Woodstock North (0-3) at Cary-Grove (1-2)
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday at Al Bohrer Field
Last year: Cary-Grove 56, Woodstock North 0
Last week: Cary-Grove 48, Woodstock 6; Huntley 20, Woodstock North 7
Outlook: Cary-Grove rolled in the inaugural meeting between these schools last season. The Trojans can climb back to the .500 mark with a victory at home. They enjoyed a successful homecoming game last week as the improving defense shut down Woodstock's big-play capability and the option offense rushed for 345 yards, led by sophomore Ryan Mahoney (12 carries, 81 yards, 2 TD), sophomore Patrick O'Malley (11-71) junior Andrew Sobeski (12-53, 2 TD), junior Connor Carlson (3-21, TD) and senior fullback Nick Jiminez (4-91, TD). "We'd like to spread it out as much as possible," C-G coach Bruce Kay said. "We have a lot of (backs) who are pretty even. If someone doesn't bring their "A" game, they're not very good that day. These guys have to bring their "A" games to be decent players. It's been a good mix overall, very competitive." Kay said the defense played well last week overall but still left too many Woodstock receivers open. The Blue Streaks helped by dropping 10 passes. Signs of improvement are apparent, however. "Guys are starring to trust their reads," Kay said. "They're paying attention to their reads and trusting their eyes. The defense is doing a good job of hustling to the ball. We just need to defend and contest the ball better. We're playing better and we'll have to this week. These Woodstock North guys are scrappy and they play very hard. They appear to be young in spots but very competitive."