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Miami Ohio's Chrishawn Dupuy left knocks ball away from Ohio State's Evan Spencer during second quarter an NCAA college football

Miami of Ohio's Chrishawn Dupuy, left, knocks the ball away from Ohio State's Evan Spencer during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Five area high school football teams that we’re 50.01-percent sure will win their games this weekend, albeit with some of them beating other area schools in the process. (Last week, “for sure” picks Lake Forest, Grayslake North, Grant and Libertyville all won, while Antioch couldn’t muster any offense against Waukegan. Season to date: 9-1)

North Chicago (2-0) over Round Lake (0-2) (Saturday afternoon)

Warren (1-1) over Zion-Benton (0-2) (Friday)

Lake Zurich (1-1) over Mundelein (0-2) (Friday)

Vernon Hills (1-1) over Antioch (1-1) (Friday)

Grant (2-0) over Wauconda (2-0) (Friday)



In Great Shape




Lake Forest

Work To Do


North Chicago


Still In Good Shape


Updated: October 6, 2012 1:41PM

News you can use ... Or maybe not.

Given that you’re reading words written by someone who thought Antioch High School’s football team would beat Waukegan last weekend — a game the Bulldogs pulled out 6-3 — it’s fair to say that we can’t all be right all the time.

But that said, there are at least two dozen reports available online written two months ago that said the price of a gallon of gasoline was on the way down and we’d be paying $2-something per gallon by the time the leaves on the trees began to change colors.

For the record, the leaves on the trees visible through the window here have begun to change.

The $4-plus-per-gallon sign at the local gas station has not.

Words of wisdom offered up at the Republican National Convention by the wife of the party’s presidential candidate:

“It’s going to take someone of unusual strength and character — someone exactly like my husband — to lead us through the reefs and currents that lie ahead.

“You can trust his hand at the wheel.

“A man tested and true ... who’s never wavered in his devotion to our country ... a man of judgment and character ... a loyal and loving and true husband and a magnificent father!”

Thank you Cindy McCain.

In Notre Dame’s season-opening football win over hapless Navy, our own DaVaris Daniels — 2011 graduate of Vernon Hills High School — caught a pair of passes from nothing-special QB Everett Golson.

Daniels did get scorched by the TV analyst for running a lazy pattern on a play that was an incomplete pass to him but also was intercepted.

DaVaris is wearing No. 10. He’ll be on TV this Saturday when the Irish play Purdue.

Daniels’ classmate/teammate at Vernon Hills, Evan Spencer, caught three passes in Ohio State’s easy win last weekend.

As for the pride of Lake Forest High School — Tommy Rees — the junior QB, suspended for Notre Dame’s opener against Navy, probably moved up to No. 2 on the Irish depth chart without playing a down as second-string QB Andrew Hendrix showed zero improvement as Golson’s backup compared to his poor play from last season.

For the record, these tired ol’ eyes watched Lakes High School’s football team control a good Woodstock North team last weekend — and, yes, the Eagles played like a solid Class 5A playoff team.

On the flip side, the Eagles’ uniform color scheme of bright red pants and bright blue shirts is the kind of look you get from Class 1A teams playing in the “sticks” in leagues against teams like Oakland, Cumberland, Tolono Unity, Arcola, Casey, Kansas and Martinsville.

Tell you right now: If the Lake Forest fans see that color combination on Friday night, they’re going to be laughing at you.

They may not beat you on the football field — it’s a tossup game, with the pick here an Eagle victory — but they’ll be laughing at you just the same.

Go with the black jerseys with the blue numbers.

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