|Elgin (0-5) at Bartlett (5-0), 7:30 tonight
Cook is a heck of a ballplayer. We have to shut down Cook,
(Tim) Newcombe and Roth. Roth is quite a jitterbug sometimes when
he runs out of that shotgun. We really need to concentrate on
breaking down and making the sure tackle. We just need to make
sure we keep the big people in front of us and make sure they
Bartlett coach Tom Meaney
Last Year: Bartlett 38, Elgin 35
Last Week: Waubonsie Valley 46, Elgin 21; Bartlett 21,
St. Charles North 7
Scouting Elgin: The Maroons come into tonights
game hoping to avoid their first 0-6 start since the 1981 season. Elgin
is struggling defensively, allowing 47.4 points per game and 405.4 yards
per game. Offensively, senior quarterback Tom Roth leads the area with
862 passing yards. Jamal Cook leads the area in receiving yards, and the
talented receiver is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Hes averaging 20 yards per catch for the season. While the aerial
attack is working for Elgin, its ground game is lacking. The Maroons have
only 258 rushing yards on 105 attempts for the season and are averaging
just 2.5 yards per carry. Coach Dave Bierman said his team is focusing
on greater consistency this week.
Scouting Bartlett: The Hawks continued their best start
in school history with an impressive win against Upstate Eight Conference
rival St. Charles North last week. Bartlett remained No. 5 in the Class
8A state poll following the triumph. The Hawks continue to impress on
both sides of the ball. Bartletts defense is particularly stout
against the run, limiting opponents to only 2.7 yards per carry. Several
players on the defensive line are nursing injuries sustained in last weeks
game. On offense, quarterback Josh Hasenberg leads a versatile attack.
Hes second in the area with 804 passing yards. His top targets are
senior receivers Cory Brown and Alex VanNess. The Hawks have won six straight
against Elgin and are 6-4 in the all-time series.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Bartlett
Streamwood (1-4) at Larkin (2-3) 7:30 tonight
When I watch film on Streamwood I see a lot of really tough
kids who play hard. Theyve got a few guys who I think would
definitely start for any high school team in this area and be
one of their top players. Weve definitely got to rise a
major challenge this week, especially considering how well (Streamwood)
played last week against East Aurora.
Larkin coach Matt Gehrig
Last Year: Larkin 40, Streamwood 7
Last Week: Streamwood 40, East Aurora 21; Neuqua Valley
38, Larkin 12
Scouting Streamwood: The Sabres put together their best
effort of the season last week and were rewarded with their first victory
of the year. After scoring only 19 points in the first four weeks of the
season, Streamwood struck for 20 points in the second quarter against
East Aurora to blow the game open. Offensively, junior Wayne Holloway
ran for 124 yards and junior Derrick King ran for 89 yards and three touchdowns
to lead the way. Defensively, the Sabres held the Tomcats to only 134
yards of total offense. Streamwood will be looking to win back-to-back
games for the first time since winning three straight early in the 2003
season. That 2003 campaign also marks the last time the Sabres won more
than one game in a single season.
Scouting Larkin: The Royals have enjoyed the upper hand
against Streamwood in recent years, winning 13 of the past 14 meetings
between the schools dating to the 1990 season. Larkin came out with a
new look on offense last week against Neuqua Valley as senior Justin Kalusa
started at quarterback. Senior Jeff Saurbaugh, who started at QB the first
four weeks of the year, lined up alongside Kalusa in the teams new-look
shotgun formation. However, defense is where the Royals are winning and
losing games this season. In their three losses theyve allowed an
average of 387 yards and 30.3 points per game. Meanwhile, in their two
wins theyve held opponents to 257.5 yards and 19.5 points per game.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Larkin
Dundee-Crown (3-2) at Crystal Lake South (4-1), 7:45 tonight
Weve got to play very, very well if we want to hang
with these guys. Its a typical Crystal Lake South team.
They are big, fast and physical. If you want to beat them, youd
better play well, because if you dont play well youll
D-C coach Mike Davis
Last Year: Crystal Lake South 41, D-C 7
Last Week: Woodstock 31, D-C 14; Crystal Lake South 31,
Scouting D-C: Chargers coach Mike Davis was encouraged
that his team had a chance to pull within three points in the fourth quarter
of last weeks game. However, he wasnt encouraged by the fact
that four costly interceptions played a big part in denying D-C its fourth
win of the year. The Chargers will try to remain above .500 with a win
this week. However, theyll have to do so without senior receiver
Justin Strzelczyk, who is out for tonights game after sustaining
an injury last week. Senior running back Ian Salvatini is D-Cs top
playmaker. Hes averaging 85.4 rushing yards per game. The combined
records of the three teams the Chargers beat this season are 1-14 while
the combined records of the two teams they lost to are 9-1.
