Guilford football star still making sure things run smoothly

ROCKFORD – Drew Sweeney was one of the big reasons Montell Clanton was able to set District 205 rushing records that stood until this past fall.

Sweeney was an All-NIC-9 tackle in 2002, opening the holes that Clanton burst through to win the conference rushing title.

Sweeney continued to excel at Western Illinois University, where he started at guard his final three seasons. In 2007, he earned a spot on the Gateway All-Conference second team after not earning a single penalty flag all year.

Today, Sweeney continues to make sure production is on schedule as operations manager at Barnes International Inc. He joined Barnes in 2013.  Barnes makes coolant filtration products and has been a manufacturing mainstay locally for more than 100 years.

He’s served the compay as production and inventory control manager and master analyst.

Posted on 06.17.20