By Michael O'Brien

Getting ready for Week 6 ... inside football's Super 25

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In 1913, Richard Nixon, Rosa Parks, Jimmy Hoffa, Woody Hayes, Vince Lombardi, Gerald Ford and Paul "Bear" Bryant were born.

Harriet Tubman, J.P Morgan and King George of Greece died.

The average income was $1,296, bread was six cents a loaf, gas was 12 cents a gallon, a new car cost $490 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 78.

The 16th amendment (income tax) was passed.

And New Trier and Evanston played each other for the first time in football.

The great North Shore rivalry will have its 99th renewal Friday night in Northfield.

Evanston leads the series 53-40-5. But New Trier has won 13 of the last 15.

New Trier-Evanston is more than a decade older than Mount Carmel-St. Rita.

It has been less one-sided (Mount Carmel leads that series 57-27-2). And they have not missed playing a year since it started when Woodrow Wilson was President.

New Trier-Evanston has been played more times than NapervilleNorth-Naperville Central, Lincoln-Way East-Lincoln-Way Central and Hinsdale South-Hinsdale Central combined.

The schools have produced a Heisman Trophy winner, a Super Bowl Bear, a Nobel Prize winner in physics and a who's who of the North Shore in sports, politics and show business.

During football's Week 5 ...

* Aurora Christian¹s Jordan Roberts has a state record 98 (and counting) career touchdown passes and figures to shatter the career passing yardage make against Luther South this weekend. Kudos also for receiver Matt Morse, who missed the first four weeks of the season following a bout with mono, but caught for TD passes including the ones that ties and broke the record.

And Roberts¹ younger brother, a freshman, was quarterbacking the Eagles sophomore teams and looks to be the heir.

* If you thought that there was no defense in Niles North¹s 64-63 win over Niles West, the Vikings were rung up for 75 points by Highland Park Friday.

This time, they didn't win.

* There were a few readers that thought I had lost my mind (again) when I put a 2-2 Joliet Catholic team in the Super 25 and not a 4-0 St. Patrick squad. I guess I can be right some of the time. JCA won 21-0.

* I had a chance Saturday to watch Bartlett against St. Charles North for a half and then I stopped by Conant to watch part of the Fremd-Schaumburg thriller. Both games were a lot more entertaining than my visit to The Cell Saturday night to watch the White Sox.
I've always been a So fan, but there is just no fire. This is the last weekend and they still are in a race for a division title. I don't get it.

Here's a look inside this week's Super 25:


1 Maine South (5-0) 1
Hosts Waukegan on Saturday
There might be a temptation to look ahead to showdown with Glenbrook South, but that would be a mistake. Waukegan has talent.

2 St. Rita (5-0) 2
At No. 16 Loyola on Saturday
The offense needs more consistency and a goof game from QB Larry Garrett. The defense will have to try to slow down quarterback Lucas Ruske, who has been the Ramblers¹ biggest ground gainer.

3 Naperville North (5-0) 3
No. 23 Naperville Central on Friday at North Central
Huskies have won five of the last six meetings to go up 20-18 in the series that is played at North Central College. This will be the first in a series of big tests for the reigning Class 8A state champions. Could Nick Mlady be the school¹s second consecutive Sun-Times Player of the Year?

4 Wheaton Warrenville South (5-0) 4
At West Aurora on Friday
The Tigers are improving every week after overcoming some personnel questions in the preseason. Quarterback Joe Furco and running back Peter Jarrett engineered a rout of Naperville Central.

5 Lincoln-Way East (5-0) 5
At Lockport on Friday
The Knights¹ quarterback Spencer Stanek completed 14-of-15 passes for 216 yards and threw three touchdowns against Lincoln-Way Central.

6 Bolingbrook (5-0) 6
At Lincoln-Way Central on Friday
Leave it to Geever.
Quarterback Brad Geever making all the right moves for the unbeaten Raiders, who can¹t afford to look ahead to their showdown with Lincoln-Way East.

