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HALFTIME

Simeon 26, Dunbar 6

Simeon didn't let a Dunbar interception return for a touchdown get them down early in its Illini Redbird game at Gately Stadium. Instead, the Wolverines responded with 26 unanswered points.

After Dunbar's Jayton Dorsey intercepted Simeon's Timon Watkins and returned it 68 yards for a score just 26 seconds into the opening quarter, the Wolverines scored on their next three possessions. Darnell Cockrell gave Simeon field position inside Dunbar territory with a 45-yard kickoff return, followed four plays later with a 3-yard touchdown run by Dion Earls.

On Simeon's next possession, Earls had a 30-yard reception before scoring two plays later on a 15-yard run for a 14-6 lead as time expired in the second quarter.

Then, 16 seconds into the second quarter, Simeon scored twice -- first on Jordan Jackson's 16-yard run and then on Tyrone Gates' 30-yard fumble recovery return.

-Bob Hurst @hurstsports

No. 3 Montini 27, Marian Central 14

The Broncos looked to find their equal, offensively, in this Suburban Christian Blue contest. 

Montini scored on four of their five first-half possessions but found itself tied wtih Marian Central 14-all with 3 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first half. 

Nicholas Italia's 6-yard TD run on the game's opening drive was matched by Marian's Ephraim Lee 3-yard TD run on the next possession. 

Montini QB Alex Wills scored from the one on the next possession, Lee added a 1-yarder later in the half. 

On the possession following Lee's touchdown, Wills hit Tyler Tumpane with an 80-yard strike over the middle to take a 21-14 lead. 

One possession later, Tumpane scored from the 2 out of the Wildcat formation to extend the Broncos' lead to 27-14. 

Montini threatened to extend the lead once again, blocking a punt with 10 seconds left, but a Marian Central sack ended the half.

-Phil English @PhillipEnglish 

No. 8 Homewood-Flossmoor 21, No. 7 Bolingbrook 10

Bolingbrook did not allow more than one touchdown in any of its first six games.

The total of three TDs scored by the Raiders' previous opponents was matches by Homewood-Flossmoor in the first half Friday night.

Keeping Bolingbrook's fast, disciplined defense honest with a mix of passes and runs, H-F took an 11-point lead into halftime in Flossmoor.

Vashon Nutt and Deante Harley-Hampton scored on runs of 35 and 15 yards, while QB Isaac Cutrara (6-11, 107) connected with Nicholas Atoyebi on a 31-yard TD with just over a minute remaining in the second quarter.

Bolingbrook then drove 58 yards to cut its deficit to 11 on a 23-yard field goal by Adam Klein.

Jaden Huff scored the Bolingbrook TD on a 5-yard run that capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive and tied it at 7-7 midway through the second quarter. 

-Mike Helfgot @mhelfgot

No. 12 Glenbard North 28, No. 11 Naperville Central 0

Justin Jackson is showing why he's such a special player. The Glenbard North senior, a Northwestern recruit, has run for 202 yards and three touchdowns. 

Jackson bolted for a 51-yard touchdown on the Panthers' first play of the game. His last carry turned into a 70-yard score late in the second quarter. In between he added a 6-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a 14-0 lead after one quarter. 

The Panthers pushed their lead to 21-0 when Brett Gasiorowski connected with Kevin Kuechler for a 21-yard scoring pass. 

That was one of only two first-half plays for the Panthers that didn't involve Jackson. Gasiorowski also completed a 10-yard pass to Kendall Holbert and a 7-yarder to Jackson to finish the half 3-for-4 for 38 yards. 

The Redhawks have managed only 77 yards of offense with one turnover. Their best drive -- which accounted for 61 of their yards -- ended when Jack Kolbe was tackled a yard shy of the marker on fourth down.

-Paul LaTour @platour68 

Neuqua Valley 13, No. 16 Waubonsie Valley 7

Neuqua Valley scored two touchdowns on its three first-half drives to take command of the Upstate Eight Valley contest at North Central College in Naperville.

Illinois recruit Mikey Dudek caught a 7-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring.

The Warriors tied it when quarterback Jack Eddy scored on an 11-yard run. The Wildcats regained the lead when quarterback Broc Rutter hit Alex Teresky for a 28-yard touchdown right before halftime.

Dudek leads the Wildcats with five catches for 78 yards, while Rutter has completed 7of 8 attempts for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

The Warriors missed a golden opportunity on their second possession when Eddy lost the ball on a fourth down at Neuqua Valley's 11-yard line. Eddy recovered the fumbled snap, ending the drive.

The Warriors have compiled 128 yards rushing and 30 passing. The Wildcats have 44 yards on the ground and 114 passing.

-Bob Narang @bobnarang

Palatine 20, Fremd 14

The half ended on a Palatine incomplete pass into the end zone from the Fremd 2 yard-line.

The scoring chance was set up on the preceding play when Palatine LB Vincent Serio returned an interception 65 yards.

