Week 8 High School Football Capsule Previews
October 17, 2013 9:38PM
Lincoln-Way East quarterback Jordan Wirtz looks for a receiver Friday night against Sandburg at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media
Lincoln-Way East (6-1)
at Bolingbrook (7-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Outlook: The Griffins are going to need to mix it up on offense, allowing quarterback Jordan Wirtz to throw it and the running game, led by Brian Casey, to pound away at an extremely physical Raiders defense. Receiver Colin O’Connell is a top target for Wirtz. Bolingbrook alternates at quarterback between Quincy Woods and Dariel Greer. Woods primarily runs, where Greer adds a passing dimension. Bolingbrook running back Jaden Huff is a hard one to bring down. East’s defense will likely key on the Raiders running attack and attempt to force them to the air.
St. Rita (6-1) at Brother Rice (3-4)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Outlook: St. Rita has redemption on its mind after suffering two defeats to Brother Rice last season: 23-21 and 34-30. Not only that, but with undefeated Loyola on tap in Week 9, St. Rita needs a win here to keep alive its hopes of garnering a piece of the Catholic Blue title. Quarterback Tommy Mister (103 carries, 858 yards, 16 TDs) is the go-to guy carrying the rock, but running backs D.J. Miles and Jovaughn Sparks warrant attention. Rice running back Marcus Jones is coming off a 250-yard performance vs. Bishop McNamara. Quarterback Alex Alarcon (105 of 195, 1,283 yards) and receiver Luke Mueller are dangerous.
Lemont (3-4) at Bremen (6-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Lemont has won all seven meetings between the two teams, outscoring Bremen 252-32 in the process. Yikes. But if the Indians are going to extend their playoff streak to 10 seasons, they must win here. The Indians will need a big game out of running back Julio Aleman. Another key will be Lemont’s special teams, which suffered nightmares during a 41-40 loss to T.F. North in Week 7. Bremen quarterback Tyler Banovich (62-of-110, 966 yards) boasts a strong, accurate arm and has multiple options. Tops among them, Drequan Brown. Defensive lineman Anthony Weaver had four sacks in Week 7.
Providence (4-3) vs. Mount Carmel (6-1) at Gately Stadium
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ch. 26.2, 11 a.m. Saturday (tape delay)
Outlook: Providence will need to rely on the arm and decision-making of quarterback Justin Hunniford (106 of 173, 1,215 yards, 10) and the receiving skills of Miles Boykin (34 catches, 488 yards, 7 TDs) and Luke Quaranta to pull off the upset. Running back Dominic Lagone (145-988, 16) is another option out of the backfield. The Caravan will be without running back Matt Domer, who is injured. But his backfield mate, Jimmy Mickens, is more than capable of shouldering the load. Quarterback Marko Boricich, who sat out a Week 7 win over St. Laurence, is expected to start this week.
Fenwick (6-1) at De La Salle (5-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Outlook: Both teams look to regroup after suffering Week 7 losses. Especially De La Salle, which absorbed a 48-0 shellacking to Loyola. While the Friars and Meteors are tied atop the Catholic League White at 2-0, the most glaring difference between the two is points allowed. Fenwick has given up just 82 points, while De La Salle has allowed a whopping 209. The Meteors defense will have its hands full containing running back Robert Spillane and quarterback Gino Cavalieri. Vanderbilt bound running back Mikale Wilbon (97-1,128, 16) will need to come through if the Meteors are to remain atop the White Division.
Compiled by Pat Disabato