Fenwick High School quarterback Kaden Cobb threw for 2,846 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2021, a single-season Fenwick record. He also ran for 520 yards and scored nine touchdowns. | Carol Dunning/Contributor

Fenwick High School senior quarterback Kaden Cobb, who will play his collegiate football at Ball State University next year, is Wednesday Journal’s All-Area Football Player of the Year.

Recovering from a shoulder injury that cut short his junior season, Cobb threw for 2,846 yards and 30 touchdowns (a new single-season Fenwick record) and added 520 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground as he led the Friars to their first IHSA state football championship.

“I appreciate that. It means a lot,” Cobb said of the honor. “It wasn’t easy bouncing back from an injury in the spring. It took a lot of hard work and dedication.”

Moreover, Cobb’s leadership abilities cannot be overstated. He came up with game-changing plays when they were needed, particularly in games at St. Ignatius, at Nazareth, and against Sycamore — the latter two in the postseason. That’s what a Player of the Year does — make big-time plays in big-time situations.

Having won a state title, it’s no surprise Fenwick has multiple players on our All-Area team. However, there are also several players from Oak Park and River Forest High School who merited spots.

Here is the 2021 Wednesday Journal All-Area Football team:


QB: Kaden Cobb, Fenwick (Sr.)

RB: Kelby Gray, OPRF (Sr.)

RB: Danny Kent, Fenwick (Sr.)

WR: Bryan Hunt Jr, Fenwick (Sr.)

WR: Eric Locke Jr, OPRF (Sr.)

WR: Max Reese, Fenwick (Sr.)

C: Jimmy Liston, Fenwick (Sr.)

OL: Rasheed Anderson, Fenwick (Sr.)

OL: Andrew Delgado, OPRF (Sr.)

OL: Carlos Gutierrez, OPRF (Sr.)

OL: Aaron Johnson, Fenwick (Jr.)


DL: Suleiman Abuaqel, Fenwick (Sr.)

DL: Cole Robertson, OPRF (Jr.)

DL: Kole Sneed, OPRF (Jr.)

DL: Mirko Jaskic, Fenwick (Jr.)

LB: Conor Paris, Fenwick (Sr.)

LB: Owen Detmer, OPRF (Sr.)

LB: Henry Spillane, OPRF (Sr.)

DB: Denium Juette, Fenwick (Sr.)

DB: Martin Paris, Fenwick (Sr.)

DB: Jacque Walls, Fenwick (Sr.)

DB: Timmy Spillane, OPRF (Jr.)

Special teams

Kicker/punter: Iain Ramage, Fenwick (Sr.)

Kick returner: Demetrius Dortch, OPRF (Sr.)

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