Week 2: Scouting the Chicago Catholic
Montini (1-0) at Lake Zurich (1-0) Nonconference
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Last week: Montini 51, Hyde Park 8; Lake Zurich 21, Fremd 3.
Last year: Montini 19, Lake Zurich 7.
Outlook: The head coaching debut of Montini's Mike Bukovsky was a roaring success, and for new offensive coordinator Brian Casey, too. Using their strength -- speed -- on the Broncos' first play from scrimmage Brad Norgle hit Nick Fedanzo for a 70-yard touchdown. Receivers Zach Olson, Matt Quaglia and Scott West all scored, while three quarterbacks -- Norgle, Matt Morrissey and Nick Orlando, who added a 50-yard TD run -- played well. Now it's Lake Zurich, one of Class 7A's finest. Senior linebacker Jack Sanborn, for example, is a Wisconsin commit who helped hold Fremd to 149 yards, 7 rushing, while Bears quarterback Evan Lewandowski and back Joey Stutzman salted the game away. Montini offensive linemen Sam Jarvis, Brian Jackson, Mike McNicholas and Jeremiah Banks-Wall will see and feel the difference in physicality, aggression and scheme. Bad news is senior lineman Joe Ciesla may be lost for the year with a knee injury.
Next week: Fenwick at Montini; Waukegan at Lake Zurich.
Aurora Central Catholic (0-1) at St. Francis (1-0)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: St. Francis didn't amass 27 points until Week 7 last year, so its 27-7 win over Argo was big. The Spartans give ACC lots to prepare for with quarterbacks Sidney Moore and Mike Baffa, tailback Sam Sidari, receivers Zak Burke and Vince D'Orazio.
Hubbard (0-1) at Aurora Christian (1-0)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
The quick hit: Chicago Catholic White 2016 unanimous MVP Drew Clippert threw 7 touchdown passes in last week's 47-21 win over Aurora Central Catholic
DuSable (0-1) at Marmion (1-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fichtel Field
The quick hit: The Cadets held Chicago Phoenix Military to 34 yards on 31 carries in a 49-0 shutout last Friday. Quarterback Brandon McPherson's only 2 passes went for touchdowns of 49 and 32 yards.