By Michael O'Brien

October 2008 Archives

Mount Carmel's freshman sensation

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Check out this video on Mount Carmel frosh Malcom Hill-Bey...

Football's Super 25 with Week 9 in the books

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Score one for the stripes.
The lightening delay of nearly on hour at Hinsdale Central Friday night was not uncommon around the area
But the delay came with less than two minutes to play in the half.
When the teams returned, the officials got the coaches to agree to no halftime.

The rain didn't stop an enthusiastic :White Out" by the students from visiting Glenbard West. Despite the rain and lightening, the white-clad Hilltoppers wouldn't let it be a wash out and stayed until the end.

A twist to Niles North's victory over Glenbrook North Saturday, Both teams came in 4-4. But neither made the state playoffs. Niles North was eliminated by playoff points, a lack of them, and Glenbrook North, which had the points after nonconference games against Maine South and Glenbrook South, didn't get to five wins.


1 MAINE SOUTH (9-0) 1
Hosts Stevenson on Saturday
The Hawks got a break as a No. 2 seed when Lane Tech edged Glenbrook South for the No. 3. If the defense can stop big plays, look for the Hawks in Champaign

2 NAPERVILLE NORTH (9-0) 2
Hosts Simeon
No one else had the Huskies ahead of WW South. A tough field in the bottom half of Class 8A with Bolingbrook, Brother Rice, Lincoln-Way East, Mount Carmel, Downers Grove South and Hinsdale Central.

3 BOLINGBROOK (9-0) 4
Hosts Curie
Is this the year for "The Brook" to go all the way? Bolingbrook's defense is as good or better than anyone in Class 8A. I'm with Edgy Tim -- John Ivlow is my Coach of the Week nominee.

4 GLENBARD WEST (9-0) 5
Hosts Wheaton North on Saturday
The Hilltoppers are 9-0 for the first time since 1991. This team can run the blow, throw it and has as good a defense as I've seen. The offensive line, even minus Notre Dame recruit Chris Watt, impressed.

5 GENEVA (9-0) 6
Hosts Rolling Meadows
After watching the Vikes against Batavia, Edgy called RB Michael Ratay this year's John Dergo (the former Morris star and Sun-Times Player of the Year. Close to 2,000 yards and 32 TDs so far.

6 WHEATON WARRENVILLE SOUTH (8-1) 3
Hosts Downers Grove North
Like Naperville North a year ago, don't be surprised if a Week 9 loss is this team's last. When is the last time the Tigers lost when they scored at least seven points?

7 BARTLETT (9-0) 7
Hosts Notre Dame
The Hawks will try to end several years of playoff frustration for Upstate Eight teams. Notre Dame gave Joliet Catholic a tough game in Week 9.

8 LINCOLN-WAY EAST (8-1) 9
Hosts Waubonsie Valley
Turnovers against Bolingbrook was the culprit in the Griffins only loss. The reward for a win in the playoff opener is a second-round game against Mount Carmel or Naperville Central.

9 GLENBROOK SOUTH (8-1) 10
Hosts Schaumburg
Remember the Titans? This is one of those teams that no one is anxious to tackle in the state playoffs. Is a semifinal rematch against Maine South in the cards?

10 ST. RITA (8-1) 11
Hosts Bradley
Some banged up Mustangs got to week to recover. The question is, can St. Rita return to the form it showed in Week 4 against Mount Carmel.

11 MOUNT CARMEL (7-2) 12
No. 23 Naperville Central Friday at Gately
This isn't the same team that played the first month of the regular season. QB Jordan Lynch can be a difference maker in the post season.

12 BROTHER RICE (7-2) 13
Hosts Sandburg
I came away more impressed with the Crusaders when they lost at St. Rita than when I watched them beat Loyola in the mud. QB Tom Gibson makes things happen.


13 LOYOLA (7-2) 14
Hosts No. 18 Glenbard North Saturday
Loyola is a different team at home and that is where they will open the playoffs. The defense is big and fast and will be ready for RB Tyler Doll and QB Evan Watkins.

14 CARMEL (8-1) 15
Hosts Wheeling
Whatever happened at Marist was more than six weeks ago. The Corsairs and their tough running game are looking for a long tournament run.

