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H-F and Lincoln-Way East to meet in battle of unbeatens

2013-09-24T19:45:00Z 2013-09-25T01:32:11Z H-F and Lincoln-Way East to meet in battle of unbeatensMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
September 24, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

It will be a battle of unbeatens Friday night as Class 7A No. 3 Lincoln-Way East visits Class 8A No. 8 Homewood-Flossmoor.

There wil be a packed house and H-F coach Craig Buzea said his team can expect a battle.

"Lincoln-Way East will be the best team we have played so far," Buzea said. "They are very fundamentally sound, well-coached and have great skill sets at all positions. Many return from their state runner-up team. That experience is a big advantage as most of our guys who handle the ball still ride their bikes to school because they are not old enough drive."

Homewood-Flossmoor has played many sophomores and is 4-0.

"Although our sophs have done a great job for us, this game is about our seniors as East is the only team on our schedule that we haven't been able to beat in our tenure," Buzea said.

"It should be a great game in front of a sold-out crowd. We will have to play mistake-free football to have a chance to win this game."

On the road gain: T.F. South should have bought one of those multiple trip bus passes as the Rebels will play their fourth straight road game when they travel to Bremen Friday night.

South opened the season at home with a loss to Crete-Monee and has traveled to every game since.

"It is a little different," South coach Tom Padjen said. "We usually have a home game in between, but that is how the schedule is and you have to play them."

After Friday, the Rebels are home for their remaining four games.

Padjen said he was happy with the way the defense played in a 41-15 win over Hillcrest and hopes it can step up again as Bremen is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the South Suburban Blue.

South is 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.

"Fred Taylor, Josh Gentry and Jariel Brooks really played well," Padjen said. "I think we held Hillcrest to 10 yards in the first half.

"Bremen ... they have a lot of threats and we have to be prepared on both sides of the ball. We do not have an easy game on our schedule."

Crete has to rebound: Crete-Monee suffered its first regular-season loss Friday to Benet Academy after it had won 24 regular-season games in a row.

Its last regular-season loss was to Marian Catholic in 2010. Warriors coach John Konecki said Benet took it to his team.

"Benet was a very good team and all losses hurt," Konecki said. "We will regroup and use this loss as a learning experience throughout the rest of the season."

The Warriors (3-1) open their Southland Athletic Conference season at Rich East Saturday afternoon. The Rockets are 0-4, but Konecki said his team cannot take them lightly.

"Coach (Barry) Reade does an excellent job with the program," Konecki said. "He will have his team prepared to play us. The Crete-Monee versus Rich East games have always been excellent games and anyone in attendance will see two very good teams Saturday."

Another big rivalry: Mount Carmel and St. Rita have played since 1924 and will go at it again Friday at St. Rita.

Both are 4-0 and a sellout is expected for the game which will be televised on UToo (Ch. 26.2).

"Our kids want to win the Catholic Blue and beating Brother Rice was Step No. 1," Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. "Step No. 2 is beating St. Rita, but we have to be on our game. St. Rita wants a share of the conference, too."

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