Five Aurora area football games to watch in Week 4

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Kaneland (2-1, 0-0) at Yorkville (3-0, 0-0), 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Kaneland won 41-0.

Key players: Kaneland – QB Jake Marczuk, OL/LB Dan Hammermeister; Yorkville – RB Mike Kurtz, DB A.J.Foster.

Outlook: Marczuk passed for 109 yards and ran for 158 in game where Knights did everything but win last week vs. Rich Central. Knights held 2-1 edge or better in total yards, first downs and time of possession. “Jake has been making improvements every week,” Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly said. “I was really happy, in that weather, we had over 300 yards of offense.” Kurtz (523 rushing yards) powers the Foxes.

Marmion (3-0, 1-0) at Providence (3-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Did not play.

Key players: Marmion – FB Lucas Warren, DB Sean Campbell; Providence – QB Justin Hunniford, WR Miles Boykin.

Outlook: Marmion coach Dan Thorpe has had concerns about his pass defense all year, very likely with this game in mind. Cadets fared well last week vs. St. Francis and its spread attack in 17-13 Catholic League Green win. Hunniford throwing to D-I receivers in Notre Dame commit Boykin and Iowa commit Nate Vejvoda for No. 8 Celtics of Catholic League Blue is a step above.

Waubonsie Valley (3-0, 1-0) at Bartlett (2-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Waubonsie Valley won 47-6.

Key players: Waubonsie Valley – SS Jake McCabe, LB Max Ihry. Bartlett – RB/DB Nolan Bernat, QB Jordan Flint.

Outlook: Don’t be late. With both teams riding strong running games, this one should move quickly. Warriors’ Tony Durns (463 yards rushing) and Hawks’ Bernat could both have big games on the turf at Millenium Field at Streamwood High School. Bartlett offense finally got untracked last week at Metea Valley and put up first two scores of season, but will likely have a more difficult go vs. No. 7 Warriors.

West Aurora (0-3, 0-1) at Metea Valley (1-2, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Did not play.

Key players: West Aurora – OL Karl Fowler, RB Daquan Cross. Metea Valley – OL Mark Konkle, QB Kyle Mooney.

Outlook: Important game for teams needing a win. With better weather forecast for Friday night, will Mustangs continue to rely on RB Bryson Oliver (534 yards rushing) or have QB Kyle Mooney open it up more and look for Nick Dodson and Kris King? Can Blackhawks bounce back from disappointing second half vs. South Elgin and put four good quarters together?

Aurora Christian (3-0, 0-0) at St. Ignatius (1-2, 1-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Did not play.

Key players: Aurora Christian – RB/SS Nick Edlund, WR Jacolby Maxwell. St. Ignatius – QB Ryan Coolidge, OLB Mack Spohnholtz.

Outlook: St. Ignatius, a Class 6A school, dropped its Catholic League White opener 15-14 to St. Laurence last week after wins over Payton and Tinley Park. “They run a triple option and mix some other things in,” Eagles coach David Beebe said. “Their QB can throw, too, and I like their running back, No. 9 (Frank DiLeo), too.”

Other games

(all Friday night)

Glenbard East at East Aurora, 7

No. 23 Batavia at St. Charles East, 7:30

St. Charles North at No. 18 Geneva, 7:30

No. 22 Oswego at Minooka, 7

Oswego East at Plainfield East, 7

Guerin at Aurora Central, 7:30

Sandwich at Peotone, 7:15

Coal City at Plano, 7:30

Luther North at Mooseheart, 7

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