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Carmel’s Anthony Pretto stretches for an interception in a football game against St. Viator in Arlington Heights on Friday, September 16, 2022.
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Scouting Week 5 Lake County football games
Updated Sep 23, 2022 6:57 AM
Wauconda (4-0, 2-0) at Grayslake Central (3-1, 1-1)When: Friday, 7 p.m.Previous Matchup: Wauconda 49, Grayslake Central 14 (2021 at Wauconda)About Wauconda: The Bulldogs remain unbeaten after last week’s 17-9 win at home against Grant. Wauconda becomes playoff-eligible with a win and also would hold onto at least a share of first place in the NLCC (tied with Grayslake North right now). “Wauconda is a tough and physical ballclub,” Central coach Mike Maloney said. “They pride themselves on a swarming-style defense and establishing a potent run game offensively. On tape they appear well-coached, disciplined and passionate. We will have to match their energy and play with relentless effort. We are a tough group to defend and our defense continues to stop our opponents’ run game. We’ll play to our strengths because I know Coach (Chris) Prostka and his club will do as well. We’re looking forward to a good, old-fashioned backyard brawl in this one.”About Grayslake Central: Maloney said he’s been impressed with his team’s misdirection plays, which “have been successful for chunk yardage productivity,” he said. “I’d like to see our offensive line execute at a higher level and play with more violent hands in our base run schemes. Overall, our guys up front are more cohesive now than we have ever been, despite having to shuffle a couple players around. We still need to limit pre-snap penalties in critical moments.” Maloney said Central’s young defense is doing quite well through four games. “We’ve had a youth movement on defense,” he said. “It’s fun to see our young guys flying around and locking horns with our opponents. With youth comes some nerves and overexuberance on the field. We have steadily calmed down and have been effectively executing the game plan. I am really looking forward to seeing the continued growth from those players.” Maloney added Matty Jens’ productivity against opposition running attacks “sets the pace for his teammates,” he said. Kaiden Miller had over 100 returns yards last week against Grayslake North, and also ran for 127 yards and had 50 receiving yards to go with 2 touchdowns. Jens had 4 tackles, an assist, 2 tackles for loss and a sack. Sean Mullen led all tacklers last week with seven.Lake Zurich (3-1, 2-0) at Warren (4-0, 2-0)When: Friday, 7 p.m.Previous Matchup: Warren 42, Lake Zurich 0 (2021 at Lake Zurich)About the Bears: “Warren is a fast and physical team,” Lake Zurich coach Ron Planz said. “In order to be successful, we need to stay ahead of the sticks on offense. We cannot end up in long yardage situations. On defense, we have to eliminate the big play and make them earn their points.” Planz loves where his team is headed, to the point it is playing for no worse than a share of the conference lead this week (Mundelein is also 2-0). “We just keep getting better every week,” he said. “We are not where we want to be yet, but our guys are working to get better.” And Planz pointed to improved physicality as a key observation on defense through four weeks. “I like how we have been able to keep our physicality as the season has gone on,” he said. “That is important for our defense to play with a physical presence.” Planz thought David Penaherrera played well on the defensive line last week, while Nate Breeman, Tyler Erkman and Tyler Burkley all had interceptions.