Wheaton-Warrenville South (2-1) in Batavia (3-0)When: Friday, 6:30 pm
Important: The big showdown here with Wheaton-Warrenville South, who lost 17-14 to Wheaton North last week, heads to Batavia to take on the top ranked Class 7A state team. “Wheaton-Warrenville South is a complete team in all respects, and a very good opponent in terms of Xs and Os,” said Batavia coach Dennis Piron. “Our next three opponents in the division are all very good at defense and have game-breaking attackers.” Batavia has outperformed opponents 116-26, while the Tigers have given up 36 points in their first three games. Piron said a hat tip was needed for Bulldog seniors Ethan Ethridge (midfielder) and Alex Faron (tight end). “I was very impressed with Ethan and Alex in just the whole film play,” he said. “These are two kids who have improved a lot over the past year and are solid in everything we ask them to do.” Piron has also been impressed by Wheaton-Warrenville midfielder South Parker Brown, who was outspoken last fall in favor of returning high school sports after being suspended during the pandemic, as well as a return to hands-on learning. “I personally feel the investment and efforts of Parker and the many teammates and families in the community that are fighting for children across Illinois are to be commended,” said Piron. “Not many people are willing to speak up for the student-athlete, and he and many people in the community do, and for that I am personally grateful.” According to IHSA records, Piron, who took over the program in 2011, has 3 wins under 100 in Batavia (5 seasons with 10 wins or more), which is still possible to reach this season. He is 97-15. Batavia won the last two meetings (42-21 and 41-20). Eddie Robinson of the Tigers has run 344 yards and is averaging 8.2 yards per carry.
– Joshua Welge, Shaw Media Illinois, contributing
Wheaton North (3-0, 3-0) in St. Petersburg Charles North (2-1, 2-1)When: Friday, 6:30 pm
Important: The Falcons earned an emotional victory after defeating rival Wheaton Warrenville South. The DuKane Conference mid-season battle brings together two teams that have a high-quality coach and are thought to win the conference. The North Stars’ lone handicap was a 21-19 loss to Batavia on Week 2, but they bounced back with an impressive 34-0 win over St. Petersburg. Charles East. How each team reacts to beat their environmental rivals is a major area to watch out for. The Falcons have been an exciting story after 4-5 consecutive seasons, with their defense triggering a turnaround. In three games, Wheaton North gave up 21 points.
Aurora Christian (1-2) at Aurora Central Catholic (2-1)When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Notable: Aurora Christian is supported by midfielder Tyler Brueckner, who has completed 68% of his passes and ran 217 yards. Cam Ajazi has 224 yards rushing, 83 yards receiving and a total of 4 Touchdowns. Coach David Beebe was also pleased with Nathan Henry’s left tackle. Beebe says the Eagles have to win turnover fights (-4 through 3 games) and need corners and safety (Tyron Ferguson, Trey Beebe, Cam Colquitt and Than Lindoo) to play a big part. “We have to win the substitution battle and limit the big ACC play,” he said. ACC will ask midfielders Bobby Scianna and Ty Hopp to move the chain offensively. “Aurora Christian has handled us quite well over the last three years and we look forward to seeing another well-trained group with a highly skilled group,” said ACC interim coach Dan Lee. “We have to focus on not giving up big games in defense and playing error-free on the attack to be competitive.” ACC is 2-1 for the first time in four years, “so our boys see this game as a great opportunity, especially on a senior night,” added Lee.
