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Providence back Cahd Weaver turns corner game with St. Rita.  |  John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media

Providence back Cahd Weaver turns the corner in the game with St. Rita. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 20, 2012 10:36AM



NO. 2 MOUNT CARMEL (7-1, 2-1) at NO. 5 PROVIDENCE (7-1, 2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Mount Carmel 27, St. Rita 0; Providence 43, St. Ignatius 6

The breakdown: The Caravan is looking to avenge last season’s 24-18 loss to the Celtics at Gately. Mount Carmel has relied more on the arm of QB Don Butkus, allowing Matt Domer (74 carries, 881 yards) and the rest of the running game to further flourish. WR Jason Gasser is a favorite target of Butkus. Providence, which had six starters out against St. Ignatius, slowly is regaining its health. WR Miles Boykin and playmaker Chad Weaver will both be game-time decisions. RB Brandon Price (147-822) is the Celtics’ go-to threat.

NO. 8 OAK FOREST (7-1, 4-1) at NO. 10 T.F. SOUTH (7-1, 5-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Oak Forest 42, Tinley Park 0; T.F. South 39, Argo 6

The breakdown: The Bengals need a win to forge a tie in the South Suburban Blue with T.F. South and, likely, Lemont. Oak Forest QB Tom Zale has been dynamite since returning from an injury. However, the Bengals likely will give some snaps to Nick Ciufia (64-581). FB Ben Santiago, along with Ciufia, will carry the load out of the backfield. Punt returner Corey Brent can take one to the house at any moment. T.F. South’s go-to guy, RB Saleem Sanford, will carry the load, but Joe Young will get time to carry the ball too. The Rebels are always good for some trickery on special teams.

EISENHOWER (4-4, 4-1) at NO. 5 RICHARDS (7-1, 5-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Eisenhower 39, Oak Lawn 38; Richards 51, Reavis 0

The breakdown: The defending conference champion Cardinals can gain a tie for the top spot with a win. Eisenhower will spread the wealth running the ball between QB Dion Parker (78, 504) and RBs Kenny Baker, Vince Colbert (100, 619) and T.J. Skelton. If Parker can get the ball to WR Lonnell Hill, the Cards would benefit. Richards has a game-breaker in Tommy Mister (95, 780) and a gem in Tacari Carpenter. QB Hasan Muhammed-Rogers will likely target a leaky Cardinal secondary.

BREMEN (4-4, 2-4) at OAK LAWN (2-6, 2-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Lemont 47, Bremen 7; Eisenhower 39, Oak Lawn 38

The breakdown: Bremen needs a win to have a shot at qualifying for postseason. RB Devonta Wilson (154-1,016) must produce big for the Braves to take down the Spartans. Oak Lawn likely will focus on stopping Wilson and force the Braves to the air. Oak Lawn QB Bobby Olsen (107-of-202, 1,235 yards) is more than capable of mounting a drive with his arm and has WRs Nick Anderson (37, 456) Sean Altenburg (31, 349) at his disposal. RBs Darius Smith (141, 679) and Ahmad Shatat are dangerous.

LOYOLA (7-1, 3-0) at ST. RITA (4-4, 0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last week: Loyola 45, Brother Rice 0; Mount Carmel 27, St. Rita 0

The breakdown: Mustangs need a win to qualify for the playoffs, something they’ve done 12 straight years. St. Rita will need to produce through the air, behind QB John Kelley (57-of-113, 833) and WR Malik Space. RB Tim Lombard will get chances to establish the ground attack against a physical Loyola defense. St. Rita must avoid turning the ball over to have any chance.

BROTHER RICE (4-4, 1-3) vs. LEO (4-3, 3-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday (at St. Xavier University)

Last week: Loyola 45, St. Rita 0; Bishop McNamara 32, Leo 30

The breakdown: Rice needs a win to qualify for the playoffs. Crusaders offensive line must allow QB Matt Page (155-of-291, 1,875) time to do his thing through the air. If that’s allowed to happen, Rice RB Marcus Jones (112, 658) should have a field day.

Compiled by Pat Disabato



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