Week 6 Football Preview
September 27, 2012 6:30PM
East Aurora coach Kurt Becker's Tomcats will look for their first victory of the season Friday when they host Elgin. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:57AM
West Aurora (1-4, 0-3) at Wheaton North (5-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Glenbard North 28, West Aurora 14; Wheaton North 57, Glenbard East 7.
Outlook: The host Falcons are ranked seventh in the Sun-Times Super 25, have blanked two opponents and outscored their opposition 213-21. Those five foes, though, are a combined 6-19.
Elgin (0-5, 0-3) at East Aurora (0-5, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Charles East 58, Elgin 14; Neuqua Valley 48, East Aurora 0.
Outlook: Upstate Eight Conference crossover will allow one team to break a losing streak. The Maroons have lost 13 straight, the host Tomcats 35. East’s last win was a 14-0 decision over Thornwood in the sixth week of the 2008 season.
South Elgin (3-2, 2-1) at Waubonsie Valley (5-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: South Elgin 28, Metea Valley 21; Waubonsie Valley 19, Bartlett 0.
Outlook: Sun-Times’ No. 14 Warriors look to keep rolling on both sides of the ball, hoping to set up a showdown between unbeatens next week at North Central College against district rival and 10th-ranked Neuqua Valley.
Neuqua Valley (5-0, 2-0) at Metea Valley (1-4, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Neuqua Valley 48, East Aurora 0; South Elgin 28, Metea Valley 21.
Outlook: The Mustangs need to take care of the ball and reduce turnovers to have any hope of hanging with the No. 10 Wildcats.
Aurora Christian (5-0, 3-0) at Marmion (1-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Aurora Christian 41, St. Francis 14; Montini 30, Marmion 22.
Outlook: SCC Blue mighty mite ACS (513 enrollment classification) carries 14-game win streak into a matchup with Marmion (1,692 classification) in the second meeting ever between the two schools. The Eagles are without area receiving leader Chad Beebe (39 receptions, broken arm) but still have multiple offensive threats. The Cadets won 42-20 in 2010.
Walther Lutheran (1-4, 1-2) at Aurora Central (4-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Wheaton Academy 56, Walther Lutheran 52; Aurora Central 25, St. Edward 7.
Outlook: The Chargers can become playoff eligible for the first time since 1997 with a homecoming win over a team that beat them 28-26 last year.
Oswego (4-1, 3-0) at Plainfield East (1-4, 1-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Oswego 50, Oswego East 29; Minooka 29, Plainfield East 6.
Outlook: The Panthers look to continue an offensive roll that has seen them score 41 or more points in four of five weeks. Bengals’ linebacker Brennan Rompa, who is in on 17 tackles-per-game, is a force on defense.
Plainfield Central (3-2, 1-2) at Oswego East (3-2, 1-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Plainfield North 28, Plainfield Central 7; Oswego 50, Oswego East 29.
Outlook: Could be a must-win for the Wolves if they are serious about making the postseason, considering tough tests with Minooka and Plainfield North remain on the schedule. Jordan Ellingwood (5-10, 210) leads a trio of RBs, including Gino Giarratano and Tyler Erdman, that key the Wildcat attack.
Rochelle (4-1, 0-1) at Yorkville (3-2, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Kaneland 34, Rochelle 6; Morris 41, Yorkville 17.
Outlook: Playoff hungry Foxes need a bounceback performance in a game that could be a tossup.
DeKalb (1-4, 0-1) at Kaneland (5-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: DeKalb 49, Streator 6; Kaneland 34, Rochelle 6.
Outlook: This is one where the Knights look like they should cruise, but coach Tom Fedderly will remind his troops that last year’s matchup — a Kaneland win in a 49-38 shootout — had a similar look.
Coal City (4-1, 2-1) at Plano (4-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Sandwich 14, Coal City 10; Plano 47, Herscher 28.
Outlook: The Coalers could be doing a doubletake with another tough test just off Route 34. “They return most of their players from last year and they were good last year,” said Plano coach Jim Green. “Our offense has to step it up, they haven’t been giving up many points. … our kids believe it should be a close game.” Sophomore Jack Dibble, who battled in preseason for QB job and has seen time at RB and WR, may return from injury this week for Coalers after missing Sandwich.
Sandwich (4-1, 3-0) at Peotone (3-2, 1-2), 7:15 p.m.
Last week: Sandwich 14, Coal City 10; Manteno 17, Peotone 14.
Outlook: A tough road test awaits the Indians, who control their own destiny in the conference. “We know we have a big opportunity,” said coach Dusty Behringer. “(Peotone’s) losses have been tough losses, in overtime to Plano and 17-14 vs. Manteno. They run the veer and if you’re not disciplined (on defense) you’re gonna have big problems.”
Larkin (2-3, 1-2) at Batavia (5-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Streamwood 27, Larkin 0; Batavia 33, Lake Park 29.
Outlook: Bulldog QB Micah Coffey has topped the 1,000-yard mark (1,003) passing. More importantly, he’s thrown 12 TDs with only three interceptions.
Geneva (1-4, 1-2) at St. Charles East (3-2, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Charles North 25, Geneva 6; St. Charles East 58, Elgin 14.
Outlook: Must win for the Vikings to keep playoff hopes alive. Tough call with a freshman at the helm on offense, but Bobby Hess is up to 709 yards rushing.
Hiawatha (2-3, 2-3) at Mooseheart (4-1, 4-1), 1 p.m.
Last week: N. Shore Country Day 39, Hiawatha 22; Ott. Marquette 35, Mooseheart 21.
Outlook: Explosive Rambler RB Oumaru Abdulahi is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing (69-917, 16 TDs).