DOWNERS GROVE – Drew Cassens wanted to have one final look back to ensure a fresh start.

The Downers Grove North quarterback endured a rocky junior season that included a new coaching staff, an introduction to starting on the varsity and leading a team — and missing out on the playoffs with a Week 9 road defeat to York.

“Being one game out of the playoffs last year was really irritating to me,” Cassens said. “I don’t want to have that feeling again.”