No. 2 Glenbard West (4-0) at No. 22 Lyons (4-0)
Two undefeated teams meet for the chance to improve to 5-0. The Hilltoppers are used to playing on Saturday afternoon, but this time they will take the show on the road, traveling to neighboring La Grange to face the Lions, who narrowly beat Leyden 10-7 last week. Lyons has impressed this season, primarily thanks to sophomore quarterback Ben Barrett, who was 10-for-18 for 151 yards against Leyden. Glenbard West has truly made it a team effort this season. A four touchdown performance from Vanderbilt running back commit Sam Brodner leads the Hilltoppers full steam ahead into Saturday.
Wheaton-Warrenville South (1-3) at No. 11 Naperville Central (3-1)
It’s do or die time for the Tigers, who have fallen to 1-3 on the season, and were in a similar spot last season. In order to make the playoffs WW South needs to eliminate turnovers and minimize mistakes. Don’t count the Tigers out though, the DVC is one of the toughest conferences in the state, so even good teams will drop some games. The Red Hawks are tied for the conference lead but are coming off their first loss of the season after dropping one to Waubonsie Valley, a game they led in early. Iowa commit Emmanuel Rugamba plays wide receiver and defensive back and is one to watch.
Thornton (4-0) at No. 23 Lincoln-Way West (4-0)
Thornton’s defense has allowed just six points all season, and that was in Week 1 against Morgan Park. Harvey is excited about its undefeated football team, led by quarterback Samuel Taylor III. The Wildcats just need one signature win to join the Super 25 and this is their big chance for that. Lincoln-Way West is coming off a 40-12 win over Andrew and all eyes are on senior running back Gabe Montalvo, who has put up some big numbers so far this season.
No. 4 Libertyville (4-0) at No. 12 Stevenson (3-1)
Quarterback Riley Lees and the Wildcats continue to roll on through the season. Libertyville faces what might be its toughest opponent of the season in No. 12 Stevenson. The Wildcats are coming off a running clock victory over Lake Forest, and will travel to Lincolnshire to take on the defending North Suburban conference and Class 8A state champion Patriots. Stevenson quarterback and all-around athlete Jack Sorenson has been impressive this season.
No. 18 Marian Central (4-0) vs. No. 8 Joliet Catholic (4-0) at Joliet Memorial Stadium
Friday at 7:30
Joliet Catholic and Marian Central meet once again as undefeated teams in a game that will have playoff implications across the areat. The Hilltoppers proved plenty last week by dominating a solid St. Viator team 48-0. The Hurricanes have had a rock solid start to the season and moved into the Super 25 on Monday after defeating defending Class 6A state champions Nazareth 34-19. Marian Central running back Emmit Peisert rushed for 306 yards and four touchdowns in the win.