Crystal Lake South (1-2) in Hampshire (2-0)When: Friday, 7pm
Important: Substitution is on South coach Rob Fontana’s mind. His troops have committed six of them while committing offenses, “and maybe some of the mistakes we did were lucky to recover,” he said. “Hampshire are looking big and strong. They have a lot of things going for them now, and you can see them playing confidently on both sides of the ball. We need to run our game and we have to make some turnovers as well as our own limits. “Senior captain Joey Mikulec has given the Gators great encouragement, while Brady Schroeder continues to show his versatility. He played as a midfielder at one point this season, starting from a defensive angle, but then starting last week in a wide position as South were a little short and had 6 catches and touchdowns and also picked out defense. Fontana said running back Nate VanWitzenburg and senior winger Gavin Geijda were two keys against Hampshire. “We need to get Nate to leave and everyone else will follow,” he said. “Gavin has been able to pick up some big first downs for us.” Hampshire is on the opposite side of the turnover ledger, having made seven in two games (6 fumbles and 1 interception). “I am very pleased with the effort and ability of our entire defense to make a difference,” said Whips coach Jake Brosman. Brosman also liked the advancement of his offensive line. “They’ve blocked really well and opened a path for us to run,” he said. Linebacker Neil Sakolari led Hamsphire in tackles. “This is the result of his hard work at preparation,” said Brosman. Jack Rummell is very well known for Hampshire’s corner and receiver. “Jake found great success on both sides of ball possession,” added Brosman. As far as the South is concerned? “Our offensive line will be key in the game if they can execute blocks like they do and open up our running game for us,” said Brosman. “Our DB will be key as this will be the first time they have seen such a large number of operand attempts.”
Streamwood (2-1) in Elgin (2-1)When: Friday, 7pm
Important: Elgin U-46’s two-team battle on Friday that escalates at Memorial Field in Elgin. “Elgin is dangerous with the ability to play big,” said Streamwood coach Keith McMaster. “They have players skilled in their attack from their quarterback, running back to wide receivers. They can stretch the team vertically and horizontally and score points in a hurry. We have to stay disciplined and keep things in front of us.” Saber returns Terrance Ray III as full-back and Benjamin Feliciano in defensive tackles this week. “Terrance gave us a big back to block, as well as run inside, and Ben is a strong defensive tackle who can help strengthen our running defenses as well as press midfielders.” Coach Elgin Anthony Mason said this match would be decided in the trenches. “We have to be ready to win the fight ahead. That’s who will win this match,” he said. “Streamwood is good. They carry out a traditional offensive style which they run hard and hard. We have to be smart and tough up front to be successful.” Midfielder Elgin Jeffery Lomax, an NIU signing, has thrown more than 200 yards in each of the first three games with multiple touchdowns. Mason was also high on two outstanding points for Alex West and Noah Mack, as well as defensive midfielder Matt Perez, who Mason added “caused chaos on the inside.” Mason is looking for big games from West and Tayvion Mitchell in midfield. “Our fans must be ready to lead the team in defense,” said Mason.
Larkin (0-2) in South Elgin (3-0)When: Saturday, 4:30 pm (Memorial Field at Elgin High)
Important: Coach Storm Dragan Teonic says Larkin will challenge his squad with a good size up front, scheme and athletic. “We need to play much better in defense this week,” he said. Teonic says the two big keys for South Elgin are Anthony Cirrincione and Payton Dennis in defense. Michael Roath and Jess Mize also stood out for Storm with their physical and unselfish play, Teonic said.
Plano (1-2) in Kaneland (2-1)When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Important: Kaneland will look to move up to 3-1 against a Plano side which coach Pat Ryan thinks is different from 2019. “They are much better,” he said. “They play a good defense and have some explosive players in attack.” Corey Phillips of Kaneland had 2 touchdown rushes last week, including 72 yarders in the first game of Scrimmage, and also had touchdowns received. John Davis’ offensive tackle / nose tackle has 7 tackles against Rochelle. “John is dominant on both sides of the ball,” said Ryan. Kaneland welcomes back midfielder Garrison Trebolo from injury. Ryan also looks for great things from secondary members Grant Williams, Anthony Clevenger and Jack McIntire. “They will be tested this week with the violations committed by Plano,” said Ryan.
Lake Park in Geneva, 6:30 pm
Glenbard North, St. Charles East, 6:30 pm
Burlington Central in Jacobs, 7pm
Huntley in Dundee-Crown, 7pm
Marmion Academy at Sts. Viator, ccd.
St. Edward in Chicago Christian, ccd.
West Aurora in North Plainfield, ccd.
West Chicago in Bartlett, 7:30 pm
Prairie Ridge in Cary-Grove, 1pm