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Updated: December 3, 2012 6:46AM


No. 4 Waubonsie Valley (9-1) at No. 12 Oak Park-River Forest (7-3), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last week: Waubonsie Valley 38, Proviso West 6; Oak Park-River Forest 28, Hinsdale Central 24.

Advancement: Winner plays No. 1 Neuqua Valley (10-0) or No. 9 Bolingbrook (8-2).

Common opponent: OP-RF lost regular season finale 26-23 to Proviso West.

Outlook: The Warriors meet a member of the West Suburban Silver Conference for the second straight week. Sophomore quarterback Lloyd Yates (6-1, 185) leads the Huskies, who rebounded from last year’s 3-6 record and have a running back in Jakari Cannon who has topped 1,500 yards rushing. Waubonsie Valley, of course, counters with senior RB Austin Guido. He powers an offense that averages 40.9 points per game while its defense limits foes to 14.5. OP-RF’s comparable averages are 33.9 and 27.6, respectively. Guido’s 176 rushing yards in last week’s win pushed him to 2,002 for the season.

The quote: “(Guido) is definitely a good football player, but they’re far from a one-dimensional team. Their tight end (Troy Fumagalli, 25 catches, 435 yards) is pretty darn good and the quarterback (Dylan Warden) can do some different things to hurt you. You can’t just focus on Guido. Actually, we’re pretty similar in that regard. We have a quarterback who can throw ball when he needs to and is pretty athletic, too.”

— OP-RF coach John Hoerster


No. 3 Oswego (9-1) vs. No. 2 Benet (9-1) at Benedictine University, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Oswego 28, Plainfield North 21; Benet 24, Andrew 10.

Advancement: Winner plays No. 8 Downers Grove North (6-4) or No. 5 Thornton (8-2).

Common opponents: None.

Outlook: Both defenses have been stingy. Benet has posted four shutouts and held six opponents to 10 or fewer points. Oswego, led by junior linebacker Bryce Holm (74 total tackles), has a pair of shutouts and has limited five foes to seven or fewer points. Sophomore QB Jack Beneventi (1,923 yards passing, 17 TDs) has helped engineer the Redwings’ turnaround from a 1-8 finish a year ago to East Suburban Catholic Conference champs. RB Mickeel Stewart headlines a potent Panther offense that averages 40.7 points per game with 1,201 yards rushing and 15 TDs. Oswego doesn’t air it out like it did the past three years with Ryan West at the helm, but QB Brett Wainwright is efficient (42 of 80 for 896 yards and 16 TDs with three interceptions). He connected with favorite receiver Jack Kwiatkowski (30 catches, 629 yards, 11 TDs) for three scores in last week’s win.

The quote: “Their quarterback is a young gunslinger. They spread it out and have got the talent where you need the talent. They have two big tree-trunk tackles to protect their (QB). They’ve got the ability to throw it but you’ve got to keep guys in the box, because they can run, too. Their defense absolutely flies to the football, all 11 of them.

— Oswego coach Brian Cooney


No. 1 Kaneland (10-0) at No. 9 Lincoln-Way West (7-3), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last week: Kaneland 48, Belvidere 0; Lincoln-Way West 35, Rochelle 0.

Advancement: Winner plays No. 13 Tinley Park (6-4) or No. 12 Joliet Catholic (6-4).

Common opponents: The Warriors lost their non-conference opener to Sycamore 19-13. Kaneland beat Sycamore 30-7 and topped Rochelle 34-6 in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play.

Outlook: Something’s gotta give as the high-powered Knights (42.6 ppg) square off against a defense that looks to be as strong as their own. The Warriors have only scored 25.4 points per game but are allowing just 11.6. The Knights give up 12.5 a game. RB Javier Montalvo ran for 193 yards and two TDs last week against the Hubs, but Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly said the Warriors have other good backs who contribute to their strong ground game — which is anchored by 6-6, 295-pound tackle and Notre Dame recruit Colin McGovern, who will play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Knights got three interceptions last week from Dylan Nauert and held Belvidere to just 73 total yards while rolling up 344 with Jesse Balluff running for 110 and QB Drew David passing for 128.

