Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Okay, Mike Helfgot, I'll...
Helfgot wrote after Libertyville's season opening win over Elk Grove, 55-28:
Must-see QB: Speaking of eye-opening performances by players we already knew were good, Riley Lees comes to mind.
The Libertyville quarterback, a Northwestern recruit as a receiver, ran for a 72-yard touchdown on the first play of the season and finished with 307 yards and 6 TDs on 19 carries. He also completed 10-of-18 passes for 147 and didn't throw a pick.
Whether or not you're a Wildcats fan — Northwestern or Libertyville — do yourself a favor and go see Rees play.
The Sept. 18 home game against Lake Forest, Sept. 25 at Stevenson or Oct. 2 against Lake Zurich in Libertyville would be good times.
To be fair, Beth Long of the Sun-Times also ranked Lees the best quarterback in the state. And all he's done so far this year is lead Libertyville's offense to a staggering 144 points in three outings. (That's an average of 48 per game!)
While I'm a little disappointed Lake Forest lost last week, 34-28, to Warren (1-2), the Scouts haven't bowed to the Wildcats since 2008 (when this year's seniors were in fifth grade). Last year was a relatively close one, though, as Lake Forest prevailed, 29-20. Will this be the year Libertyville breaks its losing streak?
The Scouts defeated Niles North in Week Two, 44-22. And the Vikings annihilated Niles West last week, 52-27. Libertyville is undefeated, of course, but has only beaten one winning team, Zion-Benton, 41-0, in Week Three.
Lake Forest, a perennial 6A playoff contender, is ranked No. 46 in MaxPreps; Libertyville is No. 4 in the Sun-Times, No. 10 in the Tribune and No. 29 in MaxPreps.
It's my Game of the Week.
Not sold? Okay; how about one of these?
Cary-Grove (3-0) at Woodstock North (3-0)
The Thunder has outscored its opponents, 150-19, but Cary-Grove is Cary-Grove.
St. Francis (3-0) at Brother Rice (2-1)
Can the Spartans play with the big boys in the Catholic League Blue?
And way out west:
Geneva (3-0) at St. Charles North (3-0)
Two undefeated Upstate Eight (River) teams go at it.
Minooka (3-0) at Oswego (2-1)
Two of the best quarterbacks in the state, Johnny Carnagio and Steven Frank, will face off against each other.
Enjoy the games!
P. S. I'll be live-tweeting that Lake Forest - Libertyville contest @BoringOldWhtGuy.