Monday, September 12, 2016

Week Three is over...

Fenwick coach Gene Nudo.
...and you know what that means: the 2016 regular season is a third of the way over. Tempus fugit!

While we're waiting for Mike Helfgot's computer to kick in and spit out his Top Twenty rankings in the Tribune, it may be worth noting that Fenwick, Naperville North, St. Patrick and Hoffman Estates are all undefeated at 3-0. In 2015 the four schools had a combined record of 12-25. (And Fenwick has beaten two of 2015's champions, 4A Phillips and 6A Montini. Are the Friars -- 3-6 last year -- for real?)

This week the Oak Park squad travels to Leo (2-1) while Loyola hosts St. Francis (0-3). Could Fenwick and Loyola both be undefeated when the two meet in Week Five? I smell a Game of the Week.

(Hoffman Estates could also face an undefeated Palatine in Week Five.)

On the other side of the ledger, such perennial powers as Wheaton Warrenville South, Joliet Catholic and Warren are still looking for their first victory. Last year the three went a combined 18-14. In addition, Maine South, Montini, Naperville Central, Richards, Crete-Monee and Geneva are all 1-2. In 2015 the six teams went a combined 61-14!

This week Montini has to face Brother Rice (3-0) while Richards hosts Shepard (3-0). Ouch.

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