Saturday Prep Spotlight

Two of the top-five teams in the state of Illinois are set to face off as Wheaton Warrenville South heads to Glenbard West on Saturday for their season opener.

The matchup between Bolingbrook and Plainfield South on Friday isn't the only one to keep an eye on this weekend. Saturday, Glenbard West and Wheaton Warrenville South, ranked 4th and 5th respectively in the FOXSportsNEXT Illinois preseason poll, will square off in Glen Ellyn, IL, in what promises to be a slugfest.

Both teams have had great success over the last few years, especially Wheaton Warrenville South, who has won two state championships in the last three years. And it goes without saying that neither of these teams has any intention of starting their season with a loss.

We take a look at some of the key players who will play big roles in deciding the outcome of this game:

Wheaton Warrenville South:

QBs - Ryan Graham and Casey Paraday:

It isn't clear yet which of the two junior quarterbacks will get the nod as starter this weekend. They are both similar in size, build, and style. However, Paraday may have a slight edge coming to WWS from Little Rock, Arkansas powerhouse Shiloh Christian. Knowing Head Coach Ron Muhitch, he will want to figure out his starter early on and build around him.

WR - Corey Davis:

Davis might be the key to Wheaton Warrenville South's offense this year. Two seasons ago, it was Reilly O'Toole (Illinois) connecting with Titus Davis, and now a new Davis will be out there for South. Davis is a big body and will pose matchup problems for most of the corners he faces.

Glenbard West:

TE Nathan Marcus:

The Vanderbilt commit will most likely be the number one receiving option for Glenbard West in this one and much of the season. He's not a stocky tight end, so he may be split out as a receiver in certain situations. Having said that, his versatility will keep defensive coordinators guessing for this one.

Player Spotlight:

Dunbar has remained out of the spotlight for a while now and has stayed pretty quiet with the media. But I think he'll have a hard time doing that once the season gets underway, especially with the potential he has to be such an important impact player on defense. He plays low and has a good first step, so he could be the biggest problem for Wheaton Warrenville South's quarterbacks.

Key Matchup:

Wheaton Warrenville South brings back its entire offensive line from last year, which is good because they'll face a tough test in stopping Dunbar. If WWS can give their quarterbacks time to throw, then it would be a huge swing in their favor. If not, this could turn into a defensive battle with a final score more common in baseball.


Wheaton Warrenville South had to rely much more on its defense last year than in previous years. I think between the two quarterbacks at Wheaton Warrenville South they edge this one out and make enough plays to take it 21-14.

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