Games with playoff or divisional impacts highlight this week’s schedule. Here is the Week 8 schedule with each team’s overall and divisional record in parentheses….
Deerfield (3-4, 2-1) at Niles North (3-4, 1-2): A battle for staying alive in the playoffs with the loser being eliminated. Deerfield defeated Maine East 48-6 last week on the strength of two touchdowns by Brett Freedberg and three scores by Sam Modro. The Vikings tumbled 27-7 to Highland Park. Billy Voitik had over 200 yards passing for North.
Maine West (1-6, 0-3) at Maine East (2-5, 0-3): West had twice the plays and more yards against Glenbrook North but still lost 41-3. Tomasz Ksiazkewicz had a 30-yard field goal for the lone points for the Warriors. The Blue Demons gave up three touchdowns on special teams in a 48-6 loss to Deerfield.
Highland Park (3-4, 3-0) at Glenbrook North (6-1, 3-0): This game is between the leaders of the North division of the CSL. The Giants got a 27-7 win over Niles North last week behind over 125 yards rushing from Andrew Sledd and must win their last two to have a chance for the playoffs. Grant Rushing ran for nearly 200 yards as the Spartans rolled past Maine West 41-3 to stay undefeated in divisional play.
Evanston (4-3, 1-2) at New Trier (4-3, 2-1): The Wildkits had over 145 receiving yards from Deontre Yarbrough but Evanston would fall 31-21 to Maine South after giving up 10 points in the last five minutes. Michael Thomas scored two first half touchdowns to get the Trevians on track for a 29-7 win over Niles West.
Glenbrook South (4-3, 2-1) at Niles West (5-2, 1-2): Cody Carroll had two touchdown catches to lead the Titans to a 45-7 win over Waukegan. Brett Laurie rushed for over 160 yards with two touchdowns along with 65 yards receiving and a touchdown for South. Tommy Galanopoulos scored the lone touchdown for West in a 29-7 loss to New Trier for their second straight loss.
Waukegan (2-5, 0-3) at Maine South (7-0, 3-0): Melvin Bobo IV had the only score for the Bulldogs in a 45-7 loss to Glenbrook South to remain winless in divisional play. Matt Alviti had a touchdown rushing and over 180 passing yards as the Hawks survived 31-21 against Evanston to win their 58th straight divisional game.