Fremd four-year starter Sam Beutler has taken eight snaps out of the shotgun only three weeks after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. He has attempted a pass on all eight of those snaps, with the Vikings running out of the Wildcat behind running backs Jeff McGlade and Garrett Groot on every other play from scrimmage.

The host Vikings (4-2, 1-1)led 8-0 on Groot’s 4-yard run from the Wildcat. Groot's 2-point conversion run was also good.

The Pirates answered on a 49-yard Nick Orlando-to-Eric Theis pass connection later in the first quarter. Groot’s second score of the night, a 23-yard run early in the second quarter, put Fremd ahead 14-8 (his 2-point run failed) but the Pirates (4-2, 1-1) countered with touchdowns on consecutive possessions to forge their lead.

Those scores came on a Chris Cornelius 58-yard run and Orlando’s 12-yard option keeper.

McGlade and Groot have been productive from the Wildcat, combining for 194 yards on 27 carries (102 yards for McGlade and 92 for Groot). Beutler completed 3of 5 attempts for 10 yards.

Orlando finished 4-of-9 for 68 yards and a TD and Cornelius has 95 yards rushing on seven carries.

-Steve Reaven @ReavenTrib

PREGAME

No. 7 Bolingbrook (6-0, 4-0 Southwest Suburban Blue) at No. 8 Homewood-Flossmoor (6-0, 4-0)

Homewood-Flossmoor’s offense has thrived with a variety of different looks this season.

Nothing has worked against Bolingbrook’s defense.

Something will have to give Friday night.

Considered a year away by no less an authority than its own head coach Craig Buzea, the youthful Vikings have proven ready for prime time.

They opened the season with impressive nonconference victories over Stevenson and Simeon and knocked off three-time defending conference champion Lincoln-Way East for the first time since 2003.

H-F possesses both a solid passing game with QB Isaac Cutrara and an old-school single wing with a stable of speedy backs led by sophomore twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton.

The Vikings scored 48 points against Sandburg last week before taking their foot off the pedal in the third quarter.

It will be interesting to see if the single wing will work on a Bolingbrook defense built on speed.

The Raiders have looked a lot like the 2011 state championship defense in allowing a total of 22 points this season.

Like H-F, Bolingbrook has a deep stable of backs, and they will rely in Jaden Huff and Co. to move the chains enough to win the field-position battle.

Field position and turnovers will be key factors if the game becomes the defensive struggle Bolingbrook is hoping for.

With a victory, H-F will be in great position to win its first Southwest Suburban Blue title in outright fashion.

If Bolingbrook wins, the Raiders will have to beat Lincoln-Way East next week to claim sole possession.

-Mike Helfgot @mhelfgot

No. 3 Montini (6-0, 4-0 Suburban Christian Blue) vs. Marian Central (5-1, 3-1) 

In the continuing saga of "who can actually hope to compete" against the four-time defending 5A champion Broncos, enter Marian Central, the No. 9 team in 5A according to Associated Press, and a program with four state titles of its own. 

The Hurricanes are the second-highest scoring team in the Suburban Christian Blue (40.3 points per game) with junior quarterback Billy Bahl throwing for more than 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns, mostly to his favorite receiver, Brett Olson (31 catches, 700 yards, 9 TDs).  

Head-to-head, the most glaring comparison between the two is Marmion, which smothered Marian 28-10 in Week 4 but was crushed by Montini, 27-3.  Alex Willis paces a Montini offense that, even when lackluster (as in last week's 38-21 win over Immaculate Conception), still scores 34.3 points per game. 

The Broncos' defense is jaw-droppingly good, paced by linebacker Nile Sykes and tackle Edgar Ruano.

-Phil English @PhillipEnglish

No. 11 Naperville Central (5-1, 3-1) vs. No. 12 Glenbard North (5-1, 4-0 DuPage Valley) 

Last week's loss makes this a must-win for Naperville Central if it wants to remain in the DVC title hunt. The Redhawks begin the night in a three-way tie for second with the Wheaton schools, which are both expected to win tonight.

To get the victory, the Redhawks will have to minimize the impact of Panthers running back Justin Jackson, a Northwestern recruit who has run for 1,442 yards and 21 touchdowns. 

Jackson, who averages nearly 10 yards per carry, has rushed for at least 200 yards in four of the Panthers' six games. Twice he's cracked the 300-yard barrier. 

The Panthers, who have won five consecutive games, are riding a 12-game conference winning streak.

-Paul LaTour @platour68

No. 16 Waubonsie Valley (5-1, 3-0 Upstate Eight Valley) vs. Neuqua Valley (5-1, 3-0)

The local rivals have hooked up for some exciting games in recent years.

Last season Neuqua Valley pulled out an exciting 35-34, double-overtime win in the regular season at North Central College. Neuqua Valley, which finished 12-1 last season, added 23-20 win over Waubonsie Valley in the 2012 playoffs.

The Warriors hope to avenge last season by relying on an improved defense and potent offensive attack. Waubonsie Valley leads the Upstate Eight Valley by a large margin in scoring defense, allowing 93 points. Waubonsie Valley ranks second behind Neuqua in the conference with 272 points scored.

