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Week 6: Scouting the Mid-Suburban East

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Hersey (2-3, 1-0) at Buffalo Grove (1-4, 0-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Hersey 35, Elk Grove 14

Outlook: After an 0-3 start, Hersey is on the rise, having won its last two games. In the last two games the Huskies have averaged 26 points in those victories, with quarterback Owen Goldsberry becoming the experienced quarterback that coach Joe Pardun had hoped for. Goldsberry has thrown for 637 yards and 6 touchdowns, with the bulk of that coming in the last 2 games. Buffalo Grove has a thrower in its own right in Connor Adams, who has thrown for 1,192 yards and 6 TDs. The Bison defense needs to shore things up, allowing 24 points or more in 4 of 5 games.

Wheeling (2-3, 0-1) at Elk Grove (0-5, 0-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Wheeling 57, Elk Grove 21

Outlook: Wheeling needs a rerun. With 4 games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats need to do what they did last season -- win their final 4 games. The offense has been stout thanks to Jalen Dennis, who has rushed for 708 yards while throwing for 542 yards. Jason Shannon has been a nice option, coming off a 117-yard game. But it has been the Wildcats' defense that has been suspect after allowing 29 points per game. Elk Grove has been getting better and better each week, nearly upending Hersey last week. Marquis Friend has been a nice addition to the Grens' offense; he's made 16 catches for 249 yards.

Prospect (3-2, 1-0) at Rolling Meadows (5-0, 1-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Prospect 26, Rolling Meadows 21

Outlook: This could be quite the showdown in the MSL East. Prospect likes to run, run and run. Andy Shafis is coming off a 2-TD performance and has 512 yards on the season while brother Michael has 390 yards and Dante Cecala has rushed for 161 yards. After struggling offensively two weeks ago, Meadows got back on track last week, scoring 28 points and gaining nearly 300 yards with Asher O'Hara and Kevion Lacosse key contributors. With a victory, the Mustangs, who stumbled last year against the Knights, could take a firm grip on the East title.

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