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Hinsdale Central quarterback Brian Owens rushes for a keeper in the first half against Proviso West. | J.Geil ~ For Sun-Times Media
GLENBARD WEST AT HINSDALE CENTRAL
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: No. 3 Glenbard West (3-0, 1-0 West Suburban Silver) is missing some key performers due to injury, but you’d never know from watching the Hilltoppers’ first three games: dominant wins over 2011 Class 7A runner-up Wheaton Warrenville South, much-improved Willowbrook and returning Class 8A quarterfinalist Lyons. Glenbard West has a potent run game led by Joe Zito and Scott Andrews, an effective passing attack and a smothering defense paced by Ruben Dunbar among others. No. 12 Hinsdale Central (3-0, 1-0) has an explosive offense of its own with a big, experienced line and playmakers such as QB Brian Owens, RB Jack Adams and WR Ian Bunting.
HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR AT LINCOLN-WAY EAST
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: Does any team in the state have a tougher back-to-back than No. 16 H-F (3-0, 1-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) playing at No. 5 Lincoln-Way East (3-0, 1-0) and No. 2 Bolingbrook (3-0, 1-0) this week and next? Both teams have some difference makers on offense who have put up big numbers against solid competition; East has wins over Montini and Carmel, while H-F beat Stevenson. The Griffins rely on Northern Illinois-bound QB Tommy Fuessel (326 yards rushing, 201 yards passing, five total TDs) and RB Nick Colangelo (203 yards, two TDs), while H-F has QB Ron Johnson (500 yards, five TDs), TE James Sheehan (12 catches, 217 yards, three TDs) and RB Taje Smith (331 yards, three TDs).
LEMONT AT TINLEY PARK
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: No. 22 Lemont (3-0, 0-0 South Suburban Blue) gets its first real test after scoring three straight shutouts against teams that are a combined 0-9. The Indians have two of the best offensive linemen around in LSU-bound Ethan Pocic and Tim McAuliffe, and some capable skill players in RB Chris Giatras (259 yards, four TDs) and QB Zach Brosseau (280 yards, seven TDs). Tinley Park (3-0, 1-0) is one of the south suburbs’ up-and-coming programs, having reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs each of the past two seasons. The Titans have a pair of impact players on offense in RB Preston Thompson (425 yards, three TDs) and QB Christian Plummer (341 yards, three TDs).
PROVIDENCE AT LOYOLA
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Me-TV.
Outlook: No. 11 Providence (3-0, 0-0 Catholic Blue) figured to rely a lot on the running of Brandon Price (207 yards, three TDs), and he’s been as good as expected. But the Celtics also have some other weapons, which came in handy especially when Price sat out a Week 2 win over Minooka with an injury. Junior QB Dominic Lagone can move the chains with his arm (303 yards, three TDs) and his legs (99 yards, three TDs). No. 6 Loyola (3-0, 0-0) bounced back from a one-point loss to prospect-laden Dallas Jesuit in Ireland in Week 2 with an easy win over Lake Forest Academy last week. QB Peter Pujals leads a typically efficient Ramblers’ offense.
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