Northern Illinois High School Football: Week 3 McHenry County Game of the Week Breakdown

By Andy Schmidt

Each season, fans in McHenry County and of the Fox Valley Conference look most forward to one matchup and this is the week for it as this week’s McHenry County Game of the Week features the Cary-Grove Trojans visiting the Crystal Lake South Gators. South won last year’s meeting 10-7 on a last-second 51-yard field goal in Cary.

Cary has been impressive in their first two games this season with wins over St. Charles East and Lake Zurich. Quinn Baker ran 31 times for just over 120 yards in running the triple option offense for the Trojans. Baker had a rushing and passing touchdown in the 21-6 win. The C-G offense is always a tough one to stop with the multiple options that could come out of each play. Ryan Mahoney added 83 yards on the ground and caught the touchdown pass from Baker. Don’t discount Cary’s 3-3-5 defense that has slowed down many talented teams in recent years even after Brad Seaburg took over for the retired Bruce Kay.

The Gators rebounded from a Week 1 loss to defeat Crystal Lake Central 16-6 in Week 2. Eric Landis ran for 75 yards to lead the South rushing attack but the biggest piece of the puzzle last week for South was holding Central’s spread offense to just six rushing yards and only 148 through the air after getting lit up by Marian Central during the opening weekend. The Gators switched to the same 3-3-5 defense that Cary runs a few years back to try to combat what the Trojans do on offense and it has been successful in getting big wins including last season’s victory in front of over 4,000 fans.

This is a game where you better arrive early to park and to get a good seat with big crowds expected and two teams who run the ball a lot. There is rain expected as well so a muddy track could come into play but I think C-G is just too talented for a rebuilding South team. I’ll take Cary for a 27-6 victory.

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