Week 1 of the high school football season is in the books. How much did we learn? Well, probably not a lot, since quite a few of these non-conference games turned out to be lopsided.
Among the one-sided contests was the annual East-West game, which West Aurora won 48-6. The crosstown clash hasn't been competitive in quite some time and that's unfortunate. The basketball game between the two schools is the prep sports event of the year in this area, but the football game is a complete dud. West kills East on the gridiron on an annual basis now, and frankly, everyone knows that is what's coming before the game ever starts.
It is interesting to me that West hasn't settled on a quarterback yet. Returning starter Josh Campbell shared reps with three others in Friday's game, with Richie Renner, Curtis Townsend and sophomore Quintez Jones all seeing time. Coach Nate Eimer says the team is stronger using multiple QBs, but I can't imagine he's going to rotate four guys all season. We'll see how things shake out next week when the Blackhawks host St. Charles East.
Meanwhile, what in the world is going on at Oswego? The Panthers possessed a 41-18 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter Friday, but they blew the whole thing and lost 47-41 to Marian Central. Defense killed Oswego last season -- it allowed 33 points per game. That's how you end up 4-5 despite averaging 35 per game on offense.
This opening loss seems like a carryover for coach Dave Keely, who spent the summer trying to shore up the Panthers' defensive fundamentals. Of course, maybe this one isn't all on the defense. That spread offense Oswego uses these days isn't exactly ideal for running the ball and grinding out the clock with a lead. Quarterback Ryan West threw for 433 yards and five touchdowns, yet his team still lost. That's frustrating if you're a Panther coach, player, or fan.
Speaking of the spread, how about Mooseheart unveiling a brand new offense and pummeling Alden-Hebron 48-7. That's pretty impressive. It makes me wonder if the Red Ramblers, the lone Class 1A school in our coverage area, might be a threat to do some damage not only in their conference but in postseason play as well. That will be a story to watch as the season progresses.
Here are the rest of the area scores from Friday night:
Batavia 36, Marmion 7
Aurora Christian 38, Stillman Valley 20
Aurora Central 35, Rockford Lutheran 20
Waubonsie Valley 21, Naperville Central 7
Metea Valley 38, Plainfield East 26
Oswego East 27, Rich South 12
Yorkville 21, Streator 12
Kaneland 44, Brooks 0
Geneva 27, Rock Island 14
Plano 43, Lisle 9
Sandwich 56, Westmont 6