Week 4 prep preview capsules

Here's a look at Week 4 football action in ESPNChicago.com's top 20.

Niles North (1-2) at No. 1 Maine South (3-0)

Maine SouthNiles North

When:Friday at 7 p.m.

The story: Maine South is shooting for its third unbeaten season in the last four years, and Niles North is the next step in that ladder. Maine South’s offense returned to form in last week’s 48-7 win over Deerfield after struggling the previous week against Wheaton Warrenville South. Look for the Hawks to have a similar night against Niles North, which is coming off a 33-25 loss to Waukegan.

Niles North player to watch: Linebacker Romeo Montiel caused the safety that gave Niles North a 2-0 win over Niles West two weeks ago.

Maine South player to watch: Offensive and defensive lineman Pat Barrett has been making big plays on both sides of the ball.

Quote:Maine South coach David Inserra -- “The kids are willing to put in the time and energy to improve. Our main goal is to focus on us as a team and individuals and learn to push ourselves to the limit. When we learn to do this, the team will soar.”

Prediction:Maine South 49, Niles North 10

Hinsdale Central (2-1) at No. 2 Glenbard West (3-0)

Glenbard WestHinsdale Central

When: Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The story: Glenbard West’s defense has been as good as advertised in the preseason. The Hilltoppers have allowed 10 points over their first three games, and the lone touchdown given up was without Penn State recruit Tommy Schutt on the field. Hinsdale Central opened the season with two consecutive wins, but struggled in last week’s 30-22 loss to Proviso West. Hinsdale Central allowed Proviso West to score 23 consecutive points in the second half. As a side note, Glenbard West assistant coach Mike DiMatteo was Hinsdale Central’s head coach for the past five years.

Hinsdale Central player to watch: Nick Sellinger can break a punt return at any given time.

Glenbard West player to watch: Kicker Dan Cavasos has been nearly perfect in all areas this season. He’s put all but one kickoff in the end zone for a touchback, made 15-of-15 extra points and connected on his only field goal opportunity, a 38-yarder.

Quote:Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet – “I feel like what I know about my team is they don’t get rattled, and we play extremely fast on both sides of the ball.”

Prediction: Glenbard West 41, Hinsdale Central 10

No. 3 Lincoln-Way East (3-0) at No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0)

Homewood-FlossmoorLincoln-Way East

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: This should be the game of the week. Both teams have been extremely dominant on both sides of the ball through three games and came into the season highly ranked. Lincoln-Way East has out-scored its opponents 132-35. Homewood-Flossmoor has beat up its opponents by even more, out-scoring them 165-13. A year ago, this game decided the Southwest Suburban Blue with Lincoln-Way East winning 31-21 at home. The Griffins went undefeated in conference, and it would be Homewood-Flossmoor’s only loss.

Lincoln-Way East player to watch: The quarterbacks should be fun to watch in this one. With a few more inches, Lincoln-Way East quarterback Blake Winkler would be a major college recruit.

Homewood-Flossmoor player to watch: Vikings quarterback Tim Williams has been as good as any quarterback around this season. Colleges are interested in him, but basketball still may be his best sport.

Prediction: Lincoln-Way East 42, Homewood-Flossmoor 41

No. 4 Mount Carmel (3-0) at St. Joseph (0-3)

St. JosephMount Carmel

When:Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The story: Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti is likely going to break the state’s career wins record on Saturday. He tied former Richards coach Gary Korhonen with his 306th victory last week. Lenti has compiled a 306-54 record with nine state championships in his 28 seasons. St. Joseph has lost 19 consecutive games.

St. Joseph player to watch: Dominique Richards had a 35-yard touchdown catch against Lake Forest Academy.

Mount Carmel player to watch: Junior quarterback Don Butkus has quickly picked up the Caravan’s offense.

