As Week 2 of the high school football season begins, few matchups match up with this one involving the Lake Zurich Bears and Cary-Grove Trojans and this one is the McHenry County Game of the Week. Last season, the Trojans went to Lake Zurich and came away with a 10-7 victory as C-G would finish the season with an 8-3 record. Lake Zurich would rebound from that loss to make it the state semifinals, finishing with a 10-3 record.
This season, the game is in Cary and Lake Zurich began the year with a 21-0 win over Fremd. Jake Stauner took over the starting quarterback position after not taking a snap the last two seasons and helped a run-oriented offense rack up more than 240 yards on the ground. The ground game was led by Connor Schrader, who rushed for over 110 yards. This is a talented offense and a great running game under coach Dave Proffitt. Both of these teams like to run the ball and whoever can run the ball best will head up winning this game.
The Trojans used their triple option offense to put up a 47-33 win over St. Charles East last week. C-G ran for over 400 yards including more than 180 yards by Kyle Norberg and another 160 from quarterback Quinn Baker. Baker accounted for four touchdowns in the game with three rushing scores and one through the air. The Cary offense is one that is very difficult to stop with Baker along with Norberg, Ryan Mahoney and Patrick O’Malley in the backfield. This will be a game where you better arrive in Cary early to park and expect the game to last no more than two hours with the clock almost on the move with two running teams.
The Bears are going to want some measure of revenge from last season’s home loss but I think Cary is running on all cylinders at this point along with having this game at home in front of their rabid fans. I’ll go with the Trojans for a 20-14 win.