Cook County Scouting Week 5 Football Games

Hersey (4-0, 0-0) at Prospect (4-0, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Hersey beat Highland Park 56-17, Prospect beat Maine South 42-41

Last year: Prospect 24, Hersey 23

Outlook: This should be another thriller with both teams knowing how to get to the end zone. Hersey is averaging 43.5 points per game, while Prospect has scored 41.8. It will be a battle of monsters in the quarterback. Hersey has her bicephaly in Carter Hansen and Colton Gumino. The duo have been wreaking havoc on defenses all season. They both play a little differently but they can run and throw the ball well. Prospect will counter with his hulking quarterback in Brad Vierniesel, who has been ripping defenses apart all season. Vierniesel has thrown for 1,499 yards and 17 touchdowns while he rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Prospect also hopes to have Frank Covey back after he injured his ankle last week. Vierniesel won Chicago Bears High School All-Star of the Week for his performance against Maine South.

Maine West (1-3, 0-0) at Maine East (1-3, 0-0)

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Last week: Maine West lost to Wheeling 20-10, Maine East lost to Hoffman Estates 72-7

Last year: Maine West 48, Maine East 6

Perspective: The district’s annual battle is also the opening of the CSL North conference. Both teams are looking to turn their fortunes around after each lost their last two games. Maine West will look to get their offense back on track behind Isaac Pittman and hope to have Thomas Delaney back after an injury last week. They hope to have success against a Maine East team that has given up 121 points in its last two games. Maine East was riding high with their victory three weeks ago. The Blue Demons will seek to recover that magic behind the Awad brothers, Adam and Yusef.

Wheel (3-1, 0-0) at Rolling Meadows (3-1, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Wheeling beat Maine West 20-10, Rolling Meadows beat Glenbrook North 17-14


Last Year: Rolling Meadows 41, Wheeling 6

Outlook: Wheeling has three wins for the first time since 2018. The Wildcats continue to fight for every inch as they look to move up behind Simon Micula and quarterback AL Marhcetti. Wheeling’s defense has allowed 18 points per game after giving up more than 42 points per game last season. Rolling Meadows has won its last three with quarterback Evan Grace leading the way. His favorite target, Ben Petermann, who has 32 catches for 601 yards and seven touchdowns, has also been nearly unstoppable for the Mustangs.

Niles Notre Dame (3-1) vs. St. Viator (3-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. at Forest View

Last week: Notre Dame beat Nazareth 22-17, St. Viator lost to Carmel 28-14

Last year: Notre Dame 13, St. Viator 7

Outlook: Notre Dame’s only loss came to Mt. Carmel in Week 3 when the Dons fell 35-0. In addition to Nazareth, Notre Dame has solid wins over Willowbrook and St. Pat’s. St. Viator was doing well until last week, when Carmel tripped up the Lions. St. Viator struggled to sustain the offense last week and will need to improve on that this week. Michael Nix has nine touchdowns this season for the Lions. St. Viator hasn’t beaten Notre Dame since 2015.

Glenbrook North (2-2) at Maine South (2-2, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Glenbrook North lost to Rolling Meadows 17-14, Maine South lost to Prospect 42-41

Last year: Maine South 41, Glenbrook North 0

Outlook: Glenbrook North is coming off consecutive losses. They’ll meet a Maine South team that should be ready after losing a hard-fought game to Prospect last week. Maine South returns to conference play where the Hawks have been dominant, going 104-1 over the last 21 years at CSL South. Evan Agosto, Ryan Pothast and Maurice Densmore are a deadly trio of receivers for the Hawks, who hope to get Ryan Leyden back at quarterback.

Schaumburg (2-2, 0-0) at Barrington (1-3, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Schaumburg beat Niles North 49-7, Barrington beat Evanston 28-14

Last year: Barrington 28, Schaumburg 12

Outlook: Schaumburg has started to find his way in the last two weeks. The Saxons had a pair of wins and outscored their opponents 66-14 in that span. Anthony DiGioia has led the Saxons’ attack with a trio of touchdowns while the defense has added another two. Barrington got off the canvas last week with an impressive victory over Evanston. Dillon Fitzpatrick has become a solid weapon for the Broncos in all phases of the game with his ability to score on the ground, in the air or on special teams. Schaumburg hasn’t beaten Barrington since 2013

Conant (4-0, 0-0) at Hoffman Estates (2-2, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Conant beat Vernon Hills 49-14, Hoffman beat Maine East 72-7

Last year: Hoffman Estates 47, Conant 35

Outlook: The Major Hoffman Cup is up for grabs between a couple of teams that are playing pretty well. Conant has been dominating in his first four games. The Cougars have outscored their opponents 158-37. They are looking to match their best start since 2015 when they won their first five games. Conant’s offensive line of Ricardo Rodriguez, Harley Stary, Jonathan Gorski, Nicholas Mahnke and Jash Patel has been doing a great job. Hoffman Estates has won its last two after a slow start left the Hawks grounded. But since quarterback Aiden Cyr’s return from injury, Hoffman has scored 116 points in his last two games.

Buffalo Grove (2-2, 0-0) at Elk Grove (4-0, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Buffalo Grove beat Deerfield 23-13, Elk Grove beat Niles West 23-3

Last year: Buffalo Grove 49, Elk Grove 6

Outlook: It will be the Battle of the Groves. Buffalo Grove is coming off a two-game winning streak. The Bison got off to a slow start this season, but has started to move forward thanks to the career of Michael Cervantes and the passing of Peyton Diaz. Bison’s defense, which allowed 76 points in its first two games, has allowed just 27 in the past two weeks. Elk Grove is on fire. The Grenadiers are off to their best start in 21 seasons thanks to Mitch Janczak’s play and Jacob Elsner’s coaching. The Greens’ defense, which allowed 32 points per game last season, has allowed just six points per game this year. Elk Grove hasn’t beaten Buffalo Grove since 2015.

Fremd (0-4, 0-0) at the Palatine (1-3, 0-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Palatine 31, Fremd 16

Last year: Fremd lost to New Trier 35-7, Palatine lost to Glenbrook South 43-42

Outlook: Everything goes out the window at the annual “Battle of the Rails.” Fremd hopes that window stays open so the Vikings can turn their season around. Fremd has been outscored 143-42. Caden Suchy has thrown for 788 yards and five touchdowns. Palatine will be looking to bounce back after a couple of devastating losses last week. Not only did the Pirates lose to Glenbrook South, but starting quarterback Grant Dersnah was seriously injured and is out for the season. Tommy Elter will look to wide receivers Nate Branch and Thomas Coroneos and the careers of Dominick Ball and TJ Luckett to help him establish himself at quarterback. Fremd leads the all-time series 32-23 but Palatine has won the last two meetings.

Leyden (0-4, 0-2) at Willowbrook (1-3, 1-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Leyen lost to Morton 30-29 in overtime, Willowbrook lost to Downers Grove South 28-13

Last year: Willowbrook 36, Leyden 7

Outlook: Leyden finally got his running game going with Diego Mendoza racking up 176 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Eagles lost their fourth straight game. They have a chance to turn things around against a Willowbrook team that has been disappointing this season. Willowbrook was touted in the preseason as one of the best teams. But the Warriors haven’t lived up to those expectations thus far and have been outscored 92-55.

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