CSN Chicago’s High School Lites will have cameras across the city and suburbs Friday night, including the big conference-opening game between Glenbard West and Downers Grove North in the West Suburban Silver. Plus, “The Battle of Wheaton” will pit Wheaton North against Wheaton-Warrenville South. I’ll be in Wheaton to see if the Tigers can get revenge on the Falcons team that kept them out of the playoffs last season. We’ll bring you highlights of the following games at 11 p.m. Friday night.
Simeon at Crete-Monee, 7 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Simeon (0-2) is off to a rare rough start in 2013 having dropped two straight to Homewood-Floosmoor and Detroit Central Catholic. Simeon has played a very tough non-conference schedule so far, and it won't get any easier this week in Crete. The Warriors (2-0) are rolling again behind a defense with a bevy of D-I caliber players plus an offense with quarterback Frank Douglas that is improving each week. Can Simeon muster some offense this week against Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan, defensive end Chris Slayton and company?
Prediction: Crete-Monee 31, Simeon 14
(16) Richards at Lemont, 7 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Despite not playing in the same conference anymore, these two are no question very familiar with each other. Richards (2-0) is coming off an impressive win last week at Batavia. Lemont (1-1) bounced back last week beating Riverside-Brookfield. Can Lemont find a way to contain junior quarterback Hasan Muhammed-Rogers along with senior wide receiver Tacari Carpenter? Lemont will need to hold on to the football and will also need to run the ball and play the ball-control game here. The last time Richards beat Lemont? 2007.
Prediction: Richards 27, Lemont 16
Bishop McNamara vs (1) Mount Carmel, 7:30 p.m., Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: The Fighting Irish (1-1) have been getting big yards from running back Jonathon Ward, yet Bishop McNamara also allowed Lake Forest Academy to come back last week after having the Caxys down 34-0 to hang on for the 48-31 win. Mount Carmel (2-0) has been putting up big points with running back Matt Domer (an Illinois commit) and a defense loaded with talent. The Mount Carmel defense has allowed just eight points in two games so far this season.
Prediction: Mount Carmel 36, Bishop McNamara 6
(11) Glenbard West at (5) Downers Grove North, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Glenbard West (1-1) bounced back after a tough Week 1 loss to Wheaton South by pounding Morton, 69-7. The Hilltoppers have a very solid running game with senior running back Scott Andrews, and West also will rely on quarterback Drew Vogg in the play-action passing attack. Downers Grove North (2-0) will look to run the football with a ball-control, veer-option attack led by junior quarterback David Edwards (6-foot-6, 215 pounds). This is no question a huge game in the West Suburban Silver race. Can the Glenbard West defense slow down the Trojans' veer? Can Downers Grove North stop the Hilltoppers offense? Can the DGN offense score in a hurry if they find themselves down?
Prediction: Downers Grove North 17, Glenbard West 14
Willowbrook at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Willowbrook (1-1) will look again towards Allstate Player of the Week quarterback Brian Johnson to lead a potent Warriors offense. Hinsdale South (0-2) and head coach Mike Barry will look to get its offense on track after a Week 2, 28-0 loss to Downers Grove North. The Hornets are 0-2 and in need of a big defensive effort this week to avoid an 0-3 start.
Prediction: Willowbrook 34, Hinsdale South 13
(25) Oak Park-River Forest at Proviso West, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: OPRF (2-0) has been on an early roll so far this season, yet that path takes a bumpy ride to Proviso West on Friday night. The Huskies will look toward standout running back/defensive back Jamal Baggett along with junior quarterback Lloyd Yates, and the Huskies have plenty of names to watch. Proviso West (1-1) and head coach Famous Hulbert have been in two tight games so far, and the Panthers defense will need to also step it up this week against an explosive OPRF offense. One thing is certain here, and that is that nothing is for certain in the wild West Suburban Silver.
Prediction: Oak Park-River Forest 23, Proviso West 20
Larkin at Elgin, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Both Larkin (1-1) and Elgin (0-2) are very familiar with each other, and this rivalry game is a must-win for both after posting mixed results the past two weeks. Larkin needed overtime last week to beat West Chicago, while Elgin has allowed 100 points in two losses so far this season. The playoffs begin this week for both schools.
Prediction: Larkin 19, Elgin 12
(22) Batavia at Geneva, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Batavia (1-1) was the consensus preseason favorite to win the Upstate 8 River division, yet last week's loss to Richards was a bit of a surprise. The Bulldogs got a big game last week from senior quarterback Micah Coffey, but the Batavia ground game will need to step it up this week. Geneva (0-2) has been able to score points with quarterback Dan Santacaterina leading the way. The Vikings defense, however, has been iffy and will need to find a way of slowing down the Batavia offense loaded with play makers. One of the oldest and best rivalry games to go see here folks.
Prediction: Batavia 32, Geneva 26
St. Patrick at (24) Benet Academy, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: St. Patrick (1-1) and veteran head coach Dan Galante were able to get in the win column last week, beating Lane Tech, 42-6. The Shamrocks offense is led by junior quarterback Zack Fuller. Benet Academy (2-0) suffered a tough blow last week as standout senior running back/defensive back Porter Ontko was lost to a serious knee injury. The Redwings will look towards junior quarterback Jack Beneventi and senior tight end/linebacker Nick Surges. Can Benet find two impact players to replace Ontko, who was a two-way standout? Can St. Pat's offense come to play again this week?
Prediction: Benet Academy 24, St. Patrick 14
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(7) Wheaton North at (8) Wheaton Warrenville South, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: The Battle of Wheaton is never dull. Wheaton North (2-0) has one of the state's top quarterbacks in Northwestern commit Clayton Thorson, and his favorite receiver is senior Matt Biegalski. Wheaton South (2-0) is more balanced on offense, and the Tigers will look towards senior quarterback Ryan Graham and a solid running game with running back Isaiah Campos. Yet the biggest question here is can the Wheaton South defense, which has kept two outstanding teams (Glenbard West and Maine South) mostly in check so far this season have another big effort this week against Air North?
Prediction: Wheaton North 28, Wheaton South 21
"Edgy" Tim O'Halloran is a contributor to CSNChicago.com for IHSA football and recruiting information. Watch “Edgy” on HS Lites on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Also, visit edgytim.com for in-depth prep football information and analysis.