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High school football Week 5: Scores, photos, video all in one place

Quinn Unwiler (34) runs. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

The top of the Super 25 flexed its muscle in a Week 5 full of impressive victories around the Chicago area high school football scene. No. 1 Lincoln-Way East shut out Lincoln-Way Central, No. 2 Batavia handled No. 20 Wheaton-Warrenville South and No. 3 Nazareth dismantled Benet to keep their unbeaten records five weeks into the 2018 season.

J.J. McCarthy, Nazareth’s sophomore quarterback, had a huge week in the Roadrunners’ 45-7 blowout win over Benet. He threw for 416 yards and accounted for all six of the team’s touchdowns by throwing for five and running one in himself. By halftime, McCarthy already had over 350 passing yards and four touchdowns before the team took the foot off the pedal in the second half.

Nazareth is now 5-0, just like each of the top seven teams in the Super 25. There’s also a host of 4-1 teams, including Maine South, Glenbard West, Mount Carmel and Marist, who have looked very good for most of the season.

Here’s a rundown of all the major action from Week 5 of the Chicago area high school football season. For more analysis and coverage, make sure to tune into “Sun-Times Game Week” at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon on the Chicago Sun-Times High School Sports Facebook page.

Top games of the week

Maine South hands Evanston first loss

No. 10 Evanston broke out in a big way a week ago with a win over then-No. 7 Barrington but couldn’t keep it up a week later at home against longtime rival No. 8 Maine South. The Wildkits dropped their first game of the season to the Hawks, 21-13, continuing a losing streak against Maine South that dates back to 1999. Evanston QB Ben Tarpey threw for 250 yards but an inaccurate pass became a pick six for the Hawks that turned a 7-7 tie into a lead for the road team.

Quinn Urwiler leads Batavia past Wheaton-Warrenville South

Batavia needed Quinn Urwiler to step up when starting running back Art Taylor went down late in the first half and Urwiler delivered with 108 yards and four touchdowns off 17 carries. Combined with his brother Trey and Michael Jansey Jr., they ran circles around the defense in a 41-20 win over Wheaton-Warrenville South that showed why the Bulldogs are ranked second in the Super 25. “He’s a pretty special player,” Batavia coach Dennis Piron said of Urwiler. “He was a quiet little secret before but he isn’t anymore.” Batavia’s defense also played very well, holding the WW South offense to just 34 rushing yards.

Video by Annie Costabile


Brother Rice shuts out Providence

Brother Rice coach Brian Badke admitted it wasn’t his team’s best game, but the fact that they could easily roll 20-0 over Providence despite that is a sign of how good it can be. The Crusaders’ first road of the game of the season ended up being their first shutout, too, which is remarkable considering they were 2-7 last season. “Last year was a tough year for all of us and I’m real excited about these guys being able to clinch a playoff berth,” Badke said. “But we’re thinking about going down to St. Rita in Week 6.”



1. Lincoln-Way East (5-0) def. Lincoln-Way Central, 38-0

2. Batavia (5-0) def. Wheaton-Warrenville South, 41-20

3. Nazareth (5-0) def. Benet, 45-7

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) def. Lincoln-Way West

5. Oswego (5-0) def. Plainfield East, 49-0

6. Simeon (5-0) def. Perspectives, 48-13

7. Brother Rice (5-0) def. Providence, 20-0

8. Maine South (4-1) def. Evanston, 21-13

9. Glenbard West (4-1) def. Downers Grove North, 35-14

10. Evanston (4-1) lost to Maine South, 21-13

Check out the full scoreboard for more than 150 games here.

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Coming up next

The new Super 25 will be unveiled on Sun-Times Game Week on Facebook Live with Michael O’Brien, Annie Costabile and Beth Long at 4:30 p.m. CT Monday.

Week 6 matchups include:

  • Lincoln-Way East vs. Homewood-Flossmoor
  • Brother Rice vs. St. Rita
  • Prairie Ridge vs. Jacobs
  • Evanston vs. New Trier

Join Michael O’Brien, Beth Long and Annie Costabile every Monday at 4:30 p.m. for a new episode of “Game Week.”