Two Friday night games football in the south suburbs pit teams ranked in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25 going head-tohead — Oak Forest at Richards in a South Suburban crossover and Lincoln-Way Central at Bolingbrook in the SouthWest Suburban
After Richards' dramitic 23-21 victory over Morgan Park on Saturday night at Gately Stadium on a 22-yard field goal with 0.1 seconds to play, Gary Korhonen, the state's winningest coach predicted more of the same when Richards hosts Oak Forest Friday and travels to Lemont next week
"I looked at the three games and thought we could be 3-0, 2-1, 1-2 or 0-3," Kornonen said. "That's how close these teams are." Quarterback Tommie Thomas, a Sun-Times All-Area defensive back last season is a threat on both sides of the line.
Lincoln-Way Central pulled off a huge upset in the opener, coming from a 20-0 deficit to beat East St. Louis in overtime on a Jake Wieclaw field goal. I've been to East St. Louis and winning on that field is a huge achievement. It's one of the toughest places to play in Illinois and has been for years. Bob Shannon's teams dominated the early years of the state playoffs. Wieclaw, also a receiver, was also an All-Area selection by the Sun-Times as a junior kicker.
Bolingbrook fell two yards short of beating Downers Grove South in its opener in a game that was played late on Saturday night at Benedictine University. Coach Ivlow's teams are always in the hunt and Erik Smith, who is committed to Wisconsin, came into the season as one of the area's most heralded running backs. Last year's game between the two powers was a barnburner.