Here are the Peoria area 8 breakout football players this season

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Five weeks into the high school football season and things have begun to sort themselves out on the field and in the standings

There have been some players, however, that emerged as must-see from week to week. Whether it’s scoring touchdowns or coming up big on defense, this group of players deserves some shine.

None of the players below appeared on our preseason lists featuring quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, linemen and defensive players. Players are listed in alphabetical order.

Here are the 8 breakout football players in the Peoria area for 2021:

Riley Embry, Farmington

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior running back fits perfectly into the Farmers offensive system. He ran for 205 yards on four carries with TD runs of 82 and 65 yards in Week 3 against Hamilton West Hancock. His 94 rushing yards and TD were a part of 442 rushing yards in the 53-6 win over Macomb.

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Aiden Frail, Elmwood/Brimfield

The 5-foot-7, 135-pound junior running back broke onto the scene with 165 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in Week 1’s 22-16 win over Illini West. Last week, he scored a pair of TDs and rolled up 140 total yards to beat Hamilton West Hancock, 52-18.

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Graham Glover, Dunlap

Dunlap junior wide receiver Graham Glover seeks yardage after catching a pass during the Eagles' 7-6 win over host Galesburg in the season-opener for both teams on Friday, Aug. 28, 2021 at Van Dyke Field.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound junior wide receiver played a big role in upsetting then-state-ranked Washington in Week 4. He had 104 receiving yards on nine catches along with a 24-yard rushing TD against the Panthers. Graham added a 25-yard TD catch against Metamora last week.

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Scotty Jordan, Pekin

The 6-foot junior quarterback has the Dragons offense humming, averaging 27.4 points a game. He was a very efficient 8-for-10 with 164 yards and three TDs in the shutout victory over Canton. Jordan has the benefit of handing off to a pair of talented backs in Kanye Tyler and Tanner Sprecher.

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Jake Morin, Eureka

Eureka quarterback Jake Morin delivers a pass during a Week 1 game against Roxana.

The 5-foot-11, quarterback has done a great job in replacing Matt Martin, Eureka’s all-time leader in passing yards and TDs. Morin, who is considered more dangerous with his arm than on the run, scored four rushing TDs and ran for a season-best 116 yards in Week 3. He then threw for three TD passes in a 41-0 win over Fieldcrest.

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Ethan Petri, Metamora

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound senior fullback has been asked to carry the load in the talent Redbird backfield. He’s coming off back-to-back games against Limestone and Dunlap where he combined to rush for 210 yards and five TDs. Petri cracked the century mark vs. Limestone, rushing 121 yards and three TDs.

Tristen White, Manual

Manual’s Tristen White (32) moves through the line of scrimmage against Champaign Centennial on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Peoria Stadium.

The 6-foot, 232-pound senior fullback has proved to be a consistent presence in the backfield for the Rams. White started his season with a 100-yard rushing game along with a TD. He added a rushing TD against state-ranked Normal Community in Week 2. In last week at Danville, White led the 109-yard rush attack with 68 yards.

Shemar Williams, Tremont

LeRoy's Brody Bennett (2) and Carson Houser go after Tremont running back Shemar Williams in the first half Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Tremont. The Turks defeated LeRoy 42-12.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound fullback made his presence felt in a big way during a Week 2 victory over Eureka, 48-17. He rushed for 166 yards and two TDs. Williams followed up that game with 220 rushing yards and four TDs in a 42-12 win over Heart of Illinois foe Le Roy.

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Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.