With a third of the IHSA Football regular season already in the books, here is a quick look at some better-known teams throughout Chicagoland who are off to a rough start so far. Can these traditional prep powers turn things around with just six regular season games remaining?
Maine South (1-2) -- The Hawks suffered two close losses to open the season against 5A power Montini Catholic (3-0) and 7A power Wheaton South (3-0) before beating Glenbrook North 41-0 last Thursday night in Northbrook. The Hawks had sophomore QB Brian Collis start against Glenbrook North and Collis responded with 18 of 28 passes for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The Hawks will defend its Central Suburban South conference 60-game winning streak and should be just fine come state playoff time. Glenbrook South (3-0) again seems to be the biggest road block in the way for Maine South.
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Simeon (0-3) -- The Wolverines have also been a victim of a very tough three weeks to open the season. Simeon lost to Homewood-Floosmoor (3-0), Detroit Central Catholic (3-0) and Crete-Monee (3-0) yet the Wolverines led by head coach Dante Culbreath had his team in every game. Look for Simeon to bounce back now that they will start CPL Illini Red Bird conference play with a potential conference title showdown in Week 7 against Dunbar (3-0) as a key game for Simeon.
Stevenson (1-2) -- The Patriots shocked just about everyone starting off the 2013 with an 0-2 record after drawing rave reviews and consensus preseason rankings and expectations. Stevenson, the 2013 season team featured in The Drive was able to post a 48-13 win last Thursday over Zion-Benton. The Patriots will still have a lot of work to do in the North Suburban Lake conference teams on the remaining schedule. Week 8 (at Lake Forest) and Week 9 (vs Lake Zurich) are lining up to be key games for the Patriots.
Morris (1-2) -- The 2012 Class 5A state runner up are off to a less than spectacular start and the issue with the Redskins is a conference schedule (Northern Illinois Big 12 East) that includes some seriously good teams. Yorkville, Sycamore, Kaneland and Rochelle are all 3-0 and are still left on the Redskins' schedule. Morris will need some big wins here or the Redskins could miss the state playoff field for the first time since 2000.
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Naperville North (1-2) -- The Huskies also have played some very good teams, yet for North the schedule and the DuPage Valley conference just won't get any easier anytime soon. North lost to Neuqua Valley (34-27) and Glenbard North (37-28) while shutting out Thornton (2-1) for it's lone win. The Huskies and head coach Sean Drendel will need more defense if they plan to play in Week 10. North has made the state playoffs in every year since 1996.
Lemont (1-2) -- The Indians and head coach Eric Michaelsen have been a playoff team and one of the top Class 6A programs over the past decade. Lemont has lost to Plainfield South (2-1) and Richards (3-0) and now the South Suburban Blue conference awaits including a big showdown this Friday hosting rival Oak Forest (2-1). I still see the Indians getting into the state playoff field but it won't come easy in 2013.
Andrew (1-2) -- The Thunderbolts have some offensive firepower in senior QB Jacob Platt and Western Michigan verbal commit senior RB Jarvion Franklin. Scoring points hasn't been an issue for the T-Bolts. The defense, however, has allowed an average of 36 points per game with several top teams left on the schedule including Thornton (2-1), Bradley (3-0) and Lincoln-Way West (2-1).
Lyons Township (1-2) -- the Lions seem to need an early regular season schedule push over the past few seasons to get going yet much like Andrew, Lyons has had plenty of offense (118 points scored) and not a lot of defense (119 points allowed). Lyons Township will start it's state playoffs this week when they host Glenbard West (2-1) and the Lions begin a rough road ahead in the loaded West Suburban Silver conference. Yet Lyons has surprised us all before and could again here.