The quote: “They like to run the ball, use a lot of I (formation) stuff, spread it out and give you multiple formations. They can pass but they’ve got another guy who is 265 next to (McGovern). It will be a big challenge to stop the run. The Rochelle coach said they were the best team (Rochelle) had faced this year.”

— Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly


No. 4 Aurora Christian (9-1) at No. 12 Immaculate Conception (7-3) at Plunkett Field, 1 p.m.

Last week: Aurora Christian 49, Raby 12; Immaculate Conception 59, North Boone 34.

Advancement: Winner plays No. 1 Elmwood (10-0) or No. 9 Winnebago (8-2).

Common opponents: Both beat St. Edward, Walther Lutheran and Wheaton Academy by large margins. The Eagles lost to Montini 31-27 and Knights lost to Montini 49-0. ACS won the head-to-head with IC 47-20.

Outlook: Here we go again. The SCC rivals met in Week 7 at Aurora Christian and the Eagles won by a large margin. IC senior quarterback Dimitris Carr threw an interception that was returned 56 yards for a score that tied last week’s game at 28-all, but he led his team to 17 points in a two-minute span in a wild affair that featured 987 yards of total offense and 230 yards in penalties. Carr hooked up with 6-3 wideout Tim Hipskind, his favorite target, for three TD passes that covered 173 yards. The QB also rushed for 190 yards and two scores for the Knights, who generate about 65 percent of their offense on the ground. ACS, meanwhile, is back to nearly full strength with the return of Chad Beebe to the lineup. He’s the favorite target of QB Ryan McQuade, who has thrown for 2,308 yards and 35 TDs. but the Eagles spread it around. Beebe has 43 catches, but Cory Windle has 36 for 624 yards and Ryan Suttle (25-334), Brandon Mayes (24-355) and Joel Bouagnon (17-173) are also targeted plenty. Bouagnon, whose carries have been limited in about half the Eagles’ games, leads a ground game that has generated just under 2,000 yards with 921 yards on just 92 carries.

The quote: “(Immaculate Conception) is a run-oriented team with a QB that can really throw. This kid could be a great spread quarterback, but they throw out of a two-back set. They’re definitely a run-first team but they do a great job of play-action passing off that. And Hipskind is the real deal. He can really play. It’s always hard beating a team a second time in one season, especially from a good program like IC.”

— Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe


No. 6 Toulon Stark County (8-2) at No. 3 Mooseheart (9-1), 4 p.m.

Last week: Toulon Stark County 28, Monmouth United 13; Mooseheart 34, Warren 24.

Advancement: Winner plays No. 7 Forreston (8-2) or No. 2 Ottawa Marquette (10-0).

Common opponents: None.

Outlook: Stark County has made it to the playoffs 17 straight seasons and went 10-3 last year, losing to eventual state champ Morrison in the semifinals. Coach Gary Urwiler and the Red Ramblers would like to start that kind of run. They’re in their second straight postseason and fifth in seven years and would like to become the first of Mooseheart’s nine playoff teams to make it to the third round. Both teams feature spread offenses and both come from a 10-team conference that sent five teams to the playoffs. Stark County was third in the Lincoln Trail Conference while the Ramblers were second in the Northeastern Athletic. Senior QB Justin Kohler, the school’s career leader in total yards (3,529 passing, 1,639 rushing), directs the Rebels’ attack. He’s thrown for 1,416 yards this season and run for 488. RB Danny Berchtold (620 yards) leads the gorund game and 6-2 Bryce Willis has 32 catches for 506 yards. Senior Jon Hart (1,290 yards passing) leads Mooseheart, which has multiple threats in Oumaru Abdulahi (1,061 yards rushing), Sahr Mahoney (28-473 receiving, 563 rushing) and WR J.J. Odunsi (42-604).

The quote: “They are what they are. They’ve built an incredible tradition there and in my eyes, have built a strong power. I remember when the mindset here was thinking we can make the playoffs. Now we expect to make them. We want to reach a point where we’re aspiring to be a state champion.”

— Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler

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