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Friday, September 16, 2011
Week 4 football: Lincoln-Way East vs. Homewood-Flossmoor

By By Mike Grimala

This weekend's slate of games have the potential to shake up the POWERADE state rankings, starting with No. 10 Lincoln-Way East's matchup against Homewood-Flossmoor.

Lincoln-Way East is 3-0 and looks ready to break through into the elite level. Though I have them ranked 10th, ESPNChicago has them at No. 3. A win over 3-0 Homewood-Flossmoor could vault them to that area in our rankings as well. Homewood-Flossmoor has allowed just 13 points on the season, so the Lincoln-Way East offense will have to earn this one.

The Game:
No. 10 Lincoln-Way East at Homewood-Flossmoor
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Players:
Lincoln-Way East — Senior receiver J. J. Robertson returned from a two-game suspension last week and made game-changing plays, racking up more than 100 yards and catching a long touchdown pass. Senior quarterback Blake Winkler has more than enough arm strength to stretch the field against Homewood-Flossmoor.

Homewood-Flossmoor — Much like Lincoln-Way East, the Vikings have an elite QB-WR combo to spark the passing game. Senior Tim Williams has been one of the most productive passers in the area this season, and receiver Gerald Butler is capable of making big plays.

The Stakes:
This game could end up deciding the Southwest Suburban Blue, as it did last year. Expect both teams to bring everything.

The Prediction:
Both teams have explosive offenses, but I believe in Lincoln-Way East's defense more. I think they'll get a couple more stops than Homewood-Flossmoor, and that will be enough.
LINCOLN-WAY EAST 34, HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR 20

Other notable games:

No. 4 Loyola Academy at Providence
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
I'm a big believer in Loyola Academy QB Malcolm Weaver. That's enough for me in this matchup of 3-0 teams. LOYOLA ACADEMY 41, PROVIDENCE 28

No. 8 Wheaton South at Naperville North
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Both teams are 1-2, and falling to 1-3 is not an enticing option for either. I think Wheaton South's defense will stand up and win this one. WHEATON SOUTH 24, NAPERVILLE NORTH 7

No. 7 Montini at Marian Central
Friday, 7 p.m.
Montini barely squeezed past Marmion last week, and I see another close win this week. MONTINI 20, MARIAN CENTRAL 18