Week 7: Scouting the East Suburban Catholic
St. Patrick (3-3, 2-2) vs. St. Viator (4-2, 3-1) at Robert MorrisWhen: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: St. Viator 27, St. Patrick 21
Outlook: St. Viator needs at least one win in the last 3 games to make the Lions playoff eligible. The Viator defense was spectacular last week, forcing 6 turnovers with the ball-hawking Christian Dolecki picking off 3 passes. St. Viator will again look to run the ball behind a solid offensive line of Anthony Maraviglia, Joe Steiner, Joe Cleary, Rocky Smeriglio and Jeremiah Pittman paving the way for running back Elijah Black, who has rushed for 649 yards this year, and quarterback Bryce Hellgeth. That group, along with Jack Scislowski (who may play despite and knee injury), will look to take advantage of a St. Patrick defense that has surrendered 34.5 points per game.
Benet (4-2, 3-1) at Joliet Catholic (2-4, 1-3)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: As sophomore quarterback Colin Gillespie continues to adjust in relief of injured Matt Boyle, the Redwings are trying to lean on their ground game. The two-way play of Connor Reid, who last week was part of a 300-yard rushing effort, has helped.
Marian Central Catholic Hurricanes (2-4, 0-4) at Carmel Catholic Corsairs (0-6, 0-4)
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Last week: Marian Central lost to St. Viator, 28-21; Carmel lost to Notre Dame, 41-14.
Skinny: Points could be few and far between in this game as Carmel (12 ppg) and Marian Central (13.3 ppg) are the two lowest-scoring offenses in the East Suburban Catholic Conference ... Carmel did roll up 287 yards of offense last week against Notre Dame, but had 3 lost fumbles. Freshman quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis completed 9-of-14 passes for 103 yards ... Carmel was eliminated from the playoffs last week for the second time in three years and the fourth time in the last six years ... Marian Central is allowing the most points in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, 47.2 points per game. The Hurricanes have lost four straight games ... Last year, Carmel defeated Marian Central 45-38 in double overtime.