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St. Edward's Danny Favelintercepts pass during last week's game against AurorChristian. The Green Wave hosts MarmiFriday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times

St. Edward's Danny Favela intercepts a pass during last week's game against Aurora Christian. The Green Wave hosts Marmion on Friday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 9, 2012 2:09PM


When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Marmion 38, St. Edward 6

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N otes: Marmion is coming off a 16-6 loss against Fenwick. Sophomore RB Jordan Glasgow finished with 110 yards after having only seven yards in the first half. The Cadets have lost four straight games dating to last season, marking their longest losing streak since 2008.

• St. Edward couldn’t keep up with Aurora Christian’s combination of size and speed in last week’s 42-10 loss. Junior RB Davontae Elam has 225 rushing yards and three touchdowns through two games but is battling a toe injury that could limit his participation. The clash against Marmion marks the Suburban Christian Blue opener for both teams.

Quote: “I like our chances against a team like Marmion just because they’re a bigger, tougher, push-your-way-down-the-field type of team. We certainly couldn’t match the speed of AC, but we’re hoping Marmion is more one dimensional with the size and strength. We’ve got some pretty big guys, so hopefully that can work to our advantage.”

— St. Edward coach Mike Rolando

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Marmion


When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Last year: Neuqua Valley 35, South Elgin 21

N otes: Neuqua Valley is off to its first 2-0 start in program history after beating Naperville Central 41-28 last week. Senior RB Joey Rhattigan has 419 rushing yards and five touchdowns through two games. Bill Ellinghaus is in his first year coaching the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 10 in the Sun-Times Super 25.

• Four turnovers didn’t help South Elgin’s cause in a 35-21 loss against Benet last week. Senior WR Joe Crivolio has 22 catches for 291 yards and five touchdowns through two games. Senior RB Jeff Broger suffered a leg injury last week but returned to practice and could be in action Saturday for the Storm, which leads the all-time series against Neuqua Valley 2-1.

Q uote: “(Rhattigan) is a very good runner and we’ve been impressed with him for two years. (Neuqua Valley) also has a tough defense and they beat two pretty tough programs their first two games.”

— South Elgin coach Dale Schabert

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Neuqua Valley


When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: McHenry 33, Dundee-Crown 14

Notes: Dundee-Crown improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2002 with last week’s 27-7 victory at Streamwood. The Chargers enter their first Fox Valley Valley contest on a 27-game conference losing streak that dates to 2006. Senior RB Cody Lane leads a balanced ground attack with 297 rushing yards and six touchdowns through two games as Dundee-Crown looks to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1993.

• McHenry is coming off a 38-28 loss against Marian Central last week. RB Jesse Guajardo leads a formidable rushing attack for the Warriors, who are under the guidance of first-year coach Dave D’Angelo. McHenry has won 22 in a row against Dundee-Crown dating to 1989.

Quote: “We won two games, and that’s all we’ve done. We haven’t done anything we didn’t plan on doing, and now we’ve got our first conference game, so we’re focused on that.”

— Dundee-Crown coach Vito Andriola

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: McHenry


When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Grayslake Central 34, Hampshire 0

N otes: Hampshire enters its Fox Valley Fox opener with some momentum after beating DeKalb 33-27 last week. QB Kyle Anderson scored the game-winning points on a 2-yard touchdown plunge with 0.4 seconds remaining. The triumph helped the Whip-Purs avoid their fifth straight 0-2 start.

• The Rams saw their chances slip away last week as they allowed three third-quarter touchdowns in a 31-14 loss against Grant. Benjamin Ault is in his first season as Grayslake Central’s coach. The Rams claimed a share of the FVC Fox title last season, reaching the playoffs for the second straight year.

Quote: “I think the strength of Grayslake Central’s team lies in their defense. They fly around, they are physical and that’s kind of what they’re known for.”

— Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Hampshire


When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Did not play

Notes: Burlington Central won’t have three-year starting QB Ryan Ritchie for its Big Northern East opener after the senior suffered what is believed to be a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of last week’s 40-6 loss against Stillman Valley. Senior WR/DE Carter Muelling will also be sidelined with a head injury. The Rockets look for big improvements on defense after allowing over 400 yards last week.

•Rockford Christian will make its BNC East debut after moving into the conference this year from the smaller Northeastern Athletic. QB Coleman Nelson has completed 27 passes for 469 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games, including a 35-27 loss against Mendota last week. The Royal Lions have enjoyed seven straight seasons with a .500 record or better.

Quote: “(Rockford Christian) has some very talented skill kids, but in both of their games I think because of their number of kids that have to go both ways, they got worn down.”

— Burlington Central coach Rich Crabel

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Burlington Central


7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Bartlett 59, East Aurora 0

Notes: East Aurora’s losing streak stands at 32 games dating to the 2008 season following last week’s 41-6 defeat against Yorkville. Former NFL player Kurt Becker is in his first year coaching the Tomcats. East Aurora trails the all-time series against Bartlett 8-1.

• Bartlett bounced back from a 49-point loss in its season opener by pounding Elgin 49-7 last week. Senior RB Aaron Everson ran for 269 yards and five touchdowns in the triumph. The Hawks now begin Upstate Eight Valley play hoping to claim the conference title for a third straight year.

Quote: “It’s our first conference game, so if we want to be the conference champs we’ve got to take it one at a time.”

— Bartlett coach Tom Meaney

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Bartlett


When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Last year: Did not play

Notes: Waubonsie Valley’s high-powered offense was on full display in last week’s 54-28 thumping of Oswego. Senior RB Austin Guido has 485 yards and seven touchdowns through two games. The Warriors own a 10-4 lead in the all-time series against Streamwood going into the first meeting between the teams since 2004.

• Junior QB Mason Polich played well in the second half of last week’s 27-7 loss against Dundee-Crown and is expected to start Saturday after backing up senior QB Jordan McFeggan the first two games. Polich’s younger brother, sophomore WR Noah Polich, had four catches for 147 yards and a touchdown last week. The Sabres have been hampered by six turnovers so far this season.

Quote: “(Waubonsie Valley) has some outstanding individuals. They don’t give you anything. You’re going to have to earn it and work hard because they play aggressive football.”

— Streamwood coach Cal Cummins

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Waubonsie Valley


When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Jacobs 62, Grayslake North 21

Notes: Jacobs had no trouble rolling past Johnsburg 41-7 last week. Junior QB Bret Mooney has completed 24 of 38 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns this season. On defense, the Golden Eagles have come up with seven turnovers through two games.

• QB A.J. Fish ran for six touchdowns in the first 13 minutes last week to help lead Grayslake North to an easy 55-13 win against Round Lake. The Knights are seeking their first trip to the playoffs in their seven-year history this season. They lost both of their previous Fox Valley crossover matchups against Jacobs.

Quote: “(Fish) is a good athlete, but he’s going to face a little different defense than he saw last week. Our starters have basically given up one touchdown all year. Hopefully if we stop a good athlete like that, we’ll start getting some respect defensively.”

— Jacobs coach Bill Mitz

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Jacobs


When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Prairie Ridge 43, Huntley 2


Notes: Huntley’s second-half comeback fell short in last week’s 52-35 loss against state-ranked Kaneland. Senior WR Bryce Beschorner has 13 catches for 189 yards and four touchdowns through two games. The Red Raiders trail the all-time series against Prairie Ridge 5-2.

• Prairie Ridge is ranked No. 3 in the AP Class 6A state poll and No. 24 in the Sun-Times Super 25 after whipping Mundelein 65-7 last week. Steven Ladd ran for three touchdowns in the victory as the Wolves led 51-0 at halftime. The defending Class 6A state champions have won seven games in a row dating to last year.

Quote: “We’re going against a state championship team, which isn’t going to make it any easier. But we look forward to the challenge and we feel like we can compete with anybody.”

— Huntley coach John Hart

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Prairie Ridge


Last week: 7-4

Season: 15-7

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