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The 2007 "Big Game" "The Big Game" is a quick rundown of the best match-ups from around the state week by week. With over 225 games being played a week, we cut through them all and bring you the best.



Chicago Catholic (Blue)
New Lenox (Providence) 1-1 @ #2 Chicago (Mt. Carmel)
Chicago (Brother Rice)
2-0 @ #20 Wilmette (Loyola Academy)2-0
Just go ahead an assume that each week from now through week #8 that there will be a Chicago Catholic League Blue game in the Big Game of the Week section. Now that the conference has split in 3 divisions, the Blue Division is basically loaded with best of the Catholic League teams. Between the 5 schools in the Blue, each have at least 1 State Title and no less than 2 final game appearances. With 31 total state final appearances combined.

7 pm
Chicago (Hubbard) @ Rock Island (H.S.)
Hubbard has got a ton of running backs waiting to jump into the starters spot. In Week #1, head coach Elton Harris used no less than 8 different running backs.
After a rough 5-5 season last year the Rocks are looking to get back in the mix with the top 6A teams by going 3-0 into conference play.

7:30 pm
#16 Downers Grove (South)2-0 @ Downers Grove (North) 1-1
One of the best rivalry games in the Chicago area.

7 pm
#15 Oak Forest 2-0 @ #25 Oak Lawn (Richards) 2-0
QB and safety Tommie Thomas leads the Bulldogs as they enter the Big 30 ranked at 25 after upsetting Morgan Park last weekend with a late game field goal. This will be the second ranked team head coach Gary & his Bulldogs will face in as many weeks and with #8 Lemont looming in week 4, the Bulldogs have one of the toughest opening season schedules in the state. On the Oak Forest side of the ball, defensive tackle Mike Johns will be looking to disrupt and get an arm or two around the speedy Thomas as the Bengals get what will be one of their biggest tests of the regular season. Last year's match up was a 24-21 overtime win by Richards.

7:45 pm
Pontiac @ Mahomet (M.-Seymour)
Mahomet-Seymour is looking like the front runner in the Corn Belt, but it still faces two big obstacles in Pontiac & Bloomington (Central Catholic), who are both 2-0. The Bulldogs have been blowing opponents away so far, out scoring them 51-0 on average. With Pontiac knocking off Prairie Central last week and Morris in the opener, the Indians can definitely say they are not a weak 2-0 team. This game could be looked at as the conference title game later on this season.

7:30 pm
#24 New Lenox (Lincoln Way Central) 2-0 @ #22 Bolingbrook 1-1
Eric Smith leads the Raiders of Bolingbrook as they start conference play with the top ranked Knights. Central will be facing their second ranked team so far this seaspn as they beat East St. Louis in overtime in week #1. Bolingbrook's only loss was to top ranked Downers Grove South, 10-7 in week #1. Bolingbrook & Lincoln Way Central are two of three teams from the Southwest Suburban (Blue) Conference that are ranked.

7 pm
Herrin 2-0 @ DuQuoin 2-0
Herrin has a state best 115 points scored. David Brock, Andrew Beckham & Scottie Anders for DuQuoin will be looking to stop the Herrin offense in this cross conference matchup.

7:30 pm Maple Park (Kaneland) 1-1 @ Rochelle 2-0
7pm Freeport (Aquin) 2-0 @ Galena
7:30 pm #21 St. Charles (East) 1-1 @ Aurora (Waubonsie Valley)1-1
7:15 pm Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 2-0 @ Plano 2-0

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