Week 9 High School Football Capsule Previews
October 24, 2013 8:52PM
Providence quarterback Justin Hunniford. | Guy Rhodes/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:31AM
Lincoln-Way West (7-1) at Lincoln-Way Central (4-4)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Outlook: In Lincoln-Way Central’s first season in the SouthWest Suburban Red, the Knights are challenging for a playoff berth. But to get there, they must beat their neighboring rival, league champion Lincoln-Way West. The Warriors feature RB Javier Montalvo, who has 1,432 yards and 18 touchdowns. And that’s basically in six games because he missed most of one and all of another with a hand injury. Central, with LB Brad Nolan leading the charge, has been strong defensively, allowing 15.3 points per game while West is allowing 16.3. The Knights have won two straight and are 3-1 since QB Connor Campbell settled in as the starter. West won the 2012 game 27-9.
Plainfield South (5-3) at Plainfield East (6-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: Plainfield East suffered a blow last week when DL Daniel Jackson, whom coach Mike Romelli planned to nominate for Southwest Prairie Player of the Year, suffered a broken fibula on the first play of the Bengals’ 36-7 victory over Plainfield Central. He is out for the season. East already was thin on the defensive line and will face a South offense, led by QB Kody Voda and RB Josh Harris, that can be explosive. The Cougars must win to ensure a playoff berth. They lost 35-28 last week to league champion Oswego, whose defense has been dominant. East, a playoff team for the first time, features QB Cole Kotopka and RB Jake Mayon in a quick-strike offense that is healthy.
Romeoville (4-4) at Minooka (3-5)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Two SouthWest Prairie teams that are hard to figure collide to conclude the regular season. The difference is Romeoville must win to qualify for its first playoff berth since 2002, while Minooka is playing the spoiler role. The Indians ended Plainfield North’s playoff hopes a week ago 52-21 as RB Nate Gunn rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns. That was one week after Minooka’s playoff hopes were dashed in a 44-0 loss to Oswego East. Romeoville stayed in the playoff picture last week and prevented Oswego East from clinching a berth 21-14. Spartans QB Kelvin Jones has passed for 1,098 yards and RBs Miguel Ford and Gil Whitaker have combined to rush for 1,256.
Brother Rice (3-5) at Providence (4-4)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: Marcus Jones (138 rushing yards) and Alex Alarcon (137) led the way last week as Brother Rice came close to upsetting Catholic League Blue rival St. Rita 38-35. The Crusaders had the potential tying field goal blocked with 14 seconds left. That suggests Providence needs to bring its “A” game if the Celtics hope to get the victory that will vault them into the playoffs. Providence, which leads the state with 50 playoff points (opponent victories), relies on RB Dominic Lagone (1,052 yards, 16 TDs) and the passing combination of QB Justin Hunniford (110-of-185, 1,260 yards, 10 TDs) to WR Miles Boykin (35 catches, 505 yards, 7 TDs). The Celtics won last year’s match-up 42-21.
Joliet Catholic (7-1) at Benet (6-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube, WJOL-AM (1340)
Outlook: Joliet Catholic claimed the East Suburban Catholic title last week with a 37-14 win over Notre Dame while Benet suffered its second straight loss after six victories. The Redwings fell to Nazareth 28-18 in Week 7 and to Marist 49-21 a week ago. Benet committed seven first-half turnovers against Marist, eight in all. QB Jack Beneventi leads the Redwings’ attack. Standout RB Porter Ontko suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 2, and Brad Sznajder has filled in admirably. RB John Ivlow has rushed for an area-best 1,900 yards for Joliet Catholic, which could get G Jalen Hansel back from injury. Regular QB Nick Morrison will dress and possibly be available for emergency duty.
Compiled by Dick Goss