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updated: 2/8/2011 3:58 PM

Scouting St. Edward at Chicago Christian

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St. Edward (3-0, 1-0) at Chicago Christian (1-2, 0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Chicago Christian 19, St. Edward 16

Last week: St. Edward 48, Immaculate Conception 0; Aurora Central Catholic 12, Chicago Christian 0

Outlook: Chicago Christian was shut out last week by improving Aurora Central Catholic. The Knights face a St. Edward defense coming off back-to-back shutouts, led by junior linebacker Luke Duffy (28 tackles, INT.), junior tackle Mark Sink (25), senior end Kevin Danikowski (23) and senior linebacker Jon Keokanlaya (23). Quarterback Jason VanerLaan leads the Chicago Christian offense. "He's a good athlete, a good runner," St. Edward coach Mike Rolando said. "He also throws a nice ball and can get the ball deep. A big play can happen at any time, which concerns us a bit. We have to contain him on rollouts and control the running part of the game. They've also got a really fast running back and they run the option. Hopefully, we can contain him the way we contained IC." The Green Wave is in the identical position it found itself last season: 3-0 after an emotional victory over Immaculate Conception heading into the Chicago Christian game. The players say they can't afford the same type of letdown they experienced last year in a 19-16 defeat at the hands of the Knights. "This is a new team, a new breed of St. Ed's football," senior quarterback Ben Lehman said. "We have to come out expecting to win just like we did last week and go 4-0." St. Edward remains the No. 10 team in Class 4A in this week's AP poll.

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