Week 5 game previews


Hinsdale Central at Lyons

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, HighSchoolCube.com.

Outlook: Both teams have lost to No. 3 Glenbard West, but No. 11 Hinsdale Central (3-1, 1-1 West Suburban Silver) put up a much tougher fight in last week’s 28-23 defeat. QB Brian Owens and WR Ian Bunting are big-time playmakers for the Red Devils. Getting touches for Northwestern-bound Matt Harris is job one for Lyons (2-2, 1-1), which rebounded from a 49-7 Week 3 loss to Glenbard West by blanking previously unbeaten Downers Grove North 31-0 last week.

H-F at Bolingbrook

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Outlook: Defending Class 8A champ and second-ranked Bolingbrook (4-0, 2-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) hasn’t been challenged yet this season, thanks to an offense that has multiple options including the running and throwing of QB Aaron Bailey and the running of RB Omar Stover. No. 19 H-F (3-1, 1-1) will try to bounce back after falling 35-20 at No. 5 Lincoln-Way East last week. QB Ron Johnson (589 yards, 8 TDs passing) and RB Taje Smith (463 yards, 4 TDs) are go-to players for the Vikings.

Mount Carmel at Brother Rice

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, HighSchoolCube.com.

Outlook: No. 4 Mount Carmel’s option attack is running as smoothly as ever with QB Don Butkus (563 total yards, 7 TDs) at the controls. RB Matt Domer has rushed for 478 yards (14.1 per carry) and eight TDs, while DL Steven Richardson has been a disruptive force on defense for the Caravan (4-0, 0-0 Catholic Blue) with seven tackles for loss. No. 22 Brother Rice (3-1, 1-0) is coming off a win at St. Rita in which QB Matt Page (1,257 yards, 13 TDs) threw for more than 400 yards.

New Trier at Maine South

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Outlook: Top-ranked Maine South (4-0) opens Central Suburban South play looking to extend its 55-0 conference record under 12th-year head coach David Inserra. Northwestern-bound QB Matt Alviti has had just one real test this year, a 19-13 Week 2 win at Wheaton Warrenville South. New Trier (2-2) may be without QB Frank Nicholas because of injury; if that’s the case, Nick Hendricks and Michael Welch will likely split time.

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