Chicago high school football had a chaotic weekend with several postponements due to weather and safety concerns pushing major games to Monday. Most teams still played on Friday and Saturday, so there’s no shortage of action to break down, but No. 6 Simeon (6-0, 2-0), No. 14 Montini (6-0, 2-0) and No. 17 Phillips (5-2, 2-0) are among teams that haven’t taken the field for Week 7 yet.
Among those who did play, No. 12 Marist (6-1, 5-0) delivered the biggest win with a 34-13 thumping of No. 3 Nazareth (6-1, 4-1) on the road. The RedHawks have been surging since a season-opening loss to Brother Rice with six consecutive victories and now look like one of the most dangerous squads in the area.
Here’s a rundown of all the major action from Week 7 of the Chicago area high school football season. For more analysis and coverage, make sure to tune into “Sun-Times Game Week” at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon on the Chicago Sun-Times High School Sports Facebook page.
Top games of the week
Marist hands Nazareth first loss of 2018
Nazareth’s JJ McCarthy has been tearing up opposing defenses this season, but you never would’ve known watching him face Marist on Friday night. The Redhawks completely shut down the star quarterback, who was 4-for-12 for 68 yards with one touchdown and one interception, in the Roadrunners’ first loss of the season.
“[McCarthy] has never gotten that much pressure before,” Marist senior defensive back Charlie Laurencell, who recorded two sacks, said after the game. “He looked scared after we sacked him that many times.”
Marist QB Mike Markett ran 28 times for 96 yards and a touchdown in the win. He also threw this TD:
Markett to Dennis Hogan, 6-yard TD pass. Hogan gets smacked hard but holds on.
RedHawks lead Nazareth 24-13 at half but have dominated even more than the score indicates. pic.twitter.com/1TTDZSN3S0
— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) October 5, 2018
Oswego shuts out rival Oswego East
What was supposed to be a marquee crosstown matchup between longtime Southwest Prairie rivals turned into another big win for No. 4 Oswego (7-0, 7-0), which should move up in the rankings following Nazareth’s first loss of the season. The game was called early due to lightning in the area, but there was little doubt about who was going to come away victorious with Oswego leading 32-0 in the fourth quarter. Panthers quarterback Noah Parker had a big night despite the weather and facing an Oswego East (6-1, 6-1) defense that had allowed just six points all season.
Glenbard West finishes off Hinsdale Central after delay
Bad weather on Friday night forced the two teams to pick it back up Saturday morning, but No. 9 Glenbard West (7-1, 5-0) didn’t falter in a 21-7 win that should keep it in the top 10. Hilltoppers star Tyquan Cox, one of the most talented players in the state, delivered with another strong performance and the defense held its opponent to single-digit points for the fourth time this season.
1. Lincoln-Way East (7-0) def. Lockport, 63-0
2. Batavia (7-0) def. St. Charles East, 21-0
3. Nazareth (6-1) lost to Marist, 34-13
4. Oswego (7-0) def. Oswego East, 32-0
5. Homewood-Flossmoor (6-1) def. Bradley-Bourbonnais, 48-14
6. Simeon (6-0) POSTPONED to Monday
7. Brother Rice (7-0) def. Marmion, 40-0
8. Maine South (6-1) def. Glenbrook South, 44-7
9. Glenbard West (6-1) def. Hinsdale Central, 21-7
10. Mount Carmel (6-1) def. Providence, 2-0 (forfeit)
Coming up next
The new Super 25 and “Player of the Week” will be unveiled on Sun-Times Game Week on Facebook Live with Michael O’Brien, Annie Costabile and Beth Long at 4:30 p.m. CT Monday.
Week 8 match-ups include:
- Cary-Grove vs. Prairie Ridge
- Maine South vs. New Trier
- St. Francis vs. IC Catholic
- St. Charles North vs. Batavia
- Nazareth vs. Joliet Catholic
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- WATCH the new Week 8 episode of Sun-Times Game Week
- Super 25 Rankings for Week 8
- Hoops star Markese Jacobs commits to DePaul
- Notre Dame’s Ty Gavin makes player of the year statement
- Details of new Catholic League merger