Week 12’s top five Chicago area games

Mount Carmel's Kyle Davis (25) breaks away for a touchdown against St. Rita Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.
Mount Carmel's Kyle Davis (25) breaks away for a touchdown against St. Rita Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

8A: Oswego (10-1) at Lincoln-Way East (11-0), 6 Sat.

Lincoln-Way East has topped the Super 25 since Week 2, after beating defending state champs Maine South by two points. The Griffins have dominated almost every opponent. The Griffins have one of the top defensive lines in the area, led by Northwestern recruit Devin O’Rourke. That unit is a force to be reckoned with. They’ve allowed seven points or less seven times this season. Lincoln-Way East needed a last second field goal to beat St. Charles East last week. Oswego’s defense has been excellent throughout the playoffs, led by Iowa recruit Noah Shannon. The Panthers are coming off an impressive 24-20 win against Glenbard West. Oswego is on a ten-game winning streak. The winner here becomes the Class 8A favorite.

8A: Loyola (10-1) at Marist (11-0), 7 Sat.

Two teams that have had hugely successful seasons without attracting a ton of attention along the way. Marist, the East Suburban Catholic conference champions, have the defense to win the state title. The RedHawks playoff run hinges on the success of quarterback Mike Markett and running back Delonte Harrell. Loyola, the Catholic League Blue champions, has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. The Ramblers are riding an 11-game winning streak and have plenty of momentum after a convincing win against Hinsdale Central.

7A: East St. Louis (10-1) vs. Mount Carmel (8-3) at Gately, 5 Sat.

A match-up of traditional heavyweights, this should be a good one. Mount Carmel just continues to pick up steam with each win and is hoping to stay on a roll against the defending Class 7A state champions. The Caravan beat Norma 14-13 last week. They’ve played a lot of close games this season and their defense has been strong. East St. Louis always has top talent and this year is no different with sophomore running back DeMonta Witherspoon and quarterback Eric Johnson having big seasons. If Mount Carmel can take down the Flyers, it will prove to be a real factor in Class 7A.

7A: Batavia (10-1) at Lincoln-Way West (9-2), 1 Sat.

Batavia survived an overtime thriller last week, beating Wheaton North 20-17 on a touchdown pass from quarterback Riley Cooper to receiver Eric Peterson. Jared Martin, another receiver, has also made a big impact for the Bulldogs. Batavia’s defense only allowed 31 points in the first eight weeks of the season, posting four shutouts. Lincoln-Way West traveled to Alton in the second round and grabbed a 42-13 win behind running backs Caleb Marconi and Anthony Izzarelli.

5A: Lemont (10-1) vs. Phillips (11-0) at Gately, 1 Sat.

Undefeated Phillips has tons of talented athletes. When the Wildcats are working well together they are incredibly tough to beat. Phillips opened with convincing wins over Loyola, Richards and Simeon and haven’t slowed down. Toledo recruit Terrance Taylor is one of the top performers on the defensive line along with all-purpose athlete Craig Elmore. He was responsible for six touchdowns and 232 yards in the Wildcats’ 55-14 win against Solorio last week. Lemont dominated its second round matchup, beating Lakes 42-6. Running back Anthony Martin is one to watch along with quarterback Marcus Mathias. Lemont’s defense is the star of the the show though, allowing just six points in the last four games.


  • Train

    There you are again Kboogie. Stop blaming everyone else. The rhetoric and mindset of “not my fault, poor me, and everyone is out to get me” is the true issue. Take a look inside the East St. Louis trophy case. You will find that state championship trophy’s wrap around the hallway, in mocking contempt for your ignorance, and proud evidence of the stupidly of your comments. Batavia manhandled Lincoln Way West Saturday, There coach said, “batavia didn’t beat us we beat ourselves”. The good news, KBoogie, is that you came in second in the stupid comment contest I hold every Monday Morning. Great programs, no matter what happens in a loss, give credit where credit is due, congratulate, then run off the field. Everyone watches how a team, coach, and fans act after a loss. It’s a defining moment for the program and a teachable moment for the kids on the team. Have a look at the comments from South Elgin, St.Charles, and most importnatly Elgin, a team that has won a total of 5 games in the last 7 years. There coach tips his hat, leads his team off the field, and gets ready for next week.

  • KBoogie Englewood

    Mt Carmel had more than 6 calls go their way that set the tone for the game. In my opinion, the game was stolen from East St Louis the same way elections are stolen in Chicago and Cook County.

    • Enginist

      Mt. Carmel came to play and East St. Louis didn’t. The Flyers were out of step, out of sync, and couldn’t establish a rhythm. The Caravan may have had something to do with that. You’ve probably never heard of the Carmel spirit, but it was on display Saturday night. You can blame the refs if you want, but that makes you sound like a crybaby as well as a sore loser.

  • West sub fan

    Lincoln way East 21 Oswego 14
    Loyola 20 Marist 14
    East St Louis 27 Mt Carmel 12
    Phillips 24 Lemont 14
    Batavia 27 Lincoln way West 6

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