Scouting this weekend's Fox football games

 
 
Updated 9/13/2019 6:36 AM

Bartlett (1-1, 1-1) at Glenbard South (2-0, 2-0)

Upstate Eight Conference

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last week: Glenbard East 24, Bartlett 21; Glenbard South 21, Elgin 12.

Last year: Bartlett 33, Glenbard South 23.

Outlook: Bartlett will be driven. Despite linebacker Brenden Gran playing what coach Matt Erlenbaugh called "the game of his life" last week, getting hit after hit on the quarterback, and defensive end Dan Angelone following suit, the Hawks surrendered the lead with 1:27 left. T.J. Clyde intercepted a pass and Nick Mangone recovered a fumble caused by Angelone, but Erlenbaugh felt the Hawks left several interception chances on the table. "We could have put the game away many different times but we let them hang in there," the coach said. Running back Tyler Rivelli didn't get cheated. The junior cut on a dime for touchdown runs of 54 and 85 yards and has run for 318 yards on 16 carries to date. Glenbard South defenders like lineman Connor Murphy and linebackers Tony Ashley and Jeremy Gelino can't leave their feet against Rivelli or the senior back will dust them. Offensively, the past two weeks Glenbard South has shown some diversity with receiver Cade Hardtke, running back Kylen Henderson and versatile Trevor Burnett, who scored twice last week. Raiders linemen Brendan Fearon, Kyle Bailey, John Golden, Faiz Hameed and Murphy must communicate to limit Bartlett's aggressive and active defensive front, a real concern for Raiders coach Ryan Crissey. "We're excited to get back at it," Erlenbaugh said.

Next week: Elgin at Bartlett; Glenbard South at East Aurora.

Fenton (2-0, 2-0) at Streamwood (1-1, 1-1)

Upstate Eight Conference

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last week: Fenton 51, West Chicago 13; Streamwood 33, Larkin 13.

Last year: Did not play.

Outlook: These teams are angling to join the Upstate Eight race. The Fenton Bison, a new entry who last started 2-0 in 2014, is an experienced group deep enough that last year's leading rusher, Ethan Doliente, plays offensive guard. New featured back Andre Bess has run for 291 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Bison is balanced, though: Out of a spread offense quarterback Nick Benn already has thrown for 490 yards, his primary targets being Ethan Queyquep out of the backfield and Andre Reed streaking downfield. Coach Matthew Lynch, whose team beat Larkin 33-0 in Week 1, hopes to knock Streamwood's ground-control offense "off schedule." Win or lose that's been difficult for foes dealing with Sabres offensive linemen Richard Rodriguez, George Chamopoulos, Nikco Garcia, Josh Leathers and Jansen Viloria. Behind that wall last week the Sabres' triple-option ran for 366 yards including Sirrion Dixon with 193 and Buddy Martinez with 113 to set up sophomore quarterback Andrew Phan's 4 touchdown runs. Streamwood, which is celebrating its homecoming, also got three take-aways -- Jakobe Strong and Darrel Luce interceptions and a fumble recovery by 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman Luis Torres. Sabres coach Don Guindon still hopes to avoid that one long play that seems to hurt the defense. "We're trying to eliminate maybe that one mistake and improve upon that," he said.

Next week: Glenbard East at Fenton; Streamwood at South Elgin.

Sycamore (1-1) at Kaneland (2-0) Interstate Eight Conference

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last week: DeKalb 13, Sycamore 0; Kaneland 42, Geneva 14

Last year: Kaneland 28, Sycamore 7

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Outlook: New conference, same rivalry. No longer members of the dissolved Northern Illinois Big 12, the Knights and Spartans renew acquantances in the Interstate Eight Conference opener for both teams. Kaneland, ranked No. 10 in Class 6A, has outscored Hinsdale South and Geneva 90-14. The Knights gained 189 of their 225 rushing yards and scored 3 rushing touchdowns in the second half last week. Workhorse junior running back Jack McIntire finished with 146 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. Wilson Giffney, a 205-pound senior running back, will return to action after sitting out last week, coach Pat Ryan said. The Knights likewise expect to face Sycamore senior running back/safety Manny Dominguez. He was injured in a Week 1 win over Washington and did not play in the Week 2 loss to DeKalb at Huskie Stadium. "From what we're hearing they'll be back more to full strength with Dominquez playing," Ryan said. "They're a good team. They're fast, physical and they play really good defense."

Next week: Ottawa at Sycamore; Kaneland at Sandwich

St. Charles East (2-0) at Glenbard North (0-2) DuKane Conference

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last week: St. Charles East 33, Carmel 28; Warren 26, Glenbard North 6

Last year: St. Charles East 29, Glenbard North 26

Outlook: The suspenseful Saints remain undefeated, thanks to their late-game heroics. They knocked off Lemont 12-6 in Week 1 when senior Cole Conn scored on a 3-yard run with with 5:38 to play and the defense held. Conn's 6-yard run last week with 56 seconds left improved St. Charles East to 2-0. He rushed for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 carries. Senior BJ Crossen and sophomore Nathan Hayes have split reps at quarterback. They have spread the ball between seniors Cole Conn, Clay Conn and Gino Cerrone and junior Logan Light. A defense led by senior linebacker Nick Schumann played well against Lemont but that unit "came up a little short" against Carmel, coach Bryce Farquhar said. He wants to see the defense allow fewer total yards than the 374 Carmel gained. Glenbard North's 0-2 record is deceiving. Last week's loss came against Warren, ranked No. 4 in Class 8A. The Panthers dropped their season opener to Neuqua Valley, which is on the precipice of an 8A ranking. Farquhar said "0-2 is not a reflection of who they really are." Glenbard North's 12-game losing streak began with a 2017 playoff loss to Batavia.

