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Sun. January 3, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Countryside QB Jimbo Chmelik, who helped lead the Cougars to an 11-2 season in 2009, has been offered a spot on the Quincy University (Ill.) football squad.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was a three-year starter who threw for more than 3,500 career yards for the Cougars and was an excellent game manager.

As a senior, Chmelik passed for nearly 1,300 yards while throwing 11 TD passes. Countryside advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoffs, where it lost to eventual state champ Plant, 24-9.

In his team’s 47-20 second-round rout of Tampa Bay Tech, Chmelik was 11 of 13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for an additional 67 yards and two more scores in what was arguably the best game of his prep career.

Quincy is an NAIA program that plays in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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