Week 8 High School Football Capsule Previews
October 17, 2013 8:12PM
Lincoln-Way East quarterback Jordan Wirtz looks for a receiver Friday night against Sandburg at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 17, 2013 9:39PM
Lincoln-Way East (6-1)
at Bolingbrook (7-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, HighSchoolCube.com, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: Always one of the most anticipated games in the area, the SouthWest Suburban Blue match-up pits two teams bidding for at least a share of the SouthWest Suburban Blue title. Bolingbrook is 5-0 in the league and Lincoln-Way East and Homewood-Flossmoor are 4-1. Bolingbrook beat H-F 31-24 in overtime last week while East downed Sandburg 31-13. The Raiders’ last victory over the Griffins was 46-24 in 2009. East won 43-7 in 2010, 20-14 in 2011 and 42-19 in 2012. The Griffins, with QB Jordan Wirtz at the controls, will attempt to solve a Raiders’ defense that has been awesome all season.
vs. Mount Carmel (6-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gately Stadium, HighSchoolCube.com
Outlook: From a playoff perspective, Providence has a lot riding on this Catholic Blue collision. But even if that weren’t the case, the Mount Carmel game would be special. The Celtics knocked off the Caravan 24-18 in 2011 and Mount Carmel pitched a 17-0 shutout in 2012. Providence scored a huge nonconference victory last week 21-13 over previously unbeaten Fenwick. That helped the Celtics’ cause, but they still must beat Mount Carmel or Brother Rice to make the playoffs. The game could turn into a duel between standout running backs, Providence’s Dominc Lagone and Mount Carmel’s Matt Domer.
Notre Dame (6-1, 3-1)
vs. Joliet Catholic (6-1, 4-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Joliet Memorial Stadium, HighSchoolCube.com
Outook: Week in and week out, the East Suburban Catholic offers strong competition. Joliet Catholic has beaten Marist, lost to St. Patrick and beaten Carmel the last three weeks. Notre Dame, which beat Marist 45-35 last week and bounced the Hilltoppers 42-33 last year, and Benet remain on the schedule. Joliet Catholic’s injury-riddled offense took a stride back toward normalcy in last week’s 37-14 win at Carmel as the young fill-ins, including sophomore quarterback Cade Earl, were more comfortable. The Hilltoppers must win to have a shot at tying for the conference title when they meet Benet.
Plainfield South (5-2, 4-1)
at Oswego (5-2, 5-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday,
Outlook: Oswego has been scoring at will against Southwest Prairie foe Plainfield South, winning 54-32 in 2011 and 52-7 in 2012. That was after the Cougars prevailed 56-30 in 2010. Incidentally, the Panthers have not lost a league game the last three years. Oswego sophomore QB Steven Frank already is a second-year starter and the Panthers’ defense is stingy. The South defense, keyed by linebacker Clifton Garrett, must step up if the Cougars are to beat Oswego and move into a tie atop the conference standings. RB Josh Harris is having a big season for South, and QB Kody Voda has been effective.
Joliet Central (0-7)
at Joliet West (2-5)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: In the three meetings since District 204 returned to separate programs at Central and West, the Tigers have ruled. They beat Central 32-8 in 2010, 21-0 in 2011 and 21-3 in 2012. The Steelmen continue to struggle to score points. They have been shut out five times. West figures to be in a foul mood. A week after the Tigers took Lincoln-Way East to the wire before falling 35-28, their playoff aspirations went by the board in last week’s 61-35 SouthWest Suburban Blue loss to Stagg. West RB Jordan Brown and QB Anthony DiNardo will be present significant challenges to the Central defense.