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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Week 9 football picks

By By Mike Grimala

With the regular season winding down, the stakes are high in a lot of the Week 9 matchups. And there are several intriguing games on the slate, including No. 1 Maine South taking on a very dangerous (and motivated) Glenbrook South team. There's a lot to get through, so let's move on with the picks.

Note: The game between No. 4 Loyola and No. 5 St. Rita isn't listed here because I'm saving it for an in-depth preview tomorrow.

Week 9 picks

Glenbrook South (7-1) at No. 1 Maine South (8-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
The Glenbrook South defense has been improving as the season has gone on, but are the Titans ready to stop the two-headed monster of QB Matt Alviti and RB Paul Preston? ESPNChicago's Scott Powers has Maine South winning this game, and so do I.
MAINE SOUTH 31, GLENBROOK SOUTH 20

No. 2 Glenbard West (8-0) at Downers Grove North (2-6)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Can Glenbard West make it three shutouts in a row? I don't think so, but it's in play.
GLENBARD WEST 28, DOWNERS GROVE NORTH 7

No. 3 Lincoln-Way East (8-0) at Joliet West (2-6)
Saturday, 12 p.m.
A win clinches the Southwest Suburban Blue title for LWE, and I don't expect the Griffins to stumble.
LINCOLN-WAY EAST 38, JOLIET WEST 10

No. 6 Downers Grove South (8-0) at Addison Trail (7-1)
Friday, 7:30
I loved the way Addison Trail gave Glenbard West everything it could handle. Wouldn't surprise me if they slowed down RB Josh Williams just enough to come away with an upset win here.
ADDISON TRAIL 21, DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH 14

Cary-Grove (6-2) at No. 7 Prairie Ridge (8-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
The Cary-Grove defense is good, but Prairie Ridge can score on them.
PRAIRIE RIDGE 34, CARY-GROVE 20

Lockport (6-2) at No. 8 Bolingbrook (7-1)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Is Lockport for real? I don't think they can stop Bolingbrook QB Aaron Bailey.
BOLINGBROOK 38, LOCKPORT 14

Think you could make better picks? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and let me know what I got wrong.