Week 12 | Helfgot's 5 games to watch

Batavia is averaging a school-record 45.6 points behind Micah Coffey (1,836 yards passing, 23 TDs) and Anthony Scaccia (1,405 yards rushing, 27 TDs). Hub Cirame has been Lake Forest's workhorse, but QB Regis Durbin did more of the damage in the Scouts' 27-7 second-round victory over De La Salle.

Getting defensive

Both like to get after the quarterback. Colgate-bound LB Trent Williams of Lake Forest is among the area's top pass rushers. Noah Frazier (9.5 sacks) and Josh Leonard (9) are battling it out for Batavia's single-season record.

The number: 2

Difference in enrollment between Batavia, the largest Class 6A playoff team with 1,964 students, and Plainfield East (1,966) the smallest in 7A.

The talk

Statistically, Batavia has been as impressive as any Class 6A team in the state. If 8A Stevenson and 7A Lake Zurich are as good as they looked last week, Lake Forest could be a sleeper. Lake Forest hung tough in losses to both.

Helfgot's pick: Lake Forest 27-26. Out from under the radar.

Neuqua Valley at Naperville Central

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.

Records: Neuqua Valley 10-1, Naperville Central 8-3.

On the offensive

In addition to 1,200-yard receiver Mikey Dudek, Neuqua Valley could finish the season with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in T.J. Scruggs (943) and Nolan Dean (909). Jake Kolbe (1,815 yards passing) threw five TD passes in Naperville Central's 58-35 victory over Neuqua in Week 2.

Getting defensive

Jack Wooldridge had another big game last week to help Central upset Homewood-Flossmoor 24-21. Wooldridge and Bobby McMillen form a terrific linebacking tandem. Neuqua allowed a lot of points early in the season but has been solid the past several weeks.

The number: 2,184

The Illinois-bound Dudek's all-purpose yards this season – 1,264 receiving, 253 rushing and 667 on returns.

The talk

Neuqua Valley coach Bill Ellinghaus implored his players not to get caught up in the local rivalry this week. "We have to separate ourselves from who we're playing. The hoopla of us playing Central is for everyone else. We've got to focus on winning a game."

The pick: Naperville Central 34-31. Win over H-F too impressive to ignore.