Wilmette (Loyola Academy) (12-1) vs. Naperville (Central) (10-3) at DeKalb (Huskie Stadium) (map), Sat., Nov. 30, 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
When Loyola has the ball: The Ramblers are led by senior QB Jack Penn. Penn will run the Ramblers no-huddle-shotgun spread attack and is a threat with the pass (169 of 280 passes for 1,982 yards) and the run (551 yards rushing 6 touchdowns). Senior RB Julius Holley (870 yards 9 touchdowns) is a name to watch along with WR Owen Buscaglia and WR Joe Joyce.
When Naperville Central has the ball: The Redhawks have an All State quarterback in senior Jake Kolbe (Illinois State). Kolbe also has two terrific receivers in junior WR-DB Michael Kolzow and senior WR Ben Andreas while the Central running game features junior RB Kevin Clifford and senior FB Nolan Davis.
Players to Watch:
Loyola Academy: LB Andrew Cerney/DL Charlie Ponterelli
Naperville Central: LB Jack Wooldridge/LB Bobby McMillen
Key match-up to watch? The Loyola offensive line versus the Naperville Central defensive line. Loyola will look like a spread it all around the field offense, yet they also want to pound the football and establish the running game here. The Redhawks defensive front seven will need to stop the interior run and handle a big and strong Loyola line.
Did you know? Both Naperville Central and Loyola have won one state title and have finished second twice. The Redhawks won Class 6A in 199 and placed second in 1995 and 2001. Loyola won Class 6A in 1993 and placed second in 1992 and 2011.
Prediction: Loyola 26, Naperville Central 21
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