New Trier football season preview

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2014 schedule
Aug. 29 at Schaumburg 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 Warren 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 Niles North 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Deerfield 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Waukegan 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Maine South 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 Glenbrook South 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Niles West 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Evanston 7:30 p.m.

Best game on the schedule: Evanston at New Trier, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24

The Trevians have controlled the rivalry game lately, winning the last three meetings, including last year’s 17-0 victory in the regular-season finale. That was New Trier’s fifth victory and earned the team a spot in the Class 8A playoffs.

Best-case scenario: Winning at least one playoff game is a good place to start for the Trevians, who have qualified for the postseason 11 seasons in a row but are winless since 2008. First-year coach Brian Doll has a reputation for getting the most out of teams, and he proved that by taking Elk Grove to the Class 7A quarterfinals in 2011.

Best playmaker: Every time running back Kevin Mulhern touches the ball, coach Brian Doll said the 6-foot, 180-pound senior has a chance to score. “Kevin’s ability to turn a small gain into a game-breaking run makes him special,” Doll said. “He has that second gear and once in the clear is going to be hard to catch.” Added senior Scott Hammes: “Having him back there you know a big play is coming.”

Best teammate: Mulhern said senior Matt Kaskey exemplifies what it means to be a good teammate by always doing his job to the best of his ability. A 6-7, 300-pound offensive tackle, Kaskey is equipped to open holes for Mulhern and protect the quarterback. “He’s really grown into himself over the years and made himself an excellent player,” Mulhern said. “He’s a kid I will follow anywhere on the field.”

Best member of the secondary: After being inserted into the starting lineup for the fourth game of the 2013 season, the 6-0, 190-pound Scott Hammes immediately made an impact and continued to start at cornerback for the remainder of the year. Hammes, who also will play safety as a senior this fall, said the secondary suits his makeup: “I love making plays, flying around out there.” Mulhern, also a member of the defensive backfield, is amazed at Hammes’ athleticism. “He’s one of the fastest and strongest players for us,” Mulhern said. “He’s able to track down receivers and take down a running back. That’s a huge value to us.”

Best season: In 1982, the Trevians finished second in Class 6A, losing to Reavis 20-7 in the final. New Trier finished with an 11-2 record that year.

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2013 record: 5-5 overall, 3-2 CSL South

2013 playoffs: Lost 35-10 to Glenbard North in Class 8A first round

Head coach: Brian Doll, entering first season

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