Scouting Crystal Lake South: A strong defensive effort
throughout and an offensive outburst late in the third quarter lifted
the Gators to their third straight win last week. Crystal Lake South held
McHenry to only 85 yards of offense in that contest. The Gators can become
playoff eligible for the seventh year in a row with a win. Colin Masterson
and Derek Mortensen are Crystal Lake Souths top two rushers. Masterson
leads the team with 449 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 57 carries.
Quarterback Drew Ormseth has 439 passing yards on the season. The Gators
have won three in a row against D-C and seven of the past eight meetings
between the schools.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Crystal Lake South
Burlington Central (1-4) at Richmond-Burton (1-4), 7 tonight
We usually have a defensive battle (against Richmond-Burton),
and I anticipate the same type of thing this year. But weve
taken some steps and our kids have the right mind set where weve
set a goal to go and win as many of these conference games as
we can. The goal is to go up there, be competitive and try to
win the game.
Central coach Aaron Wichman
Last Year: Central 15, Richmond-Burton 12
Last Week: Central 41, North Boone 14; Hampshire 21,
Scouting Central: A new look at quarterback helped Central
pick up its first victory of the season last week. Junior Tim Botsford
split the snaps with sophomore Tim Maroder, the primary signal caller
the first four weeks of the season. Botsford completed 4 of 4 passes for
78 yards and three touchdowns and Maroder completed 6 of 8 passes for
50 yards. Senior Tommy Gast even got in on the action, completing a touchdown
pass on his only throw of the game. Expect more of the same this week
as Central looks to keep teams off balance by complementing its traditional
option running game with a new-look, multi-faceted passing attack. Defensively,
Central held North Boone to only 124 yards of total offense and six first
downs last week. Senior linebacker Frank Wleklinski leads the unit with
34 tackles while senior linebacker Jeremy Lee has 21 tackles on the season.
Scouting Richmond-Burton: Like Central, Richmond-Burton
enters tonights game needing a win to keep its faint playoff hopes
alive. Richmond-Burton is struggling offensively, averaging only 12.6
points per game. It was held to only 185 total yards in last weeks
loss to Hampshire. Justin Russell and Brandon Sanko are Richmond-Burtons
top rushing threats. Tonights game is Richmond-Burtons final
home game of the season. Central beat Richmond-Burton in three of the
past four meetings between the schools.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Central
Harvard (3-2) at Hampshire (2-3), 7 tonight
As always, (Harvard) plays real good defense. Thats
kind of been their trademark. So we need to get something established
up front. Offensively, they execute very well. They are just a
very well balanced team.
Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh
Last Year: Harvard 26, Hampshire 13
Last Week: Harvard 40, Marengo 7; Hampshire 21, Richmond-Burton
Scouting Harvard: Tonights game could go a long
way towards deciding whether the Hornets will defend their 2007 Big Northern
Conference East Division title. After a shaky 1-2 start to the season,
Harvard has rebounded by outscoring its past two opponents 72-7. The Hornets
allowed only 121 yards of offense in last weeks win. A strong ground
game is the key for Harvards offense. Dustin Binz (514 rushing yards,
4 touchdowns), Vince Gabrys (313 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns) and Phillip
Towne (241 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns) led the balanced attack. The Hornets
are eyeing their fifth straight trip to the postseason. They reached the
state quarterfinals in each of the past two years.
Scouting Hampshire: The Whip-Purs will be trying to beat
Harvard for the first time since 2001 and only the second time since 1986.
The teams met only 10 times since that 1986 season, and Hampshire is 1-9
in those contests. Following an 0-3 start to the season, the Whips resurrected
their postseason hopes with back-to-back wins against Byron and Richmond-Burton.
An aggressive ground attack keyed those two wins. Hampshire ran for 575
yards on 104 carries the past two weeks with senior running back Joe Moore
leading the way. Defensively, senior James Goebbert leads the Whips with
20 unassisted tackles while senior Even Brenner who also starts
at quarterback has 12 unassisted tackles.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Hampshire
Driscoll (4-1) at St. Edward (3-2), 7 tonight
We need to learn how to win and we need to learn how to
control our mental laspes. If we can do that, I think we can be
competitive with anybody left on our schedule. At this point,
I think were a team that can beat anybody. We may not be
favored in a lot of games, but if teams dont come prepared,
I think were a team that can surprise anybody.
