Week 3’s top five high school football games

A look at the top high school football games in the Chicago area in Week 3. The full schedule for the week is here.

No. 18 Mount Carmel (1-1) at No. 2 Loyola (2-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Loyola made a statement last week, beating New Trier 40-3 with backup quarterback Matthew Shiltz at the helm. He threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Mount Carmel lost to Maine South but looked powerful as running back Tony Livermore scored two touchdowns. The Caravan will try to keep the game close.

Mount Carmel's Kyle Davis (25) runs the ball. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Mount Carmel’s Kyle Davis (25) runs the ball. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

No. 11 Barrington (2-0) at No. 3 Maine South (2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Maine South’s defense led the way to a 20-13 win against Mount Carmel last week. The Hawks’ defense is starting to become their calling card, which is a shift from past years. Barrington has scored more than 30 points in wins against Warren and Buffalo Grove this season. The Broncos have a chance to grab a signature win.

No. 4 Phillips (1-1) vs. No. 20 Simeon (2-0) at Gately, 6:30 p.m. Saturday
It’s a battle of Public League heavyweights. Phillips has tons of talent. Alabama recruit Jahleel Billingsley showed a new level of versatility last week against St. Louis Chaminade, rushing for 64 yards. Simeon has been ranked since the preseason, but has been a bit under the radar. Last week they beat Trotwood-Madison, Ohio thanks to a standout performance from Michigan State recruit Alante Brown, who was responsible for four touchdowns.

No. 22 Huntley (2-0) at No. 12 Prairie Ridge (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Prairie Ridge is for real this season, and so is Huntley. The newly-ranked Red Raiders face one of their toughest opponents of the season, the defending Class 6A state champion Wolves. Huntley is averaging 45-points per game offensively. Who will continue the early season momentum on Friday?

No. 15 Marist (1-1) at Notre Dame (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Notre Dame is off to a hot start and just missed cracking the Super 25 this week. Can the Dons prove they belong against Marist? Sophomore quarterback Anthony Sayles and junior running back Ty Gavin have been getting rave reviews. Notre Dame has dominated opponents, averaging 47 points while only allowing seven. Marist lost a close one to Brother Rice Week 1, but has plenty of talent to roll through the rest of its schedule.

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  • enginist

    Where’s the lead story for Mount Carmel, beating Loyola in one of the finest games I’ve ever seen. The Tribune gave sole credit for the game-saving tackle to Matt Lenti, but he got an assist from someone else.

  • Michael Skala

    Upset alert. OPRF over Hinsdale Central

  • gary dangerfield

    I like what Phillips has done with its program and winning two-state titles’ to include the first ever for the Chicago Public League. That being said, don’t sleep on a school like Simeon. Knocking off a out of state champion on their home field from Ohio, is a big deal for any team from Illinois. Simeon has been a great program for 40 plus years, and not just in football. Much respect for their history.
    Gary D

  • West sub fan

    Loyola. 28. Mt. Carmel 14
    Maine south 34 Barrington 17
    Phillips 31 Simeon 14
    Prairie ridge 27 Huntley 7
    MARIST 40 Notre Dame 14

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