Simeon vs Downers Grove South
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 7:00pm @ Gately
Simeon (along with Phillips) is the pride of the Public League. Simeon is proven that they can play with anyone. They beat Wheaton North and lost by two points to St. Rita earlier this season. Simeon also has some state playoff success. Last year they beat Lyons Township in the first round before falling 27-20 to Nequa Valley in the 2nd round. This year's Simeon team does not have the big name senior DI stars like they have had in the past. Neverthless, I see them playing very competitive against a 6-3 Downers Grove South team. Downers Grove South strength is their offensive line that features 6-5, 310lb Michigan comitt Erik Swenson. DGS has a balanced pass/run offense. I see this as a close game with Simeon coming out on top late.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00pm @ Lane Stadium
I am saying it bluntly, this will not be a pretty game for Taft. I expect Curie to fully dominate this game. Taft will have nobody to stop Curie's athletes. It starts with running back Chris Baldwin(jr). Baldwin has been tearing it up all year. Against mostly Illini conference opponents, Baldwin- a junior- had to average over 150 yards/game rushing. In addition to Baldwin, Curie has a boatload of talent like dangerous kick returner/RB Macio King, serviceable QB Michael Goldsmith, and a big line featuring Ronald Smith ((who I estimate to be 6-3, 290lbs). If Chicago Big Shoulders champion Taft stays within 30 points of Curie I will be very surprised.