Mundelein High School Football
Lakes, which finished the regular season with an 8 1 record, earned the No. 4 seed in Class 6A and got matched up with No. 13 Prairie Ridge, which is 5 4 but also just two years removed from a state championship. "They're always one of the top teams in the Fox Valley Conference," coach Luke Mertens said of Prairie Ridge. "We're not too concerned about their number or ours. No matter who you play at this time of the year, you know it's going to be a very good team."
Grayslake North's football program knows what it's like to be chasing an elusive first victory. Now the Knights are doing it again. Grayslake North played its first varsity football game in 2006 and lost its first 15 games before beating Grayslake Central 31 6 in Week 7 of the 2007 season. The Knights enjoyed their first winning season in 2010, going 5 4, and then finally broke through last season, going 8 1 during the regular season to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time, while also winning their first Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship. They then lost to Notre Dame 46 27 in the first round in Class 6A. The Knights went 7 2 in the regular season this year, finishing second to Crystal Lake Central in the FVC Fox, before losing to Rolling Meadows 49 20 in a Class 6A state playoff opener last Friday night.
Updated Oct 23, 2013 9:09 PM
This is the time of year when every high school football head coach wishes he could hire a numbers/statistics/probability guru. After all, you almost have to be a mathematician to predict the most likely scenarios in the IHSA state football playoffs, which kick off next weekend. "It can be kind of fun sometimes to sit around with the other coaches and talk about the "what ifs," Grayslake North coach Steve Wood said. "A couple of our (underlevel) coaches, John Sawyer and Scott Kapchinski, are really into it and they're researching all the possibilities. It's interesting to look at all that stuff. "But it can also be a bit much because there are so many scenarios out there. You really never know what might happen."
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There were some pretty big things to accomplish when host Warren took the football field Friday night against Mundelein with a full moon hovering above. And the Rob Gronkowski Youth Jersey Blue Devils left nothing to chance as they put an amazing 41 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter of this North Suburban Conference contest. When all was said and done, Warren (6 2, 3 2) qualfied for the IHSA state playoffs for the second straight season with an impressive 54 0 NSC Lake Division victory over the Mustangs.
Updated Oct 12, 2013 12:09 AM
The breakaway speed of Mundelein running back Emanuel Jones provided a wake up call for Stevenson's football team Friday night. The Patriots figure to have no problem getting up for any more games the rest of the season. After capturing a 35 14 win over host Mundelein, which had some potential early momentum wiped out when Jones' 85 yard touchdown run was negated due to a penalty, Stevenson turns its focus to a pair of North Suburban Lake Division showdowns. Rob Gronkowski Jersey Authentic The Patriots (5 2, 4 0), who all but officially clinched their 25th straight playoff berth with their win over Mundelein (1 6, 0 5), visit 6 1 Lake Forest next Friday before hosting undefeated Lake Zurich in Week 9.
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Stopping Warren's offense has been a tall order this season. Literally. The Blue Devils, who are coming off a 660 yard outburst against Libertyville last week, are averaging 36.2 points per game behind a balanced attack that is long on talent and inches in the passing game. A big part of what makes quarterback Andrew Nickell so effective is that he has a stable of big, tall receivers to target. He rolled up 338 passing yards last week against Libertyville and spread them between four wide receivers, all of whom are at least 6 feet tall. "We came out and ran the ball very well and knocked them off the line like we thought we'd be able to, but then we couldn't do anything in the second half. We have to do a better job of coaching and a better job of playing."The Mustangs did have answers for the Zee Bees in the first half. After the home team took a 6 0 lead on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Gates to Trenton Curry with 8:23 to play in the first quarter, Mundelein came back on its next possession with a nine play, 85 yard drive capped by a 15 yard TD run by Lindsey. Later, Gates (2 yards) and Wright (35 yards) ran for TDs while the defense was keeping Mundelein off the board."Once we got the two minute offense going and kicked the field goal to end the first half, we really found our groove," said Zion Benton coach Robert Strickland. "That was a turning point and we came out with great confidence for the second half. And, of course, that first play from scrimmage in the second half was huge."Kaider was not happy with his team's second half performance, nor with his opponents' penalties."We're disappointed in the way we played. We dropped a touchdown pass and then we stop our own momentum with an interception," Kaider said. "They had a lot of penalties tonight and a lot of personal fouls, and that's poor football."