First team


QB-Deandre Singleton, 6-1, 170, jr., East St. Louis: Most potent arm in Illinois. Threw for more than 2,300 yards and 33 TDs in leading team to a 12-0 record before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

RB-Hickey Thompson, 5-11, 182, sr., Belleville Althoff: Set state`s single-season rushing record. Entering Friday`s final, had gained 2,848 yards on 268 carries (a 10.6 average) and scored 39 TDs.

RB-Tyrone Washington, 5-10, 185, sr., Shepard: Could have made all-state at linebacker but is too valuable in backfield. Gained 1,885 yards on 243 carries, scored 22 TDs and personally halted Richards' 34-game win streak.

RB-Corey Rogers, 5-11, 190, sr., Leo: He turned heads each week during the Lions' dream year. Rushed for 1,924 yards and 23 TDs. Said coach Bob Foster: "Best back in Catholic League in many, many years."

OL-John Horn, 6-6, 250, sr., Joliet Catholic: Rated by some as the state`s best offensive line prospect in a decade. Excellent run-blocker. Coach Bob Stone: "He really turned it up a notch in the playoffs."

OL-Charles Edwards, 6-3, 266, sr., Mt. Carmel: All-Catholic League guard paved way for powerful Caravan ground attack. Coach Frank Lenti: "At this point in time, Charles Edwards is better than (former Caravan lineman) Frank Cornish was."

OL-Bob Mehorczyk, 6-2, 235, sr., Thornton: All-SICA East center for a Wildcat team that advanced to state finals in 1989 and '90. Thornton averaged 232 rushing yards per game.

OL-Mark Hornok, 6-4, 255, sr., Larkin: Helped guide Royals to Upstate Eight title and Class 6A quarterfinal berth vs. East St. Louis, where Larkin ran up more than 500 yards of total offense.

OL-Steve Stark, 6-5, 245, sr., Rockton Hononegah: Even with broken wrist much of season, he was the lead blocker for offense that set school records with more than 3,600 yards of total offense.

WR-Homer Bush, 5-11, 185, sr., East St. Louis: Quick-footed wideout was primary target of All-State QB Singleton. Caught 68 passes for 1,367 yards and 22 TDs.

WR-Vaurice Patterson, 6-1, 170, sr., Conant: Fast-as-lightning receiver caught 42 passes for 708 yards and eight TDs in Cougars' run-oriented offense. Perhaps the most acrobatic receiver in Chicago area.

K-Brett Larsen, 5-11, 185, sr. Thornwood: A throwback to days of straight-on kickers, such as Jim Bakken and Lou Groza, with three field goals of 40-plus yards, plus 45-yard punting average.


DL-Greg Wilkins, 6-4, 280, sr., Chicago Vocational: Rated by Tribune as the state`s top prospect in preseason. Injuries slowed him early, but he rebounded with 123 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries.

DL-Michael Adams, 6-2, 235, sr., Deerfield: Two-way lineman and three-year starter who broke school career record with 165 solo tackles. Voted by coaches as No. 1 Player in Central Suburban North.

DL-Tom Snyder, 6-3, 240, sr., Joliet Catholic: Lost in the limelight next to highly regarded teammate John Horn, he quietly did the job on Hilltopper`s "Fearsome Fivesome" defensive line.

DL-Lloyd Bickham, 6-3, 280, sr., Robeson: Recorded more than 125 tackles and 10 sacks for Roy Curry`s Prep Bowl finalists. Quicker than his size indicates.