One of four team captains for the Crusaders, Stringfellow was a first-team all-conference pick last season. He is another player that should have a chance to play at the Division I level.
WR Eric Reedus, 6-0, 185, Sr.; WR Vance Gross, 5-9, 176, Sr.; LB Rico Merriweather, 5-11, 185, Sr.; LB Elijah Thanga, 5-11, 215, Sr.; DE/TE Marquis Coleman, 6-4, 215, Sr.; LB Kyron Dunae, 5-11, 190, Sr.; OL Louis Jordan, 6-4, 270, Jr.; DB Jordan Carter, 5-9, 155, Jr.; RB/LB Mikel Harris, 5-10, 160, Jr.; RB/S Jarrett Burkett, 5-10, 161, Jr.; OL/DL Jayden Little-Sims, 6-3, 295, So.; OL/DL David Gudger, 6-4, 390, So.; LB Kamryn Johnson, 5-10, 172, So.; WR/DB Berry Benson, 5-11, 172, So.; DB Kion Gibson, 5-11, 180, So.; OL Dre’Shaun Pittman, 5-11, 206, So.
WR Trey Bass, 5-11, 170, So.
The Crusaders have been a contender for the state title in recent years and this year should be no different.
Lutheran North has won six district titles since 2013, the only exceptions being 2016 and last fall. Coach Kyle Wagner, the offensive coordinator on the 2019 state championship team, oversaw an offense that tallied 44 points per game – the sixth time since 2013 the Crusaders averaged more than 40 points per game. The defense allowed 21.3 points per game under the guidance of defensive coordinator Brett Jewell.
This fall will start with six starters back on both sides of the ball and 23 lettermen.
All four losses last year came against teams that were in the semifinals or championship game: St. Mary’s, Cardinal Ritter, MICDS and St. Thomas Aquinas from Overland Park, Kansas.
“The team played up to expectations although we could’ve snuck our way deeper with a better bounce here or there,” said Wagner, hired late in the process in May of 2021.
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The offense will have a lot of players back on the offensive line and while debuting a new quarterback, they should be a balanced offense.
Last fall the Crusaders had 222 yards per game on the ground and 205 through the air.
The defensive line could have four Division I players on it and add in sophomore middle linebacker Karvon Jefferson.
Seven players from last year’s team are playing college football this year, including Brian Brown and Jaylen Banks at Southern Illinois. Brown was a three-year starter that was an all-stater that had 57 career touchdown passes and threw for 4,059 yards. The team also lost all-state wide receiver Kevon Jacobs, who is at Lincoln University with high school teammates Jaylin Carson and Josiah James. Defensive back Caldra Williford (Murray State) and defensive lineman Aleem Glass (Alabama A&M) are the other college players.
“This season is about relationships. Honoring them with the way we work, the way we play for one another and continuing to build upon them. As long as these guys play for one another and give it their best effort, I am OK with however the chips fall. They are really tough to beat when they play together. This team has that special ability to finish. I expect them to pull it out if we are in it late into the season.” - Coach Kyle Wagner