FOOTBALL: Week 5 football capsules

September 20, 2018

Seneca (2-2) at Central (2-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Jay Lemenager, WR Chandler Burrow, WR Canyon Burrow

Preview: Seneca is a team that reminds you of Wilmington and Peotone. The Irish simply run the ball all game and maintain time of possession. But against Central, once the Comets are ahead, good luck catching them. This offense has way too many weapons on the outside and can score in a hurry. Seneca, keep up if you can.

Pick: Central 37, Seneca 14

Plano (2-2) at Coal City (3-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Payton Hutchings, RB Max Arias, TE Austin Pullara

Preview: Coal City had arguably its worst outing last week, including the Morris game. The offense wasn’t clicking and was completely out of sync but managed to pull out the win. While Plano is fresh off a win as well, playing Manteno is the same as Coal City. However, if the Coalers play as they last week, the upset is possible.

Pick: Coal City 24, Plano 10

P-B-L (3-1) at Momence (1-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Kobey Mazur, RB Jalen Williams, WR D’juan Krumbley

Preview: Now that the passing game has found some traction, Momence really will be put to the test. P-B-L has established itself in the upper echelon of the Sangmon Valley Conference during the past number of years, and this year seems to be no different. The Momence defense has to put forth its best run-stopping efforts in order to have a chance. Easier said than done.

Pick: P-B-L 34, Momence 14

Manteno (0-4) at Reed-Custer (1-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Reed-Custer -- QB Josh Loomis, WR A.J. Cherry, WR Justin Read; Manteno -- QB Caleb Borkenhagen, WR Daniel Barrios, WR Anthony Lopez

Preview: Expect a lot of points to be scored in this one. Both teams have their problems with ball possession, but it won’t affect the scoreboard. Loomis and Borkenhagen both fling the ball around freely to their playmakers on the outside. This game comes down to which defense causes the first turnover to happen to gain another offense possession.

Pick: Reed-Custer 41, Manteno 31

Watseka (3-1) at Dwight (1-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Watseka -- QB Anthony Quinn, WR Justin Bunting, WR Blake Castonguay; Dwight -- QB Colton Holm, WR Dakota Wahl, TE Chris Bement

Preview: Dwight struggled with Central’s aerial attack last week, and this week won’t be any easier with Quinn and the Warriors coming to town. Dwight needs to rely on Holm connecting with Bement and Wahl on the outside and use their height advantage. The Trojans are capable of having a nice passing game, with Holm going 10-for-10 last week, but even that might not be enough.

Pick: Watseka 45, Dwight 21

Kankakee (2-2) at Rich Central (2-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Tyjuane Stewart, RB Mattias Clark, WR Lavelle Mcintosh

Preview: Kankakee at home and on the road is the perfect definition of Jekyll and Hyde. At home, the Kays are averaging 37.5 points and averaging just seven points on the road. The team travels, but will their confidence and offense travel as well? That’s what it comes down to, which Kays team shows up for a conference matchup.

Pick: Rich Central 24, Kankakee 17

Bolingbrook (3-1) at Bradley-Bourbonnais (2-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Bradley-Bourbonnais -- WR Tremaine Stone, LB Jimmy Bynum, DB Logan Meyer

Preview: Bolingbrook has a highly talented roster featuring a handful of Division I Big Ten Conference commits. It’s coming in ranked No. 10 in Class 8A despite a shutout loss to Homewood-Flossmoor. Bradley-Bourbonnais’ offense has hit a wall during the past three games, and the challenge doesn’t get any easier. With the odds stacked against them, if Bradley-Bourbonnais wants to pull out a win, it has to get creative with its offense and take a good amount of chances.

Pick: Bolingbrook 38, Bradley-Bourbonnais 7

Bishop McNamara (3-1) at Wheaton St. Francis (4-0)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m.

Players to watch: RB Tyshon King, RB Owen Jackson, DB Manny Harris

Preview: The system isn’t broken, so no need to try to fix it. The running game behind Tyshon King is the best in the area, and after their showing against IC Catholic, the Irish are no secret any longer. While Wheaton is undefeated, it hasn’t played anyone such as McNamara. If the Irish play their game, Wheaton could be looking at its first loss.

Pick: Bishop McNamara 37, Wheaton St. Francis 17

Milford-Cissna Park (2-0) at Judah Christian (0-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Jared Schunke, RB Kennedy Kunsch, WR Penn Stoller

Preview: The Bearcats are well rested and very fresh after not playing last week. Judah Christian is fresh off a loss to Lake Forest Academy, which M-CP torched in its season opener. The Bearcat offense isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Expect another offensive explosion.

Pick: Milford-Cissna Park 42, Judah Christian 24

Iroquois West (0-4) at Oakwood (1-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: RB Nolan Ahlden, WR Cole Stone

Preview: Quite simply, the Raiders need to find more firepower. Ahlden only can carry this team so far before someone else has to pick up the slack and provide some punch. Oakwood can score, and it put up more than 30 points per game in its last three games. The Comets earned their first win, and facing a team with the defensive struggles such as the Raiders, win No. 2 could be around the corner.

Pick: Oakwood 31, Iroquois West 14

Lisle (4-0) at Herscher (3-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Carter Hendrix, RB Matt Dorsey, WR Maxx Becker

Preview: Both teams are flying very high at the moment, but one of them will come back down to Earth very soon. Herscher has a multitude of weapons led by Hendrix under center, but Lisle has shown to play teams tough and push them to the limit. The Lions have the lead in the Interstate Eight Small Division, but losing to Herscher changes that. However, Lisle has shown it’s not afraid to go on the road and pull out a big victory.

Pick: Lisle 27, Herscher 24

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