Round 2 Playoffs High School Football Capsule Previews
By Pat Disabato email@example.com October 31, 2012 7:34PM
Oak Forest's Tyler Usterbowski (left). | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 2, 2012 7:09AM
NO. 3 MOUNT CARMEL (9-1) vs. NO. 6 SIMEON (8-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday at Gately Stadium
Last week: Mount Carmel 30, Brother Rice 9; Simeon 13, Bloom 10
Up next: Mount Carmel would host No. 10 O’Fallon or travel to No. 15 Lyons.
The breakdown: The Caravan will do what it does best in trying to take down the Wolverines — tote the pigskin and unleash an aggressive defense. The dynamic RB duo Matt Domer (98 carries, 990 yards, 15 TDs) and Draco Smith (97-572, 7), along with quarterback Don Butkus, have been lethal for the Caravan. WR Jason Gasser is a top target when the Caravan decide to go airborne. Kicker Ivan Strmic has allowed a handful of opponents to return a kick and punter Joe Pavlik has been averaging approximately 45 yards a boot. That should negate momentum-changing plays from Simeon’s special teams.
NO. 8 DOWNERS GROVE NORTH (6-4) at NO. 5 THORNTON (8-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Last week: Downers Grove North 38, Batavia 26; Thornton 23, T.F. South 21
Up next: Thornton would travel either to No. 3 Oswego or No. 2 Benet.
The breakdown: Downers North took down No. 1 seed Batavia in the first round. North runs the veer option, with RB Brandon Salter its biggest threat out of the backfield. QB David Edwards doesn’t throw often, but has the ability to connect. Thornton’s defense, led by Jerome Jenkins and Jason Towns, must limit the big play. Thornton RB Jamal Towns (166, 1,112, 7) will get chances to rip off a long run. Thornton QB JoWahn Brown (145-of-211, 1,940 yards, 27 TDs) will keep DGN’s defense honest, but must be wary of CB Stephen Kanis, who registered two picks against Batavia.
NO. 4 PROVIDENCE (8-2) at NO. 1 LINCOLN-WAY EAST (10-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Providence 44, Bradley 7; Lincoln-Way East 47, Plainfield Central 22
Up next: Providence would host Edwardsville or travel to East St. Louis; Lincoln-Way East would host Edwardsville or travel to East St. Louis.
The breakdown: Providence had a nice “rebound” game against Bradley after falling to Mount Carmel 17-0 in Week 9. The Celtics defense turned two second-quarter fumbles into quick points, including Jeff Cesario’s 26-yard touchdown return, to blow the game open. But attempting to lasso Griffins elusive QB Tom Fuessel will be a whole other challenge. The Northern Illinois-bound Fuessel has rushed for 1,042 yards and completed 54-of-97 passes for 797 yards. Celtics TB Brandon Price (1,031 yards) and versatile Chad Weaver (453 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 300 yards) will test East’s rugged defense.
NO. 1 OAK FOREST (9-1) at NO. 5 SHEPARD (7-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Last week: Oak Forest 29, Hinsdale South 0; Shepard 23, Perspectives Charter-Calumet 7
Up next: Oak Forest would host either No. 2 Richards or No. 3 Lemont. Shepard would visits either No. 2 Richards or No. 3 Lemont.
The breakdown: The two teams squared off in Week 4, with Oak Forest winning 45-21. With FB Matt Barry out for the season, the Bengals have spread the wealth more among their playmakers. Ben Santiago (94, 657, 10), Tyler Usterbowski and Kyle Hullinger all are dangerous — as are QBs Tom Zale and Nick Ciufia (74, 678, 11), who pretty much alternate series. Shepard has to find a way to consistently move the ball against a physical Oak Forest defense. QB Jimmy McClinton (1,316 yards passing; 471 rushing) and WR Londell Lee (44, 925, 15) pack a potent punch. The Astros, however, are going to need to run the ball in an attempt to eat clock and wear down the Bengals defense. A big game from RB Devon Landfair (80, 507, 7) will be required.
NO. 3 LEMONT (9-1) at NO. 2 RICHARDS (9-1)
Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Lemont 45, Morgan Park 0; Richards 36, Lincoln-Way North 14
Up next: Lemont would travel to No. 1 Oak Forest or host No. 5 Shepard. Richards would travel to No. 1 Oak Forest or host No. 5 Shepard.
