FOOTBALL: Week 6 Football Capsules

September 28, 2018

Reed-Custer (2-3) at Lisle (5-0)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Josh Loomis, WR A.J. Cherry, WR Rick Seigers

Preview: It’s very possible Lisle’s defense hasn’t seen an offense quite like Reed-Custer. However, the same could be said that Reed-Custer’s offense hasn’t seen a defense like Lisle. Lisle has shown that it can play and win in a shootout or ground a team’s offense and keep things low scoring. With playoffs in the picture for both teams, it comes down to defense. Advantage: Lisle.

Pick: Lisle 24, Reed-Custer 14

Dwight (2-3) at Momence (1-4)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Dwight: QB Colton Holm, RB Logan Graham, TE Chris Bement; Momence: QB Kobey Mazur, RB Jalen Williams, WR Austin Kinz

Preview: Dwight has its confidence underneath them. Now it’s a matter of sustaining it and continuing the momentum its building. That running game could be in for a big night against Momence. But on the flip side, Dwight can be beaten with a strong passing game. Ask Central. However, Dwight defense is stronger.

Pick: Dwight 31, Momence 14

Herscher (3-2) at Wilmington (2-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Herscher: QB Carter Hendrix, RB Matt Dorsey, WR Maxx Becker; Wilmington: QB Keaton Hopwood, RB Trey Shaw, RB Conner Dempsay

Preview: If only this game was last year. But nonetheless, this is the most must-win game Wilmington has seen in a decade. Usually this is the week its either earning its fourth or fifth win. Nope, not this time. Herscher on the other hand has a chance to move one step closer to a playoff berth with a win. Herscher’s offensive line has the edge with size, but maybe desperation gives the Wildcats an extra shot of energy needed.

Pick: Wilmington 21, Herscher 20

Coal City (4-1) at Sandwich (3-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: RB Gio Ferrera, RB Daniel Jezik, DE Brady Crawford

Preview: There’s no telling who Coal City will play. Everyone seems to be hurt all over the place. But the one thing about this Coaler team is they know how to rise up to a challenge. Sandwich is coming back down to Earth following back-to-back losses after a 3-0 start. Daniel Jezik might have to have 40 carries this week, but the Coalers seem to find a way.

Pick: Coal City 17, Sandwich 16

Seneca (2-3) at Iroquois West (0-5)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Iroquois West: QB Tibaldo Alvarez, RB Nolan Ahlden; Seneca: RB Logan Bruss, RB Brody Baudino

Preview: The Irish average well more than 200 yards rushing per game. The Raiders’ defense has had many issues stopping the run. The one advantage working is the Raiders favor is Seneca has only thrown the ball 24 times all season and completed nine of the passes. But be on your toes if the Irish air it out.

Pick: Seneca 37, Iroquois West 7

Plano (2-3) at Peotone (3-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Peotone: QB Max Gesswein, RB Ryan Brewer, RB Brendan Bias; Plano: QB Bryson Schmidt, RB Demetri Coker

Preview: There can’t be any hangover effect for the Blue Devils after a huge win last week. Despite playing against a number of backups, Plano gave Coal City all it could handle. However, the Blue Devils are completely healthy and full of confidence. If they shut down Coker, who is the Reapers’ leading rusher and receiver, it could be an easier night for Peotone.

Pick: Peotone 27, Plano 14

Streator (2-3) at Manteno (0-5)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Caleb Borkenhagen, RB Davey Wurster, WR Anthony Lopez

Preview: It’s officially time to play spoiler for Manteno. It’s playoff goals are done, which means all the pressure is off and they can play loose with virtually no consequences. And there’s nothing worse than playing a team with nothing to lose. However, Streator played Coal City tough despite losing and earned an overtime on victory over Sandwich last week. Streator knows it needs this win before Lisle next week.

Pick: Streator 23, Manteno 17

Wheaton Academy (3-2) at Bishop McNamara (4-1)

Gametime: 7:15 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Tyler Hiller, RB Tyshon King, RB Owen Jackson

Preview: Wheaton averages 41 points in wins and just 11 points in losses. The gameplan seems simple when you see that, keep them under two touchdowns and you win. Problem for Wheaton is that the Irish can actually keep them under 11 points. The Irish are dominate defensively on the run and it’s easy to see what they do offensively since they average 47.4 points a game. Wheaton, good luck.

Pick: Bishop McNamara 41, Wheaton Academy 10

Metea Valley (0-5) at Bradley-Bourbonnais (2-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Logan Meyer, Isaiah Nwokenkwo, WR Tremaine Stone

Preview: This game couldn’t have come at a better time for the Boilers. With the switches they made to their offensive personal last week, Metea Valley is the perfect team to test and tighten a few things. The Mustangs have scored 36 points all season and been shutout twice. The Boilers defense and running game are about to have a field day.

Pick: Bradley-Bourbonnais 41, Metea Valley 6

Rich South (0-5) at Kankakee (2-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Tyjuane Stewart, RB Mattias Clark, RB Antonio Pittman

Preview: Speaking of right on time, the Kays have the perfect opponent to work some things out against. Plus it’s a home game which means they’re going to put up points. Clark, Pittman and Stewart could be in store for huge nights on the ground and this will serve as a good tune up for Bloom.

Pick: Kankakee 48, Rich South 0

Milford-Cissna Park (3-0) at Newman Catholic (6-0)

Gametime: 7 p.m. (Saturday)

Players to watch: MCP: QB Jared Schunke, RB Nick Allen, RB Kennedy Kunsch; Newman Catholic: QB Ben Bates, RB/DB Kasey Kalafice, WR Joe Zeimetz

Preview: Now we’ll really get to see what Milford is truly made of. Newman Catholic is the No. 1 ranked 8-man football team in the state and has beaten three of the top five teams in Wisconsin already. The Cardinals are very well-balanced, but rely more on the passing game then anything. Opposite the Bearcats who have run over teams Kunsch, Allen, Schunke and Penn Stoller. Wisconsin will be a battle happen on Saturday.

Pick: Milford-Cissna Park 37, Newman Catholic 31

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