Week 4 High School Football Capsule Previews
September 19, 2013 9:02PM
Lincoln-Way East quarterback Jordan Wirtz (5). | Darrell Harmon/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:18PM
Lockport (0-3) at Lincoln-Way East (3-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: There’s no good time to catch SouthWest Suburban Blue rival Lincoln-Way East, but Lockport’s timing may be unfortunate. East buried previously unbeaten Stagg 41-0 last week and seems to have righted the ship after getting past Carmel 17-7 and Lincoln-Way Central 17-12 the first two weeks. QB Jordan Wirtz completed 19-of-26 passes for 212 yards and also rushed for 69 yards and two scores against Stagg, which managed five first downs. When Lockport enjoyed a 9-0 regular season in 2004, the Porters beat East 38-14 but lost to the Griffins 14-6 in the opening round of the playoffs. East has won the meeting in all of the last eight seasons, never by fewer than 23 points.
Minooka (1-2) at Plainfield Central (0-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: The Southwest Prairie rivals get together in a game they both need after suffering one-sided losses in their conference openers a week ago. Minooka, which has dropped two straight, fell at Oswego 41-13 while Central lost at Romeoville 50-12. The Indians got off to a good start this season, winning 21-14 at Morris, but trailed big early on and could not recover in losses to Providence and Oswego. Last week, Oswego scored on its first four possessions and outgained Minooka 330-25 in the first half. Central has been outscored 123-19. Minooka won the last four meetings with Central. Last year, the Indians won 45-14 but the Wildcats made the playoffs, the Indians did not.
Providence (2-1) at Loyola (3-0)
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Outlook: Every year is the same. Providence opens Catholic League Blue play and awaiting is a string of some of the state’s best teams, this time beginning with Loyola. Both sides have produced offensively against good competition, so the defenses will be tested. Providence is averaging about 43 points and allowing 27 while Loyola, coached by former Illinois linebacker John Holecek, is outscoring foes 39-9 on average. Celtics TB Dominic Lagone has rushed for 444 yards and scored nine touchdowns. WR Miles Boykin has 16 catches for 268 yards. QB Jack Penn and RB Julius Holley key the Rambers’ attack. Loyola won last year’s match-up 41-21.
Sandburg (2-1) at Joliet West (2-1)
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Outlook: Joliet West opened its SouthWest Suburban Blue schedule last week with a 48-14 loss at Homewood-Flossmoor. The Tigers would like to get back on track against Sandburg, which is coming off a 28-14 win over Lockport. West relies on RB Jordan Brown, who has rushed for 490 yards and averages 6.9, and QB Anthony DiNardo, who has hit 44-of-75 for 581 yards and eight TDs. WR Niko Messino has caught 13 passes for 256 yards and four TDs. Sandburg has a strong, balanced running attack, so ball control could be a factor. The Eagles broke away from a 3-3 halftime tie to win last year’s match-up 30-3.
Joliet Catholic (3-0) at Nazareth (2-1)
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, High School Cube, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: The East Suburban Catholic match-up could be billed as the battle of quality offensive lines. Nazareth’s line play was a big reason the Roadrunners rushed for more than 300 yards in last week’s 45-37 loss to Marist. Joliet Catholic’s line has been dominant, helping the Hilltoppers average nearly 500 total yards. WBs Mike Ivlow (664 yards), the area rushing leader, and Nick Borgra (406) already have combined for more than 1,000 yards. Joliet Catholic survived several mistakes last week and rallied from a 13-0 deficit to beat St. Viator 35-20. Nazareth, once down by 19 points, nudged ahead of Marist in the third quarter before falling. The Hilltoppers won last year’s clash 34-33.
Compiled by Dick Goss