Week 3: Scouting the West Suburban
Glenbard West (1-1) at Addison Trail (2-0) Nonconference
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Last week: Glenbard West 49, Proviso East 0; Addison Trail 14, York 7.
Last year: Glenbard West 49, Addison Trail 14.
Outlook: You'd have to go back to 2006 to find the last time Addison Trail had a better record than Glenbard West heading into their West Suburban Conference crossover game. That's also the last time the Blazers beat the Hilltoppers. For them to win again they need to keep the Hilltoppers' big-play offense off the field with their own sustained drives. That means running back Nick D'Ambrose getting a bunch of carries, but the Blazers have established balance with quarterback Nick Daudelin, who last week spread the ball to five receivers for 151 yards. Glenbard West continues to use its offensive standouts on defense, including receiver Alec Pierce, running back Ryan Diver and tight end Sam Fenske. That's the luxury of offensive depth. Tyquan Cox needed only 6 carries last week to rush for 175 yards, and Dre Thomas is always available for tough yardage. Addison Trail's defense strength starts up front, but Nick DiBernardo leads the charge at linebacker.
Next week: York at Glenbard West; Addison Trail at Willowbrook.
Willowbrook (1-1, 0-0) at Leyden (1-1, 0-0)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: Leyden 21, Willowbrook 9
Outlook: Leyden is coming off a disappointing performance last week in a loss at Downers Grove North. Leyden has its work cut out for it if the Eagles want to repeat as West Suburban Gold champions. The Eagles will face a huge test this week when they host Willowbrook, who figures to be one of the top challengers for the conference title. Gabriel Guarderas continues to run well for Leyden, gaining 98 yards while scoring touchdown last week.
The Warriors must learn from the last week's frustrations that included a blocked punt and two Hinsdale Central scores on third-and-long. Willowbrook's defensive line has played well. Christian Washington and Kevon Dobbins are big reasons.
Downers Grove North (1-1, 0-0) at Proviso West (1-1, 0-0)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: Both teams come off impressive WSC crossover wins. The priority for Downers North is slowing dual-threat quarterback Deveon Bryant. The Trojans have their share of playmakers with running back Drew Shelly and receiver Matt Wehrs.
Hinsdale Central (1-1, 0-0) at Oak Park (2-0, 0-0)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: Whether it's running the ball or catching it, the Red Devils' Garrett Oakey is dangerous. Linebacker Aidan Cruickshank is averaging 13 tackles a game. Nick Biancalana helped salvage last week's win with a blocked punt and recovery for a touchdown.
Lyons Twp. (2-0, 0-0) at York (0-2, 0-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: York's first touchdown of the season was little consolation in last week's 14-7 loss to Addison Trail. Among the Dukes' many penalties was a holding call that cost them another touchdown. Slowing Lions quarterback Ben Bryant won't be easy.
Morton (0-2, 0-0) at Hinsdale South (1-1, 0-0)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: The Hornets won't face anything like the Lyons Twp. offense that hounded them through the air. Morton will focus on the run against lineman Sam Farina and linebacker David Nkansah. Receiver Destin Talbert is due for a breakout game.
Proviso East (0-2, 0-0) at Downers Grove South (0-2, 0-0)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: After last week surrendering a fourth-quarter lead, this is a good opportunity for the Mustangs to get healthy in the body and in the standings. Quarterback George Ross performed well in relief duty, aided by receiver Vinny Provenzano.