St. Viator (1-1, 0-0) at Marian Catholic (0-2, 0-0)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: St. Viator 28, Marian Catholic 14
Outlook: Marian Catholic is the perfect remedy as the Lions look to bounce back after a disappointing overtime loss last week to Lake Forest. Viator has beaten Marian in their last three meetings. The Lions have not lost to the Spartans since 2011. Bryce Hellgeth had another solid week, throwing for 180 yards and a touchdown. Marian has surrendered 89 points in its first two games and the Spartans were shut out last week to Yorkville.
Marian Central (2-0, 0-0) at Benet (1-1, 0-1)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: Benet faces a top contender for the ESCC crown. Marian Central quarterback Gavin Scott has linebacker size coming out of the backfield. Benet defensive lineman Jack Benish and linebacker Devin Petersen have shown they're up to the challenge.
Carmel Corsairs (0-2) at Marist RedHawks (2-0)
When: 7:30 p.m., today
Last week: Carmel lost to DeKalb, 27-7; Marist def. Mishawaka (Ind.), 42-15.
Skinny: A young Carmel team, featuring freshman quarterback Athan Kalikmanis, is looking to get back on track after two tough nonconference losses to Richards and DeKalb, perennial playoff teams. The Corsairs will look to veterans Zaire Barnes and Sean Lynch for some leadership ... Marist opened the season with a 23-14 win over Brother Rice and then last week traveled to northern Indiana, just outside of South Bend, to take on Mishawaka. That was a decisive win for the Redhawks ... Marist features four Division I recruits and plenty of speed. Running back Delonte Harrell is considering several Division I offers and tight end T.J. Ivy is a West Virginia recruit. Harrell (20 carries, 180 yards) had 3 touchdowns against Mishawaka last week and quarterback Mike Markett (9-of-12, 123 yards) passed for 3 touchdowns. Last year, Marist defeated Carmel, 27-8.