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Previews of Week 4’s top five high school football games

Breaking down the best games of Week 4.

Loyola’s Vaughn Pemberton (14) shakes a defender and picks up a few more yards.
Loyola’s Vaughn Pemberton (14) shakes a defender and picks up a few more yards.
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No. 1 Lincoln-Way East at No. 13 Bolingbrook

7 p.m. Friday: Bolingbrook (3-0, 0-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) is trying to snap a five-game losing streak in this series. Junior safety Justin Walters, who has four Big Ten scholarship offers, leads a Raiders defense that has allowed only 16 points this season. Quarterback Devyn Suggs, a Yale recruit, and tight end Trevor Borland, a Buffalo recruit, lead a diverse offense. Lincoln-Way East (3-0, 0-0) has plenty of offensive options of its own, led by Michigan-bound receiver AJ Henning, running back Devon Williams and quarterback Kyle Quinn. Linebacker Jake Kramer had three sacks by halftime in a shutout last week of Bradley-Bourbonnais.

Huntley at No. 18 Cary-Grove

7 p.m. Friday: There’s a logjam at the top of the Fox Valley Conference standings, with five teams separated by one game. Huntley (2-1, 2-1) stayed on the ground en route to a 28-24 victory last week against Prairie Ridge, running 56 times for 199 yards. Quarterback Bruno Bosman had 32 of those carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns a week after he threw 30 passes in a loss to Jacobs. This should be the first serious test for defending Class 6A champion Cary-Grove (3-0, 3-0), which has won 17 in a row and outscored its first three opponents 112-7. Blake Skol leads a potent ground game for the Trojans.

No. 2 Loyola at No. 5 Mount Carmel

7:30 p.m. Friday: Mount Carmel’s new on-campus stadium should be rocking for this Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue opener. It’s unlikely any team in the state is as deep as Loyola (2-1), which has four capable running backs and a pair of promising quarterbacks. Who will step up this week after Vaughn Pemberton ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns last week against St. Rita? For Mount Carmel (3-0), junior Justin Lynch has emerged as one of the premier quarterbacks in the area with 623 total yards and eight touchdowns. Running back/linebacker Kenenna Odeluga is a two-way force.

No. 25 Notre Dame at No. 6 Providence

7:30 p.m. Friday: Notre Dame (3-0) is on the road for the third consecutive week for this Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Green opener. Quarterback Anthony Sayles’ tiebreaking touchdown run and a defense that shut down Marist’s passing game were the difference in a 21-14 victory last week against the RedHawks. Providence (3-0) has lived up to its high preseason expectations, earning road victories against Willowbrook, a Class 7A quarterfinalist last season, and Brother Rice, the Class 8A runner-up in 2018. Quarterback Kevin Conway, who missed almost all of last season because of injury, is settling in and accounted for all four touchdowns last week at Rice.

No. 14 Hinsdale Central at Oak Park-River Forest

7:30 p.m. Friday: After an offseason of uncertainty that included a successful referendum to save football and other sports, Hinsdale Central (3-0, 0-0 West Suburban Silver) is off to a fast start under new coach Brian Griffin. Senior linebacker Nick Frank was a difference-maker last week against Hinsdale South with a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. Dual-threat quarterback Jaden McGill, who has scholarship offers from Kansas State and Toledo, had a big night for Oak Park (1-2, 1-0) in a victory last week against Lyons. He finished with 323 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.