FNL Preview: NCHS @ WWS

The defending 8A State champion heads to the home of a former state champion in early season action. Here's what you need to know about the game and the prospects involved.

Perennial Power Wheaton Warrenville South plays host to defending 8A state champion in Illinois, Naperville Central, in what's sure to be one of the biggest matchups of the season for either team.

Wheaton Warrenville South

Wheaton South's record may be a bit deceiving at 1-2, having to take on other powers such as Glenbard West and Maine South to open the season.

The key player for Wheaton South will be Northwestern pledge Tommy Vitale, younger brother of now Northwestern H-Back Dan Vitale. WR Keishawn Watson is another D1 player for the Tigers. He is headed to Western Michigan. South will need to generate some offense from the start because Central is capable of putting up points in a hurry.

Naperville Central

For Naperville Central, they had the tough task this offseason of replacing veteran QB Jake Kolbe, now at Illinois State. Fortunately, they return their defensive leader at middle linebacker Bobby McMillen, an Iowa State commit.

The Redhawks also returned dynamic 2016 receiver Emmanuel Rugamba, who holds an offer from the in-state Illini. Rugamba's innate ability to get open and make the tough catch makes him difficult to cover.

After dropping their season opener to Waubonsie Valley, the Redhawks have bounced back to shut out their next two opponents with a combined score of 78-0 to rebound to a 2-1 mark on the season.


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