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Benet hopes to earn at least a share of the East Suburban Catholic Conference championship with a win against Joliet Catholic Friday. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Benet vs. Joliet Catholic
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Joliet Memorial Stadium, HighSchoolCube.com.
Outlook: One of the year’s greatest turnarounds has been engineered by No. 14 Benet (7-1, 4-1 East Suburban Catholic), which was 1-8 and averaged less than a touchdown a game last season. Sophomore QB Jack Beneventi and junior RB Porter Ontko have been productive on offense for the Redwings, while Benet’s defense has held five opponents to a touchdown or less. Injuries to RBs Ty Isaac, a USC recruit, and Tyler Reitz have slowed Joliet Catholic (5-3, 4-2). But Michael Ivlow, who ran for 211 yards in last week’s loss to Notre Dame, is also a capable back for the Hilltoppers.
Morris at Kaneland
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: Everyone expected a showdown of unbeatens for the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title in Week 9 and No. 22 Morris (8-0, 4-0) and No. 24 Kaneland (8-0, 4-0) didn’t disappoint. Morris has a Big Ten recruit in Indiana-bound tight end/defensive back Danny Friend and a variety of offensive options including RB Reese Sobol (807 yards, 10 TDs) and QB Zach Cinnamon (579 yards). Kaneland should get a boost from the return of junior QB Drew David (74-of-127, 1,483 yards, 19 TDs), who missed last week’s win over Rochelle because of an arm injury.
Oak Forest at T.F. South
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: Longtime rivals in the old SICA Central and SICA Orange conferences, Oak Forest (7-1, 4-1) and No. 23 T.F. South (7-1, 5-0) will meet with the South Suburban Blue championship on the line. The Bengals, who lost to Lemont by a field goal, will be trying to forge a three-way title tie with the Indians and T.F. South, an overtime winner vs. Lemont. Nick Ciufia has 864 yards and 16 touchdowns as a passer and runner for Oak Forest. Saleem Sanford and Joe Young have been effective backs for T.F. South, which has won seven straight since an opening loss to Crete-Monee.
Rich East at Crete-Monee
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, HighSchoolCube.com.
Outlook: No. 10 Crete-Monee (8-0, 4-0) is top-ranked in Class 6A by The Associated Press and hasn’t been tested all year, outscoring eight opponents by an average of 40-6. WR Laquon Treadwell (42 catches, 900 yards, 11 touchdowns), arguably the top uncommitted senior in the country, is the brightest star on an offense loaded with playmakers. QB Marcus Terrell has thrown for 2,006 yards and 25 touchdowns, while Lance Lenoir (35 catches, 623 yards, eight touchdowns) is another deep threat. Rich East (6-2, 4-0), which gave the Warriors a scare last season before falling 20-13, has a balanced ground game with five backs who have gained between 272 and 415 yards this season.