Edgy Tim: Previewing Round 2 of the IHSA playoffs

Edgy Tim: Previewing Round 2 of the IHSA playoffs

November 7, 2013, 4:00 pm
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“CSN Chicago’s High School Lites will have cameras across the city and suburbs Friday night and Saturday afternoon as the second round of the IHSA state playoffs begin. We'll have cameras at every Friday Night IHSA playoff game played this week. The EDGYTIM Game of the Week will be from Gately Stadium as St. Rita will try to beat the Mount Carmel Caravan this time around in a rematch of these two long-time rivals. Also, can King keep rolling in Class 4A against Harvard?
 
Class 8A
 
Marist (7-3) @ Bolingbrook (10-0), 7 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: Marist was able to put up 64 points in last week's win over Plainfield South. The Redhawks offense is led by senior QB Jack Donegan and has weapons in Notre Dame verbal commit senior WR/DE Nic Weishar, junior WR Flynn Nagel along with senior RB Peter Andreotti and junior RB Jawill Aldridge. Bolingbrook's defense has allowed just 67 points all season. The Raiders will run the veer option with junior QB Quincy Woods and Bolingbrook has a deep group of backs and a veteran offensive line. The biggest matchup here is the Redhawks offense against the Raiders defense. Bolingbrook senior DB Parrker Westphal leads a very good Raiders secondary which will need to play well this week.
 
Prediction: Bolingbrook 24 Marist 17
 
Naperville Central (7-3) at Homewood-Floosmoor (9-1), 7 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks shut out Downers Grove South last week, 36-0, and will need that same sort of effort this week to advance. The Naperville Central offense has been a strength all season behind Illinois State commit QB Jake Kolbe and his main target is WR Ben Andreas. Homewood-Floosmoor has terrific balance on offense behind senior QB Isaac Cutrara and senior RB Vashon Nutt. The Vikings defense is also a strength and has speed and depth. Can the Redhawks play well away from Naperville this week? Can the H-F defense play well against a Redhawks offense that has been potent all season long?
 
Prediction: Homewood-Floosmoor 21 Naperville Central 14
 
Class 7A
 
Downers Grove North (6-4) @ Wheaton Warrenville South (8-2), 7 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: The biggest question for Downers Grove North is will junior QB David Edwards play, and also be effective if he does play? Edwards, who leads the Trojans' power option offense, has been out the past several weeks due to an injury but is expected to give it a go this week. Wheaton South, on the flip side, has a healthy squad back this week, a rarity this season for the Tigers and head coach Ron Muhitch. South will look towards senior QB Ryan Graham (NIU) along with senior RB Isaiah Campos plus a fast and physical defense. Can the Tigers defense slow down the Trojans power running game? Can the Trojans score enough points on offense?
 
Prediction: Wheaton Warrenville South 21 Downers Grove North, 8
 
Mt. Carmel (9-1) vs St. Rita (9-1) @ Gately Stadium, 7 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: A rematch from Week 5 as the Caravan locked down St. Rita for the 24-3 win. The biggest question for me this week is can the St. Rita offensive line get something done against the Mount Carmel defensive line? St. Rita will rely on Iowa State commit QB Tommy Mister and the Mustangs have plenty of weapons. Mount Carmel will counter with two Division I defensive linemen in Enoch Smith Jr. (Michigan State) along with Steve Richardson (Minnesota) while the Caravan will run the ball with Illinois commit RB Matt Domer, who is back from injury after sitting out the last few weeks of the regular season. 
 
Prediction: Mount Carmel 24 St. Rita 22
 
Class 6A
 
Lake Forest (8-2) @ De La Salle (6-4), 6:30 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: Lake Forest and head coach Chuck Spagnoli always have a very diverse and potent offense and senior RB Hub Cirame has been playing at an All-State level for the Scouts. De La Salle was minus standout Vanderbilt RB Mikale Wilbon and senior QB Shelby Spence, yet still managed to beat Crystal Lake Central 38-35 to advance. The Meteors have two huge Division I-level offensive linemen in Ohio State commit Jamarco Jones and Syracuse commit Aaron Roberts. The biggest question for me here is can the Meteors defense slow down the Scouts offense this week? Can the Lake Forest defense match up against the huge Meteors' offensive line?
 
Prediction: Lake Forest 31 DeLaSalle 20
 
Rich Central (9-1) @ Lincoln-Way North (9-1) 7 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: The Olympians and head coach Terrell Alexander have advanced  in the state playoffs for the first time since 2002. Rich Central will look towards RB Ahmad McCellan along with QB Michael Hoover. Senior LB Malik Fountain (Central Michigan) leads a very quick and athletic Olympians defense this season. Lincoln-Way North will give the football to Illinois verbal commit RB-DB Julian Hylton. The Phoenix will look to run the ball and play physical defense. Can the Phoenix match up against the Olympians on both sides of the ball? 
 
Prediction: Lincoln-Way North 28 Rich Central 20
 
Class 4A
 
King (8-2) @ Harvard (10-0), 7 p.m.
 
EDGY's Take: King veteran head coach Lonnie Williams led the Jaguars to their first ever IHSA state playoff win over Aurora Central Catholic, 36-6. King will need to get its offense roiling again this week with QB Nate Powell, who threw three touchdown passes in last week's win. Harvard was able to control the line of scrimmage in its 40-22 win over St. Edward to advance. The Hornets will look towards junior QB Peyton Schneider along with senior RB Jose Mejia. Can the Jaguars win on the road at Harvard?
 
Prediction: Harvard 31 King 17