Geneva (4-3, 2-3) at Wheaton North (6-1, 4-1)When: Friday, 19:30
2021 spring result: Wheaton North 34, Geneva 0
Appearance: The Vikings can love nothing but earn their fifth win, step up a notch in a DuKane Conference season and qualify for the playoffs, and atone for last season’s big victory. Wheaton North’s defense is one of the best in the region, scoring 68 points in seven games.
“They are big, physically and very well trained on the defensive side,” said Geneva coach Troy Thorgesen. Said. “His front sevens are one of the best in the conference. We should be able to drive and finish better, and better in the third breakdown. Last week we had a lot of positive things, but we weren’t able to sustain the rides when it mattered.”
Thorgesen recorded Carter Powelson’s running game with linebacker Blake Stempkowski towards the Week 8 match.
“Carter Powelson has been an ongoing conference for us all season,” he said. “He’s leading our team in rushing and scoring and is third in welcome yards. Blake Stempkowski plays great football at the centre-back. When we need a big game or a stop, he’s the one who keeps answering us. He manages the six-man team. sacks.”
Wheaton North manager Joel Wardynski says his team is looking to gain some momentum and extend their winning streak to five in a row.
“With the recent changes made in the backfield and on the offensive line due to injury, we need to show that we can still use the ball effectively,” he said. “Geneva does a great job setting up a running game and then using game action passes for the big games. We have to do a good job defensively on the first hit, which will be important to try to keep them out of the down and distance situations where it’s their fault.”
Senior quarterback Mark Forcucci completed 74 of 112 passes for 923 yards with 13 touchdowns and an interception. Senior defender Fred Elftmann leads the team with 32 solos, 29 assists and two sacks.
“Mark Forcucci is playing really good football for us this year,” Wardynski said. “His experience and ability to pitch the ball has proven to be valuable. Fred Elftmann has been our statistical leader this season. He plays with high energy and runs well.”
Glenbard South (6-1, 6-1) at Glenbard East (6-1, 6-1)When: Friday, 19:30
Spring 2021 result: Glenbard South 41, Glenbard East 6
The Appearance: This week has to give something back as three Glen Ellyn teams, including Glenbard West, enter Week 8 with a record 6-1. Raiders and Rams are right behind. Both the Rams and Raiders have suffered massive losses against South Elgin, so Friday’s game is likely a battle for second place in the conference.
“The team that wins the moving line will have the best opportunity to win the game,” said Glenbard South coach Ryan Crissey. Said. “This game is extremely important to both schools. The players know what is at stake and understand the consequences of winning or losing. I expect it to be a very physical and challenging game. Glenbard East is good coach and has great athletes.”
Crissey says quarterback Michael Champagne has shown throughout the season that he’s ready for the big moments. He counted on his defense as he ignited the team’s four-game winning streak. The Raiders allowed 29 points in their last four games.
“Michael Champagne plays outstanding football for a sophomore,” Crissey said. “Confident and in control. Our defensive line is the hardest working group around. They like to compete and play a physical style of football. The defensive line is run by seniors Cain Smith and Connor Murphy. Trevor Burnett will at least touch the ball.” 20 times on Friday. We will continue to take advantage of it in various ways.”
Glenbard East coach John Walters said he expects a physical and emotional game.
“We have to find a way to slow down his athletes offensively,” Walters said. Said. “For us, Matt Schager has really become a dominant midfielder. Juniors Demontay Mack, Delmario Taylor and Troy Cooper have really controlled the offensive line defensively. Offensive, we are led by Nate Kelley and Marc Koumoundouros. Tyrese Buffkin had a great year in the wide receivers. “
York (6-1, 4-1) at Willowbrook (5-2, 5-0)When: Friday, 19:00
2021 spring result: York 25, Willowbrook 23
Appearance: The battle of the West Suburban Silver and Gold teams should be a quality game as the Dukes and Warriors both prepare for the playoffs. York are one of the surprise teams in the region, winning their first six games, including defeating Glenbard West and Lyons, before losing a late lead to their first home defeat against Hinsdale Central last week. How the Dukes will respond to crushing losses will be an important test for the emerging program. After losing the first two games of the season in the WSC Gold Conference, the Warriors rebounded to win five games, beating 37-14 on aggregate.
The Warriors’ comeback can partly be attributed to the strong effort on defense. In their five-game run, Willowbrook allowed just 42 points, while Proviso East was the top scorer with 14 points.
Joliet Catholic (7-0) in Benet (4-3)When: Friday, 19:00
2021 spring result: Did not play
Outlook: Benet is back on the field after a rare farewell week as he missed last week’s game due to a COVID-19 defeat. The extra rest couldn’t come at a better time of the season, considering the Redwings need to beat the mighty Hilltoppers. Led by Jake Jaworski, Joliet Catholic is one of the best teams in the state. Hilltoppers can score points with punches, so Benet’s defense is key to removing the upset. The Hilltoppers scored 56 points against a quality Brother Rice team last week. In six games against in-state opponents, Hilltoppers have yet to score under 41 points. Benet struggled to stop Brother Rice and lost a 42-6 decision in Week 3, while the Redwings peaked in good time and won their last three games, including a 20-17 defeat of Week 6 Notre Dame.
Naperville Central (4-3, 2-2) in Metea Valley (3-4, 2-2)When: Friday, 19:30
Spring 2021 result: Naperville Central 42, Metea Valley 7
Appearance: The Mustangs are definitely in win mode if they want to win a playoff berth. They gained some momentum for the playoffs with a three-game winning streak, but lost to Neuqua Valley and Naperville North in the last two games. The Mustangs’ 31-28 loss to the Huskies last week was particularly painful, missing a chance to move up the conference standings and earn their fourth overall win of the season.
Naperville Central comes in with an impressive 48-20 win over DeKalb, which helped stave off consecutive losses to Neuqua Valley and Naperville North.
DeKalb in Neuqua Valley, 7:00 pm
Downers Grove North, Oak Park-River Forest, 7pm
Fenton in Streamwood, 7:30 PM
Glenbard North, St. Charles North, 19:30
Glenbard West in Lyons, 7:30 PM
Hinsdale South at Proviso East, 7pm
Leyden on the Addison Trail, 7:00 PM
Lisle in Manteno, 7pm
McNamara at IC Catholic Preparatory School, 7:15 pm
Montini in Nazareth, 19.00
6:30 PM at Morton Downers Grove South
Proviso West at Hinsdale Central, 7:30 PM
Francis, Riverside-Brookfield, 19:30
Waubonsie Valley in Naperville North, 7:00 pm
West Chicago vs. East Aurora, TBA
Westmont at Chicago Christian, 19:15
Wheaton Academy in Elmwood Park, 7pm
Wheaton Warrenville South at Lake Park, 7:30 PM