- Mike Grimala, ESPNHS
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There are two games worthy of the top spot in our weekend preview, with both matchups pitting undefeated teams against each other in games that could shake up the Illinois POWERADE state rankings. I decided to spotlight No. 4 Mount Carmel vs. No. 6 Loyola, but you should also definitely keep an eye on No. 3 Lincoln-Way East, which is traveling to take on 5-0 Bolingbrook.
No. 4 Mount Carmel at No. 6 Loyola
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Mount Carmel — The quarterbacks are the players to watch in this contest. Junior Don Butkus has been effective this season, but he'll need to be more than that in order for Mount Carmel to win this one. He'll need to make plays, or else things could get one-sided very quickly.
Loyola —It's all about Malcolm Weaver, the senior quarterback making a run at Player of the Year honors. He's a threat to account for five touchdowns every time he steps on the field, and Mount Carmel will devote everything to slowing him down.
Mount Carmel won this meeting in overtime last year, but Loyola is back with an offense that has to be considered among the best in the state. Weaver is too good, and he has too many weapons at his disposal. I think he finds a way to break down the Mount Carmel defense and leads Loyola to victory.
LOYOLA 34, MOUNT CARMEL 30
Other notable games:
No. 3 Lincoln-Way East at Bolingbrook
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Two loaded teams go at it in the second-biggest matchup of the week. I have to believe QB Blake Winkler wins it for the Griffins. LINCOLN-WAY EAST 35, BOLINGBROOK 19
No. 1 Maine South at Niles West
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No scare for Maine South this week. Alviti and Co. light it up early. MAINE SOUTH 48, NILES WEST 9
No. 10 Prairie Ridge at Crystal Lake South
Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Another matchup of two undefeated teams. Prairie Ridge has the edge on defense. PRAIRIE RIDGE 20, CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH 7
There are two games worthy of the top spot in our weekend preview, with both matchups pitting undefeated teams against each other in games that could shake up the Illinois POWERADE state rankings.