7 Geneva (5-0) 7
DeKalb on Friday at Northern Illinois
Fullback Drew Fagot (87 yards on 13 carries) and junior quarterback Brandon Beitzel, who threw 120 yards take some of the heat off running back Michael Ratay.

8 Barrington (5-0) 9
Hosts Palatine on Saturday
Linebackers Alex Smith, Cam Good and Jason Bromm lead a defense that will be tested in a rare Saturday afternoon home game

9 Thornton (5-0) 10
At Thornridge on Saturday
Jamal Gray returned the opening kickoff 96 yards and then caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns against Thornwood.

10 Glenbard West (5-0) 11
At York on Friday
Shades of the Fridge as 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman Chris Watt scored one of 10 touchdowns, on a run, for the Hilltoppers.

11 Bartlett (5-0) 12
Elgin on Friday at Streamwood
Quarterback Josh Hassenberg was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass from Alex VanNess, but six Hawk turnovers are a concern

12 Hinsdale Central (4-1) 13
At Downers Grove North on Friday
Big day for quarterback John Whitelaw, who scored on runs of 25, 2, 30 and 39 yards and had a 52-yard gain that set up his six-yard TD pass to Rich Zajesk against Oak Park

13 Glenbrook South (5-0) 15
At Niles West on Friday
Interceptions by Peter Mann, Kyle Brubaker and Alex Garvey all turned into touchdowns in a 44-0 romp over Waukegan.

14 Mount Carmel (3-2) 19
At De La Salle on Friday
Milton Greer an for 193 yards and three touchdown as the Caravan snapped a two-game skid with an exclamation point.

15 Brother Rice (4-1) 8
Hosts Providence on Friday
The Crusaders had the bad fortune of facing an angry Mount Carmel team that was in desperate need of a big win. Tom Gibson was 17-for-26 for 147 yards in the loss.

16 Loyola (4-1) 17
Hosts No. 2 St. Rita on Saturday
Ramblers, who rolled over St. Ignatius, needs a win Saturday to have any chance at the Catholic Blue title.

17 Carmel (4-1) 20
Hosts Notre Dame on Friday
In its last two games after losing at Marist, the Corsairs have outscored its two opponents 99-20. Carmel had had a lot of success against this week¹s for, Notre Dame, in Mundelein.

18 Cary-Grove (5-0) 21
Hosts Woodstock on Friday
Kyle Leibforth had an interception return for a touchdown as the Trojans smashed Jacobs 41-0.

19 Fremd (4-1) 22
Hosts Conant on Friday
Brett Opitz¹ 33-yard field goal game the Vikings a dramatic win over Schaumburg Saturday at Conant. Michael Gyetvay ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

20 Morgan Park (3-2) 24
Simeon on Friday at Gately
Dominique Bell had four first-half touchdowns in a 47-0 win against Dunbar.

21 Joliet Catholic (3-2) 25
Hosts Marist on Friday
The running of Tyler Hudetz and the defense were the difference in a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten St. Patrick.

22 Lemont (5-0) NR
At Tinley Park on Friday
Junior Danny Hayes rushed 13 times for 87 yards to give the junior 667 yards on 89 carries this fall.

23 Naperville Central (4-1) 16
No. 3 Naperville North Friday at North Central College
The Redhawks had no answers for Wheaton Warrenville South. Next up is the crosstown rivalry with unbeaten Naperville North

24 Oak Forest (5-0) NR
Hosts Bremen on Friday
Mike Williams, a sophomore soccer player, had a 40-yard game-winning field goal, the first of his career, in the last minute of a 10-8 thriller over Hillcrest

25 Warren (4-1) NR
At Zion Benton on Friday
The defense made the difference and Aaron Montgomery¹s one-handed interception was a big play against a beat-up Lake Zurich

On the bubble: Hubbard, Glenbard North, Lincoln-Way Central, Nazareth,
Marist, Montini, Stevenson, York, Sandburg, Wheaton North, Grant, Robeson, Rich East.


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