Prediction: Mount Carmel 45, St. Joseph 7

St. Viator (0-3) at No. 5 Joliet Catholic (3-0)

Joliet CatholicSt. Viator

When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: No one has been able to contain Joliet Catholic’s running game of senior Malin Jones and Ty Isaac. The duo combined for 515 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in last week’s win over Peoria Richwoods. St. Viator’s defense will have to step up from previous weeks to have a chance. The Lions have allowed 149 points this season.

St. Viator player to watch: Junior quarterback Mickey Macius will look to bounce back from last week’s rocky performance.

Joliet Catholic player to watch: Tyler Reitz is lesser known Joliet Catholic running back. He rushed for two touchdowns last week.

Prediction: Joliet Catholic 49, St. Viator 13

No. 6 Loyola (3-0) at Providence (3-0)


When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: This is the first of two potentially great games in the Catholic League Blue on Friday. Loyola has proven it is again among the top teams in the state. Providence is looking to prove that again. After last week’s struggle, Providence has started the season off strong with wins over Morgan Park, Minooka and St. Laurence. The Celtics’ defensive will be tested against Loyola. The Ramblers have scored 40 or more points in all three games this year.

Loyola player to watch: Running back Willie Palivos helps keep opposing defenses on their toes. They can’t just focus on Loyola’s passing game.

Providence player to watch: Offensive lineman Ryan Ward is one of the best in country. He’s committed to Iowa.

Quote:Loyola coach John Holecek – “I believe we are a good football team, but the most challenging competition is coming up in the CCL Blue.”

Prediction: Loyola 31, Providence 17

No. 7 St. Rita (3-0) at No. 19 Brother Rice (3-0)

Brother RiceSt. Rita

When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: Like Providence, Brother Rice has a lot to prove this week. The Crusaders have looked like one of the area’s top teams, and they can verify that with a win against St. Rita. Brother Rice’s strength is its running game. Running backs Andre Walker and Martez Walker have big-play ability. Of course, St. Rita likes to keep it on the ground, too. Guerby Minister has been getting the bulk of St. Rita’s carries. He scored twice in last week’s win over Fenwick.

St. Rita player to watch: Wide receiver Kenny Golladay has emerged as an offensive weapons for the Mustangs.

Brother Rice player to watch: Quarterback Scott Thomas completed 9-of-11 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns last week.

Quote:St. Rita coach Todd Kuska – “We need to continue to work on our ball security on the offensive side.”

Prediction: St. Rita 28, Brother Rice 24

Marian Catholic (2-1) at No. 8 Carmel(2-1)

CarmelMarian Catholic

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

The story: This has a chance to be another hard-fought East Suburban Catholic matchup. Carmel struggled with Notre Dame until late last week. The Corsairs’ offense will look to get going earlier on Friday. Marian Catholic had quality wins over St. Viator and Benet the first two weeks, but lost 35-19 to Nazareth last week. Its defense will have to be better against Carmel and its running attack. Carmel won last year’s meeting 24-0.

Marian Catholic player to watch: Jeruel Taylor is one of the area’s top running backs. He had 197 rushing yards two weeks ago.

Carmel players to watch: Offensive linemen Shane Toub and Michael Dyer have been creating massive holes for the Corsairs’ running game.

Quote:Carmel coach Andy Bitto – “I really think our defense and specials team are playing really well. We need to become more consistent with our overall offense and especially our passing game.”

Prediction: Carmel 37, Marian Catholic 20

No. 10 Downers Grove South (3-0) at Leyden (0-3)

LeydenDowners Grove South

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: Downers Grove South running back Josh Williams has been one of the year’s biggest playmakers. He’s been terrorizing defenses all season. He accounted for six touchdowns in just last week’s win. Williams could have another monstrous night this week. Leyden is 0-3 and has allowed 25-plus points a game.

Downers Grove South player to watch: Kicker Anthony Farinella has been converting all of the extra points on Williams’ touchdown. Farinella made eight of them last week.

Leyden player to watch: Adam Morrison picked off two interceptions in last week’s game.

