1. Plainfield East, which gets Minooka, Oswego and Romeoville, respectively, the next three weeks, will be a factor in the Southwest Prairie race. A week after suffering a 14-7 overtime loss to Oswego East in the conference opener, the Bengals rebounded to beat Plainfield North 21-15. Youthful East early in the season was without senior LB/RB Cullen Rompa, who has been clocked at just under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He is back, and RB Jake Mayon is explosive as evidenced by his 95-yard TD run against North.
2. Watch out for Plainfield South. RB Josh Harris’ 262-yard, five-touchdown effort in a 34-3 win over previously unbeaten Oswego East will get the attention of Plainfield South’s future Southwest Prairie foes. The Cougars may be receiving lasting benefit from their improbable comeback from a 34-7 third-quarter deficit in Week 3 against Plainfield North. They rallied to send that game into overtime and won 41-34.
3. Providence may be the best 2-2 team in the state. The Celtics have an offense as good as any 2-2 team. The Celtics’ 42-35 loss to Joliet Catholic in Week 1 looks more like a quality loss all the time as the Hilltoppers keep rolling. Ditto Providence’s 28-16 loss Saturday at Loyola, one of the state’s top-ranked teams. How about TB Dominic Lagone accounting for 273 yards rushing and receiving against Loyola.