Southland’s top games to watch in Week 4

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Mount Carmel (1-2, 0-1) at St. Rita (3-0, 0-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Outlook: The 93rd meeting between the two Catholic Blue powers, with Mount Carmel owning a 60-32 advantage. The Caravan may not find itself in must-win territory, but with games vs. Loyola and Brother Rice still remaining, a loss here cranks up the playoff pressure-cooker considerably. The Mustangs are banged up, with running back Mateo Zunica the latest to suffer a season-ending injury. Zunica’s absence heaps more responsibility on RB Tyre Lee (56 carries, 464 yards), who has answered the call thus far. Mt. Carmel will be motivated after dropping a 33-14 stinker to Providence in Week 3. The Caravan would serve itself well to eliminate the costly turnovers and penalties that plagued them vs. the Celtics.

Lemont (3-0, 1-0) at Oak Forest (3-0, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Outlook: Neither team has faced much of a test thus far, though Lemont’s South Suburban Blue conference thrashing of T.F. South (35-0) Friday definitely is an eye-opener. While the Bengals are certain to focus much of their attention on stopping WR Flynn Nagel (14 catches, 152 yards) the Indians are more than a one-man show. WRs Jimmy Kapouros and Jimmy Glista warrant serious attention from the Bengals D.’ Oak Forest boasts a diverse offense. Five different players have rushed for at least 189 yards. However, Connor Rago is the most dangerous of the bunch, having the ability to make the big play running (293 yards rushing) and catching (173 yards) the football. The Bengals must be more disciplined — they’ve been whistled for more than 300 yards in penalties.

Reavis (3-0, 1-0) at Evergreen Park (2-1, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Outlook: The Rams have to be looking at the Mustangs’ 8-7 loss to Argo in Week 3 and thinking “easy pickings.” That wouldn’t be a wise outlook. The defending conference champion Mustangs certainly will be motivated. The Rams have multiple game-breakers at their disposal in QB Isiah Alpuche (34-221) and RBs Khalid Norvell (30-267) Calvin Jordan (12-106) and Travis Liszewski (16-137). Evergreen Park’s offense looks to bounce back after struggling vs. Argo. QB Sean Ryan (13-of-22, 181), RB Antwan Moore (20-278) and WR Kerron Brown will have to contend with the Rams speed, which will make recording the big-play difficult.

Tinley Park (2-1, 1-0) at T.F. North (2-1, 0-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Titans are coming off arguably their finest performance of the season, thrashing Bremen 35-7. Tinley Park QB Quinn Kelly (46-of-107, 430 yards) and RB Jamari McDonald (41-215) are a lethal duo. When Kelly goes to the air, Randy Clark is a top target. Anthony Watkins (13-113) is the Meteors top threat out of the backfield. If the Titans defense can keep Watkins in check, they’ll be in position to extend their winning streak to three and remain in the mix for conference supremacy.

Richards (2-1, 1-0) at Oak Lawn (1-2, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Bragging rights to Oak Lawn are at stake. The Bulldogs bounced back impressively from a Week 2 loss to Geneva (22-19) to throttle Shepard 33-0. The Spartans have dropped two straight after kicking off their season with a 49-0 win over Kenwood. Somehow, some way Oak Lawn’s offense must find a way to stay on the field and keep Richards offense on the sideline. The Spartans will rely heavily on QB Joe Cosenza (20-of-40, 252), RB Darius Gipson (21-110) and WR Joe Robinson (9, 134) to accomplish that feat. However, the toughest task for Oak Lawn will be slowing down Richards offense. QB Hasan Muhammad-Rogers has playmakers everywhere, led by WRs Spencer Tears and Ryan Willett.

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