Marist's Flynn Nagel nears the end zone after make a fabulous catch. Joliet Catholic Academy's Keith Craig attempts the tackle. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:38AM
Mount Carmel (4-0) at St. Rita (4-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Mount Carmel owns a 58-30-2 edge in the all-time series. The Caravan will try to move the chains by way of a steady dose of Matt Domer (37 carries, 285 yards, 4 TDs) and Jimmy Mickens (43, 318, 3), sprinkled in with some timely passing by QB Marko Boricich (27-of-41, 397 yards). If St. Rita is going to move the ball against a dominant Caravan defense, it’s going to have to allow QB Tommy Mister (23-of-38, 430 yards) to target WRs Julian Crum (9 catches, 194 yards) and Malik Space more often. It’s unlikely St. Rita moves the ball consistently by way of a ground attack, despite the success of Mister (57 carries, 526 yards).
Lincoln-Way East (4-0) at Homewood-Flossmoor (4-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, High School Cube
Outlook: East’s offense is beginning to click after a slow start and has cut down on turnovers. That trend must continue against a big and athletic H-F defense. East QB Jordan Wirtz is coming off his finest performance of the season and boasts a top receiver in Austin Winkler. Alex Kraft has been the go-to guy out of the backfield for East. H-F has multiple weapons on offense. QB Isaac Cutrara has been remarkably consistent with his arm and decision-making. RB Devonte Harley-Hampton is a threat out of the backfield with his running and pass-catching abilities. Ditto Vashon Nutt.
Marist (3-1) vs. Joliet Catholic (4-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday (at Memorial Stadium), High School Cube
Outlook: The RedHawks defense allowed St. Patrick to rush for 393 yards Saturday in Marist’s 42-34 win. The RedHawks have to deal with Joliet Catholic’s Michael Ivlow, who has 1,017 yards on 88 carries, with 10 TDs. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 42-0 win over Nazareth — the same Nazareth that Marist took down 43-37 in Week 3. The RedHawks, behind QB Jack Donegan (85-of-125, 1,114 yards, 13 TDs), WRs Flynn Nagel (33 catches, 466 yards, 7 TDs) and Nic Weishar (28, 366, 3) and RB Peter Andreotti (91 carries, 497 yards, 5 TDs), will score points. Can Marist’s defense slow Ivlow and Co.
Thornton (3-1) at Lincoln-Way North (4-0)
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday
Outlook: There hasn’t been a more explosive performer on offense than North’s Julian Hylton (108 carries, 898 yards, 13 TDs). However, Thornton has a trio of game-breakers in QB JoWahn Brown (79-of-122, 827 yards, 9 TDs), WR Jauan Wesley (29 catches, 347 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Cavion Clanton (67, 423). The Wildcats prefer to throw quick passes that allow their playmakers space to work. The Wildcats can strike deep, which will challenge North’s secondary. Phoenix QB Ryan Arthur (36-of-58, 524 yards) must avoid turning the ball over and keep the Wildcats defense honest by way of the pass.
Evergreen Park (4-0) at Richards (4-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Evergreen Park boasts two game-breakers in RB Keyshawn Carpenter (53 carries, 270 yards, 3 TDs) and WR Jacquet McClendon (17 catches, 208 yards, 2 TDs). QB Jonathan O’Brien (28-of-55, 390 yards, 4 TDs) is a dual threat. The Mustangs must somehow find a way to slow down the speedy Bulldogs. QB Hasan Muhammad-Rogers (52-of-87, 923 yards, 12 TDs) has a cannon for an arm and WRs Tacari Carpenter (16 catches, 319 yards, 5 TDs), Dedrick Shannon Jr. (12, 218, 1) and Spencer Tears (17, 179, 2) at his disposal. It’s worth noting that Evergreen Park stunned Richards 33-0 in 2011 in Oak Lawn.