High School Football: Week 7 Best Matches Preview
No. 3 Catholic Joliet at No. 2 Brother Rice, 6 p.m. Friday
Les Bleus are getting the most attention in the CCL / ESCC super conference, but there are also teams in other divisions with big playoff dreams, including St. Rita and Fenwick. But the most eye-catching statewide is Class 4A favorite Joliet Catholic (6-0), who gets his biggest test of the regular season here. Illinois-bound running back Jordan Anderson is back after missing time with injury and ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns in just seven carries against St. Laurence last week. Linebacker Malachi Hood is another Illini rookie. Brother Rice’s quarterback Jack Lausch (5-1), headed to Notre Dame to play football and baseball, is at his best in big games. Against Loyola and Mount Carmel, he totaled 810 offensive yards and 10 touchdowns.
No. 15 Lockport at No. 18 Bolingbrook, 6 p.m. Friday
Lockport (6-0, 2-0 Southwest Suburban Blue) has been one of the wellness stories of the season under the guidance of third-year coach George Czart, earning his first place in the IHSA playoffs since 2016 Identical twins Cody and Cole Silzer, both headed to Eastern Illinois and returning state wrestling champion Andrew Blackburn-Forst are anchors in the defensive line of a unit that allowed only 20 points all season. Bolingbrook (5-1, 2-1) has one of the state’s top juniors in safety Damon Walters, whose six offerings include Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
No. 20 Hinsdale Central at No. 22 York, 7 p.m. Friday
York (6-0, 4-0 West Suburban Silver) is another team enjoying a stellar season, marked by their first victory over Glenbard West in 14 years, 12-10 last week at Glen Ellyn. Two-threat quarterback Matt Vezza and linebacker Jeff Coglianese are playmakers for the Dukes, who will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Thomas Skokna, who scored three touchdowns last week against Downers Grove North, is someone to watch for Hinsdale Central (5-1, 3-0).
N ° 8 Batavia in Geneva, 7:30 p.m. Friday
It’s rivalry week in the DuKane, with Wheaton North heading to Wheaton Warrenville South and St. Charles East welcoming crosstown rival St. Charles North. Then there is this series, which dates back to 1913 and has been dominated in recent times by Batavia with 10 consecutive victories. The Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) have a balanced attack led by running back Jalen Buckley, who has 850 yards and 10 touchdowns, and quarterback Ryan Boe, who completed 71% of his passes for 966 yards. and 11 affected. Geneva (4-2, 2-2), led by first-year coach Troy Thorgesen, is another team that’s having a rebounding season and needs a win to become playoff eligible for the first time since. 2015.
Morgan Park vs. Simeon, 1 p.m. Saturday at Gately
The Battle of Vincennes is back for the first time since 2019 after being called off due to COVID this spring. The two teams look different from their last meeting with a few young stars in the lead. It’s an opportunity to see two of the state’s best up-and-coming receivers. Simeon (3-3, 3-0 Illini Red Bird) has four-star junior Malik Elzy, whose 13 offerings include Notre Dame and four SEC schools (Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt). Morgan Park (3-3, 2-1) has sophomore Tysean Griffin, who himself has two SEC offerings (Arkansas, Tennessee).