EDGY Tim's Week 4 game breakdown

EDGY Tim's Week 4 game breakdown
September 19, 2013, 5:00 pm
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CSN Chicago’s High School Lites will have cameras across the city and suburbs Friday night, including a key West Suburban Silver tilt between Downers Grove North and Oak Park-River Forest. Plus, we'll head south for a prime non-conference showdown between Benet Academy and Crete-Monee. And, can Muscle Milk Team of the Week Dundee Crown move to 4-0?  We’ll bring you highlights of the following games at 11 p.m. Friday night:

Plainfield South at Oswego East, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Oswego East (3-0) and head coach Tyson LeBlanc are riding high these days, yet those in the know knew that the Wolves had a lot back this fall. Oswego East senior linebacker Zach Prinz is leading a very strong defense this fall. Plainfield South (2-1)? Despite having standout senior linebacker Clifton Garrett, the Cougars defense has been giving up points in bunches. The South offense, however, has been up to the task, and senior running back Josh Harris is a key. So what will it be this week: offense or defense?

Prediction: Plainfield South 34, Oswego East 21

St. Charles East at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Saints (3-0) are coming off an emotionally huge win over rival St. Charles North — 28-21 in overtime — as senior quarterback Jimmy Mitchell has played large so far in 2013. Neuqua Valley (2-1) has also been playing great offensively in 2013. The defense you ask? Hey how about that offense! The Wildcats will need to again rely on it's offense with senior wide receiver Mike Dudek and hope that the defense can come around starting this week.

Prediction: Neuqua Valley 41, St. Charles East 38

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Palatine at Elk Grove, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: A terrific Mid Suburban Conference crossover game here. Palatine (2-1) had a nice win over Buffalo Grove last week as running back Chaka Kelly ran for three touchdowns. Elk Grove (2-1) can also score some points with quarterback Adam O'Malley, two-way standout wide receiver/linebacker Mike Bishoff (a Western Illinois commit) and running back Travon Royal. Can the Pirates slow down the Grens offense? Can Palatine generate enough offense if this becomes a shootout?

Prediction: Elk Grove 27, Palatine 20

Marian Catholic at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Marian Catholic's (2-1) first year head coach Jerry Verde, who led Crete-Monee to the 2012 Class 6A state title, started off hot with two straight wins but ran into Carmel last week losing, 41-7. Notre Dame (3-0) will get the football into the capable hands of senior running back Chris James, who has several major scholarship offers. Can the Spartans slow down Chris James and the Dons' running game? Can Notre Dame defend the Spartans spread offense?

Prediction: Notre Dame 26, Marian Catholic 12

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Bradley Bourbonnais at Thornton Township, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Bradley is 3-0 for the first time since 1992. The Boilermakers are led by senior running back Tim Stone, and junior quarterback Gionte Mason had a big game in last week's win over Lincoln-Way Central. Thornton Township (2-1) has plenty of playmakers including senior quarterback Jowahn Brown and a defense that is fast and very physical. Can the Boilermakers win in Harvey? Can Thornton slow down the Boilers' multiple weapons?

Prediction: Thornton Township 34, Bradley 31

Benet Academy at Crete-Monee, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Benet Academy (3-0) is off to a good start this season, and the Redwings will rely on the arm of junior quarterback Jack Beneventi. Junior running back Brad Sznajder was able to fill in well last week in place of injured standout Porter Ontko, which is a real positive sign for Benet. Crete-Monee (3-0), the defending Class 6A state champ, has a loaded defense led by highly recruited linebacker Nyles Morgan and defensive end Chris Slayton, and the Warriors offense has speed and skills. Can Benet handle the speed of the Warriors? Can Crete get pressure on Beneventi?

Prediction: Crete-Monee 26, Benet Academy 22

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Dunbar vs. Curie (at Lane Stadium), 4:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Dunbar (3-0) and Curie (2-1) are off to good starts, and a win here will be huge in trying to capture the CPL Illini Red Bird conference crown. Look for the winner to line up for a shot later in the season against CPL mainstay Simeon (0-3) for a conference title.

Prediction: Dunbar 18, Curie 12

Downers Grove North at Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Trojans (2-1) suffered a tough loss last week to rival Glenbard West as North just couldn't muster much offense. Senior quarterback David Edwards will again try to get the football moving and the veer option clicking for Downers Grove North. Oak Park-River Forest (3-0) has a ton of firepower with junior quarterback Lloyd Yates, senior running back/defensive back Jamal Baggett and senior wide receiver/defensive back Xavier Rowe II. Can the Huskies defense stop the Trojans running game? Can the North defense handle the multiple weapons and looks from the Huskies? Can North afford to get into an offensive shootout with anyone this season?

Prediction: Downers Grove North 31, Oak Park-River Forest 30

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Dundee-Crown at Cary-Grove, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Dundee-Crown is 3-0? The Chargers had a huge win last week in beating Fox Valley power Crystal Lake South, 14-13. Cary-Grove (1-2) was just a few minutes away from being 0-3 until the Trojans pulled out a come-from-behind, 16-13 win over Huntley. This week? Can Dundee-Crown again beat another Fox Valley power program in the Trojans? If the time was ever good to face the Trojans for Dundee-Crown, is that time now?

Prediction: Cary-Grove 21, Dundee-Crown 16

Libertyville at Stevenson, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This North Suburban Lake opener features Libertyville (2-1), which boasts a strong offensive attack led by quarterback Anthony Monken, senior running back Conor Simpson and a very strong group of receivers. Stevenson (1-2) is still trying to put behind a rough 0-2 start. The Patriots have talent in junior quarterback Willie Bourban and a host of receivers, including Michigan State commit Matt Morrissey and junior Cam Green. Can the Patriots defense slow down the Wildcats? Can Libertyville also find some defense against the Patriots?

Prediction: Stevenson 37, Libertyville 23

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Brother Rice vs. Mount Carmel (at Gately Stadium), 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both open up CCL Blue conference play heading in somewhat opposite directions. Brother Rice (1-2) has dropped two straight games, and the Crusaders defense has allowed 83 points in two games to Marist and Fenwick. The Mount Carmel (3-0) defense has allowed just eight points in three games. Can the Crusaders find some offense this week? Can Mount Carmel keep the Brother Rice offense on the sidelines with its veer offense?

Prediction: Mount Carmel 41, Brother Rice 12

"Edgy" Tim O'Halloran is a contributor to CSNChicago.com for IHSA football and recruiting information. Watch “Edgy” on High School Lites on Wednesdays (on-demand) and Fridays/Saturdays (TV; on-demand). Also, visit edgytim.com for in-depth prep football information and analysis.