Five games to watch in Week 2 for Aurora area

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No. 12 Waubonsie Valley (1-0) at No. 22 Oswego (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Waubonsie Valley won 40-21 in regular season, Oswego won 33-13 in Class 8A playoffs.

Key players: Waubonsie Valley — DL Nick Horn, QB Zach Bennema. Oswego — RB Treshon Weddington, OL Erik Mikkelson.

Outlook: Last year’s playoff game merely added to this excellent matchup. Both teams come in on a high, each having knocked off a defending state champ in Week 1. Waubonsie’s speed concerns Oswego coach Brian Cooney. “We can’t simulate it and we don’t run the triple option, so defending that is always tough,” he said. “They’re very well disciplined. Coach (Paul) Murphy continues to churn out good teams. And we’ve got to clean up the sloppiness (165 yards in penalties) of Week 1.” Warriors forced five turnovers last week.

No. 25 Batavia (0-1) at Glenbard North (0-1), 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last year: Batavia won 29-26.

Key players: Batavia — LB Jake Hlava; WR Canaan Coffey; Glenbard North — LB Luke Greenberg, RB Vittoro Tricase.

Outlook: One very good team will start 0-2 since the Bulldogs lost 40-38 to Oswego and Panthers fell to Centerville, Ohio 33-28. Batavia’s two QBs, lefty Evan Acosta and righty Kyle Niemiec, were both superb, spreading the ball around to nine receivers and taking no sacks. Panthers lost standout RB Justin Jackson (Northwestern) but have a strong trio in Vittorio Tricase, Devion Hodges and Dillon Warnecke. “They look explosive,” Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. “You watch ‘em on tape and it looks like the film has been sped up.”

No. 13 Richards (1-0) at Geneva (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

Last year: Teams did not meet.

Key players: Richards — QB Hasan Muhammad-Rogers, WR Spencer Tears; Geneva — QB Daniel Santacaterina, DL Matthew Loberg.

Outlook: Third-year starter, Muhammad-Rogers is a dual threat quarterback who led his team to last year’s 6A state championship game in DeKalb vs. Batavia. Victim this summer of a drive-by shooting in which he was not the target is fully recovered and led Richards to 28-9 win over Indianapolis Aresnal in opener. Tears has offers from Louisville and four MAC schools. Bulldogs’ speed will be a concern to Geneva coach Rob Wicinski.

West Aurora (0-1) at Plainfield East (1-0), 7 p.m., Friday

Last year: Plainfield East won 35-12.

Key players: West Aurora — RB Daquan Cross, DB Drake Spears; Plainfield East — DE Daniel Jackson, RB Jake Mayon.

Outlook: Bengals expect to challenge Oswego for Southwest Prairie title after making it to playoffs for first time last year. They had 36-20 win over Rich Central, 9-2 last year. QB Cole Kotopka returns and RB Jake Mayon averaged 9.0 yards-per-carry. Jackson is a Western Michigan commit. Blackhawks showed flashes last week with Tarshma Jackson and Daquan Cross both rushing for more than 100 yards.

Oswego East (1-0) at Glenbard East (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Oswego East won 33-0.

Key players: Oswego East — RB Khalil Driver, DE Jack Borvan; Glenbard East — QB Phil Abruzino, QB Drake Pusateri.

Outlook: Rams are much improved at the skill positions thanks to a strong junior class. Abruzino and Pusateri split duties in last week’s 41-14 pasting of Willowbrook. Abruzino, a junior, threw for 165 yards and three TDs. Wolves coming off shutout of Woodstock. Borvan had nine tackles, including three sacks.

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