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updated: 3/3/2011 5:49 PM

Scouting Proviso West at Leyden

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By Marty Maciaszek

Proviso West (1-0) at Leyden (1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. today at West Campus, Northlake

Last week: Proviso West d. Curie 58-16; Leyden d. Fenton 9-7

Outlook: The opener wasn't pretty for the Eagles as they pulled out the victory on a 17-yard TD pass from Joey DiFronzo (11-for-22, 100 yards) to Andres Orrego in the fourth quarter. The defense led by LB Nelson Lugo and S Steve Travis allowed only 97 yards but has a big test this week with Proviso West QB Malik Thurman (115 yards rushing, 3 TDs; 64 yards passing) and RB Julius Johnson (128 yards). "Personnel-wise they're a lot faster than us and they play pretty well fundamentally," said Leyden coach Tom Cerasani. "(Thurman) is as dangerous running the ball as throwing it but our strength is in our secondary." Leyden WR Adrian Ruiz (sprained knee) is out of matchup Proviso West won 25-11 last year.