This week the IL high school Comcast game of the week is Joliet Catholic vs Nazareth Academy. Two years ago Nazareth beat JCA and last year JCA pulled out a victory in overtime by stopping a two point conversion. This year both offenses run the ball well but I think Naz has the advantage in the passing game with senior QB Jake Bartels leading the offense. Although JCA’s offense led by QB Nick Morrison racked up over 500 yards in each of their first two games they will have a much tougher time against the Naz defense.
Last week Naz’s defense was challenged by Marist’s no huddle offense in a game that went down to the wire. Nazareth’s defense, led by seniors Robbie Brindley and Jack Dolan has a better match up this week against JCA. Brindley leads the team in tackles and Dolan has had a team high of interceptions, one in every game so far this year. The roadrunners will be up against a strong JCA offensive line which includes senior J.B. Butler who plays on both sides of the ball. They’re big and fast.
Any way you look at this it’s going to be a great game. I think the difference will come down to Naz’s depth at running back and strong D against the run.