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Football / Week 2 scouting, Northwest

St. Viator (0-1) at Deerfield (1-0) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: St. Viator 41, Deerfield 15

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Outlook: St. Viator has won the last two meetings, and the Lions certainly would like to make it three in a row after the disappointing loss to Rolling Meadows last Saturday. The Lions had their offense back in gear with quarterback Tyler Johnston, who threw for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns. Johnston will look to hook up with his two star receivers in Ben Dickey, who had 10 receptions for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns and Matt Darling, who had 9 receptions for 85 yards. The Lions are hoping to have Darreonta Jackson back from a sprained ankle. Deerfield allowed 181 passing yards in its 35-12 victory over Zion Benton last week.

Barrington (1-0) at Elk Grove (0-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: It may be early, but from last week's results it seems like a case of two teams going in opposite directions. Barrington looked like a team on a mission as the Broncos completely thrashed a highly-touted Jacobs team. Barrington exploded behind new quarterback Johnny Davidson, piling up 431 yards of offense. The Broncos defense, led by Jake Coon, held Jacobs running back Josh Walker to109 yards on 21 carries. Elk Grove, which has qualified for the playoffs the last five years, had its struggles on offense with the Grenadiers gaining just 125 yards. Defensively, Elk Grove was active, coming up with 6 sacks including one for a safety in their loss to St. Charles North.

Fremd (0-1) at Prospect (0-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: Fremd will be looking to find its offense, which seemed to get lost on its trip to Lake Zurich last week. The Vikings ran just 40 offensive plays while punting 6 times and turning the ball over on 4 other occasions. The Vikings defense was stout though, holding Lake Zurich's high-powered offense to just 10 points and 230 yards of total offense. Fremd may get that chance to erupt offensively this week as Prospect saw its defense struggle in the second half last week against Glenbrook South. The Knights, which led 13-0 at the half, gave up 4 second half touchdowns, 3 of which came through the air.

Buffalo Grove (1-0) at Schaumburg (0-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: Buffalo Grove is in the same position it was a year ago when, the Bison won their season opener as well. Unfortunately, injuries and a lack a depth forced their season to swirl out of control. But there is optimism for the Bison this year with the play of quarterback Trey Cervantes, who was 14-of-24 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown against Leyden. BG faces a Schaumburg team which lost its opening game for the first time in four years. The Saxons need to find a passing game after not gaining a yard through the air against New Trier. Justice Macneal-Young gained 81 yards and scored Schaumburg's lone touchdown.

Rolling Meadows (1-0) at Palatine (0-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: Those concerns about Rolling Meadows' offense were completely dashed last week as the Mustangs rambled for 418 yards, 320 of which came on the ground. New quarterback RJ Mattucci looked solid in his debut, throwing for 98 yards and touchdown while rushing for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns including a dazzling 67-yard run. Palatine scored 31 points last week, but that wasn't enough as the Pirates allowed 41 points while surrendering 409 yards of offense. Chris Cornelius sparked the Pirates offense with 123 yards rushing and a touchdown. Watch the kicking game here as both teams had kickoff returns for touchdowns. Cornelius scored on a 93-yarder while Jack O'Neil set a school record for Rolling Meadows with his 99-yard return.

Wheeling (1-0) at Conant (0-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: Normally after a loss, a team would welcome the opportunity to turn things around against Wheeling. But that is not the case this year. Wheeling is coming off one of its best efforts in recent seasons as the Wildcats scored 34 points and racked up 392 yards of offense in its season-opening victory. And they did that without Isaac Branch, the area's top rusher last season, who did not play last Friday. Meanwhile Amani Dennis was a beast for the Wildcats, rushing for 173 yards and throwing for another 160 more. Conant, which was shut out for the first time in seven years, will look to get its offense back on track with quarterback Kyle Bradley. The Cougars, who returned just two offensive starters, had trouble moving the ball against Lake Park.

Hoffman Estates (1-0) at Hersey (1-0) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: Hoffman Estates got off to a fabulous start last week. The high-flying Hawks soared offensively. Hoffman, which scored just 99 points last season, put up 42 last week, their highest game total since 1996 when they were members of the Mid-Suburban North. Hoffman racked up 452 yards of offense with Jeff Mayes throwing for 228 of that and also running for 92 yards. The Hawks will go up a Hersey defense that stymied Glenbrook North. The Huskies blanked the Spartans as the defense, led by Josh Mailloux, Cole Monckton, Will Trossen, Tucker Fenwick and Vlad Pavlenko held Glenbrrok North to 116 yards of offense and just 44 through the air as coach Joe Pardun picked up his first head-coaching victory.

Elmwood Park (1-0) at Maine West (0-1) When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year's result: Did not play

Outlook: New head coach Jason Kradman brings his Warriors home for the first time after being stunned by Proviso East last Saturday 29-7, an outcome which ended the Pirates' 19-game losing streak. Chris Asuncion led the Warriors attack with 70 yards on 20 carries while Jake Riportella scored Maine West's lone touchdown. The Warriors are facing Elmwood Park for the first time. The Tigers got off to a nice start to their season with a 13-7 win over St. Joseph.

Oak Park (1-0) at Leyden (0-1) When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Oak Park 38, Leyden 3

Outlook: After losing their season opener to Buffalo Grove, it doesn't get any easier for the Eagles. Next up for them is a surging Oak Park, which is coming off a solid 49-34 upset of highly-rated Lincoln-Way East last week. Leyden will look to keep its offense on track as quarterback Tom Pajor is looking to have another big game. Pajor, who is a three-year starter, was 21-for-33 for 195 yards and a touchdown. Oak Park, which is ranked 10th in the state in Class 8A, is led by quarterback Lloyd Yates, who threw for 142 yards and rushed 18 times for 168 yards last week.

Christian Liberty Academy (0-1) at Ottawa Marquette (0-1) When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year's result: Ottawa Marquette 48, CLA 0

Outlook: New coach Dave Daniels takes his team to the road for the second weekend in a row after losing 43-7 to Alden Hebron last weekend. The good news was that CLA, which only scored in two of its games last year, was able to get on the board. The Chargers will again have a difficult task this weekend facing an Ottawa Marquette team that was conference champs the last two years and lost its only game in the state quarterfinals last year.

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