Week 7 | Helfgot's 5 games to watch

No. 7 Bolingbrook at No. 8 Homewood-Flossmoor

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Records: Bolingbrook 6-0, 4-0 Southwest Suburban; Homewood-Flossmoor 6-0, 4-0.

On the offensive

Homewood-Flossmoor has one of the most diverse attacks in the area. The Vikings have had success out of the single wing with sophomore twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton and in the passing game with Isaac Cutrara. Bolingbrook is averaging 34 points per game largely because its defense is constantly putting the Raiders in position to score. Jaden Huff is the biggest threat in a large stable of Bolingbrook running backs.

On the defensive

Division I recruits Parrker Westphal, Micah Dew-Treadway, Tuf Borland and the rest of the speed-infused Bolingbrook defense has allowed 22 points all season. H-F has allowed 13 points per game against a tough early schedule that included Stevenson, Simeon and Lincoln-Way East.

The number: 0.

Conference championships won by Homewood-Flossmoor since the birth of the Southwest Suburban in 2005. Either Lincoln-Way East or Bolingbrook has won the conference every season.

The talk

Both teams look like strong contenders for the Class 8A championship. Homewood-Flossmoor would be in great position to win the Southwest Suburban Blue with a victory, while Bolingbrook would have to beat three-time defending champion Lincoln-Way East next week to avoid a three-way tie.

Helfgot's pick: Bolingbrook 14-13. Raiders deny H-F's attempted two-point conversion to win.

No. 16 Waubonsie Valley vs. Neuqua Valley

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: North Central College.

Records: Waubonsie 5-1, 3-0 Upstate Eight Valley; Neuqua Valley 5-1, 3-0.

On the offensive

Neuqua Valley scored 58 points last week — in the first half. Waubonsie scored 42 — also in the first half. Scheming against Neuqua is quite the frustrating endeavor, because Illinois-bound WR Mikey Dudek (11 TDs) can't be single-covered, but running backs T.J. Scruggs and Nolan Dean destroy six- and seven-man boxes. Waubonsie has achieved similar balance with QB Jack Eddy (11 TD passes, 0 INTs), RBs Jon Fizer (584 yards, 10 TDs) and Tony Durns (425 yards, 6 TDs) and WR Christian Gibbs (481 yards, 7 TDs).

On the defensive

Neither has been dominant on this side of the ball, though Waubonsie has allowed 93 points to Neuqua's 181. The team that plays better defensively is likely to be the winner.