Week 4’s top five games

Maine South's John O'Sullivan (9) delivers a pass against Glenbard West, August 26, 2017. Allen Cunningham / for Chicago Sun-Times

Bolingbrook (3-0) at No. 7 Homewood Flossmoor (3-0) Friday, 7 p.m.
Homewood-Flossmoor hosts Bolingbrook in a battle of undefeated Southwest Suburban teams. The Vikings had an impressive start to the season, with big wins over Michigan City (Ind.) and Southern Durham (N.C.) and a 48-0 shutout against Stagg. Senior all-around athlete Justin Hall and versatile defensive back Marcell Ellis are playmakers. for Homewood-Flossmoor. Bolingbrook quarterback Anthony Vespo is taking charge this season, finding athletes like I’Shawn Stewart in crucial moments. The Southwest Suburban title could be decided in this battle of high-powered offenses.

Glenbrook South (3-0) at No. 12 Barrington (3-0) Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Glenbrook South is fresh off an overtime victory over Conant. Titans running back Savontae Garner and the rest of the offense took their week three match down to wire, winning on a 10-yard touchdown in overtime. The Titans were just 1-8 last season. It’s no surprise Barrington is off to a strong start behind quarterback Ray Niro and running back Michael Curran. Niro is a dual threat whose skill set enables him to make plays all over the field. The winner of this one makes a statement.

St. Charles North (2-1) at No. 14 St Charles East (3-0) Friday, 7:30 p.m.
St. Charles East hosts rival St. Charles North in an Upstate Eight River battle. The Fighting Saints had a tight game against Geneva, eventually winning 23-16 on a daring touchdown grab by senior Nicholas Garlisch. St. Charles East quarterback Clayton Isbell has had success through the air, but is also dangerous on the ground. He rushed for more than 200 yards last week. St. Charles North’s only loss is to Bolingbrook, in a close game Week 2. The North Stars showed their depth at the quarterback position against Larkin by starting David Beach, their second starter of the season. Both Beach and quarterback Michael Hohensee have put up big numbers.

No. 3 Maine South (2-1) at No. 18 Palatine (2-1) Fri., 7:30 p.m.
The defending Class 8A state champions have been one of the area’s best teams so far this season, the only was a close game to No.1 Lincoln-Way East. Running back Fotis Kokosioulis has contributed as a rushing threat and in the passing game for the Hawks. First year quarterback John O’Sullivan has also been terrific for Maine South. Palatine senior receiver Johnny O’Shea is fresh off a two touchdown performance in a 35-12 win over Evanston. O’Shea is the primary receiving threat, but the Pirates have a bevy of backs that contribute to the running game.

Minooka (2-1) at Plainfield North (3-0) Fri., 7 p.m.
This Southwest Prairie match up has the potential to be a very close game. Undefeated Plainfield North took down last season’s conference champs, Oswego, in Week 2 and shut out Romeoville 47-0 in Week 3. Running back Joe Stiffend scored three touchdowns against Romeoville and quarterback Brady Miller passed for two touchdowns. The Tigers offense has been explosive this season. Minooka’s start to the season has been a bit more low key, but very successful. After a Week 1 loss to Oswego, the Indians rebounded with shutout wins against Joliet Central and Plainfield East. Minooka has a strong, talented defense and quarterback Jalen King has had a ton of success throwing to Billy Pierce so far this season.

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