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Checking In With The Best Teams I’ve Seen This Season

Glenbard North (5-1, 3-1), tied for second in the Dupage Valley Conference

Glenbard North QB Brian Murphy escapes a tackler against OPRF

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE SINCE WE LAST MET?

Week Five: 31-21 win versus Aurora West

Week Six: 6-10 loss at Naperville Central

REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Week Seven: vs Wheaton-Warrenville South (3-3, 1-3)

Week Eight: at Wheaton North (5-1, 4-0)

Week Nine: vs Naperville North (4-2, 3-1)

RANDOM STATS:

Have outscored opponents 216 to 51

Opponents have tallied 25 wins

Star running back Phil Jackson has rushed for 605 yards and 12 touchdowns

OUTLOOK:

The Panthers offense struggled last week as Glenbard North lost their first game, 10-6 to Naperville Central. Phil Jackson went over 100 yards rushing again, but he was only able to reach the end zone once. Most troubling for the Panthers, starting QB Brian Murphy was knocked out of the game with an injury. Murphy runs well and he had a break out game through the air three weeks ago against Glenbard East when he threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

The Panthers end the season with a tough stretch of games against three of the best teams in the Dupage Valley Conference. That stretch could get even more challenging if the Panthers are missing their starting signal caller.

Wheaton North (5-1, 4-0), first place in the Dupage Valley Conference

Wheaton North QB John Peltz winds up to throw

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE SINCE WE LAST MET?

Week Six: 38-7 win versus Aurora West

REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Week Seven: vs Naperville Central (4-2, 3-1)

Week Eight: vs Glenbard North (5-1, 3-1)

Week Nine: at Wheaton-Warrenville South (3-3, 3-1)

RANDOM STATS:

Have outscored opponents 196 to 95

Opponents have won 28 games

QB John Peltz has thrown for 970 yards and 9 TDs, he also has 6 rushing TDs

OUTLOOK:

The Falcons have won four straight games, but the competition is about to get a lot tougher. Their previous three opponents have combined to win three games this season. However, their next three opponents have combined to win 12 games, and are all part of the four-way tie for second place in the DVC.

The Falcons are led by quarterback John Peltz who has thrown for 970 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Peltz is the best quarterback I have seen this season, and the Falcons will need him to keep performing at the level he has been playing at if they are to hold on first place in the DVC.

Montini (4-2, 2-1), tied for second in the Suburban Christian (Blue) Conference

Montini star WR Jordan Westerkamp

LAST GAME: 33-14 win versus St. Francis

REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Week Seven: at St. Edward (4-2, 1-2)

Week Eight: at Walther Lutheran (1-5, 0-3)

Week Nine: vs Wheaton Academy (1-5, 0-3)

RANDOM STATS:

Have outscored opponents 171 to 117

Opponents have won 33 games

WR Jordan Westerkamp has 28 receptions for 514 yards and 9 TDs

OUTLOOK:

After starting the season off 2-2, things are looking up for the defending 5A State Champions. The Broncos have won their last two games against solid conference opponents, Aurora Christian and St. Francis, and have done so in impressive fashion. Montini has outscored their last two opponents 88-28.

Montini’s schedule was front loaded. They lost two early games, but both defeats came at the hands of 6-0 teams, Loyola and Marian Central.

Montini got a boost last week from the debut of quarterback John Rhode. Rhode, a transfer from Marian Central, missed the first five games of the season while recovering from a thumb injury. Rhode took over the quarterbacking duties at halftime, and looked great, tossing three touchdowns in the second half. Two of those touchdowns were caught by star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp.

The Rhode-Westerkamp connection may take the Broncos to another state championship this season.

Addison Trail (6-0, 4-0), first place in the West Suburban Gold Conference

Addison Trail RB Anthony Messina runs back a kick

LAST GAME: 35-0 win at Proviso East

REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Week Seven: vs Glenbard West (6-0, 4-0)

Week Eight: at Willowbrook (0-6, 0-3)

Week Nine: vs Downers Grove South (6-0, 3-0)

RANDOM STATS:

Have outscored opponents 172 to 13

Opponents have won 22 games

Have posted 4 shutouts this season

OUTLOOK:

Addison Trail is off to the best start in school history thanks to its stifling defense. Led by linebackers Kevin Kent and Mike Imperiale, the Blazers have shut out four of their opponents, and have only given up 13 points through six games.