Prediction: Downers Grove South 45, Leyden 7

No. 11 Glenbard North (3-0) at Glenbard East (1-2)

Glenbard EastGlenbard North

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: Glenbard North hasn’t been tested yet and probably won’t be again this week. The Panthers have out-scored their last two opponents 90-0. Glenbard East is coming off a 48-7 loss to Naperville Central.

Glenbard North player to watch: Junior quarterback Brian Murphy has improved each week. The Panthers’ offense has scored 40 or more points each week.

Glenbard East player to watch: Junior running back Javonte Burnett can break long runs if given some room.

Quote:Glenbard North coach Ryan Wilkens – “Offensively, our team needs to improve its ability to block up front as well as to develop our pass game. In the future, our team will face adversity and how we respond is essential to success.”

Prediction: Glenbard North 42, Glenbard East 7

No. 12 Wheaton Warrenville South (1-2) at Naperville North (1-2)

Naperville NorthWheaton Warrenville South

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: It’s still early in the season, but this could be an important game for both these teams. Neither one of them want to suffer their third loss in four games. Wheaton Warrenville South got back on track with a 20-6 win over West Aurora last week. The Tigers’ defense has been the team’s strength this season. Like Wheaton Warrenville South, Naperville North’s offense has struggled this season. The Huskies have scored 27 points over the last two weeks. They lost to Wheaton North last week.

Wheaton Warrenville South players to watch: Linebackers Adam Dansdill, Dan Roadmen and Brandon Peterson have been coming up big this season.

Naperville North player to watch: Running back Danny Puknaitis has scored a touchdown in all three games this season.

Quote:Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch – “The clock might be the most important factor in the game as both teams try to establish their running games.”

Prediction: Wheaton Warrenville South 17, Naperville North 10

No. 13 Montini (2-1) at Marian Central (3-0)

Marian CentralMontini

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

The story: Montini’s schedule continues to be a rough one. After battling Marmion and pulling out a 13-7 win last week, the Broncos travel to undefeated Marian Central this week. The Broncos’ offense will be looking to improve on last week’s performance. Marian Central has won two of its three games by six points or less. Its defense allowed 41 points to Oswego in Week 1, but has held opponents to under 10 points the last two weeks.

Montini player to watch: Linebacker Franklin Bruscianelli had 17 tackles in last week’s win.

Marian Central player to watch: Quarterback Chris Streveler can get his offense going. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for two against Oswego in Week 1.

Quote:Montini coach Chris Andriano – “We need to be consistent on offense. Turnovers and missed assignments are a big problem.”

Prediction: Montini 34, Marian Central 20

Dundee-Crown (0-3) at No. 14 Prairie Ridge (3-0)

Prairie RidgeDundee-Crown

When: Friday at 7:15 p.m.

The story: Prairie Ridge’s schedule is loaded toward the back of it, but it still doesn’t take away from that fact the Wolves have been impressive offensively and defensively so far. They’ve out-scored their opponents 140-14 this season. Their schedule will pick beginning next week with Crystal Lake Central. Dundee-Crown is 0-3, but has been competitive in all three games.

Dundee-Crown player to watch: Sophomore running back Cody Lane has the makings of a quality player. He’s scored the past two weeks.

Prairie Ridge player to watch: Jordan Getzelman scored on touchdown catches of 9, 17 and 68 yards last week. He also had 54-yard touchdown run.

Prediction: Prairie Ridge 49, Dundee-Crown 7

Lakes (3-0) at No. 15 Lake Zurich (2-1)

Lake ZurichLakes

When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: Lake Zurich didn’t have the start against Warren it desired last week after losing to Cary-Grove the previous week. But after trailing 14-3 following one quarter, the Bears responded and pulled out a 33-14 win. It’s the sort of win that could build some momentum for Lake Zurich. Its defense has been stellar, and the offense should be better now with the return Zach Till at quarterback. Lakes is off to a strong start with three consecutive wins. Its defense hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game this season.