15 CARY-GROVE (9-0) 16
Hosts Rockford Guilford
The Trojans have won 33 conference games in a row. Does this team have the magic that Bruce Kay's 2004 Class 7A runnerup had in the postseason


16 HINSDALE CENTRAL (7-2) 8
At No. 25 Downers Grove South
The weather really limited QB John Whitelaw's ability to throw on Friday night. There may not be a better playoff opener than Hinsdale-Downers South in the state.

17 JOLIET CATHOLIC (7-2) 18
Hosts Crete-Monee
The Hilltoppers can't look ahead, but Providence could be next if JCA wins and the Celtics get by Oak Forest.

18 GLENBARD NORTH (6-3) 19
At No. 13 Loyola on Saturday
One of two first-round battles between the Catholic League Blue and SDuPage Valley. Winning in Wilmette won't be easy for the Panthers.

19 LEMONT (9-0) 20
Hosts Lake Forest
The Indians are on the opposite side of the bracket from Joliet Catholic and Providence, two of the three top teams in terms of state titles. And Lemont got a taste of Champaign last year.

20 WARREN (8-1) 21
Hosts York on Saturday
The Blue Devils won a close game against New Trier, lost one to Maine South and then ran the table in the North Suburban Lake. The offense can pile up points in a hurry

21 ANTIOCH (9-0) 22
Hosts Harlan
Cameron White has monster stats. The Sequoits running back is averaging more than 18 yards a carry.

22 MONTINI (9-0) 23
Hosts Clark on Saturday
A lot of people in the western suburbs are hoping for a Montini-Nazareth matchup down the line. The Broncos capped a perfect regular season with a 14-13 win over rival Driscoll on Saturday.

23 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL (6-3) NR
No. 11 Mount Carmel Fri. at Gately
Another Catholic League-DVC classic. The Redhawks have exceeded preseason predictions and could easily by 8-1.

24 PALATINE (7-2) NR
At Fremd on Friday
A first-round matchup of district rivals figures to be a shootout. The Pirates have been the surprise of the MSL after knocking off Fremd and Barrington.

25 DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH (7-2) NR
Hosts No. 16 Hinsdale Central
Close losses to Bolingbrook and York are in the distant pass. The Mustangs have waited a year after getting upset in the first round in 2007 after a 9-0 regular season.


On the bubble: Robeson, Fremd, Plainfield Central, Prospect, Morgan Park,
St. Francis, Lane, Driscoll, Barrington, Nazareth, Thornton


It's going to be a long night at Hinsdale

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Lightening might be in the are and the sophomore game a wayyyyy long

Looks like Hinsdale Central running back Rich Zajesky is out
And Glenbard West lineman Chris Watt will be held out too

Delays

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Lightening has stopped sophomore games at St. Rita and Geneva

Could be a long night in Prepland

Football's Super 25 through Week 8

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It's kind of a sad day when you hear that a school, Luther North, voted not to finish its season.
Sure, the numbers are down and the team was winless.
But St. Joseph went for years with a win and didn't vote to shut down.
Maine East has not won a game since 2004 and didn't vote to shut down.
Aurora Christian has its senior night scheduled for Friday against Luther North. And its quarterback, Jordan Roberts needed just 101 passing yards to become the state's all-time leader.
Sure, Roberts will get his record. But the Eagles play Wheaton Academy at West Chicago, so he won't have a chance to set the mark at home.
And Aurora Christian will open the playoffs at home, so the seniors will still get their due.

TEAMS I'D CHOOSE TO AVOID: With the playoffs set to start in less than two weeks, I thought I'd take a look at five teams I wouldn't want to meet up with early in the state series. My picks:

1. Palatine -- The Pirates have some guys back that were missing in early season losses to Lake Forest and Conant. After back-to-back upset wins over Fremd and Barrington, this is a dangerous team.
2. Brother Rice -- I can't possibly sort out the ups and downs for the five teams in the Catholic League Blue, but Crusaders' QS Tom Gibson makes big plays and with a decent draw, this team could go a long way.
3. Morgan Park -- It was a difficult week for coach Lexie Spurlock, with the tragic death of his step-daughter in a motorcycle accident. The first three weeks, the Mustangs played Brother Rice, Richards and Bolingbrook for a reason. The reason was to prepare for the postseason.
4. The Wheaton Warrenville South-Naperville North loser -- Last year, WW South won on a two-point conversion in triple overtime. But by the end of Thanksgiving weekend, it was the Huskies who won a state title. I still believe that the Week 9 loss took some pressure off.
5. Lincoln-Way East -- Turnovers killed the Griffins against Bolingbrook. But the Griffins have never missed the state playoffs under coach Rob Zvonar. And I wouldn't expect them to beat themselves again.

