No. 10 Wheaton Warrenville South at No. 13 Maine South
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Wheaton South 1-0, Maine South 0-1
On the offensive
Wheaton South QB Ryan Graham enjoyed perhaps the finest moment of his three-year varsity career last week, engineering a two-TD rally in the fourth quarter to upset Glenbard West 17-14. His counterpart, Alec Basso, threw for 327 yards in his debut last week, a 21-19 loss to Montini. Both teams figure to make an effort to establish the run after struggling to do so in Week 1.
Wheaton South's front seven held firm against a strong Glenbard West ground game last week, and now it's Jake Schultz's and the secondary's turn to be tested. The Tigers have, for the most part, defended Maine South well since the state powers began playing in Week 2 in 2009. Linebacker Jack Perez, CB John Hader and the rest of Maine South's defense held its own against a potent Montini offense.
The number: 1
Regular-season losses by Maine South since losing to Wheaton South 44-7 on Sept. 3, 2010. The Hawks' 25-game regular-season winning streak was snapped last week. Included in that streak were victories over Wheaton South by scores of 13-9 and 19-13.
Wheaton South may have regained its swagger last week. The Tigers went an unthinkable 4-5 last season and did not return many proven performers. Maine South's Vanderbilt-bound left tackle, Brendan Brosnan, held his own against Montini's Dylan Thompson (Ohio State) despite a broken finger.
Helfgot's pick: Maine South 21-13. More weapons on offense.
Homewood-Flossmoor at No. 20 Stevenson
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Records: Homewood Flossmoor 1-0, Stevenson 0-1
On the offensive
Senior QB Isaac Cutrara and junior TE James Sheehan wasted no time asserting themselves in their debuts as starters, hooking up six times for 150 yards and two TDs in the first half of H-F's 27-13 victory over Simeon. Quarterback Willie Bourbon and Stevenson's offense will look to redeem themselves after a surprisingly poor showing last week.
It will be interesting to see whether Matt Morrissey, Stevenson's Michigan State-bound safety, matches up with Sheehan. Homewood-Flossmoor's front seven controlled Simeon at the point of attack.
The number: 7