1. Joliet Catholic’s offense is back. The Hilltoppers’ 37-14 victory at Carmel says so. In their 22-21 loss to St. Patrick in Week 6, they no doubt missed quarterback Nick Morrison, guard JB Butler and center Nick Chavez, all of whom exited with ankle injuries in the second half of the Week 5 Marist game. However, sophomore QB Cade Earl righted the ship at Carmel with the help of two big weapons, receivers Jordan Jordan and Zech Rezin.
2. Morris is not going to the playoffs. Say what? How about Providence and Lemont not having clinched berths as Week 8 arrives? Seldom in recent memory does any one of those three not qualify. In addition, Joliet West will not be going for the first time. The Tigers hoped to finish 5-4, in which case they would qualify, but last Friday’s 61-35 loss to Stagg squashed the dream.
3. Bolingbrook responds to a major challenges. In case you were thinking the competition the Raiders had been facing in midseason was hurting them, forget it. That all changed last Friday night in the battle of unbeatens when they came from behind to win at Homewood-Flossmoor 31-24 in overtime. The Raiders’ defense allowed more points than it had all season but came up huge at crunch time.