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Jacobs players run onfield prior last week's game. The Golden Eagles host Johnsburg Friday. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

Jacobs players run onto the field prior to last week's game. The Golden Eagles host Johnsburg on Friday. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 30, 2012 11:34AM



BARTLETT (0-1) at ELGIN (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Bartlett 42, Elgin 0

Notes: Bartlett suffered its most lopsided loss in program history in last week’s 49-0 defeat against Wheaton North. Senior quarterback Steve Hrbacek was lost for the season on the first Hawks possession when he sustained a broken clavicle, and sophomore Jordan Flint will likely take over as the starter against Elgin. Senior tailback Aaron Everson was one bright spot as he ran for 98 yards on 17 carries for Bartlett, which owns an 8-4 lead in the all-time series against the Maroons.

• Elgin was overmatched from the start as it allowed eight touchdowns in the first 21 minutes of a 54-12 loss against Dundee-Crown last week. The Maroons had only 17 players in uniform because close to 10 players were ineligible after not participating in 12 preseason practices as required by the IHSA. Elgin expects those players to be in action against Bartlett, and senior TE/DL Mitch Poltersdorf has also been cleared to play after missing the opener with an injury.

Quote: “Our main focus this week has been to get better every day. Fundamentally we weren’t very good last week, so we’ve just got to keep working.”

— Elgin coach Dave Bierman

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Bartlett

LARKIN (0-1) at WEST CHICAGO (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. on Friday

Last year: Larkin 18, West Chicago 16

Notes: Larkin coach Mike Scianna identified defensive breakdowns up front as the main reason his team had so many problems containing McHenry last week in a 60-20 loss. Junior quarterback Kemmerin Blalark made his varsity debut and threw for 138 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice in the defeat. Senior JD Darke, a contributor on both sides of the ball, rolled an ankle in the opener and is among a group of players dealing with injuries.

• West Chicago lost a heartbreaker in Week 1 as it came up short against Addison-Trail 28-27 in double overtime. The Wildcats forced six turnovers in the contest but couldn’t come through in coach Bill Bicker’s debut. West Chicago, which is a member of the competitive DuPage Valley Conference, has only two victories since the start of the 2009 season.

Quote: “(West Chicago) saw a team throwing the ball and saw a team running the ball against us, so they’re going to think they have a really good shot. I think they’re going to be all fired up and we’ve just got to know what’s coming.”

— Larkin coach Mike Scianna

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Larkin

AURORA CHRISTIAN (1-0) at ST. EDWARD (1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Aurora Christian 55, St. Edward 22

Notes: Aurora Christian remained ranked No. 1 in the AP Class 3A poll following its 48-0 rout of DuSable last week. The defending Class 3A state champions have won 10 straight games and are 5-0 all-time against St. Edward. The Eagles boast three Northern Illinois recruits in receiver Chad Beebe (son of coach Don Beebe), running back/safety Brandon Mayes and running back/linebacker Joel Bouagnon, who transferred in from Burlington Central this summer.

• St. Edward’s defense forced four turnovers to help secure a 15-14 victory at Genoa-Kingston in Week 1. The Green Wave mustered only 183 yards of offense in the win, with 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns coming from senior running back Devontae Elam. Friday’s game is a nonconference affair despite being between two teams from the Suburban Christian Blue.

Quote: “Week 1 to Week 2 is really when teams improve the most, so we need to make that jump. We need to improve a lot to be able to compete with a team like AC. They shut the door pretty good on us last year and really threw all over us.”

— St. Edward coach Mike Rolando

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Aurora Christian

STILLMAN VALLEY (0-1) at BURLINGTON CENTRAL (1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Burlington Central 35, Stillman Valley 7

Notes: Stillman Valley opened its season with a 17-16 loss against Tinley Park. The Cardinals return only one starter on offense and two on defense from last year’s team that went 10-3, won the Big Northern West and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs. Stillman Valley and Burlington Central split their past four meetings.

• Burlington Central knocked off Hampshire 16-7 in Week 1. The Rockets defense allowed only 175 yards and senior quarterback Ryan Ritchie ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Burlington Central was without three injured offensive linemen in its opener, but junior Victorius Almasi may be ready to return from a knee sprain this week.

Quote: “We’re pretty sure (Stillman Valley is) still a little upset after last year’s game. They’re well coached, their kids play hard and they’re even bigger than Hampshire across their front, so we’re going to have play very disciplined to cover the things they do and handle the physicality of their kids.”

