Week 5 football preview capsules
By Erik Jacobsen email@example.com September 20, 2012 10:33PM
Larkin's Damion Clemons is tackled by Elgin's Thomas Moore earlier this season. The Royals host Streamwood on Friday and the Maroons host St. Charles East on Saturday.| Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 20, 2012 11:40PM
STREAMWOOD (1-3) AT LARKIN (2-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Last year: Streamwood 22, Larkin 12
Notes: Streamwood’s losing streak reached three when it was shut out for the second game in a row in last week’s 33-0 loss at Batavia. Junior QB Mason Polich took over as the starter for the Sabres in Week 3, and the Wheaton Warrenville South transfer has thrown for 348 yards and a touchdown to go along with six interceptions. Larkin coach Mike Scianna played football at Streamwood in the 1980s, and among his teammates were the fathers of Polich and current Sabres DB Austin Mugnai.
• Larkin’s defense struggled in last week’s 56-23 loss at Geneva, allowing 42 points in the first half and 383 rushing yards for the game. Senior RB Mo Jackson, who was a bright spot in the defeat, has 323 rushing yards and seven touchdowns for the season. Prior to last year’s matchup, the Royals had won eight in a row against Streamwood.
Quote: “We’re not taking (Streamwood) lightly. We understand both teams are hoping to make some kind of push coming off this game to get some momentum going.”
— Larkin coach Mike Scianna
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Larkin
ST. CHARLES EAST (2-2) AT ELGIN (0-4)
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Last year: St. Charles East 10, Elgin 0
Notes: St. Charles East couldn’t keep pace with state-ranked Neuqua Valley in last week’s 34-0 loss. Junior WR Brannon Barry had 10 receptions in the defeat and has 284 receiving yards for the season. Junior RB Erik Anderson could return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him the past few games, but the Saints will be without OL Sam Malone, who is also dealing with a shoulder injury.
• Elgin’s losing streak reached 12 with last week’s 49-0 defeat against St. Charles North, which marked the third time in four games the Maroons faced a running clock in the second half. Junior RB Jaylen Clemons has been a bright spot with 325 rushing yards. Elgin will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Field prior to Saturday’s game with a ceremony and acknowledgement of veterans in attendance.
Quote: “Last week was frustrating because up until last week I did think we were taking steps forward. Here comes St. Charles East, so it doesn’t get any easier.”
— Elgin coach Dave Bierman
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: St. Charles East
AURORA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-1) AT ST. EDWARD (1-3)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last year: Did not play
Notes: Aurora Central Catholic took another step toward securing its first playoff berth since 1997 with last week’s 59-19 rout of Chicago Christian. RB Steven Amoni ran for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the triumph. The Chargers are winless against St. Edward in the past three meetings between the schools.
• St. Edward got a pair of touchdown receptions from senior TE Andrew Yarwood in last week’s 49-22 loss at Immaculate Conception. The Green Wave is on a three-game losing streak and has allowed at least 42 points in each of the defeats. Junior RB Davontae Elam continues to deal with a nagging foot injury and might not play after being shut down in practice during the week.
Quote: “(ACC) is similar to us. They’re pretty big and they run the ball real well. I think the key for us is going to be slowing down their running game and being able to take on their big boys at the line of scrimmage.”
— St. Edward coach Mike Rolando
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Aurora Central Catholic
METEA VALLEY (1-3) AT SOUTH ELGIN (2-2)
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Last year: South Elgin 33, Metea Valley 0
Notes: Metea Valley’s losing streak reached three with last week’s 47-27 defeat against Bartlett. Senior RB Cameron Wilcox is one of the top offensive threats for the Mustangs and has 492 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Ben Kleinhans is in his first year as the head coach at Metea Valley.
• South Elgin had little trouble dispatching East Aurora 41-6 last week. Senior RB Jeff Broger ran for three touchdowns while making his return from a leg injury that forced him to miss almost two full games. The Storm has outscored Metea Valley 81-13 while winning the two previous matchups between the schools.
Quote: “(Broger) ran really well last week. He wasn’t in the whole game, but he got his feet back under him. It’s nice to see us play with him again. It’s been awhile, but it makes a big difference.”
