Game of the Week preview: No. 12 Loyola at No. 14 Brother Rice

Loyola's Rory Boos (19) catches a pass for a touchdown. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.
Loyola's Rory Boos (19) catches a pass for a touchdown. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

It should be one to remember in the Catholic League Blue when No. 12 Loyola (2-1) visits No. 14 Brother Rice (3-0) on Friday in the Sun-Times’ Game of the Week.

Loyola looks to rebound after a a 17-12 loss to No. 11 Mount Carmel last week. Quarterback Matthew Schiltz and Rory Boos have proven to be a formidable duo early but couldn’t deliver in the end against the Caravan.

Brother Rice has rolled so far with wins against No. 15 Marist, Crete-Monee and Fenwick. The win against Marist came in Week 1 when the RedHawks were ranked fifth. The Crusaders’ 20-16 victory showed they could play with anyone, and they haven’t let up.

The Crusaders have already surpassed their win total from last season, and the future looks bright for a team with a lot of experience.

The winner likely will be the early-season favorite in the Catholic League Blue, so the stakes are high. However, it’s not the only exciting game in Week 4. Here’s a rundown of four other games you’ll want to keep an eye on.

No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0) at No. 23 Bolingbrook (3-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
This Southwest Suburban matchup was a contender for game of the week.

The Vikings were tested in a 33-30 overtime win over Michigan City in Week 1, and they have rolled since. In Week 3, the Vikings sprinted to a 32-0 halftime lead and beat Stagg 42-0.

The talented Raiders are led by Quentin Pringle, who was responsible for four touchdowns in their closest game of the season, a 34-24 victory against St. Charles North. The shifty back could give H-F’s defense trouble.

Homewood-Flossmoor's Isaiah Coe rushes the passer. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Homewood-Flossmoor’s Isaiah Coe rushes the passer. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Cary Grove (3-0) at No. 19 Huntley (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The winner will be in the driver’s seat in the Fox Valley Conference. Cary-Grove is coming off an offensive explosion of 485 total yards in a 49-0 victory against Hampshire in Week 3. The Trojans have an opportunity for a signature win against Huntley, which knocked off preseason conference favorite Prairie Ridge to end the Wolves’ 30-game win streak last week. Look for Huntley sophomore running back Ryder Havens to continue making a name for himself.

Evanston (3-0) at No. 6 Barrington (3-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Barrington had a big win in Week 3 against Maine South thanks in part to big games from quarterback Tommy Fitzpatrick and receiver Eric Darlington. It now faces another test against Evanston, which has quietly racked up wins thanks to a talented offense led by running back Quadre Nicholson, quarterback Ben Tarpey and receiver Michael Axelrood.

No. 22 St. Charles East (3-0) at Wheaton-Warrenville South (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
This DuKane conference clash is intriguing. WW South has allowed only three points and Joe Ives has five interceptions this season. The Tigers already have more wins than last year. St. Charles East is led by quarterback William Crossen and running back Justin Jett working behind a talented offensive line.

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  • West sub fan

    Loyola 27 BR Rice 21
    HF 21 The Brook 20
    Cary Grove 20 Huntley 14
    Barrington 28 Evanston 7
    WW south 24 St Charles East 14

  • Ketoe

    Loyola lose and ranked 12, BR is undefeated and ranked 14 and this is the game of the week. However, H-F is ranked 2 playing on the road against number 6 ranked Bolingbrook in a conference game is this is a contender for Game of the Week. So after a loss, number 12 and 14 outranks number 1 and 6……..Oh wait, this was penciled in from the beginning, didt think Loyola would lose this early in the season, OK I get it.

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