All eyes will be on Frankfort on Friday night.That’s when No. 1 Lincoln-Way East hosts No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor at 7 p.m. in a marquee Southwest Suburban matchup pitting two unbeaten teams.
This likely is the first true test for Lincoln-Way East, which has dominated its opponents. The Griffins have posted three consecutive shutouts and won each of their games by at least 19 points. It has been more than enough to keep them atop the Super 25 rankings since Week 1.
Homewood-Flossmoor leans heavily on its defense, a unit that has allowed only 28 points in four tames since a 33-30 overtime victory against Michigan City (Indiana) in Week 1. After a tough early season slate, the Vikings have made quick work of three instate opponents, including a 29-0 win against No. 24 Bolingbrook.
No. 10 Evanston (4-1) at New Trier (4-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
This Central Suburban South matchup features a surprising Evanston team, which is led by running back Quadre Nicholson and a strong offensive line. The Wildkits lost 21-13 to No. 8 Maine South last week.
The Trevians are riding a three-game winning streak after a Week 2 loss to Loyola and boast one of the biggest groups of linemen in the area, highlighted by Northwestern commit Duke Olges.
No. 15 Montini (5-0) at No. 18 Loyola (3-2), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Montini has looked at home so far in the Catholic League Blue. The Broncos are undefeated thanks to an athletic offense led by Illini recruit Nick Fedanzo and quarterback Deontay Bell, who both provide big-play potential.
The Ramblers are coming off a 21-14 overtime win over St. Ignatius. Loyola knows how to win and made appearances in the Class 8A state championship game each of the last three years. Two losses in a row earlier this season were hard to swallow.
Raby (4-1) vs. No. 6 Simeon (5-0) at Gately, 6:30 p.m. Saturday
The Raiders were ranked No. 25 in the preseason Super 25 but fell out after a 40-26 opening loss to Niles North. They have rolled since with four consecutive wins and now get a chance to make a statement against a well-rounded, highly ranked opponent.
Simeon has signature wins against No. 19 Phillips and Trotwood-Madison (Ohio). In the last four games, the Wolverines have allowed only 27 points total while scoring 41 per game.
St. Charles East (4-1) at St. Charles North (4-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Both teams are unranked, but it’s still a huge rivalry game. St. Charles East rebounded from a loss to No. 20 Wheaton-Warrenville South by blowing out Geneva 56-20 last week. St. Charles North has won three consecutive games since a Week 2 loss to No. 24 Bolingbrook.
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