Week 9: Scouting the Mid-Suburban East
Prospect (3-5, 2-2) at Hersey (7-1, 4-0)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: Hersey 36, Prospect 16
Outlook: Prospect scored 49 points last week, the highest output by a Knights team since Week 1 of 2011. The youth movement has paid dividends at Prospect with Michael Shafis is coming off a 164-yard performance (he has 630 yards on the season) while quarterback Jimmy Martin had a pair of TD runs last week. But the duo certainly has a tough test against a Hersey defense led by Nick Steiger, Jake Mailloux, Nick Wiley and Caleb Augustyn that is tough to run against. Owen Goldsberry has been solid platinum for the Huskies, rushing for 879 yards and throwing for 945 yards. With a win, Hersey would claim the MSL outright for the first time since 1991.
Elk Grove (0-8, 0-4) at Wheeling (1-7, 0-4)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: Wheeling 28, Elk Grove 14
Outlook: This is a game where one of the teams will look to build some momentum going into next season. Elk Grove would like nothing better to get that momentum started since the Grenadiers are on an 18-game losing streak. Elk Grove has struggled the past few weeks. The Grens have been shut out the last 2 games and scored just 1 touchdown over the last 4 games. Wheeling spotted Buffalo Grove 27 points last week and nearly roared all the way back before falling 27-20. Despite losing their last 5 games, the Wildcats have played well throughout the season.
Buffalo Grove (7-1, 3-1) at Rolling Meadows (6-2, 3-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year's result: Rolling Meadows 37, Buffalo Grove 13
Outlook: Since clinching a playoff spot three weeks ago, Buffalo Grove has struggled at times. Most of that is due to running back Tom Trieb being sidelined with a back injury. Connor Adams has picked up some of the slack offensively, but the Bison will need to run. Buffalo Grove is looking for a big game from its defense, which is led by its solid front of Justin Gold, Patrick Conlon and Evan Lindborg. Arek Kleniuk continues to give the Mustangs the boost they need at quarterback. The junior is coming off his best game of the year, where he threw for 306 yards and 3 TDs against Hersey. Rolling Meadows has beaten Buffalo Grove in their last six meetings.