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West Aurorcoach Nate Eimer speaks his players recent practice. The 1-0 Blackhawks play host 1-0 Plainfield East Friday’s 7:30 p.m.

West Aurora coach Nate Eimer speaks to his players at a recent practice. The 1-0 Blackhawks play host to 1-0 Plainfield East in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. home opener. | Rick Armstrong~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: October 7, 2013 1:13PM

Oswego at Waubonsie Valley

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube

Outlook: Non-conference matchup between two teams that are expected to battle for their respective league titles will leave one of them 0-2 to start the season. Geneva rallied to edge the Panthers (0-1) 29-27 last week, while Naperville Central held off No. 24 Waubonsie Valley (0-1) 23-10. “I was caught off guard by us having so many mental mistakes,” said Warriors’ coach Paul Murphy. “We had too many turnovers (3) and penalties and couldn’t line up in the right formation at times. Obviously, we put too much (offense) in. We’ll have to keep it simple this week.”

Plainfield East at West Aurora

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube

Outlook: Ball security could be key with these two teams. The Bengals (1-0) last week took advantage of five Metea Valley turnovers while committing just one in a 37-17 victory. The Blackhawks (1-0) had no turnovers in their 46-18 win over East Aurora, “which was huge,” said coach Nate Eimer. “(Plainfield East) did a nice job of pressuring the passer last year and we’ve got a young O-line, so that will be a challenge. They have a talented quarterback and some kids who can scoot.” West has the area’s leading rusher in sophomore Drake Spears, who averaged 18.8 yards-per-carry in 9 attempts for 169 and two TDs.

Marmion at Ottawa

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Outlook: Ottawa (0-1) is coming off a perfect regular season and run to quarterfinals of the 6A playoffs, but struggled last week in a 17-16 overtime loss to Yorkville. Missed PAT kick cost them. The Pirates’ defense held the Foxes to 73 total yards, which should be challenged by the Cadets’ (1-0) running game featuring Mike Montalbano (163 yards) and Lucas Warren (94) with Jordan Glasgow sidelined a second week by an ankle sprain. “I’ve heard it’s a great environment. I believe this is our first time playing there,” said Cadets’ coach Dan Thorpe. “They know to start 0-2 would be very dangerous to their playoff hopes.”

Yorkville at East Aurora

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube

Outlook: The Tomcats (0-1) return to action at Roy Davis Field needing to beef up the defense against a Yorkville (1-0) team that struggled on offense in last week’s 17-16 OT win vs. Ottawa. The Pirates limited Yorkville to just 73 yards of total offense. A strong defensive effort by the Foxes plus a huge special teams advantage allowed them to squeak out the win, which came down to a missed extra point kick. Yorkville got an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD from Malcom Levy and blocked a punt. “We’ve gotta shore up our defense and be able to stop somebody,” said East coach Kurt Becker. “(West Aurora’s) time of possession killed us last week. We only had 36 offensive plays.”

Westmont at Plano

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Outlook: First the hazing story broke, then there was the weather delay. New coach Brad Kunz and his players had plenty of distractions last week. “A lot of reasons the players could have had to be less than focused, but they got the job done,” he said of the Reapers’ (1-0) 28-7 win at Reed-Custer. Two backs — Eloy Carrera (113) and Weslye Brown (107) — topped the century mark. Westmont, under former Riverside-Brookfield coach Otto Zeman and his spread offense, poses a different challenge this week. “Not only nickel and dime, we have a quarter (defensive) package with seven DBs and two defensive lineman to deal with their five wideouts,” said Kuhn. Westmont (0-1) is coming off a 51-12 loss to Herscher.

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