Week 7 High School Football Capsule Previews
October 10, 2013 9:44PM
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Updated: November 12, 2013 6:27AM
Bolingbrook (6-0) at H-F (6-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: The two remaining unbeatens (at 4-0) in the SouthWest Suburban Blue meet in the game that could decide the championship. H-F has handed Lincoln-Way East, 24-21, and Sandburg, 48-10, their first conference losses the past two weeks. Bolingbrook’s schedule is rugged down the stretch, with East and Sandburg following H-F. The Raiders defense continues to dominate, allowing 22 points all season. The Vikings, although young, are talented and have exceeded preseason expectations. Bolingbrook, which features RBs Jaden Huff and Mike Valentine, beat Lockport 24-3 last week. The Raiders outscored H-F 45-28 last year.
Lincoln-Way West (5-1) at Lincoln-Way North (6-0)
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. Friday, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: The district rivals both are 4-0 in the SouthWest Suburban Red, so this battle may go a long way toward determining the league champ. Both escaped last week as North, coached by former Providence and Lockport assistant George Czart, got past Lincoln-Way Central 22-21 on a late safety and West beat Bradley 22-20. Phoenix RB Julian Hylton, an Illinois recruit, averages nearly 215 rushing yards per game. Warriors RB Javier Montalvo averaged nearly 225 yards in the four full games he’s played. He missed all of one game and most of another because of a hand injury. West won last year’s match-up 16-13.
Oswego (4-2) at Plainfield North (3-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Oswego is 4-0 in the Southwest Prairie and has outscored its league opponents 35-7 on average. The Panthers defense was especially stifling in last week’s 14-0 win over Plainfield East. However, Plainfield North sophomore RB Marcus Edwards is a recent sensation. He rushed for 406 yards on 50 carries in the Tigers’ 31-19 win over Romeoville last week. North, which is 2-2 in the league, does not have a large number of playoff points and may need to win its last three to qualify for the postseason. Oswego beat the Tigers 35-7 during last year’s regular season and escaped 28-21 when the teams met in the first round of the playoffs.
Romeoville (3-3) at Plainfield East (4-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: The Southwest Prairie schedule has been filled with tossups and this is another one. Both teams are 2-2 in the league after losses last week. Romeoville fell to Plainfield North 31-19 and Oswego blanked Plainfield East 14-0. Adding intrigue is the playoffs. Romeoville will qualify with five victories while East likely will need six. The quarterbacks, whose stats are similar, may be key to the outcome. The Spartans’ Kelvin Jones has completed 45.3 percent of his passes for 974 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Bengals’ Cole Kotopka has hit 44.8 percent for 965 yards and eight TDs. East won the 2012 match-up 27-14.
Providence (3-3) at Fenwick (6-0)
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Concordia University, High School Cube, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: The Catholic League crossover is huge for Providence, which needs to win two of its last three to qualify for the playoffs. The Celtics still have Mount Carmel and Brother Rice to play in the Catholic Blue. In contrast to Providence’s rugged schedule, Fenwick has played one team that is above .500, Catholic White foe Bishop McNamara (4-2), which the Friars beat 40-14. Fenwick also has beaten Brother Rice 28-20. Providence turned the ball over six times last week in a 37-14 loss to St. Rita. The Celtics’ work horse, RB Dominic Lagone, needs 145 rushing yards to reach 1,000.
Compiled by Dick Goss