Senior captain Rory Boos is in his second season as a starting receiver for the Ramblers. As a junior, he finished first on the team in receiving yards (827) and receiving touchdowns (11) and was second in receptions (45). Boos played his best in big games. In Loyola’s 30-10 win over Marist on the road in the Class 8A quarterfinals, he caught six passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He had eight catches for 84 yards and one TD in the 23-14 loss to Lincoln-Way East in the Class 8A state final. A resident of Glenview and graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Boos is looking to close out his prep career with another long postseason run. His older brother, Patrick Boos, was a junior defensive back on the 2015 team that captured the Class 8A state championship. Younger brother, Owen Boos, is a sophomore receiver in Loyola’s football program.
MAROON & GOLD: You had an outstanding junior season and were a big reason why the Ramblers took second in Class 8A. What was one of your favorite memories from last year?
RORY BOOS: I would say the Marist game. Going in, we were projected to lose, and we beat them. We proved a lot of people wrong. I feel like the Hinsdale Central game [in the second round] was the same way. It was cool to show people how good we really were.
M&G: Loyola has played for a Class 8A state title every year you’ve been in high school. Are you aware of how rare and incredible that is?
RB: It’s crazy. All the credit goes to our coaching staff. They know what they are doing and teach us what to do. We know we are more prepared than every team we play.
M&G: I doubt many people outside of Loyola knew about you coming into your junior year. What do you see as strengths as a receiver?
RB: Running routes someone who is a deep threat.
M&G: What is something you continue to work on?
RB: Blocking, for sure. Last year, the first couple of games, I was doing my best to get into it, but it was hard making the blocks. I got bigger in the offseason, and I’m more physical now. It’s really helped.
M&G: A former teammate of yours at OLPH, senior Jack Fallon is the sixth starting quarterback in six seasons at Loyola. What does he bring as a leader of an offense?
RB: He has a great arm and can throw the ball downfield. He has a complete understanding of the offense, and I’m confident he can make all of the right reads.
M&G: Outside of official practice, did you and Jack get together in the offseason?
RB: All the time. It wasn’t just me and him. A lot of receivers and defensive backs came out. It was usually on Sundays at fields around Loyola. For the receivers and quarterbacks, it was about running routes and timing. We also had some fun doing one-on-one things with the DBs. We built a lot of chemistry.
M&G: You are one of four captains, along with seniors Joe Naselli, Jake Gonzalez and Fallon. How have you embraced that role?
RB: I took charge of the receivers and made sure everybody did their jobs during the offseason. There were a couple of times when players kept making the same mistakes, and I had to get on them. We want to eliminate the mental mistakes. It’s an honor and means a lot to me to be a captain of this program.
M&G: How much are you looking forward to playing New Trier at night on the road in Week 2?
RB: It will be awesome. But we have to play Rockford (Michigan) first. Once we get that game out of the way, I believe we will be a much more confident team. The biggest jump a team makes is from the first to second game. I know everybody is excited about the New Trier game. We got bragging rights by beating them in the playoffs last season.
M&G: Are you interested in playing football in college?
RB: I am. I went to camps this summer at Harvard, Lehigh and Northwestern. I definitely think I have the talent to play at the next level. I am going to be patient and wait and see what offers I get. I most likely won’t make a decision until after the season.