Conant (1-0) at Prospect (1-0)
When: 7 p.m. today at George Gattas Stadium
Last week: Conant d. Lake Park 47-28; Prospect d. Glenbrook South 55-41
Outlook: The scoreboard could be changing quickly with two of the MSL's top threats in Conant senior WR-QB Tim Manczko and Prospect QB Devin O'Hara. Manczko caught 6 passes for 120 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 2 TDs and O'Hara rushed for 268 yards and 6 TDs and passed for 154 yards and a score. But both teams also have other threats to test defenses. Conant QB Danny Modelski threw for 205 yards and 3 TDs and rushed for 99 in his first start and Jacobi Sims rushed for 97 yards. Prospect's Stevan Isteefanos and Jack Tuttle combined for 73 rushing yards and Nikko Gountanis caught a 93-yard TD from O'Hara.
Barrington (0-1) at Rolling Meadows (1-0)
When: 7 p.m. today at Robert A. Hoese Athletic Field
Last week: Barrington lost to Libertyville 24-20; Meadows d. York 42-0
Outlook: Meadows showed how difficult to stop it could be this year as Ball State-bound QB Jack Milas picked up where he left off by completing 19 of 25 passes for 216 yards and 3 TDs en route to a 42-0 halftime lead. But Milas was complemented by the emergence of senior RB Steven Royster's 137 rushing yards and 2 TDs to go with a TD catch and a defense that allowed only 127 yards led by LB Adam Pavlakis and an INT by LB/SS Danny Malnati. Barrington also looked as if it was on its way to an opening win at halftime last week with a 20-3 lead before Libertyville completed its comeback in the final minute. Junior QB Daniel Kubiuk threw for 118 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 46 yards and a TD in his first start, Andrew Matella caught 8 passes for 120 yards and a TD and Justin Dragosz rushed for 71 yards. It will also be the first game for Meadows on its new turf.
Fremd (0-1) at Hersey (1-0)
When: 7 p.m. today at Roland Goins Stadium
Last week: Hersey d. Glenbrook North 49-13; Fremd lost to Lake Zurich 21-0
Outlook: It was a big start for Hersey's big 6-4 QB as Quinn Orlandi hit 13 of 17 passes for 193 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 78 yards and a TD. Three of the four catches by Ed Miklasz went for TDs and David Jackowski caught 8 passes for 96 yards and a pair of TDs. Hersey finished with a 442-153 advantage in total yards and kept Glenbrook North off the scoreboard in the second half. Fremd was hurt in its opener by losing the turnover battle 3-1 as it trailed only 7-0 late in the first half and 14-0 after three. Jeff McGlade rushed for 48 yards and Matt Isola caught 3 passes for 41 yards for the Vikings.
Wheeling (1-0) at Schaumburg (1-0)
When: 7 p.m. today at Gary Scholz Stadium
Last week: Wheeling d. Mundelein 23-22; Schaumburg d. New Trier 27-14
Outlook: The Brent Pearlman era at Wheeling got off to a dramatic start as Juan Gonzalez capped a comeback from a 15-0 deficit with a 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds to play. The Wildcats also showed their ability to adjust as they got the offense led by QB Mike Yoshino, RB Isaac Branch and WR Sam Yoshino got untracked out of a double-wing set in the second quarter. Their challenge will be keeping up with Schaumburg's speed which Juwaan Richard flashed with 89- and 91-yard kickoff returns for scores and a 34-yard TD pass from Nick Anzelmo (6-for-9, 70 yards). Dangerous Stacy Smith also caught a TD pass and Sadarriss Patterson rushed for 74 yards.
Elk Grove (1-0) at Hoffman Estates (0-1)
When: 7 p.m. today at Dennis Garber Stadium
Last week: Elk Grove d. Highland Park 40-6; Hoffman lost to Streamwood 38-20
Outlook: Elk Grove showed off its multi-dimensional capability last week as junior QB Adam O'Malley was 12-for-16 for 251 yards and 5 TDs -- with two apiece to John Pass and Mike Bishoff -- and Travon Royal rushed for 98 yards and a score in Larry Calhoun's head coaching debut. The Grenadiers will try to avoid looking ahead to next week's MSL crossover showdown with Palatine and that cause should be helped by the fact Hoffman jumped out to a 13-3 second-quarter lead last week on a Streamwood team which made the playoffs last year. Senior QB Eric Brooks rushed for 2 TDs and passed for another and Zach Hommowun had an interception for the Hawks.
