New Berlin - When New Berlin Eisenhower's John Crowley and Dylan Petre were told that they made the NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Football Team, their first reaction was to question if both of them make it.
And that shouldn't be a surprise if you are familiar with the Lions seniors, who spent a lot of time together in the off-season.
"Dylan is one my best friends," Crowley said. "We worked together all off-season. He is a tremendous receiver. Multiple times this year I didn't throw that good of a ball, but he would go up and grab it. He was a big part of the success we had as a team for me as a quarterback."
The talented Petre felt the same way about Crowley.
"I was very happy we both made it," he said. "It feels good. It's a long season and to get some recognition; we both worked hard. I went from wide receiver to tight end and he went from running back to quarterback. We've been buds for a long time."
Known for defense, too
Crowley, who also stood out at quarterback, was named to the NOW Newspapers All-Suburban team as one of four linebackers on the team. Crowley was also the Woodland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team quarterback.
"John's an extremely hard worker and the unquestioned leader of our team," Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz said. "He was a captain and a member of the Ike leadership team this season. He was the leader of the leaders."
Petre was also a two-way all-conference performer, making it as a defensive back, but the 6-foot-4-inch, 190-pounder really stood out at tight end.
"He runs excellent routes and can go up and catch the ball in a crowd," Setz said. "And he can run away from defenders after making the catch."
Petre had 32 catches for 828 yards, a 25.9 per catch average, with 12 touchdowns. He topped the Lions in receptions, yards gained and touchdowns and he was 15th in the state (all levels) in receiving with the highest yards per catch of the top 15 receivers and was sixth in Division 3 with the highest YPC in the top 50 receivers. He is tied for third in touchdowns in D3 statewide.
Leaders off the field
And like Crowley, he was more than just a football player.
"Dylan was a member of the Eisenhower Leadership Team," Setz said. "He leads by example and by words."
Both players take their leadership roles seriously.
Crowley brought that up when asked about his greatest football memories.
"When I first came up, the older football players took me under their wing," he recalled. "They showed they cared and helped me out. Now I've been helping the younger players. That memory sticks out the most."
Petre also said leadership played a big role for both of them, especially after coming off a 3-6 record their junior year.
"We both played a substantial amount of time and we wanted to end our careers on a good note," Petre said. "From the beginning, in the weight room in the off-season, the summer workouts. I liked the responsibility of shaping this team and hopefully, the younger guys will carry it on for year's to come."
It was a great way to end their final season on the gridiron, Crowley said.
"It was awesome to finish out our high school career like that," he said. "It was special. He was one of my best friends and my 'go to' guy."
Best of the rest
Both Crowley and Petre also received honorable mention at quarterback and defensive back, while other honorable mention nods went to Eisenhower senior guard Tom LaSalle, junior tackle Paul Gaber, senior defensive lineman Anthony Stewart and junior linebacker Turner Sagat.
Senior guard Alex Cranfill was honorable mention for New Berlin West.
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