Yansay Williams and the Normal West Wildcats host Big 12 rival Decatur MacArthur on Friday night. (Photo by Sandy Adams/You Name It Sports)
By Eric Stock
Unit 5 rivals Normal Community and Normal West both take undefeated records into week 3 home games and both will face undefeated teams.
The Wildcats will face a much improved Decatur MacArthur team, while the Ironmen step out of the Big 12 for a contest with Niles Notre Dame.
Those are the top matchups on the WJBC Friday Night High School Football Extravaganza, powered by Frontier Communications.
Normal West coach Darren Hess says his undefeated Wildcats football team will be tested by the Generals.
"This is probably the best MacArthur team I've seen in my 11 years here. We are going to have to do everything right and hopefully create some turnovers to get this game this week," Hess said.
NCHS coach Wes Temples says the Ironmen have to put last week's victory over Big 12 Conference and Intercity foe Bloomington behind them.
"We are preparing to play a really good Notre Dame team and we're healthy. Now you have to keep working the details. There are goals bigger than beating Bloomington," Temples said.
Bloomington looks to bounce back from the loss to Normal Community as the Purple Raiders visit Urbana. BHS coach Rigo Schmelzer says there will be changes in the Purple Raiders' attack this week.
"We are looking to evolve the offense based upon some of the kids we have going two ways as far as tight end and our receiving corps. We are actually looking to change what we do offensively to assist us as far as a better full platoon. We got tired in weeks one and two," Schmelzer said.
University High School looks to keep rolling as the Pioneers battle Olympia at Hancock Stadium.
U-High coach Dusty Burk says he saw a lot of improvement in the Pioneers' defense in its second game of the season last week.
"I thought our defense played exceptionally well in week two. I though that was a big improvement over week one. I think our secondary really played well and getting some guys back on the defense line really helped us keep guys fresh on both sides of the ball. I thought that was big," Burk said.
Central Catholic seeks its first win at Prairie Central and in the Heart of Illinois Deer Creek-Mackinaw will entertain Tremont.
Pontiac will play host to Rantoul. That game will be on WJEZ 98.9 FM and WJEZ.com.
Cardinals vs. Mariners
The St. Louis Cardinals open their final interleague series of the season as the Seattle Mariners come to Busch Stadium tonight. The Cardinals' Adam Wainright (16-9) looks to gain a share of the National League wins lead, while Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6) goes for the Mariners.
WJBC 93.7 FM will have the action, followed by Live at Shannon's after the game.
Redbird volleyball, soccer
The Illinois State volleyball team travels Indianapolis. for their final pre-season tournament of the year. The 6-1 Redbirds (matching their best start since 1992) will take part in the Butler tournament, opening weekend play Friday against host Butler at 10 a.m.
The Redbird women's soccer team hosts Southeast Missouri State at 4 p.m.