North Suburban Week 6: Undefeated Libertyville's next test is Lake Zurich

  • Libertyville's Riley Lees celebrates with Jon Evers (75) after a touchdown during their game Friday night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Libertyville's Riley Lees celebrates with Jon Evers (75) after a touchdown during their game Friday night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
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Updated 10/1/2015 11:19 PM

Lake Zurich Bears (2-3, 1-1) at Libertyville Wildcats (5-0, 3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

 

Last week: Lake Zurich def. Round Lake, 70-0; Libertyville def. Stevenson, 35-7.

Skinny: The numbers certainly support Libertyville's 5-0 start. The Wildcats are dominating the North Suburban Lake with the best scoring average (44.2 points per game) and the stingiest defense. Libertyville, the only undefeated team in the division, is allowing just 8.4 points per game, highlighted by two shutouts. … Star quarterback Riley Lees is coming off a spectacular performance against Stevenson last week in which he had a hand in all five of Libertyville's touchdowns, including three long touchdown runs of 80, 61 and 78 yards. … Lake Zurich is on the upswing, having won its last two games. The Lake Zurich defense is the second-stingiest defense in the Lake Division, behind Libertyville. The Bears allow 18 points per game. … Lake Zurich quarterback Joey Lindstrom passed for 103 yards last week while the Bears' 235 rushing yards were distributed between nine different runners.

North Chicago Warhawks (1-4, 0-2) at Antioch Sequoits (3-2, 1-2)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last week: North Chicago lost to Grant, 17-0; Antioch lost to Vernon Hills, 21-6.

Skinny: Antioch is looking to get back on the right track after losing two of its last three games. Against Vernon Hills, the Sequoits managed just 9 first downs and lost 2 fumbles. Star running back Griffin Hill, who had just 70 rushing yards last week, will need to take on more of the load offensively since Antioch is in flux at quarterback. Starter Dan Meade has been out due to ankle surgery, sophomore replacement John Petty broke his leg last week, and junior reserve Brandon Lind suffered a knee injury over the offseason. Sophomore Brandon Gallimore, a converted defensive back, is now the Sequoits' starter at quarterback. … North Chicago had 5 turnovers last week against Grant.

Grant Bulldogs (1-4) at Lake Forest Scouts (3-2)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last week: Grant def. North Chicago, 17-0; Lake Forest def. Mundelein, 61-28.

Skinny: Grant picked up its first win of the season and just its fourth in the last two years against North Chicago last Saturday. The Bulldogs' option attack was led by running backs Riley Whitney (11 carries, 114 yards) and sophomore Kenyon Jones (20-87 yards, TD). ... Lake Forest rolled up 9 touchdowns, including one on a kickoff return, against Mundelein last Friday night. Quinn Julian had the kickoff-return TD. He also caught 2 TD passes and rushed for one. The Scouts were coming off back-to-back losses to Warren and Libertyville.

North Suburban Prairie

Round Lake Panthers (0-5, 0-2) at Lakes Eagles (3-2, 3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., today

Last week: Round Lake lost to Lake Zurich, 70-0; Lakes def. Wauconda, 16-2.

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Skinny: Lakes has rebounded from its 0-2 start by winning its last three games. The Eagles' defense did not allow a point against Wauconda last Friday night, as the Bulldogs' only points came on a sack in the end zone. Since moving to running back in Week 3 against Antioch, Cameron Ruiz has rushed for 5 touchdowns. ... Round Lake has been shut out in its last three games and has scored only 9 points all season, while allowing 238.

Mundelein Mustangs (3-2, 0-2) at Zion-Benton Zee-Bees (2-3, 0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last week: Mundelein lost to Lake Forest, 61-28; Zion-Benton lost to Warren, 24-21.

Skinny: Mundelein quarterback Colten Fisher continues to put up all-state-cailiber rushing numbers: 1,207 yards (10.6 average), 14 touchdowns. He's also thrown for 629 yards and 7 scores. Fisher rushed for 4 TDs against Lake Forest last Friday night. The Mustangs' problems have been on the defensive side. They have given up 61 and 63 points in losses to the Scouts and Warren, respectively, after starting the season 3-0. ... Zion-Benton has lost three games in a row but played well against Warren last Friday. Z-B QB DeAndre Green rushed for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns and passed for 149 yards.

Stevenson Patriots (3-2, 1-1) at Warren Blue Devils (3-2, 3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last week: Stevenson lost to Libertyville, 35-7; Warren def. Zion-Benton, 24-21.

Skinny: After winning the NSC Lake outright with a 6-0 record last season, Stevenson will be trying avoid an 1-2 start this year. Jack Sorenson's touchdown pass to Connor Crawley accounted for the Patriot's only score against Libertyville last Friday night. Sorenson has thrown for 878 yards and 8 touchdowns and rushed for a team-best 286 yards since missing most of the team's season opener after getting injured in the first quarter. His top target has been wide receiver Henry Marchese (30 receptions, 4 TDs). ... Warren, which is tied for first place atop the division standings with Libertyville, has won three in a row and gotten its offense on track. The Blue Devils were shut out by Lyons in their season opener before losing 29-16 to New Trier. Since then, they've scored 121 points in wins over Lake Forest, Mundelein and Zion-Benton. Running back Darrius Crump has rushed for 591 yards (6.2 average) and 7 touchdowns. Quarterback Kyle Debevec threw for 143 yards and a TD against Zion-Benton.

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