Week 4 Prep Football Preview
September 13, 2012 6:26PM
Waubonsie Valley's Greg Smith celebrates a first-half interception Saturday against Streamwood. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:58AM
West Aurora (1-2, 0-1) at Naperville C. (1-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Wheaton Warrenville South 14, West Aurora 7; Naperville Central 41, Glenbard East 7.
Outlook: Linebackers Matt Williams (26 tackles) and Spencer Thomas (20) & Co. on the West defense need to be wary of 5-foot-9 junior speedster Ben Andreas, who returned from a suspension last week and had 198 receiving yards for the Redhawks.
South Elgin (1-2, 0-1) at East Aurora (0-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Neuqua Valley 42, South Elgin 20; Bartlett 67, East Aurora 0.
Outlook: The Tomcats could use a fast start. “We seem to keep hurting ourselves, whether it’s a penalty or a turnover, early in the game,” said coach Kurt Becker. “We’re not good enough to overcome those self-inflicted mistakes.”
Lake Park (2-1, 1-0) at Waubonsie V. (3-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Lake Park 35, Metea Valley 23; Waubonsie Valley 56, Streamwood 0.
Outlook: The lights on the scoreboard should get a workout with two offenses capable of putting up a lot of points — 144 for Waubonsie and 108 for Lake Park in three games. The Warrior defense should be difference.
Bartlett (2-1, 1-0) at Metea Valley (1-2, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Bartlett 67, East Aurora 0; Lake Park 35, Metea Valley 23.
Outlook: The Hawks have had three straight lopsided decisions but this one should be more evenly-matched, especially if the host Mustangs can improve on their 8-5 turnover ratio. Metea workhorse RB Cameron Wilcox (80-401) could use some help. He has more yards rushing than the team’s net (379), but Blaise Bell has thrown for 535 yards.
Aurora Christian (3-0, 1-0) at Wheaton Academy (0-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Aurora Christian 56, Walther Lutheran 0; Montini 35, Wheaton Academy 0.
Outlook: It may look like a “breather” for the top-ranked Eagles (AP, 3A) before they embark on a four-game stretch against opponents (St. Francis, Marmion, Immaculate Conception, Montini) that are a combined 9-3, but don’t suggest that to coach Don Beebe. Two of the Warriors’ losses were to two of those four (IC, Montini) and the third was against a team from Missouri.
Marian (3-0, 1-0) at Marmion (1-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Marian 63, Guerin 0; Marmion 49, St. Edward 16.
Outlook: The meat of the schedule begins this week for the Cadets, whose next five opponents are a combined 13-2. That’s definitely when stuff hits the fan.
Romeoville (0-3, 0-1) at Oswego (2-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Plainfield Central 42, Romeoville 0; Oswego 42, Minooka 0.
Outlook: The main concern for first-year coach Brian Cooney is making sure his team doesn’t have a letdown after big win last week against last year’s SPC runner-up.
Oswego East (2-1, 0-1) at Plainfield South (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Plainfield East 33, Oswego East 6; Plainfield North 35, Plainfield South 19.
Outlook: If big-play combo of QB Sean Kennedy to WR Chase Skenadore can continue to produce, Wolves could get on track with a rare SPC win.
Yorkville (2-1, 0-0) at LaSalle-Peru (1-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Yorkville 42, Dixon 14; Rochelle 22, LaSalle-Peru 0.
Outlook: The Foxes have excellent shot at climbing to 3-1 before hitting the meat of their schedule, a three-game stretch that includes Morris, Rochelle and Kaneland in ensuing weeks.
Kaneland (3-0, 0-0) at Streator (0-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Kaneland 42, Sterling 0; Ottawa 41, Streator 6.
Outlook: Traveling Knights, who play four of their first five on the road, should roll against a team that has been outscored 97-20 this season.
Aurora Central (2-1, 0-1) at Chicago Christian (1-2, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Immaculate Conception 33, Aurora Central 0; St. Francis 49, Chicago Christian 0.
Outlook: Chargers coach Brian Casey is pleased with the way his team came back in practice this week from tough loss. “The kids understand that every goal they set in the preseason is still attainable,” he said. “Chicago Christian will throw the ball significantly more than we have seen so far, so we need to be prepared to defend the pass and can’t allow the big play, especially early.”
Plano (2-1, 0-1) at Peotone (3-0, 1-0), 7:15 p.m.
Last week: Sandwich 16, Plano 12; Peotone 34, Herscher 13.
Outlook: Coach Jim Green is wary of a Blue Devils team that “is gonna be at home, wanting to go to 4-0 because they haven’t made the playoffs in a while.” Peotone has been to the playoffs twice (2007, 2009) since 2004.
Manteno (2-1, 0-1) at Sandwich (2-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Coal City 9, Manteno 6; Sandwich 16, Plano 12.
Outlook: The Panthers are looking to make their third straight playoff appearance and should give the Indians a formidable test after giving the state-ranked Coalers (AP No. 4, 4A) all they could handle last week.
Streamwood (1-2, 0-1) at Batavia (3-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Waubonsie Valley 56, Streamwood 0; Batavia 35, Geneva 21.
Outlook: The Sabres had to break in a new QB at midweek when their former starter quit the team and it showed against the Warriors. Batavia is ranked No. 6 in AP’s 7A poll.
Larkin (2-1, 1-0) at Geneva (0-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Larkin 40, Elgin 12; Batavia 35, Geneva 21.
Outlook: Coach Rob Wicinski and his staff have to scramble to replace sophomore QB Daniel Santacaterina, who suffered broken collarbone last week. The Vikings had no junior or senior QBs entering the season.
Christian Liberty (0-3, 0-3) at Mooseheart (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Hope Academy 7, Christian Liberty 0; Mooseheart 35, Rockford Christian Life 14.
Outlook: The Ramblers should roll and go into next week’s league showdown with Ottawa Marquette in a battle of unbeatens.