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
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)
Have outscored opponents 216 to 51
Opponents have tallied 25 wins
Star running back Phil Jackson has rushed for 605 yards and 12 touchdowns
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
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)
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
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
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)
Have outscored opponents 171 to 117
Opponents have won 33 games
WR Jordan Westerkamp has 28 receptions for 514 yards and 9 TDs
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
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)
Have outscored opponents 172 to 13
Opponents have won 22 games
Have posted 4 shutouts this season
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.