Scouts Look To Move Past Disappointing Homecoming Performance, Upset Warren Blue Devils

Connor Clark, Editor

After an underwhelming performance on Sept. 20, the Scouts look to move forward and refresh as they go on the road to face the No. 3 team in the 8A standings, the undefeated Warren Blue Devils.

Warren is coming off four straight wins to open up the season, and are the defending North Suburban Conference champions. The Scouts are going to have to come into this game with major poise if they want to steal a win on the road with sloppy weather forecasted for Friday’s contest.

The defense has been the star of the show so far this season for Warren. Through four games they have given up a combined 12 points — yes, 12 points — and are coming off of two consecutive shutouts against Waukegan and Libertyville. On the other side of the ball, the Blue Devils offense hasn’t been any less dominant, as they have tallied 132 points. To say this team is good is an enormous understatement. This team is outstanding.

The Blue Devils are expected to go very far into the IHSA 8A playoffs this year after boasting a 10-2 season last year.

As for the Scouts, it is uncertain if star senior defensive end Rylie Mills, who is still nursing a lower ankle sprain that he suffered three weeks ago against Wheaton North, will play this week. The defense has not been the same without the Notre Dame commit, and in order to upset the Blue Devils, they will need a number of front seven players to step up. Beating Warren will be no easy task; they have got big guys up front and they know how to get the ball in the endzone.

This is the time for the quarterbacks, junior Jackson Pearre and senior Michael Clarke, to show their talents. This is an outstanding opportunity for these two guys to show the coaching staff and the rest of Lake Forest what they are made of.

The Scouts just need to turn in a valiant effort, no matter the outcome. They’ve held strong against Warren before, scoring the second-most points the Blue Devils faced all of last season. There’s no reason they can’t do it again tonight.

Score Prediction:

WTHS 27, LFHS 10


Quick Facts:

Scouts Current Record: 2-2 (NSC: 1-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (COULD BE MOVED TO 5:30 DUE TO WEATHER)
Location: Warren Township High School (O’Plaine Campus)
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