Week 5 football preview capsules

Cary-Grove's Larkin Hanselmann (left) runs away from Dundee-Crown's Fabian Guttierez during the third quarter Sept. 20 In Cary. C-G won, 34-0, and visits Prairie Ridge on Friday.
Cary-Grove's Larkin Hanselmann (left) runs away from Dundee-Crown's Fabian Guttierez during the third quarter Sept. 20 In Cary. C-G won, 34-0, and visits Prairie Ridge on Friday.

Fox Valley Conference

Valley Division

Cary-Grove (2-2, 2-0)
at Prairie Ridge (2-2, 1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Trojans: C-G got a big lift last week with a dominant defensive performance and a big debut from FB Tyler Pennington (17 carries, 131 yards, two TDs). The Trojans won their second in a row, 34-0, against Dundee-Crown.

About the Wolves: Prairie Ridge may go with sophomore QB Luke Annen after his performance in last week’s 14-9 victory at Crystal Lake South. FB Colin Rempert ran 18 times for 175 yards.

CL South (1-3, 0-2)
at McHenry (2-2, 0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: McCracken Field

About the Gators: South has managed only 36 offensive points in its four games. RB Eric Landis leads the team with 330 rushing yards. The Gators fell to Prairie Ridge, 14-9, last week.

About the Warriors: RB Jordan Johnson leads McHenry with 281 yards rushing, and QB Mike Briscoe has thrown for 597 yards.

Huntley (2-2, 0-1)
at Dundee-Crown (3-1, 1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Red Raiders: Huntley could be 4-0 but lost on late big plays to Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake Central. RB Mitch Kawell is second among area runners with 367 rushing yards, and WR Josh Esikiel is fourth with 21 receptions.

About the Chargers: D-C was off to its best start in 20 years at 3-0 but lost to Cary-Grove, 34-0. RB Caleb Parson leads the team with 316 yards rushing, and his brother, Cordero, has 231.

Fox Valley Conference
Fox Division

Hampshire (3-1, 1-1)
at Grayslake North (4-0, 2-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Whip-Purs: RB Nick Kielbasa leads the area with 530 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. WR Tim Jansen is third in the area with 22 receptions and leads with eight receiving TDs.

About the Knights: QB Merrick Gentile has thrown for 520 yards and run for 518. North struggled to put away Johnsburg, 21-13, last week. The Knights are ranked No. 8 in Class 6A.

Johnsburg (0-4, 0-2)
at Woodstock North (1-3, 1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg has lost 25 consecutive games, but it keeps getting closer. QB Nick Brengman is fourth in the area with 676 passing yards. The Skyhawks challenged Grayslake North, then ranked No. 9 in Class 6A, to the end last week.

About the Thunder: North RB Jordan Plummer (357 rushing yards) is third in the area, and RB Grant Wade (318) is seventh. The Thunder picked up a win at Woodstock, 22-21, last week with a two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter.

CL Central (3-1, 1-0)
at Grayslake Central (3-1, 1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Tigers: QB Kyle Lavand hit WR Eric Hjerstedt for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining as Central defeated Huntley, 34-27. WR Jack Ortner caught 19 passes for 197 yards in that game and leads the area with 32 receptions.

About the Rams: The Rams suffered their first loss of the season – to Hampshire, 35-16 – last week. QB Alex Lennartz has thrown for 397 yards and run for 224.

Big Northern Conference
East Division

Harvard (4-0, 1-0)
at Marengo (0-4, 0-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Hornets: Harvard has won the past 11 games in McHenry County’s oldest rivalry, which dates to 1922. RB Jose Mejia has rushed for 317 yards, and WR Justin Nolen is second in the area with 23 catches. Harvard is among the teams receiving votes in The Associated Press Class 4A poll and is close to cracking the top 10.

About the Indians: Marengo has lost 12 consecutive games. The Indians got a boost last week from RB Jarrell Jackson, who carried 22 times for 152 yards in a 48-23 loss to Richmond-Burton.


Woodstock (0-4)
at Jacobs (2-2)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Blue Streaks: RB Alex Shannon ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns last week in Woodstock’s 22-21 loss to Woodstock North. WR John Kruse has 20 receptions, which ranks fifth in the area.

About the Golden Eagles: Jacobs has won back-to-back games after an 0-2 start. WR Camden McLain caught five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 42-14 victory against McHenry.

Mendota (2-2)
at Richmond-Burton (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Trojans: Mendota won its first two games, then lost to Winnebago, 34-33, and Stillman Valley, 44-23. The Trojans have lost to R-B each of the past three years, twice in the regular season and once in the 2011 Class 4A playoffs.

About the Rockets: RB Luke Brinkmann has 317 rushing yards and is one of the area’s most explosive runners. QB Danny Rygiel threw for 222 yards last week, his career-high, in a 48-23 victory against Marengo.

Suburban Christian Conference

Marian Central (3-1, 1-1 SCC Blue) vs. Immaculate Conception (3-1, 2-0 SCC Gold)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Elmhurst’s Plunkett Park

About the Hurricanes: Marian is No. 10 in Class 5A after its 28-10 loss to Marmion last week. QB Billy Bahl leads the area in passing with 999 yards, while RB Ephraim Lee has 333 yards rushing.

About the Knights: Immaculate Conception lost to St. Edward last week, 21-17, for its first loss of the season. As an SCC crossover game, this will count in the division standings for both teams.

Northeastern Athletic

Westminster Christ. (0-4, 0-4) at Alden-Hebron (2-2, 2-2)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

About the Warriors: Westminster has lost by double digits in its four losses, but three of those came against three of the NAC’s best teams.

About the Giants: A-H was stunned with a 56-0 loss at Christian Life last week. RBs Nate Peterson (226 yards) and Nick Beck (217) lead the Giants in rushing.

– Joe Stevenson


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