Game of the Week

Summary: Joliet Catholic (0-0) at St. Rita (0-0), Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m.

The gauntlet begins for the St. Rita Mustangs with one of the toughest schedules in the state.

In the first four weeks of the season, Coach Todd Kuska’s team will square off with two defending state champs, a state runner-up and a state semifinalist. First up is the defending Class 5A state champions, the Hilltoppers of Joliet Catholic (JCA). Senior running back Kenyetta Williams missed much of the 2018 season and leads the ground-pounding JCA attack. St. Rita senior linemen Michael Milton and Justin Darwin will look to slow down the Hilltoppers run game. JCA averaged 361 rushing yards a game last year.

After a down 2018 campaign, St. Rita looks to get the 2019 season off on the right note. The Mustangs feature a ton of skill players on offense, especially sophomore Kaleb Brown. A late season call-up as a freshman, Brown and senior Tahrhon Haynes anchor the backfield.

Kyle James, Henry Wilson and Nick Adent are all weapons for quarterbacks Brian Johnson and Justin Valdez. Senior Trevor Tovey returns from an injury-plagued junior year to lead the offensive line.

Week 1 Games

Aug. 30

Oak Lawn at Marian Catholic, 7

Evergreen Park at Wilmington, 7

Sandburg at Morgan Park, 7:15 (Gately)

Hillcrest at Br. Rice, 7:30

Niles West at De La Salle, 7:30

Calumet New Tech at Mt. Carmel, 7:30

Lindblom at St. Ignatius, 7:30

Hyde Park at St. Laurence, 7:30

Aug. 31

Dunbar at Marist, 2

Phoenix vs. CHSAS, 3 (Gately)

Christ the King at Leo, 3 (St. Rita)

Tim O’Brien’s Picks

St. Rita 28, Joliet Catholic 21

Marian Catholic

Wilmington

Morgan Park

Br. Rice

Mt. Carmel

De La Salle

St. Ignatius

St. Laurence

Marist

CHSAS

Leo

Kyle Garmes’ Picks

St. Rita 21, Joliet Catholic 20

Oak Lawn

Wilmington

Sandburg

Br. Rice

Mt. Carmel

De La Salle

St. Ignatius

St. Laurence

Marist

CHSAS

Leo