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Last updated: Thu. Sep. 04, 2014 - 10:39 pm EDT

Five things to watch: Prep football Week 3

All about consistency entering Friday

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WEEK 3 QUARTERBACK RANKING

1. Logan Ormsby, Homestead – Sparty pass slinger is on pace for 3,483 yards passing and 45 TDs in the regular season.

2. Noah Wezensky, Bishop Luers – Arguably the best arm in the area. If given time, the Wezensky-Austin Mack connection is virtually impossible to stop.

3. Isaac Stiebeling, Snider – Tim Tebow would be proud of his dual-threat clone tearing it up early in the season for the Panthers. Really gives Snider an added dimension in the offense that teams have rarely seen from the program in recent years.

4. Piercen Harnish, Norwell – When healthy, one of the most sound decision makers behind center in the area, with the physical attributes to go with them.

5. Branson Dossen, Heritage – Senior led the Patriots to a big win over Norwell last week. Could see his stock rise higher at Woodlan on Friday.

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The ebbs and flows of a high school football season are never ending. Rarely do you have a team or a player that goes out and performs to the best of its ability each week.

The focus of this week's Five Things can be narrowed down to one word, consistency. In dealing with teenagers, emotions and attitudes are all over the spectrum, leading to inconsistency on the field week in and week out.

As we head into Week 3 and the race of conference championships heating up, consistency is key. Who will start to show it this week?


1. Can DeKalb surprise again?

Week 1 against Angola wasn't much of a surprise as it was a win that perked some people up regarding the Barons, who entered this year with two victories over the last four seasons combined.

But last week, a comeback win over Garrett was a real eye-opener. Harrison Price stepped it up at quarterback in the fourth quarter, throwing for two scores and running for another as the Barons put a 20-spot on the scoreboard in the fourth to win.

How big is the 2-0 start for DeKalb? Consider that the next win for the Barons this season will give them the most victories in a campaign since 2008 when the team went 5-5.

Win No. 3 could come as Friday night at home against New Haven, although the odds are still not in DeKalb's favor. Garrett did put up close to 400 yards of offense last week and the Bulldogs' offense is quite a bit more powerful.

But the Barons are making a habit of proving people wrong.


2. Can the North Side defense slow down Bishop Dwenger?

North Side got back on the right track last week by routing Delta, but a young defense still had some struggles against the Eagles, struggles that will have to be shored up for the Saints on Friday.

Delta had as many points (26) as it had first downs against the Redskins, with a couple big turnovers going North Side's way. Bishop Dwenger has been stingy with the ball thus far in 2014, keeping turnovers and penalties low in two routs.

Coach Ryan Hall's young team made tremendous strides from week 1 to week 2, and it will need another leap this week in an attempt to slow down the Saints offense.


3. Can Austin Mack stay zoned in?

The Bishop Luers junior wideout is as uncoverable as they come, with his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame a mismatch against nearly every defensive back in this area.

In fact, it comes to easy to Mack at times that he sometimes loses focus. Coach Kyle Lindsay said in preseason that he wanted to see more consistency out of his star wide receiver. While he did score a touchdown in Week 1 against Snider, he also had a few drops.

Last week, Mack was zoned in against Northrop, catching five passes for a program-record 221 yards and three scores.

Another good matchup for Mack and quarterback Noah Wezensky comes Friday against South Side. While the offense should thrive again vertically, it is how Mack performs over the next few weeks against teams like Leo and Wayne that will truly tell the tale on if inconsistency is a thing of the past.


4. Can Concordia Lutheran regain its mojo?

In the words of Ron Burgundy, “That really got out of hand fast.”

Good analysis for the Cadets last week against Bishop Dwenger, who were never truly in the game once it began and deflating a lot of the buzz built up after beating North Side in week 1.

Quarterback Daniel Sparks never was able to get into any rhythm for the Cadets as the Bishop Dwenger defense harassed him all night. Meanwhile, sophomore running back Peterson Kerlegrand wasn't able to get into the open field as often as he was against North Side, or at all for that matter.

Now, the Cadets face a team in Wayne that is electric and can put points up in a hurry. Concordia should have more success offensively this week, but can it score enough to keep up with the Generals?


5. Can East Noble regain its mojo?

The Knights by this time are done talking, hearing about or even thinking about the loss to Warsaw last week, with East Noble being shut off the scoreboard in the second half of a 25-24 defeat.

This Friday could go one of two directions, either the Knights come out and smack Homestead in the mouth and give them a game, or the Spartans roll with their offense over a third consecutive opponent.

The Twitter talk out of East Noble has been relatively quiet this week, leading to the belief that it has been all work and no play for the Knights heading into the NHC opener.

We will see if it has paid off on Friday.

jkenny@news-sentinel.com


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