Week 11’s top five games

Loyola's Trevor Cabanban picks up yardage against New Trier. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.
Loyola's Trevor Cabanban picks up yardage against New Trier. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Class 8A: No. 14 Hinsdale Central (8-2) at No. 5 Loyola (9-1), 1 Sat.
A huge test for two teams that regularly make deep playoff runs. Both had early season losses that clearly built character. Senior running back Hamid Bullie and junior receiver Rory Boos helped the Ramblers finish big in the regular season. Loyola scored 28 points or more in each game from week three on. Hinsdale Central running backs Luke Skokna and Garrett Oakey paired up for big numbers in the Red Devils first round win against Stevenson.

Class 8A: No. 20 Minooka (8-2) at No. 10 Barrington (10-0), 7 Fri.
Barrington has blown through opponents this season, thanks to senior quarterback Ray Niro who is an explosive, smart signal caller. The unbeaten Mid-Suburban West champions take on Minooka, which is coming off a thrilling overtime win against Notre Dame in the first round. This is an extra intriguing game due the showdown between Barrington’s high octane offense and Minooka’s defense, which has turned heads all season. The Indians’ defense limited Notre Dame to 149 yards last week and has been staunch all season, recording three shutouts.

Class 8A: No. 7 Glenbard West (9-1) vs. No. 18 Oswego (9-1) at Glenbard East, 1 Sat.
Glenbard West is on a roll. The Hilltoppers lost to No. 3 Maine South Week 1, but haven’t looked back since. They beat Bloom 42-12 last week in the first round of the playoffs. Running back Dre Thomas scored for three touchdowns. Although the offense has led the way, Glenbard West’s defense is as staunch as ever. Oswego running back Charles Coleman ran for three touchdowns and more than 300 yards in the first round win agains Naperville North. The Panthers only loss was Week 2 against Plainfield North.

Class 7A: No. 22 Wheaton North (8-2) at No. 13 Batavia (9-1), 1 Sat.
Batavia is trying to build momentum after losing to St. Charles North in the last week of the regular season. The Bulldogs rebounded with a win against Glenbard North in the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Riley Cooper scored three touchdowns. The Bulldogs defense also came up big, snatching two interceptions. Wheaton North has solidly put itself in the Class 7A title contender conversation by just scrapping out the win after win. The Falcons beat Fenwick 35-7 last week. Running back Sam Singleton came up big and he’ll be a big concern for Batavia.

Class 7A: Plainfield North (8-2) at No. 8 Lake Zurich (10-0), 1 Sat.
Lake Zurich has been unstoppable this season. Quarterback Evan Lewandowski leads the talented offense. Wisconsin recruit Jack Sanborn will likely to play linebacker in college, but he also plays running back for the Bears. Lake Zurich’s defense allowed 14 points or less in nine of its ten games. The Plainfield North defense, led by Dillon McCarthy and Nate Curtis, came up big last week in a 41-6 win over Andrew. McCarthy is also a weapon at running back. The Tigers are riding momentum from a five-game winning streak.


  • mikenike

    great weekend for the Southwest Prairie. Go Minooka, Go Oswego! You get no props on here but some good football is played out in the ‘hicks’.

    • Rhino70

      I’m a GW fan, but I gotta say, I’m pulling for Minooka and Oswego going forward. Keep that “underdog” status and sneak up on LWE. By the way, you might be able to categorize some teams as northern snobs, but GW ain’t in that group. They play fast, tough, in your face football. Just lost to a better team today. Hope to see you guys again in the playoffs next year.

      • Chris

        I think Minooka will get passed Edwardsville but that’s it….the winner of Loyola vs Marist will be ur 8A Champion…but it was a fun ride!

  • miky

    Oswego wins!

    • Rhino70

      Turns out Oswego is a LOT better than anyone thought on this board. I thought they’d be tough, but I also thought GW would pull it out. Props to Oswego! Wasn’t at the game, but followed it on the feed. Sounded like GW made a game of it but OHS shut the door when they had to. Best of luck going forward.

  • Chris

    Hahahaha I love how these North Surburbanites think they know football!!…LMAO…..just got a good old fashion beating by the Southwest burbs!!…Minooka Proud….and tomorrow Oswego will lay a beating too!

  • Leegs1

    Minooka better hope the bus breaks down!

  • Public Powerhouses

    Loyola scored lots of points during the regular season because the defenses are so poor in the Catholic League. Hinsdale Central will win 28-10.

    • AMDG

      I love you! You are awesome! The only reason I visit the site.

      • CCLB

        Public Powerhouses on another prediction roll. Couldn’t be more wrong as usual. Next prediction: Catholic powerhouses Marist and Loyola will both lose even though they play each other next week.

    • Ghost of Virgil Livers testicle

      Oops almost public except the wrong way. Better luck next week public. By the way 80% of the ccl blue is still in the game .

    • CCL JOL

      Repeatedly wrong. Clearly not educated in the CCL.

  • miky

    Oswego 34-0 over glen bard west

  • HS Football Fan

    I see Barrington, GBW, Batavia and LZ all winning by +10.

  • Taylor Bell

    Hire West Sub guy! He’s 12-3 on picks last 3 weeks.

  • Corn dog Perkins

    No. 9 Oswego at No. 8 Glenbard west being played at Glenbard East HS in Lombard

  • Kitzbuhel Kid

    Beth, the Glenbard West vs Oswego game will be played at Glenbard East at 1pm in Lombard, not Oswego East. Glenbard West 20 Oswego 14.

  • Ralphie

    I think GW will win by more than 3

  • West sub fan

    Loyola 27 Hinsdale Central 10
    Barrington 24 Minooka 21
    Glenbard west 17 Oswego 14
    Batavia 20 Wheaton North 14
    Lake Zurich 28 Plainfield North 13

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