Week 7: Scouting the West Suburban
Hinsdale Central (5-1, 4-0) at Glenbard West (5-1, 3-0) West Suburban Silver
Game time: 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Last week: Hinsdale Central 49, Proviso West 0; Glenbard West 35, Lyons Twp. 3.
Last year: Hinsdale Central 31, Glenbard West 30, overtime.
Outlook: Glenbard West avenged one of its Silver losses from last season. Now the Hilltoppers aim to avenge the other. Evidenced throughout the season, offense hasn't been an issue for the Hilltoppers. Not with running backs Tyquan Cox, who last week rushed for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns, Ryan Diver and Dre Thomas. And a passing threat like receiver Alec Pierce, who had a touchdown catch and an interception against Lyons. It's the defense that was especially impressive last week. The return from injury of lineman Marky Winters and linebacker Dan Howard has been a huge boost, and the lineup continues to get healthier. They'll need to be at their best again to stop Hinsdale Central's three-headed offensive threat of running back Luke Skokna, athlete Garrett Oakey and Indiana-bound tight end Matt Bjorson. Like Glenbard West, the Red Devils' defense, led by junior linebacker Aidan Cruickshank, has multiple sophomore contributors.
Next week: Lyons Twp. at Hinsdale Central; Glenbard West at Oak Park.
Downers Grove South (3-3, 3-1) at Leyden (3-3, 2-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: Leyden 14, Downers Grove South 0
Outlook: This is the start of a trio of pivotal games for Leyden. The Eagles need to win at least two of those games to become playoff eligible. Leyden, which qualified for the playoffs last season, has never qualified for the playoffs two years in a row. To do that, the Eagles need to continue to play solid defense like they did last week against Addison Trail. The Eagles' defense led by Trayvon Thomas, Fernando Corona, Nick Motyka and Vince Fredrickson allowed just 7 points and 91 yards of total offense. Downers Grove South has won its last two games, both by shutouts. If the Mustangs keep playing defense the way they have while notching shutouts three of the last four weeks, they'll stay in the WSC Gold race. Sophomore quarterback Jayden Lambert has rushed for more than 100 yards the last two games.
Addison Trail (2-4, 0-3) at Hinsdale South (4-2, 3-1)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: With running back Nick D'Ambrose out another week, the Blazers need offense. They hope converted quarterback Nick Daudelin shines in the ground game. Hornets receiver Destin Talbert, 400 receiving yards the last two weeks, is on another level.
Lyons Twp. (5-1, 2-1) at Downers North (3-3, 2-2)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: The Trojans are riding a burst of energy after rallying from a 17-0 deficit to beat Oak Park. Against Lyons Twp. quarterback Ben Bryant, linebacker Blake Davis will be key. Running back Drew Shelly added another 3 touchdowns last week.
Oak Park (4-2, 1-2) at York (0-6, 0-3)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: Two teams coming off disappointing losses. York keeps showing offensive and defensive flashes but can't translate it into wins. Junior running back Josiah Scott was a bright spot last week while rushing for 130 yards and a 63-yard touchdown.
Willowbrook (5-1, 3-0) at Morton (1-5, 1-2)Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The quick hit: Willowbrook clinches a playoff berth with a win and moves a step closer to the WSC Gold title. Jacob Entwistle, who last week had a Pick 6, is explosive on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the Warriors must contend with a big offensive line.