Argo's Jason Noel. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:27AM
Bolingbrook (6-0) at Homewood-Flossmoor (6-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: It’s a clash of the top teams (each is 4-0) in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Bolingbrook, behind QB Quincy Woods, RB Mike Valente and DB Parrker Westphal, has dominated the competition to the tune of a 203-22 points differential. However, the Raiders’ competition hardly has been awe-inspiring, combining for a 12-24 record. The Vikings present the best challenge to date for the Raiders. H-F boasts a three-headed monster in the backfield in twins Devante and Deante Harley-Hampton, plus Vashon Nutt. The Vikings have the ability to air it out as well behind QB Isaac Cutrara and WRs James Sheehan and Aaron Gooch. Turnovers could be the difference here.
Lincoln-Way West (5-1) at Lincoln-Way North (6-0)
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday
Outlook: It’s not only a battle for supremacy in the SouthWest Suburban Red, but also a tussle between two of the area premier RBs in West’s Javier Montalvo (107 carries, 931 yards, 10 touchdowns) and North’s Julian Hylton (177, 1,308, 17). Both will carry a heavy workload. The difference in the outcome could hinge on which team’s quarterback, West’s Justin Keuch or North’s Ryan Arthur, produces a better passing attack. A common opponent for each has been Andrew, with West winning convincingly 42-14, while North needed two overtimes to secure a 43-36 victory. Both West and North are 4-0 in the conference.
Richards (5-1) at Argo (5-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: The Bulldogs (2-1 in conference) bounced back against Reavis (a 40-0 win) after suffering a stunning Week 5 loss to Evergreen Park. Richards would prefer to sustain long drives behind QB Hasan Muhammad-Rogers (70-of-119, 1,111, 14), which would keep the Argonauts’ explosive offense on the sideline. Argo (2-1 in conference) has big-time threats in QB Jason Noel, RB D’Ken Jones and WR Diamonte Malory. If the Argonauts defense can contain Richards RB Ramonta Hill and WRs Tacari Carpenter (20 catches, 395 yards, 6 TDs) and Dedrick Shannon Jr., it could keep the score close. However, that’s a big “if.”
Eisenhower (4-2) at Evergreen Park (6-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: This is a big game for both teams. With Argo and Richards remaining on the schedule, Eisenhower would like to register its fifth win, which pretty much would secure a postseason spot. Evergreen Park (3-0 in conference) needs a win to stay alone atop of the South Suburban Red. The key for the Cardinals (2-1 in the Red) will be containing Mustangs WR Jacquet McClendon (34, 437, 4). If they can accomplish that, the Cards have a shot at pulling the upset. QB Dion Parker, RB T.J. Skelton and WR Lonnell Hill are playmakers for Eisenhower. Evergreen Park RB Keyshawn Carpenter (123, 639, 6) is quick, elusive and relentless. Expect Evergreen Park’s DL to give Eisenhower all it can handle.
Bloom (4-2) at Crete-Monee (5-1)
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: This Southland Conference game could be much closer than many expect. Both teams have played Kankakee on the road and came away with wins: Bloom by a 27-20 count and Crete-Monee 18-6. Bloom (2-1 in conference) has outscored its opponents 169-92, Crete-Monee 176-81. Granted, the Warriors (2-0 in conference) have played better competition, but the Blazing Trojans led by DE James Coleman and RB Justus Brantley, warrant respect. The Warriors defense, led by LB Nyles Morgan, is top-notch. The offense, though, has been inconsistent.
Compiled by Pat Disabato