Lake Zurich (12-1) vs. Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (12-1) at DeKalb (Huskie Stadium) (map), Sat., Nov. 30, 4:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
When Lake Zurich has the ball: The Bears, much like their opponent this week, will look to establish the power running game. Senior QB-LB Noah Allgood (1,392 yards passing) has brought a very impressive mix of toughness as well as a play action passing threat to the Bears offense in 2013. Lake Zurich will utilize a stable of hard running ball carriers including senior RB-LB Sean Lynch, sophomore RB Ben Klett along with RB Dylan Schassler.
When Mount Carmel has the ball: The Caravan will run the ball and will try to use the inside veer along with several traps and counters. Senior RB Matt Domer (Illinois) is a big-time home-run threat and he (1,299 yards 14 touchdowns), along with senior RB Jimmy Mickens (1,118 yards 13 touchdowns), are a potent one-two punch. Senior QB Marko Boricich (595 yards passing/314 yards rushing) has made very solid reads in the Caravan offense and is capable of throwing the ball when required.
Players to Watch:
Mount Carmel: DT Steven Richardson/DE Enoch Smith Jr.
Lake Zurich: LB Colton Moskal/QB-LB Noah Allgood
Key match-up to watch? The Bears offensive line versus the Caravan defensive line. Lake Zurich can and will pass the ball yet wants to establish the running game. Mount Carmel has a D-1 heavy defensive line who will outweigh the Bears offensive line by an average of 67 pounds. Can the Bears offensive linemen out quick/win the battle in the trenches? The outcome of this game will no question be determined right here.
Did you know? The Lake Zurich defense has allowed just 97 points so far this season, while Mount Carmel's defense has allowed just 96 points all season.
Prediction: Mount Carmel 14, Lake Zurich 13
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