WEEK 9 VENUES: The first American football game at Toyota Park is on tap Friday night when Fenwick faces De La Salle. It is the second "home" night game for the Friars. The first was homecoming at Morton West.
And Mount Carmel will play Hales Franciscan at its school on Friday afternoon.


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

1 MAINE SOUTH (8-0) 1
At Niles West on Saturday
The Hawks' offense, led by QS Charlie Goro, RB Matt Perez, WR Joey Orlando and an improving line, is going to put up points no matter what the weather is like, but it will be the defense that will determine the team's fate.

2 NAPERVILLE NORTH (8-0) 2
Hosts No. 3 WW South on Friday
Pat Waite, Nick Mlady and Co. brace for the DuPage Valley title game, but both teams will host playoff openers and be among the favorites, the Huskies to repeat in 8A and the Tigers in 7A.

3 WHEATON WARRENVILLE SOUTH (8-0) 3
At No. 2 Naperville North on Friday
This isn't the same team that barely survived its opener at Hinsdale Central. There is some help back on defense, but sometime, perhaps Friday, RB Peter Jarrett will be missed.

4 BOLINGBROOK (8-0) 4
At Lockport on Friday
The conference title is secure. Now, coach John Ivlow's Raiders are tuning up for the Class 8A playoffs. The Brook is dreaming of an never before done trifecta -- state titles in football as well as boys and girls basketball.

5 GLENBARD WEST (8-0) 5
At No. 8 Hinsdale Central on Friday
Chris Watt said his goal is to return from an ankle injury and play in the West Suburban Silver championship game Friday at Hinsdale Central.

6 GENEVA (8-0) 6
Hosts Batavia on Friday
From what I've seen, Geneva-Batavia is easily one of the three or four best rivalries in Chicago area high school sports. The Vikings have been blasting everyone its its way. But this game is always a war. RB Michael Ratay has 26 TDs and the defense has been outstanding.

7 BARTLETT (8-0) 8
At East Aurora on Friday
The Hawks and QS Josh Hasenberg should coast to the school's first unbeaten Upstate Eight varsity football title. How far this teams can go in the Class 8A playoffs could depend on its defense and special teams.

8 HINSDALE CENTRAL (7-1) 9
Hosts No. 5 Glenbard West on Friday
QS John Whitelaw has been spectacular at times. One of those times was Saturday when he passed for 237 yards and ran for 144 more. Both teams could go a long way in the state playoffs, Hinsdale in Class 8A and the Hilltoppers in 7A.

9 LINCOLN-WAY EAST (7-1) 10
Hosts Sandburg on Friday
Joliet felt the wrath of the Griffins, who bounced back with an exclamation point from a loss at Bolingbrook. It was 42-0 at halftime.

10 GLENBROOK SOUTH (7-1) 11
At New Trier on Friday
Both the Titans and New Trier had second-half leads against Maine South before falling. Something to watch is New Trier's history of success against Glenbrook South. The running game with Mike Hirsch and Michael Schroeder is solid, but QS Ryan Hopkins' arm will be a key.

11 ST. RITA (7-1) 12
Hosts Hope Academy on Friday
For the first time all year the Mustangs face an opponent with a better record. What will be interesting is seeing Class 1A Hope Academy, which I needed to Google to locate, in the playoffs against the smallest schools in the state.

12 MOUNT CARMEL (6-2) 13
Hosts Hales Franciscan on Friday
A lot of people wrote off the Caravan after back-to-back losses at Providence and St. Rita. But Jordan Lynch and Co. has made a lot of strides. Friday will mark the first varsity game played on campus for a school that opened in 1900.

13 BROTHER RICE (6-2) 14
Hosts Guerin on Friday
QS Tom Gibson and RB Frank Renardo make the Crusaders a team that not a whole lot of people are going to want to see in the state playoffs. Turnovers were costly at St. Rita. The Brother Rice freshmen knocked off St. Rita Saturday to win the Catholic League Blue title.

