Week 8 Football Preview
October 11, 2012 8:14PM
Waubonsie Valley’s Dylan Warden scrambles away from the Neuqua Valley defense during their Oct. 5 game. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 13, 2012 6:33AM
West Chicago (0-7, 0-5) at West Aurora (1-6, 0-5), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Glenbard East 60, West Chicago 25; Naperville North 38, West Aurora 2.
Outlook: The banged-up Blackhawks look to get their first DuPage Valley Conference win of season. Junior QB Quintez Jones needs 17 passing yards to top 1,000.
East Aurora (0-7, 0-4) at Waubonsie Valley (6-1, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Metea Valley 55, East Aurora 12; Neuqua Valley 35, Waubonsie Valley 34, 2OT.
Outlook: The Warriors won’t have trouble regrouping after a tough loss. RB Austin Guido is one of the top rushers in Chicagoland with 1,495 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Metea Valley (2-5, 1-4) at Geneva (2-5, 2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Metea Valley 55, East Aurora 12; Geneva 49, Elgin 6.
Outlook: This should be an evenly-matched UEC crossover game between two teams playing out the string but looking for something to build on for next year. Vikings’ RB Bobby Hess has been on a tear and has 1,101 yards rushing with 16 TDs.
Aurora Christian (7-0, 5-0) at Montini (5-2, 4-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Aurora Christian 47, Immaculate Conception 20; Marian 49, Montini 24.
Outlook: The Eagles have their work cut out for them vs. the three-time defending Class 5A state champs, who have won the last three meetings by a combined 138-22 score.
Aurora Central (6-1, 4-1) at Marmion (2-5, 2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: ACC 55, Guerin 0; Marmion 14, St. Francis 6.
Outlook: This is the first meeting for the local rivals since 2009 due to reconfiguration of conference divisions. The Cadets hold a 22-14-1 advantage in the series that dates to 1973 and would like to rain on the Chargers’ playoff run.
Oswego (6-1, 5-0) at Plainfield South (3-4, 2-3), 7 p.m.
Last week: Oswego 35, Plainfield North 7; Plainfield Central 21, Plainfield South 6.
Outlook: Oswego RB Mickeel Stewart needs 123 yards to reach 1,000 yards rushing for the season for a unit that is averaging 42.5 points per game in league play. Little wonder after last week’s win coach Brian Cooney asked reporters to give offensive coordinator Marc Kersting “a shout out. He’s the power-I guy, the guy behind every offensive call.”
Romeoville (0-7, 0-5) at Oswego East (3-4, 1-4), 7 p.m.
Last week: Plainfield East 27, Romeoville 14; Minooka 31, Oswego East 7.
Outlook: It’s must-win time for the Wolves, who close with 5-2 Plainfield North and need to win out to become playoff eligible for the first time in program history. If they do, they’ll be on the bubble, currently with just 29 playoff points based on opponent wins.
Yorkville (3-4, 0-3) at DeKalb (1-6, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Kaneland 55, Yorkville 0; Morris 56, DeKalb 27.
Outlook: The Foxes chances of improving to .500 look good, especially if RB Anton Jones can return to form from a bruised foot that sidelined him for most of last week’s game. It’s the first of two straight trips to DeKalb County for Yorkville, which closes next week at Sycamore.
Sycamore (5-2, 2-1) at Kaneland (7-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Sycamore 26, Rochelle 14; Kaneland 55, Yorkville 0.
Outlook: The schedule shakes out nicely for the Knights, who have moved into the Sun-Times’ Super 25 at 25 and are ranked second in the state in the AP Class 6A poll. After a one-point win vs. Brooks in the opener, Kaneland has rolled, outscoring foes 315-88. The Spartans are third in the league standings and in points allowed (118), and Kaneland will face the league’s top defense in Morris (70 points allowed) in next week’s finale.
Wilmington (6-1, 5-0) at Plano (4-3, 2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Wilmington 48, Reed-Custer 6; Manteno 35, Plano 13.
Outlook: Interstate Eight Small leader Wilmington will be a challenge for the Reapers in a crossover tilt. Plano, which finishes with winless Dwight, needs one more win to become playoff eligible but could erase all doubts by winning out.
Reed-Custer (1-6, 1-4) at Sandwich (5-2, 4-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Wilmington 48, Reed-Custer 6; Herscher 35, Sandwich 31.
Outlook: The Indians should get back on track in a crossover with the one-win Comets, who are being outscored nearly 4-1.
Batavia (7-0, 4-0) at St. Charles East (5-2, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Batavia 35, St. Charles North 20; St. Charles East 23, Streamwood 7.
Outlook: The UEC River title is at stake in battle between the Bulldogs and Saints. Junior QB Micah Coffey has passed for 1,260 yards for Batavia, which has topped 30 points in every game this season. The Saints, led by LB/FB and Northwestern baseball recruit Joe Hoscheit, are playoff-eligible for the first time in three seasons.
Mooseheart (6-1, 6-1) at Hope Academy (3-4, 3-4), 7 p.m.
Last week: Mooseheart 35, CICS/Longwood 7; North Shore Country Day 33, Hope Academy 8.
Outlook: The Ramblers finish the season with Hope and North Shore Country Day, strong teams that will test them according to coach Gary Urwiler. That’s not all bad heading into the playoffs. Mooseheart RB Oumaru Abdulahi sat out last week but returns needing 18 yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the season.