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euqua Valley's Joey Rhattigan (36) pushes forward during the second quarter against South Elgin. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media
Montini at Marian Central
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: These Suburban Christian Blue rivals have met six times in the past three seasons. No. 9 Montini (5-1, 4-0) won all three IHSA playoff games en route to state titles, but No. 24 Marian Central (6-0, 4-0) took two of the three regular-season meetings, including last year’s 21-20 decision. Both clubs have multiple playmakers, including Montini WRs Joe Borsellino and Mark Gorogianis and QB Alex Willis and Minnesota-bound QB Chris Streveler of Marian Central.
Waubonsie Valley vs. Neuqua Valley
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday at North Central College.
Outlook: It’s safe to say this is the most anticipated game in the 14-year history of this District 204 rivalry. Both clubs have super-charged offenses and could see each other again in the Class 8A playoffs. No. 10 Neuqua Valley (6-0, 3-0 Upstate Eight Valley) looks to RB Joey Rhattigan (889 yards, 14 TDs), QB Dylan Andrew (678 yards, 8 TDs) and WR Mike Dudek (6 TDs). No. 14 Waubonsie Valley (6-0, 3-0) counters with RB Austin Guido (1,240 yards, 20 TDs), QB Dylan Warden and TE Troy Fumagalli, a Wisconsin recruit.
Shepard at Richards
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: The winner of this game has an inside track to the South Suburban Red title. Versatile junior Tommy Mister (460 rushing yards, 319 passing yards, 11 total TDs), who has offers from Notre Dame, Illinois and Indiana, has shifted from QB to RB for Richards (5-1, 3-0). That paved the way for more playing time for sophomore QB Hasan Muhammed-Rogers (436 yards, 7 TDs). Shepard (4-2, 3-0) has a dual-threat QB in Jimmy McClinton (405 rushing yards, 751 passing yards, 17 combined TDs). RB Lorenzo Lashley and WR Londell Lee are other players to watch for the Astros.
Huntley at Cary-Grove
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Outlook: Don’t look now, but No. 22 Cary-Grove (6-0, 3-0) is rolling along in the rugged Fox Valley Valley again, three seasons after winning the Class 6A state championship. QB Quinn Baker dressed for the title game as a freshman and now leads an offense that’s scored 40-plus points this season. Huntley (4-2, 4-0) has won four in a row — including three straight by a total of five points, all after trailing in the second half. QB Kam Sallee leads the Red Raiders’ offense.