Charlie Mangieri Leads Dunlap Football To New Heights

Dunlap Off To 5-0 Start

Dunlap, Illinois - It's been a wild four years for Dunlap senior Charlie Mangieri.

A four year varsity starter, he has seen the football program grow from a bottom dweler, to one of the top teams in the area.

"It's been a long time, starting the freshman year 3-6, but then eventually making our way to this point. Its kind of bittersweet, but hopefully we just keep it rolling," Mangieri said.

Mangieri isn't just a four year starter... In fact, he has started on both offense and defense in all four seasons at Dunlap, something Eagles head coach Brett Cazalet says is unbelievable.

"That's very rare in high school football. He's not only been a starter, hes been an all-conference caliber player for those four years. To have his leadership out there, what he brings to this team is invaluable," Cazalet said.

This time next year, Mangieri will be a Big Ten conference player, as he has committed to play college football at Northwestern. He says while it is a great honor, he is looking to take care of business with the Eagles first.

"It's going to be a blast, I can't wait. The coaches up at Northwestern are telling me, make sure you finish this season first, your high school team is more important right now. So that's what I am going to do," Mangieri said.

Past the halfway point in his senior season, Mangieri and the Eagles are already playoff eligible. They hope to continue their momentum heading into the postseason.

"You don't want to take any game for granted, only nine are garaunteed. You just got to play it, play-by-play, game-by-game. That's a big mentality for us," Mangieri said.


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