College Football Recruiting: Junior QB Johnny Peltz Lighting Up Defenses

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College Football Recruiting: Junior QB Johnny Peltz Lighting Up Defenses

Wheaton North's Johnny Peltz is lighting up Northeastern Illinois teams like there's no tomorrow.

A junior quarterback, Peltz is a first-year varsity starter, but has been playing like a veteran.

So far this season, the 6'2", 210 pound Peltz has eight touchdown passes and six rushing scores as he is leading his Falcons (5-1, 4-0 DuPage Valley) into sole possession of first place.

Peltz threw a last second 18-yard touchdown pass to teammate Coleton Hrgich to beat Bartlett 26-24, his first varsity start. He then had three touchdown passes against Geneva the following week.

Against a tough Naperville North defense, Peltz ran for two touchdowns to key a 24-13 win. In Week 5, the junior played like a monster, with four rushing touchdowns and a passing score in a 56-12 demolishing of Glenbard East.

On Friday night against West Aurora, Peltz began the scoring for Wheaton North by hitting Hrgich for a 23-yard strike and Brett Kohler for a 28-yard score. He finished the night 14-18 for 195 yards, two touchdowns and no picks to propel the Falcons to a 38-7 win. 

With the game 14-7 late in the second quarter, there was a 4-and-1 play on West Aurora's 15.  Peltz had a quarterback keeper and gained the first down, setting up running back Patrick Sharp's 11-yard touchdown run the following play.

Peltz is extremely good rolling out of the pocket, but also keeps his poise in the pocket. On a 3-and-32, West Aurora blitzed their linebackers and Peltz evaded a sack, stepped up in the pocket and lasered a 25-yard catch on a perfect throw.

"You can't pass well without good offensive line protection," Peltz humbly said, as he was named the Chicago Tribune's Player of the Game.

Peltz said he is interested in playing college football, but he might also want to play baseball.


Bob Bajek is a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.

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