...last night turned out to be a bust as No. 3 Wheaton-Warrenville South crushed No. 18 Naperville North, 38-7, in Naperville. It seems that the Tigers have recovered from their disastrous first quarter of the season against Maine South and I'm the last person in Illinois to figure it out. Maybe WWS will end up in a rematch against the Hawks in the finals. Who knows? It's hard to bet against a team with alternating quarterbacks named Reilly O'Toole and Mack Tracey.
My Upset of the Week almost came true, however, as No. 11 Warren finally put away unranked Lake Forest in OT, 43-42. The Scouts have a great quarterback in Tommy Rees, but apparently their defense just can't get its act together.
Elsewhere, No. 1 Maine South defeated Niles West, 56-21, and Glenbrook South beat New Trier, 36-14 (it's time now for the Titans to get a little respect from the Chicago papers). Also, Brother Rice demolished Gordon Tech, 42-0; No. 8 Providence got past St. Laurence, 25-17; No. 2 St. Rita had no trouble with Bishop McNamara, 34-19; and No. 13 Mt. Carmel made light work of De La Salle, 42-21.
This sets up my Game of the Week for next Friday, St. Rita against Mt. Carmel at Gately Stadium. Normally I'd go with the Caravan, but I think this is the Mustangs' year. I'll say St. Rita comes out on top, 24-21.
In today's contests, Fenwick squares off against Leo at Morton West and No. 12 Loyola plays host to St. Ignatius, in what should amount to a week off for the Ramblers. (Word to the wise: Brother Rice invades Sachs Stadium next Saturday and could knock off the home team if the North Siders take the Crusaders too lightly. I was in attendance last night and can say from watching them that Rice is a much better team than their 2-3 record would indicate; they may be ripe to play the role of spoiler. Remember, this is the same team that narrowly lost at Providence, 23-21. I predict that if they don't upset the Ramblers they could beat Mt. Carmel at home the following weekend.)