“Louie is one of the toughest kids we have,” Racki said. “He will rarely come off the field. Playing both ways on the line is a lot different than a skill player like defensive back and wide receiver. His mental toughness is incredible, just outstanding.”
Stec said he’s receiving plenty of interest, mainly from Division II schools, on the recruiting front. His ultimate goal remains to follow in his father’s footsteps and “play in college.”
The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Stec said Friday’s 34-13 loss to Marist in East Suburban Catholic Conference play was a wake-up call. Last season, the Roadrunners’ lone regular-season loss on the way to Class 6A second-place trophy was a 42-0 defeat to Marist.
“That was a tough loss," Stec said, "but I played my heart out and the defense was still going 100 percent until the last minute,” he said. “We have to learn from the loss.”