The breakdown: The Indians can’t rely exclusively on running the football to win this game, though RB Chris Giatras (166, 1,261, 20) will receive a ton of opportunities. Lemont is going to need to keep the Bulldogs “D” honest and allow QB Zach Brosseau (62-of-110, 1,097, 13) to establish a passing attack. Lemont hasn’t gone to the air frequently, but when it does it’s usually resulted in a key gain. Richards has a game-breaker in the backfield in Tommy Mister (125, 1,025, 15) and a short-yardage bulldozer in Ramontay Hill. QB Hasam Muhammed-Rogers (56-of-103, 959, 14) looks to Tacari Carpenter (25, 570, 9) often, but also has Jimmy Wujcik at his disposal.
NO. 4 RICHWOODS (8-2) at NO. 1 CRETE-MONEE (10-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Richwoods 35, Bloomington 22; Crete-Monee 41, Springfield 7
Up next: Crete-Monee would travel to No. 3 Rock Island or host No. 2 Ottawa.
The breakdown: The Warriors are hungry to avenge a second-round defeat to Richwoods last season. No one has been able to stop Crete-Monee QB Marcus Terrell (167-of-237, 2,498, 32) and WR Laquon Treadwell (56, 1,078, 13). But if Richwoods concentrates on negating Treadwell, the Warriors have another explosive option in Lance Lenoir (46, 830, 12). Richwoods made mincemeat out of Crete-Monee’s defense last season, recording a 51-36 win. RB Kendall Foster is Richwoods’ top threat, though QB Max Berres and WRs Jeremye Johnson and Nick Parks must be watched through the air.
NO. 1 KANELAND (10-0) at NO. 9 LINCOLN-WAY WEST (7-3)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Kaneland 48, Belvidere 0; Lincoln-Way West 35, Rochelle 0
Up next: Lincoln-Way West would travel to No. 13 Tinley Park or host No. 12 Joliet Catholic.
The breakdown: The Warriors will try to establish their ground game, highlighted by RBs Javier Montalvo and Rich Kruis. Whether that’s enough to upend the No. 1 seed remains to be seen. West likely will have to go to the air some. QB Justin Keuch (79-of-161, 977, 5) and WR Adam Slattery (30, 411, 4) form a successful tandem. Kaneland QB Drew David can sling it and has a game-breaker at WR in Sean Carter.
NO. 13 TINLEY PARK (6-4) at NO. 12 JOLIET CATHOLIC (6-4)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday at Joliet Memorial Stadium
Last week: Tinley Park 27, Westinghouse 23; Joliet Catholic 58, Elmwood Park 0
Up next: Tinley Park would host Lincoln-Way West or Kaneland.
The breakdown: Joliet Catholic’s up-and-down defense must contend with Tinley Park FB Preston Thompson (179, 1,268, 12) and QB Christian Plummer. Tinley Park led Westinghouse 21-0 at halftime, then fell behind 23-21 in the fourth quarter before scoring the decisive touchdown. Tinley Park’s defense, which has allowed at least three touchdowns to the past five opponents winning records, must step up against a Hilltoppers offense that has WB Ty Isaac back from injury and scored 51 first-half points against Elmwood Park. Isaac has rushed for 892 yards, Tyler Reitz for 740 and Mike Ivlow for 703.
NO. 7 EVERGREEN PARK (7-3) at NO. 6 RICHMOND-BURTON (7-3)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Evergreen Park 23, North Chicago 7; Richmond-Burton 41, Harper 32
Up next: Evergreen Park would host either No. 1 VOISE Academy or No. 4 Payton.
The breakdown: A rematch of last season’s Class 4A quarterfinal, won by Richmond-Burton 7-0. Evergreen Park’s offense must elevate its performance after a mediocre performance in Week 1. QB Brandon White (1,135 yards passing; 571 yards rushing) can’t do it alone. Big games from RBs Keyshawn Carpenter (93, 595, 4) and T.J. Eames and WRs Mike Reuter (28, 425, 8) and Jaquet McClendon would be beneficial. The Mustangs defense picked off six passes in Round 1, turning two of them into TDs.
Compiled by Pat Disabato and Dick Goss