Kits QB’s true passion: lacrosse

Dylan Groff’s decision-making ability is something that Evanston’s football coaching staff members have praised ever since he was promoted to the varsity team at the end of his sophomore season.

But his passion for playing another sport led him to a decision that will take him down a different path once the 2022 season is over.

Last fall, Groff chose to commit to playing Big 10 lacrosse at Rutgers University, and he will only focus on that sport after trying to become the first ETHS quarterback in 20 years to win a state playoff game.

The combination of football and lacrosse is not entirely uncommon, although the high school multisport athlete is becoming a rarity. But there’s a certain irony in the fact that even Evanston Hall of Fame football coach Murney Lazier, who started the lacrosse program 60 years ago at the school to make sure his player stayed in shape in the off-season, probably never would. predicted that the football program would reach a point where the starting QB and team leader would be more proficient in the sport with a long bat.

Groff is certainly more than a replacement in the position and it’s definitely not a case where a struggling program only needs to plug in the best available athlete to play quarterback. After being promoted at the end of the 2020 season, he defeated incumbent Sean Cruz for the starting quarterback position and led the Wildkits to the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state playoffs as a junior.

As a junior, Groff completed 62% of his passing attempts for 1,359 yards, throwing 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions in nine games. He also finished second on the team in carries with 595 yards on 121 attempts.

He still has unfinished business on the football field, even with a lacrosse career looming. He split his time this summer between playing in club lacrosse tournaments and in 7v7 passing competitions for the Wildkit football team.

There’s unfinished business for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound veteran because he missed Evanston’s first-round state playoff loss to Plainfield North last year due to a case of mononucleosis.

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