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Waubonsie Valley's running back Austin Guido rushes the ball vs Oak Park. | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Waubonsie Valley at Neuqua Valley
When: 6 p.m. Saturday. on HighSchoolCube.com.
Outlook: It’s Round 2 for these district rivals, who met before an overflow crowd at North Central College in Week 7 with Neuqua winning 35-34 in double OT when Waubonsie’s two-point conversion try came up short. Both teams have clock-eating ground games led by Joey Rhattigan (234 carries, 1,855 yards, 30 touchdowns) of No. 6 Neuqua (11-0) and Austin Guido (292 carries, 2,236 yards, 30 TDs) of No. 9 Waubonsie (10-1). Don’t overlook the QBs, either; both Neuqua’s Dylan Andrew and Waubonsie’s Dylan Warden are capable of burning defenses too focused on the run.
Glenbard North at Maine South
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Outlook: No. 3 Maine South (11-0) has stayed on course this season thanks to the playmaking ability of QB Matt Alviti. The Northwestern recruit has accounted for 31 touchdowns passing and rushing and has not been intercepted all year. No. 8 Glenbard North (10-1) has won 10 straight since a 42-41 loss to Batavia in Week 1. Two-way standout Justin Jackson has run for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns in the playoffs, including a Class 7A-record 47 carries for 206 yards and three scores vs. Stevenson last week.
Mount Carmel at Lyons
When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Outlook: With two-way star Matt Harris and QB Zach Mahoney healthy, No. 15 Lyons (7-4) has won five in a row, including road playoff wins over Marist and O’Fallon. Up next is No. 2 Mount Carmel (10-1), which ousted Lyons in this round two years ago. The Caravan is coming off a dominant 41-6 win over Simeon and have given up just 15 points in five games since losing to Loyola in double OT. Junior DL Enoch Smith (18 tackles for loss) has offers from Notre Dame among others, while Vince Speller (164 receiving yards, two TDs; seven tackles for loss) is a playmaker on both sides of the ball.
Wheaton North at Glenbard West
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Outlook: This west suburban showdown will be missing one of its marquee players after Wheaton North QB/WR Clayton Thorson suffered a broken collarbone in last week’s 14-7 win over Prospect. The No. 12 Falcons still have QB John Peltz, a capable RB in Patrick Sharp and a stout defense. No. 1 Glenbard West (11-0) has been dominant behind a potent offense that features multiple playmakers (RBs Scott Andrews and Joe Zito, TE Nathan Marcus) and a takeaway-minded defense featuring DE Ruben Dunbar.
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