A battle for the West Division crown along with teams playing for playoff position highlight the Week 9 schedule….
Hersey (3-5, 2-2) at Wheeling (3-5, 1-3): Ed Miklasz had 11 catches for over 130 yards but the Huskies lost 28-21 to Rolling Meadows. Quinn Orlandi added two touchdown runs for Hersey. Sam Yoshino had 11 catches of his own in a 21-7 loss to Prospect. Amani Dennis passed for over 130 yards for the Wildcats in falling out of playoff contention.
Rolling Meadows (6-2, 3-1) at Buffalo Grove (1-7, 0-4): The Mustangs rushed for over 230 yards in a 28-21 win over Hersey. Steven Royster ran for over 130 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Bison couldn’t slow down the Elk Grove attack in a 42-7 loss. Buffalo Grove was held to just 10 offensive plays in the second half.
Prospect (5-3, 3-1) at Elk Grove (5-3, 3-1): Devin O’Hara rushed for two touchdowns and over 100 yards as the Knights scored a 21-7 win over Wheeling. Steve Isteffanos added 95 rushing yards for Prospect. Adam O’Malley threw two touchdown passes as the Grenadiers pounded Buffalo Grove 42-7 for their third straight win. O’Malley added over 40 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Barrington (3-5, 1-3) at Conant (5-3, 2-2): Adam Broomfield threw a touchdown pass with time running out for the Broncos’ lone score in a 38-6 loss to Palatine and were eliminated from playoff contention. The Cougars lost their second straight in a 48-7 loss to Fremd in gaining just 160 yards on offense for the night.
Hoffman Estates (0-8, 0-4) at Fremd (4-4, 2-2): The Hawks got a touchdown from Harry Wright but it was far from enough in a 57-7 loss to Schaumburg. Hoffman Estates is 1-41 in their last 42 games. Jeff McGlade scored five touchdowns as the Vikings pounded Conant 48-7. Jack Bossong added nearly 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Fremd, who must win to have a chance for the playoffs.
Schaumburg (7-1, 3-1) at Palatine (7-1, 4-0): This game will decide the MSL West championship and a better seed in the postseason. Stacey Smith rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Saxons hammered Hoffman Estates 57-7. Nick Anzelmo threw two touchdown passes in the win. Cam Kuksa had over 100 receiving yards on eight catches on the Pirates beat Barrington 38-6. Ethan Oiles threw two touchdown passes for Palatine.