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All in the family

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.

When the Stevenson High Patriots squared off against the Glenbard West Hilltoppers in late November, four grandnephews of DuPage County businessman Jerry Marchese took part in the match.

Matteo DiMarco and Jimmy, Michael and Henry Marchese.

Matteo DiMarco and Jimmy, Michael and Henry Marchese.

Marchese’s nephew, John, contributed three sons to the competition, with elder brother Jimmy suiting up as strong side linebacker and twin brothers Michael and Henry serving as wide receivers and on special teams. On the Glenbard West side of the ball was Matteo DiMarco, son of Marchese’s daughter Jacqui.

The Patriots went on to win the Illinois class 8A state championship in a thrilling, down to the wire game in which all three boys played key roles.

And the Marchese family sports dynasty doesn’t stop there. Eldest brother Joe Marchese is an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland and Donato DiMarco is set to join the Hilltoppers next year. And two of Marchese’s other grandnephews, Hayden and Quinn Baker, play for the Northwestern Wildcats. They’re the sons of Marchese’s niece, Mary Ellen.

“We’re proud of our boys,” Jerry Marchese says. “We practically have a whole football squad in one family!”

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