Inside Football

Athlete of the Week

Austin Rogers

Crystal Lake South, Junior

The quarterback-defensive back had a hand in all four South touchdowns Friday as the Gators defeated Prairie Ridge, 28-7, in their Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game.

Rogers ran for a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, then hit Brandon Madoni for a 43-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Rogers put the finishing touches on the win with an interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. South, trying to make the playoffs for a 12th consecutive season, is 3-3 with three games remaining.


Good sign: Johnsburg lost its 18th consecutive game Friday, 27-21, to Hampshire, but the Skyhawks had reason to feel good about their performance.

Johnsburg (0-6 overall, 0-4 FVC Fox) moved the ball well and rallied from a 21-8 deficit to tie at 21 in the third quarter. It took kickoff returns by Tim Jansen and Chris Calvin, both in the first quarter, for the Whip-Purs (3-3, 2-1) to beat the Skyhawks.

Fullback Christian Nugent had a big game with 18 carries for 105 yards for the Skyhawks.

Playoff look: Five victories are needed to qualify for the playoffs, while six assures teams of qualifying.

With three remaining games, undefeated Cary-Grove and Marian Central are guaranteed spots and are playing for very high seeds in Class 6A and Class 5A, respectively. Crystal Lake Central (5-1) also is in very good shape.

Huntley, Woodstock North and Richmond-Burton all are 4-2 and appear to be in good shape.

The interesting part comes with three 3-3 teams in the FVC Valley – Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown and Jacobs. Those three teams play in some combination each of the last three weeks. D-C visits South this week, South is at Jacobs in Week 8 and D-C hosts Jacobs in the final week.

Standings and stats: See The Fine Print on Page B8 for updated standings and statistics.

This Week’s

Top Games

Montini (5-1, 4-0 SCC Blue)

vs. Marian Central (6-0, 4-0)

7 p.m. Friday, at George

Harding Field

• The state’s No. 2 team, three-time defending Class 5A champion Montini, visits the No. 4 team in Class 5A. The teams split their games last season with Marian winning in the regular season, 21-20, at Woodstock.

Dundee-Crown (3-3, 1-2 FVC

Valley) vs. Crystal Lake

South (3-3, 2-2)

7:15 p.m. Friday,

at Ken Bruhn Field

• This game has playoff implications for both teams. D-C has lost two close games in a row after a 3-1 start, while South has won back-to-back games.

Huntley (4-2, 4-0 FVC Valley)

vs. Cary-Grove (6-0, 3-0)

1 p.m. Saturday, at Al Bohrer Field

• Huntley has won four consecutive games and leads the FVC Valley by one-half game. C-G has allowed 72 points and has not had a game closer than 14 points.

– Joe Stevenson

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