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Week 5 football preview and picks: Bolingbrook vs. Homewood-Flossmoor

Homewood-Flossmoor lost its showdown with No. 3 Lincoln-Way East last week, but the Vikings are still 3-1 and very dangerous. They'll get a chance to rebound in a big way today, when they face off against 4-0 Bolingbrook.

The Game:

Bolingbrook at Homewood-Flossmoor

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Players:

Bolingbrook — Whether running or throwing, quarterback Aaron Bailey is a threat to put points on the board with every snap. Defending him will be priority No. 1 for Homewood-Flossmoor.

Homewood-Flossmoor — The Vikings have a dynamic QB of their own in senior Tim Williams. If this game turns into a shootout, Williams has the juice to deliver when it counts.

The Stakes:

Both teams are hovering just outside the POWERADE Top 10, and the winner could vault into the ranks. For Homewood-Flossmoor, two consecutive losses at this point in the season would hurt.

The Prediction:

Homewood-Flossmoor really needs this game, but I think Bailey is just too hot right now. He makes the plays in the fourth quarter and Bolingbrook improves to 5-0 with a huge road win.

BOLINGBROOK 24, HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR 20

Other notable games:

No. 1 Maine South at New Trier

Friday, 7: 30 p.m.

New Trier is 3-1, but Trevians don't have the firepower to stick with Matt Alviti and Co. MAINE SOUTH 38, NEW TRIER 10

No. 2 Glenbard West at Oak Park

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Don't mean to offend Oak Park fans, but I would be surprised if Glenbard West allowed any points (outside of garbage time). GLENBARD WEST 35, OAK PARK 0

Sandburg at No. 3 Lincoln-Way East

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Huge win over Homewood-Flossmoor last week proved the Griffins were for real. Lincoln-Way East just has too many weapons here. LINCOLN-WAY EAST 45, SANDBURG 16