CN100 Sports Football Preview: Week 6 - Schaumburg vs. Barrington

Dru Bergman
CN100 Game of the Week: Schaumburg vs. Barrington

IHSA Football Week 6 – Schaumburg vs. Barrington


BARRINGTON – A key Mid-Suburban West matchup wraps up Week 6 of CN100’s football coverage, with Barrington looking to lock down a playoff berth and Schaumburglooking to become playoff eligible.

Fans can catch the game on CN100, The Comcast Network, at Noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. You can also watch it anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand by clicking Get Local and CN100. X1 users, look for Get Local under the Xfinity Services tab.

Barrington (5-0, 1-0) is coming off a 9-2 season and has been dominant this year. The Broncos are explosive offensively, led by junior quarterback Ray Niro. He is 47-for-72 passing for 561 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing, picking up a whopping 725 yards and nine touchdowns in only 71 carries.

Senior running back Logan Moews adds another rushing threat with his 680 yards and 10 touchdowns on 93 carries. When Niro passes, he looks to senior wide receivers Josh Babicz (19 catches, 258 yards, three touchdowns) and Mac Molli (nine catches, 116 yards). Molli is also the team’s punter.

"When you play a team of their caliber, it is easy for kids to get distracted looking at how big they are or watching Molli and Moews and Niro making people look silly," Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling said. "They are the best team we’ve played to date, by far. They really don’t have any obvious weaknesses. They are huge up front and their skill players are fast and physical. The important factor for us is to focus on us."

Junior Alec Andrea starts both ways for the Broncos, at wide receiver and defensive back. The size that Stilling is referring to comes in the form or two senior offensive linemen, Nick Bart (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) and John Stefan (6-foot-4, 295 pounds).

Schaumburg (4-1, 1-0) lost its opener to St. Charles North 42-10, but the Saxons recovered to win four straight. They have allowed only 17 points the past two weeks total in wins over Conant and Highland Park.

Junior running back Jordan Salgado leads the way with 681 rushing yards. He gets assistance from dynamic sophomore wing back Hezekiah Trotter and junior wing back Jacob Bishop.

Trotter played varsity basketball as a freshman and even played in Schaumburg’s football playoff game last year.

"A spot on varsity as a freshman is unheard of," Stilling said. "The best part about Heze is there is nothing sophomoric about his decorum. He is completely unassuming, not an ounce of arrogance."

Senior quarterback Justin Perez triggers the offense. His receivers are seniors Alexander Burke and Duke Gray, who stands 6-foot-4.

"Justin Perez is just as good of a decision-maker as you will find," Stilling said.

Defensively, the Saxons are led by four three-year varsity starters. Linebackers Austin Anzelmo, Matthew Eaker and John Macneal-Young and safety Daniel Galovich lead both on and off the field.

"They just know how to lead," Stilling said. "There have been countless times where they were as hard or harder on our team in terms of evaluating our performance than we might have been as coaches. They have really driven us in terms of focusing on daily improvement."

Stilling also points to senior defensive ends Tyler Fredrickson and Dhivan Patel and senior center Andres Ortiz as leaders on the field.

- Paul Johnson, CN100 Sports Correspondent


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