Editor’s note: Rolling Meadows’ game against Niles West scheduled for Friday night has been called off due to COVID concerns at Niles West. The Mustangs will be back in action next week against Wheeling.
Glenbrook South (3-0) at Barrington (2-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Glenbrook South defeated Conant 41-21; Barrington defeated New Trier 27-23
Outlook: The Broncos offense is back after being blocked in Week 1 by Warren. Since then, Barrington has racked up 69 points thanks to the play of quarterback Harley Thompson, who seems to have settled down pretty well. Evan Panesis has also become the main cog in the racing game. Glenbrook South hasn’t won their first three games since 2017. The team that stopped the Titans from winning four in a row that year? Barrington.
Glenbrook North (2-1) at Hersey (3-0)When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Glenbrook North defeated Wheeling 48-9; Hersey defeated Maine East 63-0
Outlook: The Huskies got terrible news when WR / RB star Ben Clawson broke his ankle and will be out for a while. The Huskies will rely heavily on Dylan Carlquist and Breyden Smith and others to close the gap. Defensively, the Huskies increased and allowed just 49 attacking yards last week.
Niles North (1-2) at Buffalo Grove (3-0)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Niles North lost to Schaumburg 42-14; Buffalo Grove defeated Maine West 42-6.
Outlook: The Bison continue to challenge their opponents. Buffalo Grove has scored 124 points in its first three games and the herd seems to keep running. The Bison have just finished a game where they rushed for 401 yards behind Michael Cervantes, Cole Nixon and Scott Murray. Eli Shereshovech and Trystan Anderson lead the defense.
Maine East (0-3) at Elk Grove (1-2)When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last week: Maine East lost to Hersey 63-0; Elk Grove lost to Vernon Hills 41-6
Outlook: After winning his first game, Elk Grove struggled in his next two games. Elk Grove scored 56 points in his first two games. But the Grens struggled to finish training last week. They might find things a little better against Maine East, who have dropped 37 straight points and allowed 127 points this season.
West Maine (1-2) to Prospect (2-1)When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last week: Maine West lost to Buffalo Grove 42-6; Perspective lost against Saint-François 34-27
Outlook: Maine West experienced a fortuitous reversal last week after beating Hubbard in week two. Maine West will be looking to get back on track behind Isaac Pittman, who scored 5 TDs in that game but was limited last week against Buffalo Grove. Prospect is also looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss. Despite scoring 27 points, the Knights had less than 200 yards offensive.
Highland Park (1-2) to Wheeling (1-2)When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Highland Park lost to Hoffman Estates 53-20; Wheeling lost to Glenbrook North 48-9
Outlook: After his superb Week 1 win, Wheeling has come back to earth in the past two weeks. The Wildcats have only managed 9 points in those games. They have a chance to turn the tide this week against a Highland Park team that have lost their last two games and allowed 73 points.
Evanston (1-2) at Fremd (0-3)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Evanston lost to Palatine 43-0; Fremd lost to South Maine 47-14
Outlook: Fremd returns home to host a team from Evanston who struggled last week against Palatine, gaining just 102 yards. Fremd has played well in spurts and is looking to put together a full game. The biggest bright spot for the Vikings has been Archie Cox, whose passing capture and kicking return has been impressive.
New Trier (2-1) at Conant (1-2)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: New Trier lost to Barrington 28-23; Conant lost to Glenbrook South 41-21
Outlook: Conant has been very good on offense. But the Cougars struggled defensively, especially in the last two weeks when they allowed 82 points. Conant quarterback Giuseppe Dugo was troubled by his masterful direction of the Conant option offense. His ball control could be the key to keeping New Trier’s offense on the sidelines.
Vernon Hills (3-0) at Hoffman Estates (2-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Vernon Hills defeated Elk Grove 41-6; Hoffman Estates def. Highland Park 53-20
Outlook: This game could end up being an athletics competition. Vernon Hills has scored 109 points so far while Hoffman has scored 123. Vernon Hills welcomed Nolan Lazor to quarterback last week and had great performances from Ben Choi, Nate Gil and Jake Pieper. Hoffman flew high behind wide receiver Jashawn Johnson, Anu Ajibulu, Yashua Pettis-Taylor and quarterback Aidan Cyr.
South Maine (3-0) at Palatine (1-2)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Maine South defeated Fremd 47-14; Palatine defeated Evanston 43-0
Outlook: Palatine is home for the first time this season. The Pirates put in their best effort of the season last week. The pirate offense racked up 416 yards led by Grant Dersnah, Dominick Ball and Jake Bostick. The palatal defense, led by Mitch Larkin, Jhermari Mabry and Bobby Widlowski, thwarted Evanston. The Pirates will now look to contain the high-flying Maine South Hawks, who have shown they can score when needed. Quarterback Rowan Keefe, running backs Mike Sajenko and Frank Bartell as well as tight Chris Petrucci will be a challenge.
Deerfield (2-1) at Schaumburg (2-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Deerfield lost to Rolling Meadows 17-14; Schaumburg defeats Niles North 42-14
Outlook: Schaumburg is on the rise, accumulating a modest two-game winning streak. Schaumburg used his depth and improved line play to score 69 points in the last two games. Now the Saxons will be tested by a Deerfield side that stumbled last week after convincingly winning their first two games.
Saint-Viateur (1-2 in Carmel (2-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: St. Viator defeated DePaul Academy 41-7; Carmel defeated Leo 35-32
Last year: Saint-Viateur 47, Carmel 8
Outlook: This is the Catholic League / ESCC Purple first game for both teams and Viator has won the last two. Viator managed to turn the tide last week as the Lions rolled around. Jake VanBooven had a trio of touchdown passes as he ran for 169 yards. Carmel, who was forced to forfeit his first game against Libertyville due to COVID, has recovered quite well. The Corsairs shocked Lake Forest and then pushed Leo back.
Leiden (1-2, 0-1) at Morton (1-2, 1-0)When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last week: Leyden lost to Hinsdale South 21-0; Morton defeats Addison Trail 41-21
Last year: DNP
Outlook: For the second time in three games this season, Leyden failed to score a touchdown. The Leyden ground match, which was so successful in the second week, only managed 24 yards last Friday. The Eagles will be looking to get back on track against Morton, who won his first game of the season last week.