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Week 1 football preview capsules

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 7:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 9:29 p.m. CDT
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(Last season's records in parentheses)

Northeastern Athletic Conference

Christian Liberty (0-9) at Alden-Hebron (6-4)

When: 1 p.m. Satuday

About the Chargers: Christian Liberty is 3-33 in four seasons of having a program.

About the Giants: QB Colton Cashmore and RB Nate Peterson return to lead the offense. WR Cody Nelson also offers a big-play potential, rushing or receiving. The Giants have made the playoffs 10 of the past 11 years.

Nonconference games

Crystal Lake South (4-5) at. Marian Central (8-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Gators: South is coming off a 4-5 season in which it suffered four losses by a combined 19 points. The Gators lost their opener to Marian, 28-2, last year. QB Payton Minogue had impressive numbers, going 6 for 6 passing for 100 yards with four touchdowns in late-season action a year ago.

About the Hurricanes: RBs Emmit Peisert and Jarryd Cabusao take over for Ephraim Lee, who ran for 2,489 yards combined in the past two seasons. QB Billy Bahl will have a lot of new targets, but the Hurricanes still should have a formidable passing game.

On Twitter: @NWH_JoePrepZone

Jacobs (7-3) at Barrington (10-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Golden Eagles: RB Josh Walker will be one of the area’s fastest backs and ran for 1,054 yards last season. C Carson Shoemaker returns to lead the offensive line. QBs Chris Katrenick and Brenden Heiss battled it out in camp for the starting job after Bret Mooney graduate.

About the Broncos: Linebacker Jake Coon (6-1, 220) is back for a third year as starter to lead the Barrington defense. The Broncos lost to Stevenson, 14-0, in the second round of the Class 8A playoffs last season.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

Wheaton North (9-3) at Cary-Grove (7-4)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Falcons: QB Clayton Thorson led North to a 42-18 victory in last year’s opener but now is at Northwestern. Sophomore Luke Anthony takes over and has J.P. Forcucci (56 receptions) returning at wide receiver.

About the Trojans: C-G returns 17 starters from last season, including two-time Northwest Herald All-Area linemen Trevor Ruhland and Michael Gomez. FB Tyler Pennington rushed for 1,006 yards last year and is poised for a big season.

On Twitter: @tcmusick

Wauconda (4-5) at Woodstock North (1-8)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Bulldogs: QB Kevin Malisheski returns to lead Wauconda’s offense after throwing for 929 yards last season. The Bullldogs dropped North, 16-13, in last season’s opener.

About the Thunder: FB Jordan Plummer led North in rushing last season with 686 yards and six touchdowns. The Thunder won a playoff game in 2012 but dropped to 1-8 after numerous graduation losses. QB Jimmy Krenger returns, along with several other starters for a more experienced group this season.

On Twitter: @D_LaMonta

Huntley (4-5) at Bartlett (3-6)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Red Raiders: Huntley came from behind to beat Bartlett, 23-12, in last season’s opener. The Raiders should be stout up front on defense. On offense, WR Josh Esikiel has the third-most catches of any returning receiver (44).

About the Hawks: Bartlett has made the playoffs 12 of the past 14years, with 2009 and last season as the exceptions. The Hawks started seven sophomores on last year’s team, five on a defense that allowed 29.4 points a game.

On Twitter: @lsrodulski

Burlington Central (4-5) at Hampshire (6-4)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Rockets: Burlington has an experienced roster with 28 seniors after just missing the playoffs the past two seasons. The Rockets lost to Hampshire, 41-7, in last year’s opener.

About the Whip-Purs: Mike Brasile takes over as Hampshire’s coach this season, his first year as a head coach. The Whips return QB Nick Mohlman and have some good size on their offensive line.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

Niles Notre Dame (7-4) at Prairie Ridge (7-5)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

About the Dons: Fortunately for the Wolves, Notre Dame RB Chris James is now at Pittsburgh after frustrating offenses the past two years. The Dons won last year’s opener, 44-21.