14 LOYOLA (6-2) 15
Gordon Tech Friday at North Park
If the team that dominated St. Rita shows up for the state playoffs, look out. The Ramblers have size, speed and play makers on both sides of the line.

15 CARMEL (7-1) 16
At No. 24 Nazareth on Friday
The Corsairs have crushed all comers since losing in the rain at Marist. But its win over Joliet Catholic in Week 1 was a nonconference game so this one is for second place in the East Suburban Catholic.

16 CARY-GROVE (8-0) 17
At McHenry on Friday
Trojans own the Fox Valley and should wrap up another unbeaten conference slate on Friday. The question is whether this team is good enough for a return trip to Champaign in Class 7A. A guess is that it could be.

17 THORNTON (7-1) 7
Hosts Bloom on Saturday
The athletically gifted Wildcats can cause people headaches. Dante Tolbert has come on and usually finds his way to the end zone.

18 JOLIET CATHOLIC (6-2) 19
At Notre Dame on Friday
Figure the Hilltoppers for Class 6A in the playoffs. An 0-2 start against Carmel and Wheaton Warrenville South was a long time ago. Tyler Hudetz and Co. have confidence heading to the playoffs.

19 GLENBARD NORTH (5-3) 20
At West Aurora on Friday
The Panthers losses were to teams that are 24-0. Tyler Doll makes big plays, and smart ones, for a team that showed a year ago that it can hits its stride in the postseason.

20 LEMONT (8-0) 21
At Bremen on Friday
With major graduation losses, a lot of people wrote this team off after an appearance in last year's Class 6A title game. That was a mistake. The Indians are 8-0 for the first time in school history and a second consecutive trip to Champaign could happen.

21 WARREN (7-1) 22
At Round Lake on Friday
The North Suburban Lake champion's only blemish was a loss to top-rated Maine South. Leonard Brady was a keyon defense. The offense burried Stevenson in the second half.

22 ANTIOCH (8-0) 25
Hosts Lakes on Friday
Has a team ever gone from 0-9 to 9-0 in two years? The Sequoits can with a win on Friday night. Coach Brian Glashagel was honored as the Chicago Bears coach of the week.

23 MONTINI (8-0) NR
Hosts Driscoll on Saturday
Showdown Saturday in the Suburban Catholic as Montini tries to finish an unbeaten regular season. Last year, both teams were unbeaten when they met and the Highlanders won and went on to a state title. But that game was in Addison.

24 NAZARETH (7-1) NR
Hosts No. 15 Carmel on Saturday
Tim Racki's Roadrunners can make a big statement that they have made it to the top echelon in the East Suburban Catholic as both teams tune up for the postseason.

25 HUNTLEY (8-0) NR
At Johnsburg on Friday
The Red Raiders are in the Super 25 for the first time after a field goal by Tor Larkin -- his first of the season -- capped a come-from-behind win against Prairie Ridge..

On the bubble: Naperville Central, Robeson, Palatine, Driscoll, Fremd,
Plainfield Central, Prospect, Downers Grove South, Morgan Park, St. Francis, Lane


Trouble at Bloom...

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First look at hoops skeds...

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Basketball schedules have started popping up at the office, here are some interesting games that I've noticed so far:

Nov. 29 - Warren at Waukegan
Dec. 2 - Bolingbrook at Joliet
Dec. 3 - Zion-Benton at Warren
Dec. 5 - Waukegan at Glenbrook North
Dec. 6 - Bolingbrook at Thornton
Dec. 9 - Glenbrook South at Waukegan
Dec. 12 - Mount Carmel at Fenwick
Dec. 12 - Evanston vs. New Trier at Northwestern
Dec. 13 - Shootout at University of Illinois (Waukegan vs. Rock Island and more)
Dec. 16 - Fenwick at De La Salle
Dec. 19 - Waukegan at New Trier
Dec. 20 - Hillcrest Shootout (featuring Hillcrest, Richards, Rich East
Dec. 20 - Moraine Valley Shootout (featuring TF North)
Jan. 10 - St. Joseph at Evanston
Jan. 16 - Evanston at Waukegan
Jan. 19 - MLK Shootout at Joliet featuring Joliet, Lockport, East Aurora, etc.)
Jan. 31 - Zion-Benton at Lake Forest Academy
Feb. 3 - North Chicago at Waukegan
Feb. 10 - Zion-Benton at Waukegan
Feb. 14 - Peoria Central at TF North (good chance to see fabulous frosh Bobo Drummond)
Feb. 14 - Mount Carmel at Lake Forest Academy
Feb. 14 - Glenbrook South at Schaumburg
Feb. 20 - Batavia Night of Hoops (Simeon vs. East Aurora, more to come)
Feb. 21 - Brehm Prep at Lake Forest Academy
Feb. 21 - Waukegan at Evanston
Feb. 24 - Glenbrook North at Evanston