— South Elgin coach Dale Schabert
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: South Elgin
GENOA-KINGSTON (2-2) AT BURLINGTON CENTRAL (3-1) When:
When:7 p.m. Friday
Last year: Burlington Central 33, Genoa-Kingston 0
Notes: Genoa-Kingston followed its Week 3 upset win against Richmond-Burton with a 37-7 victory against Rockford Christian last week. The Cogs forced two turnovers and scored five touchdowns in the first half of the triumph. QB Adam Price leads the offense for Genoa-Kingston.
• Burlington Central is coming off a 21-9 win at Harvard last week. Senior QB Ryan Ritchie is close to full strength and has been cleared to return from an ankle injury that sidelined him the past two weeks. Senior DE Carter Muelling has also been cleared to return from a concussion, but his participation may be limited Friday for a Rockets defense that has allowed only one touchdown the past two games.
Quote: “It looks like (Genoa-Kingston’s) running game is moving along very well. Just like every week, we’ve put in our extra time preparation-wise. We’ll have to be disciplined in our assignments.”
— Burlington Central coach Rich Crabel
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Burlington Central
GRAYSLAKE NORTH (3-1) AT HAMPSHIRE (2-2) When:
When:7:15 p.m. Friday
Last year: Grayslake North 49, Hampshire 22
Notes: Grayslake North is riding a three-game winning streak after knocking off Johnsburg 41-7 last week. Senior QB AJ Fish has thrown for 894 yards and run for 662 yards to pace a high-powered Knights offense that is averaging 43.3 points per game. Grayslake North is seeking its first trip to the playoffs in its seven-year varsity history.
• Hampshire looks to bounce back from last week’s 49-13 loss against Cary-Grove. The Whip-Purs defense allowed 440 yards in the defeat. RB Phil Lapointe, QB Kyle Anderson and RB Tyler Crater all have over 200 rushing yards this season for Hampshire.
Quote: “Fish is a special player. You don’t see one like him come along all that often. He’s tough in the open field, and they’ve got a lot of talent to go around him too.”
— Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Grayslake North
WAUBONSIE VALLEY (4-0) AT BARTLETT (3-1) When:
When:7:30 p.m. Friday
Last year: Bartlett 27, Waubonsie Valley 20
Notes: Waubonsie Valley is ranked No. 15 in the Sun-Times Super 25 following last week’s 49-28 win against Lake Park. RB Austin Guido has run for 844 yards and 14 touchdowns to help pace an offense that is averaging 48.3 points. Senior TE Troy Fumagalli committed to Wisconsin last week and is another key offensive weapon for the Warriors, who are off to their best start since 1992.
• Bartlett claimed its third straight win with a 47-27 victory at Metea Valley last week. Senior RB Aaron Everson has been a one-man wrecking crew on offense for the Hawks, compiling 842 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns this season. Bartlett handed Waubonsie Valley its only regular-season loss last year on its way to a second straight UEC Valley title.
Quote: “This is a game that is going to help determine the conference championship. Beating them last year, I’m sure they’ll have a little revenge factor coming after us.”
— Bartlett coach Tom Meaney
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Waubonsie Valley
JACOBS (3-1) AT CARY-GROVE (4-0) When:
When:7:15 p.m. Friday
Last year: Jacobs 28, Cary-Grove 20
Notes: Jacobs scored the game-winning points on RB Steven Varela’s fourth touchdown of the night with 1:36 remaining to secure a 49-42 win against McHenry last week. Varela has 412 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns on the season. The Golden Eagles will be without injured senior LT Chuck Bilgrien for a second straight week.
• Cary-Grove is No. 23 in the Sun-Times Super 25 after last week’s 49-13 thumping of Hampshire. Senior FB Kyle Norberg has run for 400 yards and four touchdowns this season for the Trojans, who are the Fox Valley Conference’s only undefeated team. Cary-Grove had won nine in a row against Jacobs prior to last year’s loss.
Quote: “It’s pretty much the same type of team they always have up there in Cary. They’re good on offense and run to the ball on defense. It should be a very entertaining and exciting game.”
— Jacobs coach Bill Mitz
Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Cary-Grove
ERIK JACOBSEN’S RECORD
Last week: 10-2
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