The Blazers have two tests against undefeated teams left on their schedule, and both games are at home. In between they face a hapless Willowbrook squad that recently lost 48-7 at home to Proviso East on homecoming. First up is a meeting with Glenbard West this Friday night. The Hilltoppers may be without starting QB Justice Odom, who was injured Saturday in a win over Proviso West. AT ends the season with a de-facto West Suburban Conference Championship game against Downers Grove South.

Is the Blazers defense as dominant as the stats suggest? We will find out over the next three weeks.

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Wheaton North Flies Past Glenbard East, 56-12

Wheaton North quarterback John Peltz

Wheaton North 56 Glenbard East 12

Quarterback John Peltz ran for four touchdowns and threw for one more as the high-flying Falcons of Wheaton North defeated Glenbard East 56-12 Friday night in Wheaton.

The five touchdown outburst was another strong overall performance from the Falcons’ junior quarterback.

“Johnny Peltz has done a great job for us,” said Wheaton North (4-1, 3-0) coach Joe Wardynski. “When we’ve asked him to carry the ball, he’s a tough kid and gets positive yards for us, and he’s making good decisions with the ball, we’re not turning it over with him back there right now.”

Wheaton North faced an early 6-0 deficit after Glenbard East (1-4, 0-3) quarterback Joe Kotch threw an 85 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Fahey on the Rams’s third snap of the game.

“It was frustrating because we know they like to run that route, we practiced it all week and we still had a kid bite on a slant route right there, which was unfortunate,” said Wardynski.

However, the Falcons struck back in resounding fashion with 56 unanswered points.

Quarterback John Peltz’s one yard touchdown run capped off a long drive on the Falcons’ first possession of the game. Kicker Marcin Gawlak’s point after gave the Falcons a 7-6 lead.

Peltz added three more touchdown runs, including an 80 yard scamper to the end zone in the third quarter. Peltz also connected with wide receiver Johnny Daniels on a 32 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Running back Mikey Sammer, who is filling in for injured starter Patrick Sharp, had 16 carries for 113 yards and one touchdown. His 43-yard touchdown run in the second quarter put the Falcons up 14-6.

The Wheaton North defense dominated after giving up the early touchdown. The Falcons picked off Kotch three times, including interceptions by Falcons cornerback Jaylen Howze on back-to-back drives. Kotch has thrown three interceptions in each of his last two games.

Howze returned his second interception of the night 20 yards for a touchdown, putting the Falcons up 28-6 in the second quarter.

“The touchdown was huge, any pick for the defense is huge, and it was because of my team,” said Howze. “There was good coverage over the top which allowed me to have the interception.”

The blowout loss was Glenbard East’s third consecutive loss by more than 40 points.

SCORING PLAYS

FIRST QUARTER

[10:36] GE Joe Kotch 85 yard pass to Mike Fahey (PAT no good) – 6-0 GE

[7:54] WN John Peltz 1 yard run (PAT good) – 7-6 WN

[2:44] WN Mikey Sammer 43 yard run (PAT good) – 14-6 WN

[0:44] WN John Peltz 2 yard run (PAT good) – 21-6 WN

[0:03] WN Jaylen Howze 20 yard interception return (PAT good) – 28-6 WN

SECOND QUARTER

[9:09] WN John Peltz 32 yard pass to Johnny Daniels (PAT good) – 35-6 WN

[4:01] WN John Peltz 4 yard run (PAT good) – 42-6 WN

THIRD QUARTER

[11:38] WN John Peltz 80 yard run (PAT good) – 49-6 WN

[8:40] WN Colton Hrgich 10 yard run (PAT good) – 56-6 WN

FOURTH QUARTER

[10:19] GE Joe Kotch 5 yard run (2-pt attempt no good) – 56-12 WN

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times. It also appears on yourseason.com

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