Young is playing an unprecedented schedule. The Dolphins play in eight states: Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California and Ohio. They play national powers like St. Benedict, Oak Hill, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Mater Dei and St. Anthony.

But there will not be a bigger game all season than the conference showdown with North Lawndale at the Dolphin Dome on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Get there early.

Please send all boys basketball schedules to preps@chicagosuntimes.com or fax them to 312-321-0122.

Former Hubbard star contributes at California

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Check out this column on former Hubbard star Sean Cattouse:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/10/05/SP1013BN6L.DTL

The Sun-Times Super 25 after Week 7

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Wih seven weeks in the books, it appears that preseason All-American Craig Drummond is set to make his 2008 debut for Morgan Park.

''I expect him to play next week," Mustangs' coach Lexie Spurlock said on the field Saturday night after his Mustangs had knocked off previously unbeaten Hubbard, "and just in time for the playoffs."

The city playoffs begin in Week 9 and teams that qulify for the state playoffs, leave the city tournament for as long as they are playing in the state tournament.
Drummond, who was one of the most highly recruited players in the nation, broke a bone in his foot and has been on the mend since the summer.
It was refreshing to see a Chicago Public League game, in what has become the city's best football rivalry, where there was no drama about paddling, recruiting or officiating.

The teams played hard and both are headed for the state playoffs.

In the Illini Prairie State League, Morgan Park, Hubard and Simeon are all 3-1 heading into the last week. All three are big favorites this weekend. The tiebreaker for the city playoffs favors Hubbard. It is the defensive points allowed in games between the three. Simeon's 45-43 win over Morgan Park knocked those two teams out of the tiebreaker.

In the "there's no place like home" conference AKA the Catholic League Blue, it all comes down to Brother Rice at St. Rita riday night. Both teams are 6-1 and both are 2-1 in the league.

This week's battle of unbeatens will pit Lemont at Oak Forest Friday night.

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


1 MAINE SOUTH (7-0) 1
Hosts New Trier on Saturday
Call it "The Drive." Goro Engineers a game-winning drive from his 5 to the Glenbrook South 11 in the last 1:02. Joey Orlando booted a game-winning 28-yard field goal and caught 11 passes that observers felt would have been good from 50 yards out.

2 NAPERVILLE NORTH (7-0) 2
At Wheaton North on Friday
Huskies can't afford to look ahead to its week 9 showdown with WW South. They'll face a Wheaton North team that has been very beat up, but has Northwestern-bound running back Mike Trumpy in the lineup after he missed a week.

3 WHEATON WARRENVILLE SOUTH (7-0) 3
Hosts Glenbard East on Friday
Losing RB Peter Jarrett didn't slow the Tigers down against Wheaton North. A 21-point explosion late in the second quarter ended any doubt in the battle of Wheatons. The sea of Orange made for a nice touch.

4 BOLINGBROOK (7-0) 5
At Sandburg on Friday
With just three starters back from last year, I don't think a lot of people thought the Raiders would be 7-0 heading to Sandburg. The defense took advantage of six turnovers, including a long touchdown run with by Roosevelt Holliday with a ball he stripped away, against Lincoln-Way East Friday. The Brook must avoid a letdown against a Sandburg team that shares first place in conference with them.

5 GLENBARD WEST (7-0) 6
Hosts Lyons on Saturday
This is a big rivalry game for the Hilltoppers. Chris Watt sat out the second half against Downers North, but should be ready. It's hard not to look ahead to Hinsdale Central in Week 9, but coach Chad Hetlet does a terrific job of preparing his team.

