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No. 3 Lin­coln- Way East at No. 1 Maine South, 7 p. m. Fri­day

These teams are com­ing off state­ment wins in Week 1. Maine South de­stroyed Glen­bard West 62- 34, and Lin­coln- Way East beat Crete- Monee 27- 7. The Hawks’ high- pow­ered of­fense looked un­stop­pable with se­nior quar­ter­back John O’Sul­li­van lead­ing the way. Maine South run­ning back Fo­tis Koko­sioulis scored four touch­downs. Lin­coln- Way East first- year quar­ter­back Bren­dan Mor­ris­sey put on a show against Crete- Monee, ac­count­ing for four touch­downs. The Griffins’ staunch de­fense is spear­headed by top de­fen­sive end prospect Devin O’Rourke. It will be put to the test against the top- ranked team.

No. 2 Prairie Ridge at No. 14 Huntley, 7 p. m. Fri­day

Prairie Ridge’s of­fense didn’t show as much fire­power as ex­pected in Week 1 in a 7- 6 vic­tory against con­fer­ence ri­val Cary Grove. The Wolves’ de­fense, though, came to make a state­ment, and its dis­ci­pline proved to be the dif­fer­ence. Huntley se­nior quar­ter­back Eric Mooney was in­stru­men­tal in a 30- 27 win against Ja­cobs, demon­strat­ing his big- play ca­pa­bil­ity at quar­ter­back and po­ten­tial on spe­cial teams. Although its mar­gin of vic­tory was slim, Huntley has the pieces all over the field to make it in­ter­est­ing against Prairie Ridge.

No. 4 Phillips at No. 23 Richards, 7 p. m. Fri­day

With a pro­gram- chang­ing vic­tory against Loy­ola, Phillips looks to con­tinue rolling against an­other Su­per 25 op­po­nent. Se­nior quar­ter­back J’Bore Gibbs, an ath­letic prospect, made an im­pact in the pass­ing game and the run­ning game against the Ram­blers. Run­ning back Craig El­more is an ath­lete to watch, es­pe­cially against a fast, ath­letic Richards team. The Bull­dogs beat Carmel 3521. Richards quar­ter­back Se­bas­tian Cas­tro led an of­fense with mul­ti­ple weapons. The Bull­dogs’ phys­i­cal style dis­rupted the Cor­sairs and could do the same this week.

No. 24 Mon­tini at No. 13 Lake Zurich, 7: 30 p. m. Fri­day

Lake Zurich’s de­fense was rock­solid in Week 1, led by one of the top de­fen­sive play­ers in the area, line­backer Jack San­born. The Bears beat Fremd 21- 3, show­cas­ing sev­eral weapons, in­clud­ing se­nior quar­ter­back Evan Le­wandowski. Mon­tini beat Hyde Park 51- 8 last week, a solid de­but for new coach Mike Bukovsky. The of­fense was dy­namic, with Blake Fedanzo scor­ing two touch­downs.

No. 21 Neuqua Val­ley at No. 16 Naperville Cen­tral, 7: 30 p. m. Fri­day

One of the big­gest ques­tions for Naperville Cen­tral was how trans- fer quar­ter­back Pay­ton Thorne would re­spond in a game sit­u­a­tion. That ques­tion was an­swered em­phat­i­cally. Thorne and his re­ceivers, es­pe­cially Tommy Coyne and Cade McDon­ald, took down Glen­bard North 37- 7. Fel­low DuPage Val­ley power Neuqua Val­ley stormed into the Su­per 25 with a 35- 7 con­fer­ence vic­tory against Metea Val­ley. Led by the line and Matt Quinn, the Wild­cats’ de­fense was stel­lar.

Fo­tis Koko­sioulis, who had four TDs against Glen­bard West, faces a staunch Lin­coln- Way East de­fense. | ALLEN CUN­NING­HAM/ FOR THE SUN- TIMES

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