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Prep Football Insider: Cary-Grove debuts atop power rankings

Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 2:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 6:36 a.m. CST
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Daryl Quitalig - For Shaw Media Cary-Grove quarterback Jason Gregoire (12) looks for a pass against Wheaton North at Cary-Grove High School on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. With the Trojans leading 14-7 with 10:23 remaining in the second quarter, the game was postponed for a later date.
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Sarah Nader- Marian Central's Billy Bahl (center) runs the ball during the first quarter of Friday's game against Crystal Lake South at Marian Central HIgh School August 29, 2014.
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Sarah Nader- Crystal Lake Central's Jack Ortner (left) runs pass Grant's Jose Robles during the fourth quarter of Saturday's makeup game at Crystal Lake South HIgh School August 30, 2014. Crystal Lake Central won, 42-6.
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Northwest Herald Power Rankings

1. Cary-Grove (1-0): Powerful Trojans opened with solid victory against a tough Wheaton North group.

2. Marian Central (1-0): Offense was good, defense was better in dominant win against Crystal Lake South.

3. Crystal Lake Central (1-0): QB Matt DeCoste was 13 of 19 with two TD passes in runaway win against Grant.

4. Huntley (1-0): The Red Raiders’ defense allowed 398 yards, but Bartlett’s only points came on a fumble return touchdown.

5. Prairie Ridge (0-1): Running back Nathan Griffin ran for 105 yards, but the Wolves fell to Niles Notre Dame, 34-21, in opener.


Good start: Marengo rolled to a 45-28 victory at Byron on Friday behind a big offensive night from quarterback Ethan Walsweer.

Walsweer ran for one touchdown and threw for three as the Indians scored the most points since their 49-7 victory at Chicago Christian to open the 2011 season.

Next up is another Big Northern Conference crossover game as the Indians host Rock Falls, which lost at Harvard, 41-0.

Marengo has a great chance to start its season 2-0 for the first time since 2009 when it beat Chicago Christian and Aurora Central Catholic, but could not get another win that season.

This Week’s Top Games

Cary-Grove (1-0) vs. Lake Zurich (1-0) 

7:30 p.m. Friday, at Lake Zurich

• C-G was No. 3 and Lake Zurich was No. 4 in The Associated Press Class 7A poll this week. Lake Zurich defeated the Trojans, 25-0, last year and went on to lose in the Class 7A state championship game, 30-0, to Chicago Mount Carmel.

Hampshire (1-0) vs. Grayslake North (0-1)

7:15 p.m. Friday, at Grayslake

• The Whip-Purs rallied from a 12-7 halftime deficit to beat Burlington Central, 28-18, Saturday in their opener. North lost to Lakes, 37-14. Hampshire wants to contend in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division and here is a chance to jump into the race.

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