6 GENEVA (7-0) 7
Hosts Kaneland on Friday
Vikings are proving to be more than Michael Ratay. Coach Rob Wicinski's team has been pounding people and looks like a team that no one is going to be anxious to see in the state playoffs.

7 THORNTON (7-0) 8
No. 8 Bartlett Sat. at Streamwood
A big fourth quarter got the Wildcats past T.F. North. Did many people see Saturday night's battle with Bartlett as a marquee game? QB Darren Jones and RB Dante Tolbert are coach Bill Mosel's dynamic duo on offense.

8 BARTLETT (7-0) 9
No. 7 Thornton Sat. at Streamwood
The Hawks escaped against Neuqua Valley with a late score. Thornton will present a contrast in styles.

9 HINSDALE CENTRAL (6-1) 11
At Proviso West on Friday
A five-touchdown pass day for quarterback John Whitelaw -- three to Alex Kirk -- too much for York.

10 LINCOLN-WAY EAST (6-1) 4
Hosts Joliet on Friday
The Griffins completely dominated the first half and only led 10-6 against Bolingbrook. The second half the Griffins were victimized by turnovers.

11 GLENBROOK SOUTH (6-1) 10
Hosts Evanston on Saturday
Maine South will remember the Titans. Coach Dave Inserra's first words after his team's dramatic win on Friday night were "We'll see them again in the playoffs. That is a very good football team." If Mike Noll's Titans were under the radar, they are not a secret anymore.

12 ST. RITA (6-1) 13
Hosts No. 14 Brother Rice on Friday
A game for all the marbles in the Catholic League Blue when Brother Rice visits on Friday night. This is a heated rivalry like Mount Carmel. I'm betting both teams are plenty fired up.

13 MOUNT CARMEL (5-2) 14
At Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday
After H-F's run to the Class 8A semifinals last year, this was a game that was circled on a lot of calenders. But the Vikings are 3-4 and a loss when eliminate any chance of a playoff berth. The improving Caravan and QB Jordan Lynch dominated against Loyola and look like the team that everyone had No. 1 in the preseason.

14 BROTHER RICE (6-1) 15
At No. 12 St. Rita on Friday
A loss to Mount Carmel is the only blemish on the Crusaders' record. A friend e-mailed me in the preseason that he though Tom Gibson was the best QB in the league. If it comes down to special teams. Minnesota-bound punter Dan Orseske could give Rice the edge.

15 LOYOLA 5-2 12
Hales on Sunday at Gately
The Ramblers return to Gately Stadium for the second week in a row. On paper, this one shouldn't be much of a contest. With conference play over, Loyola is tuning up for the state playoffs.

16 CARMEL (6-1) 16
Hosts St. Patrick on Friday
The Corsairs have been on a roll since losing at Marist in the rain. The Shamrocks have made games interesting with late heroics.

17 CARY-GROVE (7-0) 17
At Dundee-Crown on Friday
The Trojans took control of the conference with a win over Crystal Lake South. Cary-Grove hasn't lost a conference game since 2003.

18 BARRINGTON (6-1) 18
At Fremd on Friday
This was supposed to be the battle for the Mid-Suburban West title. But Palatine beat both teams. The Broncos score a lot of points, but they surrender a lot too.

19 JOLIET CATHOLIC (5-2) 19
Hosts Marian Catholic on Friday
Tyler Hudetz and Co. started 0-2 and now are two wins away from another East Suburban Catholic title. A Week 1 loss to Carmel was a nonconference game.

20 GLENBARD NORTH (4-3) 21
At Naperville Central on Friday
A battle for third in the tough DuPage Valley. The Panthers' three losses were to teams that are a combined 21-0.

21 LEMONT (7-0) 22
At No. 23 Oak Forest on Friday
Another South Suburban Blue conference title is on the line as the Indians head to Oak Forest, where they won a Class 6A playoff semifinal last November in a wild game. Some big-timers have graduated from both teams, but they just keep winning.

22 WARREN (6-1) 23
At Stevenson on Friday
Warren's only loss, to top-rated Maine South in Week 2, looks a lot better now. Stevenson started slow but has surprised some teams.