St. Edward coach Mike Rolando
Last Year: Driscoll 42, St. Edward 16
Last Week: Driscoll 28, Immaculate Conception 0; Marian
Central 28, St. Edward 7
Scouting Driscoll: With seven consecutive state championships,
the Highlanders record speaks for itself. However, there is a new
look at Driscoll this season under first-year coach Brandon New, who took
over when former coach Mike Burzawa landed a job at Evanston after last
season. The Highlanders have won two straight since losing to St. Francis
in their Suburban Catholic Conference opener in Week 3 of the season.
Theyve shut out their opponents in three of their four victories
this year. Quarterback Steve Schwabe leads Driscolls spread offense
that is geared for a quick strike. Despite that passing prowess, St. Edward
coach Mike Rolando says the key is to stop the Highlanders ground
attack led by Nick Campanella and Pierre Steele.
Scouting St. Edward: The Green Wave will need to end
a 13-game losing streak against Driscoll that extends to the 1994 season
if it hopes to remain above the .500 mark. St. Edward could be without
senior fullback/linebacker Moises Quiroga, who missed the second half
of last weeks game after sustaining a concussion. Junior Jordan
Torres would likely be called on to step into those positions in Quirogas
absence. Senior running back Jimmy Mathisen leads a balanced Green Wave
ground attack with 381 yards on 62 carries. St. Edward managed only six
first downs in last weeks loss, but trailed by only two possessions
for much of the second half.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Driscoll
Jacobs (1-4) at McHenry (1-4), 7:45 tonight
McHenry is a lot better than their record. Theyve
got some weapons on offense and can score big at any time. Defensively,
theyre going to come after us. It should be a good game.
Jacobs coach Dean Schlueter
Last Year: McHenry 25, Jacobs 14
Last Week: Cary-Grove 41, Jacobs 0; Crystal Lake South 31, Jacobs 0
Scouting Jacobs: The Golden Eagles are looking to snap
a four-game losing streak that includes three straight losses against
teams that currently own 5-0 records. Theyve been outscored 91-6
in those past three games. Jacobs offense mustered only 60 yards
of offense in last weeks loss while its defense surrendered 414
yards. Seniors Adam Dybeck and Jai Bradford are the Eagles top rushing
threats while junior Alec Starr handles quarterback duties. A loss tonight
will send Jacobs to its sixth sub-.500 season in the past eight seasons.
The Eagles have lost to McHenry 19 straight times dating to the 1985 season.
Scouting McHenry: The Warriors own the fifth-longest
playoff streak in Illinois having reached the postseason 20 straight times
dating to 1987. However, that streak is in serious jeopardy with McHenry
coming into tonights game on a four-game losing streak. The Warriors
are coming off their worst offensive performance of the season. They were
shut out and held to only 85 yards of offense in last weeks loss
to Crystal Lake South. Quarterback Ryan Michel was sacked six times in
the setback but has completed 20 of 60 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns
this season. Mike Soto is McHenrys top threat on the ground. Hes
run for 240 yards on 46 carries.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: McHenry
St. Charles East (4-1) at Neuqua Valley (2-3), 7:30 tonight
This is a huge game. Neuqua is always good, I dont
care what their record says. They are going to be talented, they
are going to have good size, they are going to have good skill
players and they are going to play hard in front of their homecoming
crowd. Were in for a war, so wed better be ready to
East coach Ted Monken
Last Year: East 17, Neuqua Valley 14
Last Week: East 42, Lake Park 41 (2OT); Neuqua Valley
38, Larkin 12
Scouting East: Wes Allens legs carried the Saints
to a thrilling double-overtime win against Lake Park last week. The senior
ran for 285 yards and six touchdowns on 43 carries to take over as the
areas leading rusher. East coach Ted Monken prefers to establish
a running game, and his team has had no problem doing that this season.
The Saints are averaging 302 rushing yards per game and 6.6 yards per
carry for the season. East can become playoff eligible for the fourth
straight year with a win. Tonights contest carries added importance
for the Saints as they look to remain unbeaten in Upstate Eight Conference
play. East remained No. 7 in the Class 7A state poll this week.
