By Michael O'Brien

After Week 3 ...

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Sitting in the press box at The Cell I am reminded that the 1960s oldie "Raindrops"

First of all, I've had about all the raindrops I can take, but I am also reminded that the singer of the classic, Dee Clark is a graduate of Marshall.

Weather was a big factor Friday with upsets all over the place

The three biggest upsets in my opinion:

1. St. Francis over Driscoll -- A seven-time reigning state champion goes down after looking almost unbeatable the first two game of the season. Hats off to St. Francis running back Mark Kachmer, who is making believers every week.

2. Marist over Carmel
It was supposed to be the Corsairs' year. Carmel opened the season with an impressive performance in a win over Joliet Catholic without completing a pass. In Week 2, the passing game led to a win over Libertyville. On Friday, the RedHawks were in control.

I guess it wasn't a surprise to everyone, I received this e-mail Saturday --
I wasn't surprised Marist won; in fact it would have been an upset if they lost. If I'm not mistaken, the Senior class were co-conference champs as Sophomores and the Juniors were conference champs as Freshman, so this year I would predict good things for this Varsity team. It helps they were picked to finish so low in their conference that I feel they can only lose if they beat themselves with too many mistakes. When all is said and done, I think Coach Dunne will appreciate his rookie season.
Philip J. Horvath
Class of '83

New coach Pat Dunne is making believers at Marist. And the former RedHawks is one of the youngest coaches in the area at 27.

3. Providence over Mount Carmel
The No 1 team going down is not the biggest upset?
Well, five fumbles really hurt the Caravan. But Providence is far better than expected. A four-point loss in the season opener to Lincoln-Way East now looks like my friend Edgy Tim called "a good loss." L-Way East is 3-0 and beat 2007 Class 8A semifinalist Homewwood-Flossmoor 29-0 Friday on the road. In Week 2 the Celtics shut out a ranked Fenwick team.
It doesn't get easier. Providence heads to Wilmette Saturday to face a 2-1 Loyola.
The Ramblers lost at Brother Rice 16-7 on Friday and turnovers, again, were the culprit.

Games I wish I had seen in no particular order:

Niles North's 64-63 win over Niles West, but on;y on a Saturday. That had to be a deadline buster. In most other games, the weather held scoring down

Thornton's four-overtime victory over Crete-Monee --- also would request that for a Saturday.

St. Francis' upset of Driscoll. Has St. Francis ever had a bigger win on the gridiron>

Any of the Friday upsets

Looking ahead

In the East Suburban Catholic, there is a battle of unbeatens Friday night. But none of the teams that have been ranked this fall -- Joliet Catholic, Carmel or now Marist -- in involved
This one sends St. Patrick to Notre Dame.

Mount Carmel's loss doesn't diminish its rivalry matchup at St. Rita on Friday night. It will still draw a huge crowd to 78th and Western. By the way, when is the last time Mount Carmel lost two consecutive conference games?

First for a No. 1?
When is the last time a team moved up to No. 1 without playing? Maine South, which had its game against Glenbrook North moved to Monday in Park Ridge, took over as the area's top team in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25

Friday night lights
Growing up on the North Shore, I never thought that I would ever see lights at Evanston for football. But the Wildkits played, and won, its first night game Friday.
Maine South is also expected to follow and have lights installed with a new turf field.
Maine West has plans for a fieldhouse.

1-2 but for from through
Don't be surprised in Joliet Catholic, Morgan Park and Stevenson all make runs at finishing 7-2 or 6-3. JCA started with Carmel and Wheaton Warrenville South before smashing Nazareth on Friday. Morgan Park lost close games to Brother Rice at Soldier Field and at Bolingbrook, but appear to be the class of the Public League. And Stevenson busted out after an 0-2 start to smash Lake Forest. Richards could also be around for the post season after a 1-2 start with losses to Morgan Park and Oak Forest.

Here is this week's Super 25

1 Maine South (2-0) 2
Glenbrook North today; at Maine East on Friday
Running game adds offensive balance for QB Charlie Goro & Co,

2 St. Rita (3-0) 3
hosts No. 11 Mount Carmel on Friday
Marty Hopkins and Dave Marciano give defense a 1-2 punch

3 Naperville North (3-0) 5
at West Chicago on Friday
Confidnece grows for Larry McKeon's reigning 8A state champions

4 Wheaton Warrenville South (3-0) 6
hosts No. 15 Glenbard North on Friday
Peter Jarrett and the Tigers face a big test in the DuPage Valley

5 Lincoln-Way East (3-0) 8
hosts Bradley on Friday
How big does Week 1 Providence win look now?

6 Bolingbrook (3-0) 9
hosts Lincoln-Way North on Friday
Geever and Martin make big plays for offense

7 Geneva (3-0) 7
hosts Glenbard South on Friday
RB Michael Ratay is Player of the Year candidate

8 Brother Rice (3-0) 10
Leo on Saturday at Gately
"Double D" Dwane Dade makes a difference

9 Barrington (3-0) 11
hosts Buffalo Grove on Friday
QB Cody Seeger on target

10 Providence (2-1) NR
at Loyola on Saturday
Lineman Patrick Ward said the Celtics are back

11 Mount Carmel (2-1) 1
at No. 2 St. Rita on Friday
Were the first two games too easy?

12 Thornton (3-0) 12
hosts Rich Central on Saturday
Unlike 2007, Wildcats are finding ways to win

13 Glenbard West (2-0) 13
Oak Park today; at Proviso West Friday
Flooding makes this a busy week for the Hilltoppers

14 Bartlett (3-0) 15
at Lake Park on Friday
Passing fancy: QB Josh Hasenberg to WR Cory Brown

15 Glenbard North (2-1) 16
at No. 4 Wheaton Warrenvillle South on Friday
A potent pair in RB Tyler Doll and QB Evan Watkins

16 Hinsdale Central (2-1) 17
hosts Hinsdale South on Friday
Rich Zajeski: 168 yards on eight carries with three touchdowns and caught five passes for 70 yards

17 Marist (3-0) NR
at Nazareth on Saturday
12 tackles for MLB Tim Kingsbury vs. Carmel

18 Lincoln-Way Central (3-0) 21
hosts Stagg on Friday
Defense and QB Kyle Plarski keep Knights perfect

19 Wheaton North (2-1) 14
hosts No. 24 Naperville Central on Friday
Mike Trumpy had his moments but the road in the DVC is tough

20 Carmel (2-1) 4
hosts Benet on Friday
Sean Madison's TD run was a bright spot at Marist

21 Cary-Grove (3-0) 23
hosts Johnsburg on Saturday
Coach Bruce Kay's Trojans just keep rolling

22 Lake Zurich (2-1) 25
hosts Stevenson on Friday
Tom Flaherty and Tanner Witt key comeback vs. Libertyville

23 Glenbrook South (3-0) NR
at Maine West on Friday
Remember the Titans? Two TD catches for Trent Monckton vs. Highland Park

24 Naperville Central (3-0) NR
at No. 19 Wheaton North on Friday
WR Riley O'Toole is 6-4 and tough to defend

25 Fremd (2-1) NR
at Rolling Meadows on Friday
Evan Wright's TD on the second half kickoff ignited the Vikings

On the bubble: St. Francis, Oak Forest, York, Hubbard, Lemont, Morgan Park, Joliet Catholic, Loyola, Nazareth, St. Patrick.

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Provi has a hard three weeks. They need a big win this week or they are back to square one. The Celtic defense is improving every week. They did a great job of holding the MC offense to a field goal after Provi fumbled at the 10. Keep it up D!!

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