MIKE NIETO: Who is and is not making the grade

2013-10-03T19:00:00Z 2013-10-04T02:19:11Z MIKE NIETO: Who is and is not making the gradeMike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
October 03, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

It is hard to believe we are past the midway point of the prep football season and this means report card time. Note: This does not include extra credit or giving the teacher an apple.


The Vikings (5-0) have looked impressive in their first five games, including a big win over Lincoln-Way East. The schedule doesn't lighten up and they will be challenged every week. The younger players and veterans have played together. GRADE: A+.


The Caravan (5-0) survived a scare against Brother Rice and came back to beat St. Rita. This team is also playing together and is focused on getting the job done. The team concept is working and has been the backbone of the Caravan program. GRADE: A+.


The Warriors took a hard one in a loss to Benet Academy, but got back on the ship with a rout of Rich East. The offense is coming around and the Warriors are very hungry. Coach John Konecki and his staff have Crete focused and are not satisfied to rest on last year's accomplishments. GRADE: A.


The offense has sputtered in the Wildcats' two losses, but the defense has played well. Thornton (3-2) just needs to correct a few things. GRADE: B+.


The Patriots (4-1) have looked good so far and quarterback Aaron Cruz is having a great year. They have one blemish and have to correct a few things. Washington could be a playoff team if it can continue to play together. GRADE: B+


The Blazing Trojans (3-2) have to learn how to finish. Overall, they have played pretty good ball and this team is focused on making a return trip to the playoffs. Bloom has some things to work on, but it is moving in the right direction. GRADE: B.


The Spartans (2-3) won their first two games, but have struggled against three very good football programs. There are growing pains and they have felt the hurt. On the other had, Marian is a team which may pull an upset or two if it can avoid turnovers and not making plays. GRADE: C+.


Not being able to finish off an opponent and not doing the little things have hurt the Meteors (2-3) and cost them a few wins. Their backs are to the wall now and they have to overcome their injuries and struggles if they are to have a winning season. GRADE: C.


The Rebels have to also learn to finish things off. They should be better than their 2-3 mark, but have hurt themselves. With their remaining games at home, but against a tough schedule, the Rebels have an opportunity to finish strong and make the postseason. GRADE: C.


First-year coach Billy Bundy has been close to upsetting a few teams, only to come up short. The Thunderbirds (1-4) have been in all four of their losses, but make a mistake or miss a tackle and the game turns against them. GRADE: C-.


The Falcons are winless in five games this year and have a 24-game losing streak going back to 2010. They may surprise someone and have some talent, but haven't been able to put it together. GRADE: D.



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

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