Hilltopper Football places two on IHSA Class 5A All-State Team

Joliet Catholic's Michael Johnson (23) with the carry in the heavy rain on Friday, October 23, 2015. (Warren Skalski / Chicago Tribune)

Joliet Catholic’s Michael Johnson (23) with the carry in the heavy rain on Friday, October 23, 2015. (Warren Skalski / Chicago Tribune)

The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) has released its All-State Football Teams in Class 1A through 8A for the 2015 season. The All-State teams are nominated by and voted on by IHSFCA member coaches, and the team members are honored by the IHSFCA prior to the IHSA Football State Championship games in their respective classes. Click Here to view the 2015 IHSA Class 5A All-State team.

The Joliet Catholic Academy Hilltoppers placed two players on the All-State team: senior running back Michael Johnson, and senior offensive and defensive lineman Tyler Witt. The Hillmen were one of only two teams in Class 5A to place multiple players on the All-State team.

JCA enjoyed another successful season on the gridiron in 2015, finishing 10-2 overall and capturing the ESCC Conference Championship. The Hillmen fell to Nazareth 35-21 in the IHSA state quarterfinals, after beating the Roadrunners earlier in the regular season 38-35.

Michael Johnson, currently uncommitted but receiving recruiting interest from several Division-I schools including Northern Illinois, had a banner year at the wingback and tailback positions. Johnson rushed for 1,984 yards in 2015 on 260 carries, good for 7.6 yards per attempt. He also scored 28 touchdowns and finished second in the Joliet area in overall points scored with 190.

Tyler Witt Football

Senior lineman Tyler Witt was named to the IHSA Class 5A All-State team. – photo courtesy of Brian Jones, JCA Football Vidographer

Tyler Witt, a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder has no shortage of suitors currently pursuing him with suitors, with Air Force, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, Missouri State, Princeton, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois and Yale all in the mix. Witt led a Joliet Catholic offensive line that gained over 3,000 yards rushing in 2015, featuring Johnson and sophomore tailback Ke’von Johnson (952 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns). He also helped provide ample time to throw for senior quarterback Cade Earl, who led a balanced Hilltopper offensive attack with 1,354 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air. Witt pulled double duty at times also helping to stuff the run on defense,

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