— Burlington Central coach Rich Crabel

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Burlington Central

HAMPSHIRE (0-1) at DEKALB (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: DeKalb 37, Hampshire 14

Notes: Hampshire opened its season with a 16-7 loss against rival Burlington Central. The Whip-Purs managed only 175 yards of offense in the defeat, with their lone touchdown coming on Phil LaPointe’s 1-yard run. Hampshire hopes to avoid starting the season with an 0-2 record for the fifth straight year.

• DeKalb looks to bounce back from a 22-13 loss against Galesburg last week. Sophomore running back Dre Brown, who is garnering interest from Northern Illinois, Minnesota and Illinois, ran for 104 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the defeat. Coach Todd Halloran is in his first season at the helm following the resignation of Marty Sanders in May.

Quote: “(DeKalb) seems very athletic. They’re young at some of their key positions, but they’re very solid and have some big guys up front.”

— Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: DeKalb

ST. CHARLES NORTH (0-1) at PLAINFIELD CENTRAL (1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Plainfield Central 26, St. Charles North 21

Notes: St. Charles North’s offense was stuck in neutral in a 30-0 loss against Hinsdale Central last week. The North Stars managed only nine rushing yards on 14 carries. Several players who were ineligible for the opener due to a lack of practice time are expected to suit up for Week 2.

• Plainfield Central rolled past Amundsen 42-7 last week. Running backs Jordan Ellingwood, Gino Giarratano and Tyler Erdman lead the way for the Wildcats offense. Plainfield Central finished 5-4 last season but failed to reach the playoffs for the third straight year.

Quote: “It’s real tough to judge (Plainfield Central) by their Week 1 opponent, so we’re watching a lot of film from last year. They’ve got three good running backs, all who were juniors last year. They’ve got a pretty good sized offensive line in front of them too.”

— St. Charles North coach Mark Gould

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Plainfield Central

WEST AURORA (1-0) at ST. CHARLES EAST (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: West Aurora 20, St. Charles East 7

Notes: West Aurora began its season by stomping East Aurora 59-19, marking its 12th straight victory against its crosstown rival. The Blackhawks scored on all seven of their first-half possessions as Booker Ross racked up 174 rushing yards on 11 carries. Members of the DuPage Valley Conference, West Aurora is seeking its first trip to the playoffs since 1994.

• St. Charles East couldn’t contain Cary-Grove’s option attack in Week 1, allowing 504 total yards in a 49-33 defeat. Junior receiver Brannon Barry was a bright spot, catching seven passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints expect sophomore left guard Brennan Bosch, senior right tackle Tommy Wilson and senior tailback Erik Anderson to return from injuries, and senior right guard Ian Crawford will also join the lineup after missing the opener because a rugby trip to London limited his preseason practices.

Quote: “We have all the respect in the world for (West Aurora). They handed us our lunch last year, if you will, and got us 20-7 over at their place. I don’t like to compare teams year to year, but we remember that and we know we’ll have our hands full.”

— St. Charles East coach Mike Fields

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: St. Charles East

JOHNSBURG (0-1) at JACOBS (1-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Jacobs 28, Johnsburg 0

Notes: Johnsburg lost 42-7 against Grant last week in coach Michael Maloney’s debut with the program. Mike Conroy had a 35-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter with a running clock in effect for the only Skyhawks touchdown. Johnsburg went winless last season and owns a 10-game losing streak.

• Jacobs opened its season with an impressive 35-13 road win against Marmion. Junior receiver Hunter Williams had two catches in the contest, with one going for a 42-yard touchdown and the other for a 76-yard touchdown. Junior lineman Blake Broz missed last week’s game with an injury but is expected to be in action Friday for the Golden Eagles.

Quote: “There were some first-game mistakes we have to improve on. We respect all of our opponents and we’ll be ready for a battle.”

— Jacobs coach Bill Mitz

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Jacobs

KANELAND (1-0) at HUNTLEY (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Kaneland 34, Huntley 13

Notes: Kaneland is ranked No. 7 in the Class 6A state poll after rallying to edge Brooks 25-24 last week. Junior quarterback Drew David passed for 275 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns. Kaneland is the two-time defending Northern Illinois Big 12 East champion and advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals last year.

• Huntley squandered a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter while suffering a 27-26 loss to Crystal Lake Central last week in coach John Hart’s debut at the school. Senior receiver Bryce Beschorner had seven catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat. An ankle injury could limit senior running back Ethan Connor this week.

Quote: “You can tell (Kaneland has) had a lot of success in the weight room. Their size is without a doubt a huge concern for us.”

— Huntley coach John Hart

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Kaneland

ERIK JACOBSEN’S RECORD

Last week: 8-3

Season: 8-3



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