“Containing their speed is a big key for us,” Neuqua Valley coach Bill Ellinghaus said. “They have a lot of fast skill players. They’re physical up front and quick on the perimeter. Every time we play them, it’s a great football game.”

The Warriors have won five straight games after losing 23-10 to Naperville Central in Week 1. The Warriors, thought, haven’t been tested in their five-game streak, winning by at least 19 in all five games. They beat Oswego by 19 points, crushed Streamwood 56-7, handed West Chicago a 56-7 defeat, beat up Bartlett 47-6 and recorded a 63-29 win over South Elgin last week.

The Wildcats rely on several young players, starting 17 juniors.

“We’re young, but I feel that we’ve improved each week and building each week,” Ellinghaus said. “We’re learning a lot.”

The difference might come down to defense. Neuqua Valley can put points on the board, but the Wildcats have had trouble stopping teams. Neuqua Valley’s defense has allowed at least 27 points in five of its games. The Warriors will also have their hands full trying to stop Neuqua Valley wide Mikey Dudek, an Illinois recruit.

-Bob Narang @bobnarang

Marist (4-2, 3-1 East Suburban Catholic) at Notre Dame (5-1, 2-1)

Marist averages 38 points a game. Jack Donegan threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns --three to Flynn Nagel -- last week in the RedHawks’ 35-23 victory against Carmel.

Marist has scored at least 26 points in each game, with a high of 55 against Brother Rice. Receiver Nic Weishar, a Notre Dame recruit, and running back Peter Andreotti provide additional targets for Donegan in the high-powered offense.

Notre Dame looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season, a 10-7 at Nazareth.

The Dons were averaging 35 points through their first five games before being forced to punt eight times and being held to 157 yards in the loss. Running back Chris James and quarterback Ryan Greene will try to rev up the offense again.

Pat Cravens is a factor as a receiver and linebacker. The defense has allowed 10 or fewer points in four games.   

-Dave Miller @ChiSoxDave

Simeon (3-3, 3-0 Illini Redbird) vs. Dunbar (6-0, 3-0)

Simeon's nonconference schedule to open the seasonwas tough, with road games at No. 8 Homewood-Flossmoor, Michigan power Detroit Catholic and No. 19 Crete-Monee. All three were losses to teams that are a combined 16-2.

The Wolverines have won three straight Illini Red Bird games since, outscoring their opponents 152-13. 

Receiver/defensive back Darnell Cockrell scored four touchdowns in Simeon's 60-13 win over Lane Tech in Week 4, including a 37-yard interception return. He had a 63-yard INT return for a score and returned three punts for 163 yards the next week in a 42-0 victory over Curie. And quarterback Timon Watkins ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another in last week's 50-0 win over Vocational.

Simeon has won 37 consecutive games against CPS opponents since 2009.

Dunbar's key to success has been junior running back Demoria Harris, who ran 12 times for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 28-27 win over Curie three weeks ago. He also had two receptions for 82 yards and a TD. Harris scored on a 56-yard run in last week's 36-7 win over Lane.

-Bob Hurst @hurstsports

Palatine (4-2, 1-1 Mid-Suburban West) at Fremd (4-2, 1-1)

Crosstown rivals collide tonight in Mid-Suburban West play as host Fremd and Palatine wage their annual battle.

The Pirates have won two straight in the series after the Vikings won nine of the previous 10 from 2001-10.

Palatine enters play on the heels of a 25-0 win over Hoffman Estates, while Fremd saw its win streak end at four last Saturday with a 35-21 loss to Barrington.

Besides bragging rights, the winner also is virtually assured of clinching a playoff spot – Palatine has been to the postseason six straight times, while Fremd is vying for a second straight playoff trip after a 4-5 season in 2011 snapped a 16-year string of postseason appearances.

Both teams go as far as their respective rushing attacks will take them. For Palatine, that means heavy doses of senior Chaka Kelly, who has 476 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. QB Nick Orlando is a dual-threat player – he’s second on the squad with 205 rushing yards and four scores, in addition to keeping opponents honest through the air, where he has completed 45 of 95 attempts for 659 yards, seven TDs and four INTs. Orlando’s favorite target is Eric Theis, who has 17 catches for 250 yards and four scores. 

The Vikings’ offense hasn’t been the same the last two weeks without starting QB Sam Beutler, who tore the ACL in his left knee in a Week 4 win over Hersey.

With Beutler at the helm, the Vikings were averaging 34 points per game, including a school-record 556 rushing yards in 44 carries in Week 2.

The four-year starter has been practicing on a limited basis with a heavy brace and may see action tonight. If he can’t go, Matt Konopka drops his role as a safety/wide receiver for the second straight week.

Regardless of who’s behind center, expect to see plenty of carries for Jeff McGlade, who leads the Vikings with 564 yards on 83 carries. Another Fremd weapon to keep an eye on is senior K Andrew Stark. Twenty-six of his 34 kickoffs have been touchbacks and he had a four field-goal performance against Hersey.

-Steve Reaven @ReavenTrib

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