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Homewood-Flossmoor schedule roundup: Week 5

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Homewood-Flossmoor schedule roundup: Week 5

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.

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

 

School: Lincoln Park

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Steve Karoff, Grant Magnuson, Tyler Clark, Brandon Randolph, Alex Green and Tom Dellota

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (7-0 Chicago Public League Chicago Big Shoulders Conference). Lincoln Park made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Lions lost to Alton in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ IWT Speer

Sept. 1 vs. Kenwood

Sept. 7 vs. Hubbard

Sept. 14 @ Phillips

Sept. 21 vs. Lane Tech

Sept. 28 vs. Taft

Oct. 5 vs. Westinghouse

Oct. 12 vs. Raby

Oct. 19 vs. Morgan Park

Biggest storyline: The Lions' new conference. Can Lincoln Park keep its winning ways when they start playing in the CPL/Illini Land of Lincoln this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Dane Romberger and DB Jalen Jenkins

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload on the offensive side of the football this summer with just three starters back this fall.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Vince DeFrancesco's Lions have been on a nice roll, getting to the IHSA state playoffs in each of his past three seasons (four straight for the school overall). However, the price for the Lions' success is extremely high. The CPL Illini Land of Lincoln is loaded. The schedule includes the likes of Kenwood, Hubbard, Phillips, Raby and Morgan Park...just to name a few. If the Lions can develop their less experienced offense this summer, all the better for them.

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Leyden

Sept. 1 @ Stagg

Sept 7 vs Hillcrest

Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower

Sept. 21 @ Richards

Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 5 vs Reavis

Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park

Oct. 19 @ Argo

Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.  

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?