Marmion's Jake Ruddy is brought down by Marian's Chris Shin. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:27AM
Glenbard North (2-0, 3-1) at West Aurora (0-2, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Naperville Central 42, West Aurora 7; Glenbard North 53, Glenbard East 14.
Outlook: Junior RB Justin Jackson heads the Panthers’ big-play offense, according to West coach Nate Eimer, who is also wary of North’s QB Brian Murphy — who is headed to Michigan on a wrestling scholarship. “(Murphy) has become a lot better. He’s made some big-time throws on the tape we’ve seen,” Eimer said.
East Aurora (0-2, 0-4) at Neuqua Valley (1-0, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: South Elgin 41, East Aurora 6; Neuqua Valley 34, St. Charles East 0.
Outlook: The Wildcats, ranked 10th in the Sun-Times Super 25, begin a stretch of three straight games with UEC Valley Aurora schools that culminates with a Week 7 date at North Central College against district rival Waubonsie Valley in what could be a battle of unbeatens.
Waubonsie Valley (1-0, 4-0) at Bartlett (2-0, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Waubonsie Valley 49, Lake Park 28; Bartlett 47, Metea Valley 27.
Outlook: “We know we’ve got a tough opponent coming up (in defending conference champ) Bartlett,” said Paul Murphy, coach of the No. 15 Warriors. “They kicked our butts last year (27-20) and they’re gonna be physical. It’s at their place and that’s a whole new animal we gotta go against, and it’s gonna be a war.”
St. Francis (1-1, 3-1) at Aurora Christian (2-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Montini 28, St. Francis 7; Aurora Christian 55, Wheaton Academy 7.
Outlook: The Eagles are outscoring opponents 50.3 to 4.3 but face a much tougher test in the Spartans, who made a long run in last year’s 5A playoffs and should do so again.
Marmion (1-1, 1-3) at Montini (2-0, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Marian 34, Marmion 7; Montini 28, St. Francis 7.
Outlook: The road doesn’t get any easier for the Cadets, traveling to Lombard to face the defending 5A state champs, who are ranked ninth in the Sun-Times Super 25.
Aurora Central (1-1, 3-1) at St. Edward (0-2, 1-3), 7 p.m.
Last week: ACC 59, Chicago Christian 19; Immaculate Conception 49, St. Edward 22.
Outlook: The playoff-hungry Chargers can go a long way toward securing their first postseason berth since 1997 with a win in this one.
Oswego (2-0, 3-1) at Oswego East (1-1, 3-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Oswego 41, Romeoville 0; Oswego East 32, Plainfield South 27.
Outlook: The Wolves came close to beating Panthers for first time in seven tries last year and should challenge again with new coach Tyson LeBlanc’s spread offense. Oswego’s defense, though, looks awful tough lately.
Yorkville (0-0, 3-1) at Morris (0-0, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Yorkville 35, LaSalle-Peru 6; Morris 56, Dixon 6.
Outlook: The host Redskins and their three Division I recruits are one of four Northern Illinois Big 12 East teams that have opened the season 4-0.
Kaneland (0-0, 4-0) at Rochelle (0-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Kaneland 41, Streator 0; Rochelle 47, Sterling 21.
Outlook: The Knights head into conference play with back-to-back shutouts.
Plano (1-1, 3-1) at Herscher (0-2, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Plano 21, Peotone 20 OT; Coal City 31, Herscher 10.
Outlook: Jim Green and the Reapers likely won’t take the Tigers for granted, especially after long road trip. This will be another tough I-8 test.
Coal City (2-0, 4-0) at Sandwich (2-0, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Coal City 31, Herscher 10; Sandwich 43, Manteno 42 OT.
Outlook: Must-win for either team if it wants to claim the I-8 Large title? You bet. The Coalers return eight defensive starters, three who are three-year starters, notes Sandwich coach Dusty Behringer. “We have to know where (LB) Nate Natyshok and (CB) Michael Czaja are on the field,” the coach said.
Batavia (2-0, 4-0) at Lake Park (1-1, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Batavia 33, Streamwood 0; Waubonsie Valley 49, Lake Park 28.
Outlook: Crossover game should be beneficial for the No. 16 Bulldogs, who have been rolling. The Lancer passing attack will test Dennis Piron’s secondary.
Geneva (1-1, 1-3) at St. Charles North (1-1, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Geneva 56, Larkin 23; St. Charles North 49, Elgin 0.
Outlook: The Vikings lost first three games and starting QB to injury, forcing Rob Wicinski to turn to a freshman caretaker last week. In spite of those factors, Geneva still has a shot at running the table and clinching a playoff berth, considering next five foes are a combined 5-15.
Mooseheart (4-0, 4-0) at Ottawa Marquette (4-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Mooseheart 33, Christian Liberty Academy 22; Ottawa Marquette 41, Hope Academy 0.
Outlook: The Ramblers take a 13-game regular season win streak into what looks to be the conference championship game between the only remaining undefeated teams, who have no common opponents. “Their defense is good and something that we will need to be patient with,” said Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler. “I am relying on our speed to offset their size. They will try to keep our defense on the field.”
Metea Valley (0-2, 1-3) at South Elgin (1-1, 2-2), 1:30 p.m.
Last week: Bartlett 47, Metea Valley 27; South Elgin 41, East Aurora 6.
Outlook: The Mustangs were hanging with tough Bartlett team last week, trailing 12-10 at half but committed three of their four turnovers in second half, including an interception returned for a TD. The Hawks also returned the third quarter kickoff for a score.