Football: Guerin’s Andrew Rangel too good for only one position
River Grove, 08/25/12--Guerin Prep's Andrew Rangel gets ready to apply a stiff arm to a defender as he weaves his way upfield. Guerin Prep High School hosted Juarez High School in football Saturday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
At ICOPS Meet, 9 a.m.
At St. Viator, 4:30 p.m.
Hosts Elmwood Park, 10:30 a.m./1 p.m.
At Lincoln Pk., 4 p.m.
At Fenton Invite/White Pines, 7 a.m.
At St. Edward, 4:30 p.m.
At Aurora Christian, 4:30/5:30/6:30 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2012 4:20PM
RIVER GROVE — Guerin senior Andrew Rangel is the consummate student-athlete.
He’s an honor student in the classroom and could be considered one on the football field, too, the way he studies the game from every aspect.
Rangel showed what he can do on the gridiron during Guerin’s 34-7 season-opening home victory over Juarez Saturday.
Rangel started at quarterback and threw two touchdown passes and later switched to wide receiver and caught two more.
Juggling school and athletics might present problems for some, but Rangel handles it well.
“I’ve got three AP classes this year, so it’s a workload between football and school, but I enjoy being in the classroom and on the football field,” Rangel said.
Rangel is rarely off the field since in addition to his offensive duties he also plays defensive back and holds for extra points. He barely broke a sweat while putting up some impressive numbers despite temperatures in the 90s for the Gators’ opener on Saturday in River Grove.
“I’m used to it. I’ve been playing on varsity since my freshman year. I’ve got the offense memorized,” said Rangel, who plans to attend the Air Force Academy after graduation. “I’m a senior leader now, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do for your team.
“At practice, I try to have the same routine every day — watch a little bit of the game, try to get a little bit of quiet time by myself, listen to some music, and get on the field a little bit before everyone else. I like to get the game plan in my head so I know what we’re doing on every play.”
Playing about half of the first period at QB Saturday, Rangel was 5-of-7 passing for 52 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 67 yards on six carries; at receiver he had four catches for 118 yards and two TDs. He hit senior Kevin Kross (4 receptions, 48 yards, TD) with a 15-yard toss on the Gators’ first drive for a 7-0 advantage.
On Guerin’s third possession, Rangel had back-to-back runs of 19 yards to set up his 3-yard scoring pass to senior running back Kevin Doyle.
When it was junior quarterback Gavin Byrne’s turn, he located Rangel for a 17-yard scoring strike.
“We’re a dual threat, and I don’t mind playing either position,” Rangel said. “Thing is, we really haven’t shown our offense at all, yet. I like playing this new offense at quarterback, but playing wide receiver isn’t too bad either. But it doesn’t matter to me — throwing the ball, catching the ball, as long as we’re scoring and winning, I’m happy.”
Guerin head coach Tony Pecoraro realizes what a valuable asset Rangel is for the Gators.
“We have a dual threat at quarterback so you never know what you’re going to get with us. Rangel does a heck of a job running the offense and Gavin is learning it, but Andrew is my leader offensively. He’s a special kid. So when he’s on the field he’s helping Gavin out, and he’s my top receiver from last year, so I need him out there.”
Rangel embraces his success, but said he is most happy for his teammates when the Gators win.
“We have a good team. We’re a family and we’re going to fight whether we’re winning or losing,” he said. “We’re a football team and you have your ups and your downs, so we’ll see what happens, but I’m optimistic we’ll have a pretty good season.”