23 OAK FOREST (7-0) 24
Hosts No. 21 Lemont on Friday
The Bengals big surprise has been its defense, which lost 10 starters from a year ago. But with its front four of Nate Becker, Marcus Lee, Mohammed Loutfi and Greg Macek, Oak Forest secured a 10th consecutive playoff berth.

24 SANDBURG (6-1) NR
Hosts No. 4 Bolingbrook on Friday
How good are the 6-1 Eagles? Bolingbrook and Lincoln-Way East back-to-back will tell. Sandburg is tied for first with Bolingbrook in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.

25 ANTIOCH (7-0) NR
At North Chicago on Friday
This team was 0-9 in 2006 and 3-6 in 2007. In consecutive weeks, the Sequoits have knocked off Wauconda, Grants and Vernon Hills. That's a turnaround.

On the bubble: Nazareth, Montini, Huntley, Naperville Central, Robeson, Palatine, Driscoll, Plainfield Central, Downers Grove South, Fremd, St. Francis, Lane

Jordan Roberts update

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The Aurora Christian senior now has 102 career touchdown passes after addiing four against Luther South Saturday
Roberts was 10-for-25 for 14y t=yards

He is now 407 yards. away from breaking the state passing yardage record.

Football's Super 25 with Week 6 in the books

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What if ...

If St. Rita had not mounted a late scoring drive at Providence last week, and if Mount Carmel beats Loyola Friday at Gately Stadium, and if St. Rita can beat Brother Rice at home in Week 8 ... we could have had every team in the Catholic Blue finish 2-2 and every team being 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road
Just curious, who would have won the tiebreaker?

PICK FOUR: For ranking the four CCL Blue teams this week in the Super 15, I thought about drawing names out of a hat. Instead, I went with the latest results between the teams

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Three games Friday night will all match 6-0 teams in conference showdowns -- Maine South and Glenbrook South, Lincoln-Way East at Bolingbrook and Antioch at Vernon Hills

FOUR YEARS AND COUNTING: That is the current losing streak for Maine East, which last won a football game in Oct., 2004 against Niles North 22-0 in Week 6 that made them 3-3. Since then, there have been 36 losses in a row for the Blue Demons. The team's other wins in'04 were in Weeks 1 and 2 against Schurz and Round Lake.

A LITTLE OFF THE SUBJECT: The Illinois High School Association's random drug testing starts with this week's boys and girls golf regionals. Girls golf ????
When they start the first state bass fishing tournament, are they going to test the kids? or the fish?
Just wondering.


(with last week's ranking)
1 Maine South (6-0) 1
at No. 10 Glenbrook South on Friday
This week figures to determine the Central Suburban South title. Maine South QB Charlies Goro should get to play four quarters in this one. Glenbrook South has talent all over with a heady QB in Ryan Hopkins and some outstanding receivers and linemen.

2 Naperville North (6-0) 3
hosts West Aurora on Friday
Huskies have to start fine tuning for a showdown with Wheaton Warrenville South in Week 9 and the state playoffs. Overcome a 13-0 deficit against Naperville Central Friday at North Central College.


3 Wheaton Warrenville South (6-0) 4
hosts Wheaton North on Friday
The battle of Wheaton won't be what it could have before injuries to North's junior QB Taylor Graham and RB Mike Trumpy, who sat out last week.


4 Lincoln-Way East (6-0) 5
at No. 5 Bolingbrook on Friday
Griffins toughest test and it's on the road. The key will be stopping Bolingbrook's athletic play makers


5 Bolingbrook (6-0) 6
hosts No. 4 Lincoln-Way E. on Friday
The Raiders have been playing a game of "Leave it to Geever" as their junior QB and a stellar defense took care of Lincoln-Way Central 14-3.


6 Glenbard West (6-0) 10
hosts Downers North on Saturday
This team is a lot more than star lineman Chris Watt. Bryant Venson, Robert Cook and David McCaffrey made big plays against York.


7 Geneva (6-0) 7
at Rochelle on Friday
Hard to find fault with a team that is running away with the Western Sun. Michael Ratay has put himself in the running for Player of the Year.


8 Thornton (6-0) 9
hosts T.F. South on Saturday
Wildcats were winning games early, including one in four OTs. Now Bill Bosel's bunch is dominating. remember, this team was 3-6 a year ago. Now, it is who they'll host when the playoffs start.


