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Last week I went 1-1 with my picks - a slight improvement from 0-2 in Week 1. They say the third time is the charm; let's see if I can go 2-0 tonight.
Here are my picks for Week 3 football:
OPRF at Hinsdale Central
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Records: OPRF 1-1, Hinsdale Central 1-1
Last Week: OPRF defeated Downers Grove South 42-14; Hinsdale Central lost to Willowbrook 21-17.
Outlook: OPRF bounced back from a controversial loss to Waubonsie Valley in Week 1 with a nice win at Downers South. As anticipated, the Huskies' offense under the guidance of sophomore quarterback Jaden McGill made significant improvement and hopes to continue the momentum. Meanwhile, the defense turned in another solid effort; the experience gained last year seems to paying dividends so far this year.
Hinsdale Central opened the season with two road games. After notching an impressive come-from-behind victory at Naperville Central, the Red Devils stumbled a bit at Willowbrook. With this being the first home game of the season, I'd expect Hinsdale will be roaring to go.
No question, the Red Devils will be tough to beat at home. But I like OPRF's chances tonight. The Huskies are the more athletic team, and if they play smart football, they can beat Hinsdale. In fact, with virtually the same team last year, OPRF conceivably could've beaten the Red Devils. But five turnovers proved lethal in a 21-13 loss. Take care of the ball and stay disciplined on defense, and the Huskies will win. I'm calling this an upset.
Tate's Take: OPRF 24, Hinsdale Central 21
Fenwick at Brother Rice
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Records: Fenwick 0-2, Brother Rice 2-0
Last Week: Fenwick lost to St. Ignatius 34-0; Brother Rice defeated Crete-Monee 42-16
Outlook: Fenwick continued to struggle offensively in getting shut out. The Friars haven't scored in seven consecutive quarters. Remember when I said the third time's usually the charm? I figure the offense will eventually produce - QB Danny Cronin and RB Mitch Lopez are too talented to hold down. I feel the Friars will get a pair of touchdowns tonight; heck, I'll add a Brian Dowd field goal. Fenwick's offense will improve, but the Friars are in a tough spot - on the road against a strong Brother Rice team. The Crusaders have looked impressive in defeating two top-notch teams in Marist and Crete-Monee. Fenwick has a better performance, but not enough to defeat Brother Rice.
Tate's Take: Brother Rice 38, Fenwick 17