It's not often a team is dissatisfied with a 48-0 victory, but that's where the Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings find themselves following a Week 5 blowout win. Craig Buzea's squad is shut out in the first quarter for the first time all year and needs a stellar performance from the defense to spark the team in a road rout over Lockport.
Here's how the rest of the Vikings' upcoming opponents fared in Week 5:
Week 1: @ Downers Grove South (W, 56-15)
Quarterback Bryce Gray opens the year with an ultra-efficient evening, completing 8 of 9 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings score five touchdowns on their first 11 plays from scrimmage and never look back. The Harley-Hampton twins record five touchdowns, Kendric Pryor catches four passes for 152 yards and two scores and defensive end Tyler Newkirk records a team-high 13 tackles.
Week 2: @ No. 5 Stevenson (W, 43-29)
Deante Harley-Hampton exacts his revenge on the Patriots from last year's state title game, rushing for 212 yards on 20 carries and four rushing touchdowns, including the final score with 1:15 to play. Devonte Harley-Hampton added 237 yards and two scores from scrimmage. Kendric Pryor, who committed to Wisconsin two days earlier, recorded an interception and caught four passes for 109 yards in the win.
Week 3: @ Stagg (W, 67-6)
Devonte Harley-Hampton jumps on the Chargers early, scoring from 73 yards on the game's first play to set the tone in a rout. He scores twice more in the win, with his brother, Deante, adding a trio of scores. Quarterback Bryce Gray throws as many touchdowns (three) as incompletions, including the first of the year for Tryice Richie. The win gives the Vikings a 1-0 start in conference play.
Week 4: vs. Joliet Central (W, 60-0)
The defense, led by Percy Walters and Tyler Newkirk, pitches its first shutout of the season and the offense scores on nine straight drives in the team's second straight game with 60+ points. Bryce Gray throws four touchdowns, including two to Kendric Pryor, as the team battles a weather delay, constant rain in the first half and a power outage at halftime to improve to 2-0 in conference play.
Week 5: @ Lockport (W, 48-0)
The Vikings score 28 points in the second quarter to shake off a slow start, with quarterback Bryce Gray throwing for 401 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win. The game turns early in the second quarter with the HF defense holding three times at the goal line. The offense responds with an 11-play, 98-yard drive to get the scoring going. It's the defense's second straight shutout, and gives the Vikings a cumulative score of 175-6 in the past three games.
Week 6: @ Joliet West (3-2, Week 5: 21-12 win vs. Joliet Central)
Closer than it should have been, the Tigers return an interception for a touchdown inside two minutes to play to earn the victory.
Week 7: vs. No. 14 Lincoln-Way East (4-1; Week 5: 28-0 win at Bolingbrook)
The Griffins defense forces five turnovers and pitches its second straight shutout in a crucial conference victory.
Week 8: @ Sandburg (4-1; Week 5: 41-34 win vs. Stagg)
Alec Fidan's big night through the air paces the Eagles offense to a win on homecoming.
Week 9: vs. Bolingbrook (2-3; Week 5: 28-0 loss vs. Lincoln-Way East)
Ohio State commit Tuf Borland's 25 tackles aren't enough for the Raiders, who commit five turnovers and fall below .500.