The Mid-Suburban League’s East Division is jammed with four teams at 2-1 in divisional play and this week’s Northern Cook County Game of the Week features two of those teams as the 5-2 Rolling Meadows Mustangs hit the road to play the 4-3 Hersey Huskies.
Rolling Meadows is coming off a 24-14 loss to Elk Grove in Week 7 to fall into the four-way tie. The Mustangs were slowed down by Elk Grove as Ball State recruit Jack Milas threw for just under 200 yards, which is below his average by nearly 60 yards while being intercepted three times. Milas did throw two touchdown passes, but Rolling Meadows will need to get back to their offensive game if they want to get a divisional title and this game is key because there are just two games left in the season.
Hersey got destroyed last week 35-0 by Prospect and was held to just over 110 yards of total offense. The Huskies had won their last two games before last week and scored 77 points in those two wins. Quinn Orlandi only threw for 65 yards as the offense sputtered. This is a game with major playoff implications for Hersey as the Huskies need to win at least one of their last two to qualify for the playoffs. Hersey faces an improving Wheeling team where a win is not a given next week, so this becomes a very big game.
These are two teams looking to get back on the right track after having issues last week. Rolling Meadows is in solid shape for the playoffs, especially with a quarterback like Milas, but would love to win this week to clinch a playoff spot. Hersey is in more of a do-or-die mode and needs this final home game of the regular season to be successful. I feel that Rolling Meadows has the edge in this one, even on the road. I’ll take Rolling Meadows 28-21.