Week 4 High School Football Capsule Previews
September 19, 2013 9:02PM
Mount Carmel quarterback Marko Boricich (right) tosses the ball to teammate Jimmy Mickens. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:18PM
Benet (3-0) at Crete-Monee (3-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: On paper, it appears to be an even match-up. Each team is 3-0. Benet has outscored opponents 99-25; Crete-Monee 99-33. However, Benet’s three opponents are just 2-7, so it’s difficult to gauge how strong the Redwings are. What there’s no disputing is the talent of Benet QB Jack Beneventi. The 6-foot-6 junior is being recruited by multiple Division I programs, has a shotgun for an arm and can avoid the pass rush. It should be fun watching the Crete-Monee defense, led by LB Nyles Morgan and DE Chris Slayton, try to prevent Beneventi from going off. Crete QB Frank Douglass will do his best to keep Beneventi on the sidelines. RB DeShaun Smith will need to have a big game for the Warriors to extend their winning streak to 18 games.
Brother Rice (1-2) vs. Mount Carmel (3-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Gately Stadium
Outlook: In the midst of a two-game losing streak, this isn’t the most ideal time for the Crusaders to face the Caravan. If Brother Rice could chew the clock and move the chains by handing the ball off to RB Marcus Jones, it would do so. That’s not going to happen. Instead, the Crusaders must keep the Caravan defense guessing. It will be imperative that Rice’s offensive line allow QB Alex Alcoran a chance to deliver the football. If not, this one will be over in a hurry. The Caravan has outscored opponents 131-8. The backfield tandem of Matt Domer and Jimmy Mickens has been wildly effective.
Oak Forest (2-1) at Lemont (1-2)
When: 7 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: The Bengals’ two losses in 2012 came at the hands of Lemont. No question, Oak Forest has payback on its mind. The Bengals rebounded nicely Friday from a Week 2 loss to Brooks to upend T.F. South 28-21. QB Nick Ciufia and RB Matt Barry must be effective for Oak Forest to have any chance here. Yes, Lemont lacks firepower on offense. However, QB Chris Thompson can pick up yards with his feet and arm. RBs Julio Aleman and Mike Larkins effectively cane move the chains. The Indians defense remains a plus, with LB Drew Hayes leading the charge.
Bradley (3-0) at Thornton (2-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Outlook: This is a major SouthWest Suburban Red showdown. The key will be turnovers. If Thornton can force the Boilermakers to cough up the football, it would serve itself well remaining undefeated in conference. Thornton boasts three game-breakers in QB JoWahn Brown, RB Cavion Clanton and WR Jauan Wesley. Bradley’s offense can produce its fair share of fireworks. QB Gionte Mason, a transfer from Mount Carmel, RBs Jarrod Ware and Tim Stone and WR L.J. Harris warrant serious attention by the Wildcats defense.
Providence (2-1) at Loyola (3-0)
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Outlook: Both teams can put up points in a hurry. The difference is on defense: The Celtics have allowed 79 points, Loyola just 28. Providence does not want to get into a shootout with the Ramblers. Instead, a steady balancing act among QB Justin Hunniford, RB Dominic Lagone and WR Miles Boykin would be most effective. With his top three running backs out Saturday, Ramblers QB Jack Penn carried the offense in a 42-0 win over St. Ignatius. Penn has two fine WR targets in Owen Buscaglia and Joe Joyce.