The first two weeks of the season generally provide excellent non-conference matchups and this season has certainly delivered. There were four games with ranked teams playing each other in Week 1 and we get another four in Week 2
I’ll be in Gurnee where Warren, the new No. 1 team, hosts No. 11 Maine South. But No. 4 Lincoln-Way East vs. No. 9 Naperville Central was pretty hard to pass up.
Mount Carmel’s defense was probably the standout of the weekend for me. They were more impressive, as a group, than any other unit or player I watched. The Caravan had a new defensive coordinator and a new group of starters and really limited a very experienced St. Rita team.
That’s an accomplishment, even if Kaleb Brown missed almost the entire game. Phillips transfer Kyle Clayton gained more than 100 yards on the ground for the Mustangs, but Mount Carmel’s defense only surrendered one touchdown.
It will be interesting to see how St. Rita responds the next two weeks.
Michael O'Brien, High School Sports Editor