivlow said after Friday's win. "We all want to be state champs." But as much as this matchup will be billed a revenge …