Monday Morning Nichol-back

Monday Morning Nichol-back hit a snag last night as a power failure to my laptop wiped out the original entry.

By the way, anybody who wants to donate a new MacBook 15″ computer to me is more than welcome. I badly need it. The Five Cents is about $1798.95 short. Go figure.

Back to football, though.

The first night on the prep football circuit is the best night of the year, hands d0wn. Nothing can match the fever, hype and energy it brings. Playoff football comes close but it fails in comparison the opener. Baseball fans can relate.

Opening Night 2011 definitely held true to its identity.

I was in Algonquin for Jacobs’ first item for bid, Joliet West.

Jacobs started off sluggish but Caz Zyks put the team on his back with 216 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns to lead Golden Eagle to a 21-6 win over the Tigers.

Zyks ripped off a 65-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and defensive back Greg Sidor picked off a Tiger pass at the Jacobs 5-yard-line to seal the victory. I don’t believe Jacobs was ready for Kameron Hargrove to be running out of the quarterback position because scouting reports relied heavily on Zack DiVarco and Ashton McCullough.

Though, give Joliet West credit. They were underrated coming in and may be a surprise this season. They just couldn’t stop Caz Zyks and the Golden Eagle ground game.

Jacobs looks to go 2-0 on Friday in Johnsburg, a team they had success against last season.  Hopefully they’ll fix their fumbling issues. You can read my report of the game here.

Cary-Grove and Prairie Ridge won in convincing fashion. Crystal Lake Central took home a victory over Huntley and Crystal Lake South notched a big non-conference win in Thornridge on Saturday, 41-6, behind Brad Walovitch’s 3 interceptions.

Between him and Zyks performance, that’s a tough call for player of the week in the area.

To me, South was a question mark this season. I did not know if their offense was going to survive the mass exodus over the summer with last year’s class graduating. They sure miss Drew Ormseth but their defense looked stout and that’ll continue.

It definitely helps hype the Central-South crosstown showdown on Friday at Central. These two teams haven’t played one another since the 2006 season. It’s a shame Crystal Lake has waited this long for it to happen and I know those Tiger kids are chomping at the bit to get this one going. But so is South. That’s the Gators natural habit.

South has some big tests the next two weeks. They found out they’d be going against Thornridge’s option the day before the game. That shouldn’t hurt them against CLC or CG. Both run the option.

Biggest plot for CLS/CLC: South’s defense against running back Gage Harrah and the Central option. Get to Central High early for that one. You’re in for a treat.

Speaking of treats, I went 9-1 in picks! Zyks! I mean, yikes!

I didn’t expect such a high number after doubling up on picks this year.

Bartlett, the only team I missed, lost in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of Wheaton North, 26-24. The Hawks lost on the last play of the game, an 18-yard touchdown pass from Wheaton’s Johnny Peltz to Coleton Hrgrich.

Give Hawk lots of credit. They rallied from a 20-10 deficit in the second half to take a 24-20 lead with just 36.4 seconds left thanks to a AJ Bilyeu’s jump ball pass to Lorenzo Mitchell from 9-yards out. It looked well in-hand for Bartlett but Wheaton made one last push. Bartlett looks to bounce back against Elgin at home Friday night.

South Elgin will also look to bounce back this Friday. They opened up with a 28-7 loss at Downers Grove South. Get a load of these stats for running back Josh Williams: 363 yards rushing, 3 TD on 38 carries. Good grief. That’s 36 points alone for the rushing, 18 for the touchdowns to go for a 54-point fantasy night.

Zyks and Williams would be my two running backs for my high school league, if there was one.

The Storm visit Metamora this Friday and Lake Park next Friday before coming home on Sept. 16 for their home opener against Metea Valley, the first game ever at South Elgin. Only two more roadies left, Storm!

Heading a little north, Elgin came away with its first victory of the season at Dundee-Crown. Elgin’s Dennis Moore racked up 181 yards rushing on 18 carries. But his touchdown runs were a different story. He busted runs of 50, 80 and a 99-yard kickoff return.

We definitely want to see “Moore” of that.

Speaking of more, you’ll see more St. Edward picks up here. I apologize to the Green Wave faithful on here, I knew you’d guys seal a win against Genoa, I had to get the Hampshire folk some love by picking their game instead. I hope there’s no hard feelings.

As for this week:

After going 9-1 last week, I’m hoping for a perfect 10-0.

Crystal Lake Central and South locally may be the best game to see.

Cary-Grove and Lake Zurich makes for the best game may be around the state.

Bartlett and Elgin is also something to definitely check out. AJ Bilyeu vs. Dennis Moore.

Tomorrow, I’ll release the games I’ll pick from for Friday. 5 of our area teams are featured alone in the three games I just mentioned above. Jacobs will also be in there as well.

And if you feel like visiting me in Johnsburg for Jacobs’ matchup, feel free to join!

By the way, that laptop stuff in the beginning. I’m actually serious. If Apple would like to sponsor the Five Cents blog, I’d really appreciate it.

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