Scouting Neuqua Valley: Tonight the Wildcats will be
in search of back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they
try to rebound from a 1-3 start to the campaign that has the programs
streak of five straight playoff appearances in serious jeopardy. Neuqua
rolled to a lopsided win last week, racking up 446 yards of total offense
while limiting Larkins offense to only 152 yards. Quarterback Alex
Lincoln has completed 65 of 132 passes for 906 yards and 10 touchdowns
this season. Running back Nathaniel Pena has 532 rushing yards and four
touchdowns on 75 carries. The Wildcats own a 4-3 advantage in the all-time
series against the Saints and have won four of the past five meetings.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: East
Rockford Lutheran (1-4) at Genoa-Kingston (5-0), 7:15 tonight
Their quarterback is very good. The kid can throw and he
can run if he needs to. Their coaches have a good scheme. They
tend to throw more than they run, but I think the game really
G-K coach Bill McCarty
Last Year: G-K 43, Rockford Lutheran 8
Last Week: Stillman Valley 59, Rockford Lutheran 7; G-K
28, Winnebago 12
Scouting Rockford Lutheran: After winning their season
opener 40-18, the Crusaders have fallen on hard times offensively in recent
weeks as theyve been outscored 154-22 during their current four-game
losing streak. Rockford Lutherans running game struggled in last
weeks loss to Stillman Valley, managing only 4 rushing yards on
14 attempts. Senior quarterback Jake Koehler is a capable passing threat.
Hes completed 68 for 139 throws this year for 649 yards and four
touchdowns. Hes been intercepted eight times. Nate Green is Koehlers
top target. He has 25 catches for 331 yards and a touchdown. A loss tonight
will assure Rockford Lutheran of its sixth straight losing season. The
Crusaders are 6-44 since joining the Big Northern Conference at the start
of the 2003 campaign.
Scouting G-K: The Cogs can clinch their second straight
playoff berth with a win tonight. G-K hasnt gone to the postseason
in back-to-back years since the 1992-93 seasons. The Cogs tout the areas
second-highest scoring offense and third-best scoring defense. Senior
quarterback Chris Wilkins is G-Ks top playmaker. Hes run for
621 yards and nine touchdowns and thrown for 707 yards and seven touchdowns.
His top target is senior T.C. Holterhaus, who caught three passes for
101 yards and two touchdowns in last weeks win. The Cogs have won
four of five against the Crusaders.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: G-K
Huntley (5-0) at Grayslake Central (0-5), 1:00 on Saturday
Last Year: Huntley 40, Grayslake Central 0
Weve discussed all week with our kids the importance
of this game. This is kind of a trap game for us. Since theyre
0-5 and were 5-0, you could possibly look at this like it
is going to be a blowout, but we know they can move the ball well.
We would like to clinch the playoffs. Theres a lot of reasons
to play this game hard, and Id be disappointed if we didnt.
Huntley coach Steve Graves
Last Week: Huntley 41, Grayslake North 0; Crystal Lake Central 46, Grayslake
Scouting Huntley: Playoffs and Huntley football are two things that often
dont go together in the same sentence. However, the Red Raiders are
one win away from securing only their second postseason berth in the schools
35-year history. The Raiders came close in each of the past two years, finishing
5-4 in 2006 and 4-5 last season. But this years team looks capable
of matching or exceeding the exploits of the 2001 team that serves as the
programs standard bearer after finishing 10-3 and reaching in the
state semifinals under former coach Mike Slattery. Led by a tremendous ground
attack, Huntleys offense leads the area in scoring average this season
with 37 points per game. Senior Jordan Neukirch is the areas individual
scoring leader and is second on the areas list of leading rushers
with 802 yards on 75 carries. The Raiders average 354.8 rushing yards per
game and 7.9 rushing yards per carry. Defensively, Huntley is tied for the
area lead with an average of only 8.2 points per game allowed.
Scouting Grayslake Central: The Rams come into tonights game on a
16-game losing streak that dates to Week 7 of the 2006 season. But Huntley
coach Steve Graves thinks Grayslake Centrals record is deceiving considering
that four of its first five opponents are currently 5-0. Quarterback Kevin
ORourke has completed 50 of 94 passes for 530 yards and two touchdowns
this season. His top receiver is Justin Squillo, who has 28 receptions for
281 yards. Graves is concerned with the passing attack because he feels
his cornerbacks havent been tested against a similarly pass-happy
team. Grayslake Centrals defense is allowing 39 points per game. The
Rams have lost three in a row against Huntley and are 2-3 in the all-time
series between the schools.
Erik Jacobsens Pick: Huntley