Next week: Wheaton Warrenville South at St. Charles East; Glenbard North at Batavia

Prairie Ridge (2-0, 2-0) at Huntley (1-1, 1-1) Fox Valley Conference

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last week: Prairie Ridge 59, Hampshire 0; Jacobs 14, Huntley 7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Last year: Huntley 35, Prairie Ridge 28

Outlook: The Red Raiders can't afford to repeat the mistakes that plagued them against Jacobs last week. Huntley turned the ball over three times and committed 9 penalties for 95 yards. That won't fly against Prairie Ridge either. The Wolves have outscored Crystal Lake Central and Hampshire 99-0. "It's tough to win a game like that," Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak said of the errors. "We have to do a lot more right than we did last week." The Red Raider offense was held to 63 rushing yards, 92 passing. They face a PR defense that scored twice last week. The Huntley defense continued its stellar play. A group that shut out McHenry in Week 1 will be tested by Wolves quarterback Connor Lydon and fullback Carter Evans. Lydon threw 3 touchdown passes last week, one to Evans, who also ran for 2 scores in the flexbone triple option. "We have to play the game that we're coached to play," Zimolzak said, "play the assignments that were given, don't try to do too much or play anybody else's position."

Next week: Dundee-Crown at Prairie Ridge; Huntley at Cary-Grove

East Aurora (0-2, 0-2) at Larkin (0-2, 0-2)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: Larkin coach Matt Gehrig continues hammering fundamentals, which he maintains will be the key for Friday. He identified several Royals players who last week executed sharply, including Zach Miller, Christian Medina and senior leader Marc Narvaez.

Elgin (0-2, 0-2) at South Elgin (2-0, 2-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: South Elgin's first home game under lights, against an Elgin squad better than its record. Maroons like Alex West look to start fast; Shannon Williams had 3 sacks last week. Led last week by Marquis Gillespie, South Elgin has outscored its first two foes 122-0.

Joliet Central (0-2) at West Aurora (0-2)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.The quick hit: Perhaps the Blackhawks get a breather against a team outscored 92-0. Keys are to eliminate the big play, finish offensively and get the run game going. Linebackers Cam Van Vleet (10 tackles) and Tim Hancock helped hold Plainfield East to 10 yards rushing.

Aurora Central Catholic (0-2) at Aurora Christian (2-0)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: The Chargers make the 2.1-mile trek to face their neighborhood rival in the Metro Suburban Blue opener. Aurora Christian junior quarterback Ethan Hampton (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) has completed 18 of 22 passes for 230 yards and 7 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.

Christ the King (1-1) at St. Edward (0-2)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: St. Edward looks to crack the win column in this Metro Suburban Red opener against a league newcomer. Linebacker Luke Brier leads the defense with 27 tackles. Christ the King was blown out 54-6 by Leo in the season opener but rebounded last week with a 14-6 win at Walther Christian.

Batavia (1-1) at Lake Park (1-1)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: Batavia senior Art Taylor rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in last week's 35-7 win at Naperville North. Seniors Sam Barus and Quinn Urwiler (interception) led the defense with 7 solo tackles apiece. The Bulldogs defeated Lake Park 43-7 last season.

Wheaton Warrenville South (2-0) at Geneva (0-2)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: The Tigers have scored 93 points in wins at Metea Valley and Lockport. The Vikings have yielded 91 points in losses to Notre Dame and Kaneland. Geneva junior cornerback/receiver Michael Ignoffo had 2 interceptions and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass last week, all in the first half.

St. Charles North (1-1) at Wheaton North (2-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: St. Charles North senior quarterback Kyler Brown has completed 20 of 41 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown without an interception. Junior running back Nick Demarco has rushed for 233 yards and 3 scores on 62 carries. Wheaton North's wins include a 13-12 victory at Downers Grove South and a 23-7 victory over Lake Forest.

Burlington Central (1-1,1-1) at McHenry (1-1, 1-1)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: These Fox Valley Conference teams have defeated a common opponent: Dundee-Crown. The Rockets won 15-9 in the season opener. McHenry defeated D-C 14-7 last week. Sophomore running back Gavin Sarvis has rushed for a touchdown in each of Central's first two games.

Cary-Grove (2-0, 2-0) at Hampshire (0-2, 0-2)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: Hampshire faces a potent triple-option offense for the second straight week. Prairie Ridge put 59 points on the scoreboard against the Whip-Purs last Friday. Cary-Grove senior fullback Blake Skol has rushed for 279 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Crystal Lake South (1-1, 1-1) at Crystal Lake Central (0-2, 0-2)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: CL South was reinvigorated by last week's 27-8 win at Burlington Central. Defensive end Jason Burburija led the defense with 4 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Senior wide receiver Ian Gorken caught 7 passes for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. The District 155 rivals have split their last four meetings.

Jacobs (2-0, 2-0) at Dundee-Crown (0-2, 0-2)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: Jacobs defeated 2018 Class 8A playoff qualifier Huntley 14-7 last week. The Golden Eagles do not face another 2018 playoff team until Week 6. The Chargers have struggled to run the ball. It gets no easier against a Jacobs defense that held Huntley to 123 rushing yards and forced 3 turnovers.

Marmion Academy (2-0) at De La Salle (2-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The quick hit: The Cadets make their second road trip to Chicago in six days. They swamped Von Steuben 49-0 last Saturday on the north side. Marmion rotates three running backs and two fullbacks. Anthony Saltijeral and Garrett Dorian each scored 2 touchdowns last week.

Alden-Hebron (1-0) at Westminster Christian (0-2)

Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday.

The quick hit: Westminster Christian seeks its first 8-man football victory of the season against an old rival from the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Warriors coach Tim Oman was the defensive coordinator for the Alden-Hebron-Faith Lutheran coop for three seasons.

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