Week 6 High School Football Capsule Previews
October 3, 2013 8:50PM
Plainfield North's quarterback Dilibe Ekowa (6) hands off against Plainfield South during the first quarter at South Friday, September 13, 2013. | Raymundo Luna/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:16AM
St. Rita (4-1) at Providence (3-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: While Providence blanked overmatched Gordon Tech 42-0 last week, St. Rita is a coming off a 24-3 loss to mighty Mount Carmel. Both teams are 0-1 in the Catholic League Blue. Mustangs dual-threat QB Tommy Mister managed a net of 48 rushing yards and completed 10-of-25 passes for 154 yards with two interceptions against the Caravan. Providence continues to post impressive offensive numbers. TB Dominic Lagone has rushed for 763 yards and a 7.9 average, QB Justin Hunniford has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 939 yards and WR Miles Boykin has 26 catches for 391 yards, a 15.0 average. Providence won last year’s match-up 14-0.
St. Patrick (2-3) vs. Joliet Catholic (5-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Joliet Memorial Stadium, High School Cube
Outlook: Marist is in the recent past for both East Suburban Catholic adversaries. St. Patrick dropped a 42-34 decision to the RedHawks in Week 4 despite totaling 512 yards of offense. Joliet Catholic started slowly but rebounded to beat Marist 49-27 last week. However, the Hilltoppers lost three key players to ankle injuries: OL/DL JB Butler, QB Nick Morrison and C Nick Chavez. With OT Tyler Witt already replacing DeAndre Ford, who broke an ankle in Week 1, Joliet Catholic will have three sophomore starters on offense, including QB Cade Earl, plus LB Brad Krisch and DE Ken Aguirre, yearlong sophomore defensive starters. The Hilltoppers won last year 49-13.
Plainfield North (2-3) at Romeoville (3-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Plainfield North suffered three tough losses in succession before whipping Southwest Prairie foe Plainfield Central 49-7 last week. Romeoville is coming off its best performance to date, a 34-7 victory over Plainfield South. Both teams have aspirations of qualifying for the playoffs and a win in this one immensely would help that cause. North sophomore QB Dilibe Ekowa threw a 68-yard touchdown pass last week to Jack O’Connor. RB Chris Dunning, the Tigers’ 5-foot-4, 125-pound junior, has rushed for 527 yards and a 6.0 average. RBs Gil Whitaker and Miguel Ford and QB Kelvin Jones lead the Romeoville attack. The Spartans lost to North 55-23 in 2012.
Plainfield South (3-2) at Minooka (2-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: The two Southwest Prairie rivals, both hoping to make the playoffs and seeking River Road bragging rights, are coming off stinging conference defeats. South fell to Romeoville 34-7 in Week 5 while Minooka lost to Plainfield East 37-27. The Cougars, who edged Minooka 14-10 last year, had gotten on a roll before stumbling last week. QB Kody Voda has completed 51.7 percent of his passes for 599 yards. RB Josh Harris has rushed for 774 yards (7.2 average) and caught 13 passes for 254. Minooka QB Jake Czerniakowski hit 17-of-24 passes for 147 yards in the loss to Plainfield East. RB Nate Gunn rushed 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Lincoln-Way East (4-1) at Joliet West (2-3)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday
Outlook: It’s rare, but Lincoln-Way East must bounce back from a SouthWest Suburban Blue defeat. The Griffins lost last week at Homewood-Flossmoor 24-20. Joliet West, meanwhile, is finishing the grand slam of competition in the Blue. The Tigers fell to H-F, Sandburg and Bolingbrook the past three weeks. They still can make the playoffs if they don’t win this one, but they would be in much better position with a victory. East QB Jordan Wirt has passed for 651 yards and will be a focal point of the Tigers’ defense. Bolingbrook last week limited West QB Anthony DiNardo to 10-of-28 passing for 46 yards and two interceptions. East won last year’s match-up 42-6.