Week 2 High School Football Capsule Previews
September 5, 2013 8:52PM
Joliet West's Niko Messino | File photo
Updated: October 7, 2013 1:17PM
Providence (0-1) at Minooka (1-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: The offenses produced for both teams in their openers. Despite losing to Joliet Catholic 42-35, Providence rang up 470 total yards, including 341 passing yards from QB Justin Hunniford. WRs Luc Quaranta (10 catches, 103 yards) and Miles Boykin (6, 142) had big games. TB Dominic Lagone, the quarterback in 2012, rushed for 119 yards, caught nine passes for 53 and scored two touchdowns. RB Nate Gunn ran for 154 yards in 16 carries and senior QBs Shane Briscoe and Jake Czerniakowski both had opportunities as Minooka won at Morris 21-14. Providence beat Minooka 7-0 in 2011 and 28-10 in 2012.
Lincoln-Way Central (1-0) at Lincoln-Way East (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Coming off its runner-up finish in Class 7A, Lincoln-Way East opened with a 17-7 victory at Carmel. That was after making two long journeys to Mundelein because of the Friday night postponement. Lincoln-Way Central rang in the coach Hud Venerable era in style, rallying from a 21-6 halftime deficit to beat Sandburg 26-21. The Griffins and Knights have clashed every year since East debuted in 2001. Usually a conference game, it is not this time with Central’s move from the SouthWest Suburban Blue to the Red. The Knights prevailed 40-7 in 2001; the Griffins won the last 11.
Romeoville (1-0) at Bolingbrook (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube.
Outlook: The Bolingbrook defense, which coach John Ivlow has said may favorably compare with the Raiders’ state championship defense of 2011, held highly regarded Hinsdale Central to two field goals in a season-opening 17-6 victory. Romeoville has 16 returning starters, many on the offensive side of the ball, and the Spartans believe they have weapons to make it interesting against their Valley View School District rival. Romeoville features DE/TE Anthony Love, a Division I prospect, and RB/CB Miguel Ford, who rushed for 161 yards and clinched the victory with an interception in last week’s 30-27 win over Hinsdale South.
Joliet Catholic (1-0) at St. Thomas, Minn. (1-0)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, WJOL-AM (1340).
Outlook: St. Thomas, a Catholic, all-boys military school, is located in Mendota Heights near St. Paul. The Cadets, perennial powers, are ranked No. 12 in Minnesota and opened with a 37-7 win over Simley (Minn.). Joliet Catholic was explosive in beating Providence 42-35. RB Mike Ivlow rushed for 310 yards and four TDs and WR/DB Jordan Jones showed his knack for big plays. There will be a somber tone as St. Thomas 26-year athletic director Jack Zahr, 58, whose tenure created the school’s rise to athletic prominence, suffered a major stroke Sunday and is not expected to recover.
King (1-0) at Joliet West (1-0)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Outlook: On paper, the match-up is a good one. King, which finished 6-3 in 2012 and plays in the Public League Illini Land of Lincoln, opened with a 20-16 victory at West Chicago. West, which trumped Thornridge 50-28 and is making its home debut, is among the toughest foes on the Jaguars’ schedule. The Tigers believe they must have this one as they mount a push toward their first playoff berth. West RB Jordan Brown rushed for 220 yards, QB Anthony DiNardo hit 18-of-31 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns and WRs Ronald Banner and Niko Messino combined for 13 catches in the opener.
Compiled by Dick Goss