Lakes player to watch: Running back Direll Clark has scored six touchdowns this season. He had three last week.

Lake Zurich player to watch: Kicker Mike Leiva made field goals of 27, 30, 39 and 40 yards in last week’s win over Warren.

Prediction: Lake Zurich 27, Lakes 13

Joliet West (0-3) at No. 16 Bolingbrook (3-0)

BolingbrookJoliet West

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: While a lot of attention has gone to Homewood-Flossmoor and Lincoln-Way East in the Southwest Suburban Blue, Bolingbrook has been just as terrific. The Raiders have out-scored their opponents 139-35 this season. Quarterback Aaron Bailey has matured as a junior, and the defense is led by Florida recruit Antonio Morrison. Joliet West’s offense finally got going in Week 3 and scored 28 points in a narrow loss to Sandburg.

Joliet West player to watch: SaVaughn Alexander rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown in last week’s game against Sandburg.

Bolingbrook player to watch: Linebacker Antonio Morrison, a Florida recruit, has been living up to the hype.

Quote:Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow – “We are hungry for win, and they are working hard in practice and executing on both sides of the ball.”

Prediction: Bolingbrook 45, Joliet West 13

Elgin (1-2) at No. 17 Geneva (3-0)


When:Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: Geneva’s wins have come easy, but they still all count the same. Last week, the Vikings trailed at halftime before rallying to a 35-17 win over St. Charles East. Geneva will be looking for less drama against Elgin. Elgin has lost the past two weeks to Bartlett and Streamwood and allowed 70 points in those two games. Geneva has been averaging 30-plus points a game.

Elgin player to watch: Running back Dennis Moore can burn defenses with his ability.

Geneva player to watch: Bobby Byker has been one of the surprises for Geneva this season. He’s stepped up on the offensive line.

Quote:Geneva coach Rob Wicinski – “I feel that they really do not panic … a little laid back. With saying that, I feel like I almost know them less since Week 1?”

Prediction: Geneva 38, Elgin 10

Glenbard South (1-2) at Crete-Monee (3-0)

Crete-MoneeGlenbard South

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The story: Crete-Monee has been dominant on both sides of the ball this season. Quarterback Marcus Terrell has been lighting defenses up, and Michigan recruit Anthony Standifer and company have been shutting opposing offenses down. Wide receiver/defensive end LaQuan Treadwell has been assisting on both sides. Glenbard South will have its hands full with the Warriors. Glenbard South lost 23-19 to Rich East last week.

Glenbard South player to watch: Wes Sanders has been a threat to score rushing or receiving the ball.

Crete-Monee player to watch: Quarterback Marcus Terrell has thrown for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns through three games.

Quote:Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde – “This team's focus is different from my teams the prior four years. They expect victory and put in the work needed to be prepared and conditioned.”

Prediction: Crete-Monee 49, Glenbard South 10

Huntley (0-3) at No. 20 Crystal Lake South (3-0)

Crystal Lake SouthHuntley

When: Friday at 7:15 p.m.

The story: Crystal Lake South still has to be feeling pretty good after pulling out a 10-7 road win over rival Cary-Grove last week. The Gators have set themselves up to be 5-0 headed into their Sept. 30 matchup with Prairie Ridge if they can take care of business against Huntley and McHenry. Crystal Lake South’s defense has been leading the way. It has allowed 13 points all season. Huntley has struggled so far this season. It lost 43-2 to Prairie Ridge last week.

Huntley player to watch: Crystal Lake South will try to contain quarterback Jake Brock. He can run and pass the ball.

Crystal Lake South player to watch: Defensive lineman Josh Beveridge has 11.5 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this season.

Quote:Crystal Lake South coach Chuck Ahsmann -- ”We still need to work on offense and special teams. In order to win championships, you need to have good balance.”

Prediction: Crystal Lake South 31, Huntley 7