Scouting Week 3 football in DuPage County
Wheaton Warrenville South (2-0, 2-0) at Wheaton North (2-0, 2-0)When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
2019 result: Wheaton Warrenville South 17, Wheaton North 6.
Outlook: The Tigers have won the last two series meetings in the neighborhood rivalry by limiting the Falcons to nine total points. Bragging rights take on a bigger meaning in a shortened season without any playoffs. The Falcons' big-play offense is sparking their undefeated start, led by junior running back Brayton Maske's 126 yards rushing last week against Lake Park. The Tigers, who return seven defensive starters, have allowed just 19 points this season. The Falcons have to contain Tigers' quarterback Parker Brown, running back Eddie Robinson and wide receiver Kaleb Clousing if they want to keep their season undefeated streak intact.
DeKalb (1-0, 1-0) at Waubonsie Valley (1-1, 1-1)When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
2019 result: DeKalb 34, Waubonsie Valley 7.
Outlook: The Warriors might have a slight advantage due to playing two games compared to the Barbs sitting out last weekend's game against Naperville North due to close contact to a positive COVID-19 case from its opener. The Barbs manhandled Metea Valley in their opener. The Warriors pulled out a stunning 26-24 comeback win over Metea Valley in Week 2, scoring the winning touchdown with 35.1 seconds left on fourth down. Waubonsie Valley running back Jabron Lee, who rushed for 158 yards last week, is a player to watch. The Warriors have to chew up the clock and win the time of possession battle to keep DeKalb's potent offense off the field.
St. Francis (2-0, 2-0) at Aurora Christian (1-1, 1-0)When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
2019 result: St. Francis 50, Aurora Christian 7.
Outlook: With a surplus of talented skill players capable of stretching the field on offense to go with a college-size offensive line, the Spartans are a must-see team. Quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse's strong arm and running make the Spartans a tough team to stop, while the defense relies on a fierce pass rush to overwhelm teams. The Eagles have lost to the Spartans in each of the last two seasons, but took a major stride toward building momentum with an impressive 41-6 win over Westmont in Week 2. The Eagles have to contain the Spartans' pass rush and keep Rittenhouse in the pocket and not let him scramble for big runs.
Hinsdale South (1-1, 1-1) at Willowbrook (2-0, 2-0)When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
2019 result: Willowbrook 35, Hinsdale South 0.
Outlook: Even with a revamped offense, the Warriors have lit up the scoreboard in their first two games. Willowbrook opened the season with a 40-0 thumping of Leyden and defeated Addison Trail 48-13 last week. Junior running back Josh Brown has been the key, rushing for 249 yards and three touchdowns against the Blazers. After relying on a strong passing attack the last few years, the Warriors' running attack should pose problems for the Hornets. York senior running back Patrick Kastner attacked the Hornets' defense in a Week 1 win. The Warriors will look to overpower the Hornets with their experienced and powerful offensive line. Hinsdale South rebounded with a big 21-12 win over Downers Grove South last week, piling up 310 yards of total offense. Through two games, the Hornets have shown a good mix of running and passing.
IC Catholic Prep (1-1, 1-1) at St. Edward (2-0, 2-0)When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
2019 result: IC Catholic Prep 41, St. Edward 0.
Outlook: The Knights rebounded from their blowout loss to St. Francis with a hard-fought victory over St. Ignatius. Look for senior running back Kyle Frankin, who has 277 yards and two touchdowns, to get plenty of carries against the Green Wave. Senior wide receiver Chauncey Lee gives the Knights a threat on the outside with his speed. The Green Wave are one of the remaining unbeaten teams in the area, knocking off Aurora Christian 29-26 and Aurora Central Catholic 35-8. But a win over the Knights would add another signature moment to their season, especially following back-to-back shutouts in the series. The Knights have a tough job attempting to stop St. Edward senior running back Joe Sacco, who has rushed for 352 yards and four touchdowns in two games. After struggling to move the ball against the Knights in recent games, the Green Wave could gain some momentum and confidence with a fast start.
Other gamesAddison Trail at Downers Grove South, 7 p.m.
Larkin at West Chicago, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame at Montini, 7:30 p.m.
Lisle at Coal City, 7 p.m.
South Elgin at Glenbard South, 6:30 p.m.
St. Laurence at Benet, ccd.
Streamwood at Glenbard East, 7:30 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. Morton, ccd.
Friday, April 2
Glenbard North at Lake Park, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 3
DeKalb at Waubonsie Valley, 2 p.m.
East Aurora at Fenton, noon
Hinsdale Central at York, 12:30 p.m.
Naperville Central at Naperville North, ccd.
Neuqua Valley at Metea Valley, ccd.
Notre Dame at Montini, 1 p.m.
Wheaton Academy at Westmont, ccd.