Scouting Week 6 football games in the Northwest suburbs

  • The Buffalo Grove defense converges on Prospect's Luke Zardzin last week.

      The Buffalo Grove defense converges on Prospect's Luke Zardzin last week. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/22/2021 6:14 PM

Prospect (5-0) at Barrington (5-0)When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last meeting: Barrington 49, Prospect 7 in 2016


2019: Prospect beat Buffalo Grove 56-33; Barrington beat Hoffman Estates 37-14


Outlook: The first Mid-Suburban League Super Bowl since 1974 could be an offensive explosion. It should easily top the most points scored by both teams, which was 46 in 1973. Prospect is averaging nearly 50 points per game and Barrington is near 36 points per game. It will come down to which quarterback-running back duo has more success. Prospect has Gary Moeller and Luke Zardzin leading an offense that has 2,119 total yards. Barrington counters with Peter Anderson and Bryan Smith, who along with Jack Kapcheck, have 2,098 yards. There are no tickets are available for the public at the gate.

Buffalo Grove (4-1) at Palatine (4-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Buffalo Grove lost Prospect 56-33; Palatine beat Schaumburg 44-0

Last meeting: Palatine beat Buffalo Grove 38-17 in 2013


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Outlook: It will be whose combo is better in this one. And it is not a beef and sausage. Buffalo Grove had its hopes of an MSL East title snuffed out last week. But the Bison showed that they can still put points on the board with Ian Luyando throwing to Ayden Andersen. Palatine has really picked up steam since their loss to Barrington. The Pirates have a double threat when either Eric Pecson or Grant Dershna throw to Jake Bostick or Ronald Todd. The Pirates have pitched a pair of consecutive shutouts behind Mitch Larkin, Peter Russhenberg, Rand Paddock and Jhermari Mabry.

Hersey (3-2) at Fremd (3-2)When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Hersey beat Elk Grove 49-21; Fremd beat Conant 7-0

2019: Hersey 35, Fremd 14


Outlook: It will be interesting to see how Fremd schemes to stop Hersey RB/WR Ben Clawson. The junior is coming off his second 5-touchdown performance of the season. Hersey, which is a very young team, is rolling nicely into shape. The Huskies have received great play at quarterback from Jimmy Makuh. Quarterback was one of the question marks last week for Fremd and sophomore Caidan Suchy answered the bell quite nicely, as did the Fremd defense, led by Jason Haas, Will Kristo, Jack Walsh, Nate Tofilon, Chris Skaria and Trey Castella.

Rolling Meadows (2-3) at Hoffman Estates (2-3)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Rolling Meadows beat Wheeling 49-14; Hoffman Estates lost to Barrington 37-14


Last meeting: Rolling Meadows beat Hoffman Estates 33-26 in 2015


Outlook: This should be an interesting matchup between a pair of teams that were very close in most of their games this season. Rolling Meadows bounced back from a tough Week 4 loss to Prospect and the Mustangs put up a season-best 49 points last week. Daniel Sobkowicz, who committed this week to play at Illinois State, had a pair of touchdowns last week while quarterback Michael Radon is coming off a 5-touchdown performance. Hoffman has lost its last two games, but the Hawks gave Barrington everything it could handle before succumbing. Jashawn Johnson continues to show that he is a force to be reckoned with for the Hawks.

Conant (1-4) at Elk Grove (1-4)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Conant lost to Fremd 7-0, Elk Grove lost Hersey 49-21

2019: Conant 21, Elk Grove 6


Outlook: The Elk Grove "Mayors Cup" will be a ground game. That's because two of the area's top rushers will be in the spotlight in a game that should feature a fast clock. Conant's Malik Frederick, who will play at Harvard next season, returned to the field two weeks ago and has rushed for 337 yards in two games. Elk Grove's Ian Ridge, who will play at Drake next season, has piled up an area-best 979 yards this season.

Schaumburg (0-5) at Wheeling (0-5)When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Schaumburg lost to Palatine 44-0; Wheeling lost to Rolling Meadows 49-14

2019: Schaumburg 55, Wheeling 28


Outlook: It has not been a season that either team was hoping for, yet one team can salvage a win. Schaumburg has struggled on offense this season. The Saxons have scored just 4 touchdowns and are looking to get their offense on track. Scoring points has not been an issue for Wheeling, which is averaging 17 points per game. The Wildcats have struggled on the defensive side, allowing nearly 45 points per game.

Maine South (5-0) at Naperville Central (4-1)When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Maine South beat New Trier 14-9; Naperville C. beat Metea Valley 42-7

Last meeting: Maine South 39, Naperville Central 28 in Week 11 of 2017


Outlook: With the Central Suburban North champion opting out of a game, Maine South was able to secure a first-rate matchup with Naperville Central. Maine South has had to use its defense to stay in games this season. Sammy Marin, Charlie Zajac and Kevin Wolf lead a defense that has allowed 32 points this season. Junior quarterback Rowan Keefe made his first start a memorable one, going 22-of-31 for 248 yards. Running back Mike Sajenko has also been a huge factor in the Hawks' success. Naperville Central was unbeaten, but the Redhawks were forced to forfeit their Week 1 win due to the use of an ineligible player.

Leyden (1-4, 1-3) at Hinsdale South (2-2, 2-1)When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Last week: Leyden lost to Downers Grove South 28-14; Hinsdale South beat Addison Trail 44-26

2019: Leyden 28, Hinsdale South 14


Outlook: Despite the loss last week, Leyden continues to show improvement. For the second week in a row, the Eagles had their offense flying high, picking up 200 yards of total offense. Jacob DeJesus continues to run the ball well for Leyden. Leo Latiker was 15-0f-27 for 144 yards for the youthful Eagles, who will be looking to gain energy toward the fall season. Hinsdale South is coming off its best offensive performance of the season last week when the Hornets scored 44 points against Addison Trail.

Maine East (0-5) at Niles West (0-5) When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Maine East lost to Vernon Hills 63-6; Niles West lost to Glenbrook North 41-6

2019: DNP


Outlook: Someone here is going to go home happy and with some momentum going into the fall season. Maine East is hoping to break its 31-game losing streak and this could be the one. Maine East has played well in spurts and the Blue Demons will look to 6-foot-8, 315-pound junior OT Yaser Al-Awadi and quarterback Caesar Graham to get things going. Niles West, which has lost 24 games in a row, has scored just 3 touchdowns this season and the Wolves have allowed 237 points.

Glenbrook South (1-4) at Maine West (1-2)When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Evanston 37 beat Glenbrook South 14; Maine West DNP

2019: Maine West 37, Glenbrook South 13


Outlook: Maine West ends its season after a two-week COVID pause. The Warriors had just come up with their best offensive output of the season in Week 3 in their 37-13 win over Maine East when they were forced to shut down. Maine West will hope to get Alexander Peguero some running room again. Glenbrook South has shown some flashes this season, especially two weeks ago when the Titans were even with Maine South in the final quarter before Maine South pulled away for the win.

St. Viator (3-1, 1-0) at Carmel (1-3, 1-1)When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Last week: St. Viator lost to Mt. Carmel 38-8, Carmel lost to Brother Rice 40-7

2019: Carmel 34, St. Viator 33


Outlook: St. Viator can win the ESCC/CCL Purple with a win here. The Lions had a tough time last week matching up with that other brown-jerseyed team from Chicago. Viator struggled to move the ball but should find more running room against a Carmel team that is mostly made up of juniors. Iowa-bound Jeremiah Pittman leads a strong Viator defense that should rebound quite nicely. Carmel has lost 3 in a row since its Week 2 win at St. Patrick.

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