Palatine (0-1) at Buffalo Grove (0-1)
When: 7 p.m. today at Grant Blaney Stadium
Last week: Palatine lost to Montini 40-37 (ot); BG lost to Lake Forest 28-7
Outlook: Palatine showed it can play with the big boys last week when it nearly knocked off the three-time defending 5A champions -- and now it starts getting closer to full strength, which will be a scary thought for the rest of the MSL. Senior QB Ethan Olles threw for 310 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 63 and a TD, Ryan Gronwick caught 8 passes for 123 yards and junior RB Chaka Kelly rushed for 97 yards. BG didn't have an easy opener, either, in its trip to face a Lake Forest team coming off a playoff appearance. Senior QB Brian Kleczynski threw for 117 yards in his first start with Nick Bernardo catching 3 passes for 50 yards and Scott Smithern getting 5 catches for 46 yards.
St. Viator (1-0) at Deerfield (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. today at Paul Adams Field
Last week: St. Viator d. Foreman 48-0; Deerfield d. Zion-Benton 14-12
Outlook: Both teams would like to take 2-0 records into Week 3 meetings with state powerhouses -- Viator hosts Joliet Catholic and Deerfield is at Maine South. The Lions cruised in their first game under head coach Brandon New as Ben Dickey rushed for 91 yards and 2 TDs and Kevin Hammarlund had a TD reception and interception return. Defending Central Suburban North champion Deerfield knew it would have to rely on its defense early with a young offense and Mason Lundberg's game-saving INT in the final minutes was his team's fifth forced turnover in the opener. Matt Kollada threw only 3 passes but completed them all for 54 yards and Jake Balder had a 3-yard TD run.
Fenton (0-1) at Maine West (1-0)
When: 7 p.m. today
Last week: Fenton lost to Leyden 34-0; Maine West d. Urban Prep Bronzeville 57-20
Outlook: It took Maine West approximately 17 minutes to do all of its scoring in its opener -- which was just 11 points shy of its entire total during last season's winless finish and its highest point total since a 61-0 win over Maine East in 2000. Matt Romano rushed for 64 yards and a TD on 6 carries and also had an interception and fumble recovery, John Manicke rushed for 2 TDs, QB Matt Swanson had a 28-yard rushing TD and Raul Anaya rushed for a 13-yard score. The Warriors' defense will have their eyes on the sky as Willie Wassmann and Angel Velasco combined to go 25-for-53 for 204 yards passing.
WEST SUBURBAN CROSSOVER
Hinsdale Central (1-0) at Leyden (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. today at West Campus, Northlake
Last week: Hinsdale Central d. St. Charles North 30-0; Leyden d. Fenton 34-0
Outlook: The Red Devils showed how dangerous they are at full strength as they gained 489 total yards last week and will provide a major test for Leyden's defense which looks to avenge last year's 42-0 loss. RB Jack Adams (107 yards, 2 TDs) and 6-6 WR Ian Bunting (2 catches, 84 yards) missed most of last year with injuries and QB Brian Owens (197 yards passing, TD) missed half of the season before coming back to throw for 1,843 yards and lead a postseason drive. Junior C Brian Allen already has multiple Big Ten offers. Leyden had 436 total yards last week as RB Mickey Gulo rushed for 173 and Mike Smith passed for 105 and the defense gave up all but 1 of 205 yards in the air on 53 pass attempts. Next on the schedule for the Eagles are defending WSC Gold champ Addison Trail and perennial power Downers Grove South.
Christian Liberty (0-1, 0-1) at Rockford Christian Life (0-1, 0-1)
When: 7 p.m. today
Last week: Christian Liberty lost to Luther North 26-21; Rockford Christian Life lost to North Shore Country Day 29-6
Outlook: Christian Liberty is already well ahead of last year when it didn't get on the scoreboard until Week 5 -- including a 35-0 loss to Christian Life. Junior QB Gabe Grob threw for 178 yards and Shawn Andersen had TDs on a fumble recovery and a reception. Christian Life fell to last year's NAC runnerup as QB Brady Pond threw for 145 yards with a TD and an INT and Cameron Cassaro caught 4 passes for 85 yards.