MIKE NIETO: H-F, Bolingbrook should be worth the ticket price

2013-10-10T19:00:00Z 2014-05-19T22:53:10Z MIKE NIETO: H-F, Bolingbrook should be worth the ticket priceMike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
October 10, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

It is No. 2 vs. No. 3 in Class 8A.

A battle of unbeatens.

It will standing-room only tonight in Flossmoor when No. 2 Bolingbrook faces Homewood-Flossmoor.

You can almost cue the NFL Films soundtrack and go back to another era and hear the deep voice of the late John Facenda, the longtime voice of NFL Films: "The Raiders an Vikings .... "

Both are 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the SouthWest Suburban Blue, and the winner will be the frontrunner to win the conference.

Vikings coach Craig Buzea said this will be his team's biggest test to date.

"They bring the athleticism of Simeon, the toughness of Lincoln-Way East and the skill of Stevenson," he said. "Couple that with one of the best coaching staffs in the state and we know we have an uphill hill to climb. We must be assignment-sound against their option offense."

Quarterback Quincy Woods, son of former Rich East and USC quarterback Quincy Woods, and teammates have been a menace to defenses. So has H-F's twins of Deantea and Devonte Harley-Hampton. Bolingbrook's defense has given up 14 points while H-F has scored 224 through six games.

Both teams have clinched playoff berths, but they both want to keep the momentum going into the postseason. Buzea's team is a mixture of youth and veterans that has come together really well. The Vikings went to Stevenson and beat the preseason top-ranked team in Class 8A. They won a battle royale over previously unbeaten Lincoln-Way East then came back and blasted Sandburg 48-10. That might have been a good test because some teams would have had a letdown, but Buzz and his staff, which is one of the better ones in the state, too, made sure that didn't happen.

Most of his staff has been with him or played for him at Portage or coached with him when he was at Michigan City. He has former head coaches in Alexander Pratt (West Side) and Jeromy Flowers (Portage). Buzea also had Bob Mattix, whom he succeeded at Portage, until this year when "Bubba" decided to join Wally McCormack's staff at Portage.

Buzz took a sleeping giant that was struggling and woke it up. The program is at that level where the players know nothing but winning and expect to perform at the highest level.

This one should go down as an instant classic. They'll be parked up and down Governors Highway and Kedzie Avenue, and will be four deep around the football stadium. This is what high school football is about. You definitely will get your money's worth – and then some.



This column is solely the writer's opinion. Reach him at mike.nieto@nwi.com.

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