9 Bartlett (6-0) 11
at Neuqua Valley on Friday
Hawks continue to rule in the Upstate Eight and exploded for 49 points against Elgin on Friday. This team looks like it can make some people uneasy come playoff time.


10 Glenbrook South (6-0) 13
hosts No. 1 Maine South on Friday
WIll this be the year that someone stops Maine South's domination in the conference? Glenbrook South is looking to avenge two losses for a year ago to the Hawks -- 28-21 in the regular season and 29-12 in the Class 8A playoffs.


11 Hinsdale Central (5-1) 12
hosts York on Saturday
The Red Devils remain on a collision course with Glenbard West for a Week 9 showdown in the West Suburban Silver after smashing Downers Grove North 34-6 on Friday


12 Loyola (5-1) 16
No. 14 Mount Carmel Friday at Gately
Only loss was in the mud at Brother Rice. The Ramblers dominated St. Rita and can clinch a share of the Catholic Blue title with a win over Mount Carmel Friday at Gately. But road teams in the Blue are 1-7 so far this year.


13 St. Rita (5-1) 2
vs. Fenwick on Saturday at Morton
Coach Todd Kuska called his team's 24-0 loss at Loyola "a bump in the road." The Mustangs need to avoid a pothole against a 5-1 Fenwick team that upset St. Rita in 2006 at Morton West.

14 Mount Carmel (4-2) 14
vs. No. 12 Loyola on Fri. at Gately
The Caravan, which bounced back with back-to-back wins against Brother Rice and De La Salle, will have its hands full with an improving Loyola. Coach Frank Lenti's teams seem to get better when the leaves start changing colors and this year is no exception

15 Brother Rice (5-1) 15
hosts Guerin on Friday
Crusaders are a big favorite and a week from its big conference showdown at St. Rita. Brother Rice showed good balance against Providence in a 27-10 win, the most lopsided loss of the season for the Celtics.

16 Carmel (5-1) 17
at St. Joseph on Saturday
Survived a scare against Notre Dame to stay alive in the East Suburban Catholic

17 Cary-Grove (6-0) 18
hosts Crystal Lake South on Friday
The toughest test so far for the Trojans. South's only was was to unbeaten Bartlett

18 Barrington (5-1) 8
hosts Schaumburg on Friday
The Broncos are 1-1 in the Mid-Suburban West, but have to shore up a defense that has given up 68 points against two teams that are 5-7


19 Fremd (5-1) 19
at Palatine on Friday
Conant gave the Vikings a scare, falling 13-7. Palatine, which just knocked off previously unbeaten Barrington 41-35 is next.


20 Joliet Catholic (4-2) 21
at Benet on Saturday
Joliet Catholic's victory over Marist wasn't a surprise. That JCA came out throwing, with QB Matt Ginnetti 13-for-16 after throwing just 24 passes the first five weeks was,


21 Glenbard North (3-3) NR
hosts Glenbard East on Friday
The record doesn't take into account that the three losses are to teams that are now a combined 18-0. To duplicate last year's run to the Class 8A title game, the Panthers have to find a big-play receiver like Matt Ng

22 Lemont (6-0) 22
hosts Hillcrest on Friday
Another showdown looms against Oak Forest for the conference title. Last year, the teams faced off in a 6A semifinal. Could Providence be a first-round opponent in the playoffs?

23 Warren (5-1) 25
hosts Libertyville on Friday
The North Suburban Lake leader, which gave Maine South its only test in Week 2, can't overlook the Wildcats, fresh off an upset win over Stevenson.

24 Oak Forest (6-0) 24
at Tinley Park on Friday
Bengals can't afford to look ahead to a Week 8 showdown at home against Lemont. Oak Forest will face a team that has won every other week and is coming off a loss to Lemont.

25 Hubbard (6-0) NR
vs. Morgan Park Saturday at Gately
The Greyhounds face a Morgan Park team that will be looking to rebound from a 45-43 upset loss against Simeon. Hubbard has played only one team, Hope, that is over .500, but it did knock off Simeon 35-24.


On the bubble: Nazareth, Montini, Sandburg, Antioch, Vernon Hills, Rich East, Huntley, Naperville C., Palatine, Driscoll, Fenwick, Downers South.

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