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Week 7: Scouting the Mid-Suburban West

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Barrington (6-0, 2-0) at Hoffman Estates (5-1, 1-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Barrington 29, Hoffman Estates 18

Outlook: Barrington continued its dominance of its opponents with the Broncos now averaging 40 points per game after a decisive Saturday victory against Schaumburg in Week 6. With the plowboys up front leading the way, Logan Moews has rushed for 837 yards while Ray Niro has run for 802 yards and has thrown for 769 yards. Barrington, which has traditionally dominated Hoffman Estates, needs to guard against looking ahead to its showdown with Palatine in Week 8 -- and that's because this is not your typical Hoffman Estates team. The Hawks have guaranteed themselves their first winning season in 16 years and have pulled within inches of earning the school's first playoff appearance since 1994 thanks to scrappy bunch of players that have completely bought into the coaching philosophy of Mike Donatucci and his dedicated staff.

Fremd (3-3, 0-1) at Schaumburg (4-2, 1-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Schaumburg 24, Fremd 22

Outlook: It will be might against speed in this one. If it weren't for a few plays, Fremd could be 6-0 entering this game. The Vikings have played well in stretches, only to have a few mistakes cost them dearly. Despite lacking tremendous size, Nick Cecchin has come up big for Fremd and is coming off a 15-reception, 142-yard game. Still, expect the Vikings to go back back to their vaunted ground attack behind their huge offensive line. Schaumburg, meanwhile, needs a bounce-back game badly. The Saxons had won 4 in row before blowing a tire in a subpar performance last week against Barrington. Schaumburg will look to get some running space for Jordan Salgado and Hezekiah Trotter.

Palatine (6-0, 2-0) at Conant (0-6, 0-2)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Palatine 34, Conant 29

Outlook: Palatine has to make sure it doesn't get trapped. Coming off an emotional win over crosstown-rival Fremd and with Barrington on the horizon next week, the Pirates face a Conant team that each week has shown improvement. The Pirates' defense, which has surrendered just 88 points behind the play of Dylan Tapia, McKenzie Balanganayi, Bryant Smith, Josh Danielson, Billy Illka, John Streepy, Brody Muck and Scott Elter have quietly kept opponents in check. The Pirates' offense has been operating at full throttle, averaging 37 points per game. Conant kept things close last week with Hoffman Estates before falling 21-7. The Cougars will look to get things going behind the running of Jack Rieger and Brendan Spates.

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