About the Wolves: QBs Brett Covalt and Luke Annen were fighting for the starting job throughout camp. Prairie Ridge turned it on late last season with five consecutive wins to reach the Class 6A playoff quarterfinals.

On Twitter: @JoeyRKaufman

Dundee-Crown (6-4) at Elgin (0-9)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

About the Chargers: Former coach Vito Andriola moved to Grant after three seasons and taking D-C to the playoffs for the first time since 1994. Former Charger Mike Steinhaus takes over as head coach. D-C has RB Caleb Parson and RB-WR Malik Dunner to spark its offense. QB Jeff Atherton returns and likely will get many more chances to throw the ball in the new offensive system.

About the Maroons: Elgin made the playoffs in 2010 but has won only two games since then. D-C opened with a 52-12 victory over the Maroons last season.

On Twitter: @akantecki

Grant (3-6) at Crystal Lake Central (8-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

About the Bulldogs: Coach Vito Andriola starts his first year at Grant after turning D-C around in three years. The Bulldogs lost to the Tigers in the 2012 playoffs and again in last year’s opener.

About the Tigers: QB Kyle Lavand, who set school marks for passing yardage and touchdowns, graduated. But the Tigers still have WR Jack Ortner (79 catches) and RB Ryan Williams (1,045 yards) to key their offense.

On Twitter: @MikeDeFabo

Woodstock (2-7) at Oswego East (7-4)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

About the Blue Streaks: QB Jace Pohlman split time with graduated Alan Hafer last season and threw for 919 yards. WR John Kruse caught 47 passes last season, second among returning area receivers.

About the Wolves: East lost to Lincoln-Way East, 57-40, in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs last season. The Wolves defeated Woodstock, 43-35, in their opener last season.

On Twitter: @Matthew_Paras

Byron (2-7) at Marengo (1-8)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Tigers: Byron has missed the playoffs two of the past three seasons. The Tigers picked up their wins against Rock Falls and Mendota last season.

About the Indians: Marengo defeated Byron, 17-14, in overtime the last time the Tigers visitied Rod Poppe Fields. Freshman Weston Shepard, just recruited from the soccer team, kicked an overtime field goal for a 17-14 Marengo victory. RB Jarrell Jackson was one of the state’s fastest Class 2A sprinters in track and should get more carries this season.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

Rock Falls (1-8) at Harvard (11-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Rockets: Rock Falls has not made the playoffs since 1992. The Rockets opened with a 46-16 loss to Harvard last season.

About the Hornets: Harvard had its best season in school history last season but was hit hard by graduation. The Hornets have 19 players on their varsity roster, so injuries will become a greater concern than usual. RB Christian Kramer led the area with 1,290 yards rushing, and QB Peyton Schneider threw for 1,102 yards last season.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

Johnsburg (1-8) at Oregon (6-5)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg has won one game in its past three seasons, but the Skyhawks look ready for a breakout year. QB Nick Brengman (1,167 yards passing) returns for a third year along with several other starters. OL-DL John Conroy is a standout on both sides.

About the Hawks: Oregon advanced to the Class 3A playoffs and won its first-round game before losing to Aurora Christian, 49-20.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

Roosevelt (3-6) at Richmond-Burton (5-5)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Rough Riders: Roosevelt plays in the Chicago Public League Big Shoulders Division and got its wins against St. Francis de Sales, Amundsen and Mather last season.

About the Rockets: RBs Brad Boelkow (640 yards) and Luke Brinkmann (506) were two of R-B’s top three rushers last season and are back. R-B was 5-5 and was the last of 256 teams to make the playoffs, stretching its streak to seven consecutive playoff appearances.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

McHenry (2-7) at Larkin (3-6)

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

About the Warriors: McHenry defeated Larkin, 30-18, in last year’s season opener. QB Mike Briscoe threw for 1,200 yards, second-most among returning passers. WR Mikie Borst caught 16 passes, but four went for touchdowns.

About the Royals: Larkin has had one winning season in the past six years. Dragan Teonic takes over as coach after four years at Hersey.

On Twitter: @McHenryCoSports

– Joe Stevenson, joestevenson@shawmedia.com

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