LAST WEEK: Celtics beat Fenwick 37-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dylan Davalos, sr., DL; DeShon Gavin, sr., RB/DB; Caden Kalinowski, sr., QB; Mariano Sori-Marin, sr., LB

GAME NOTES: At the very least, the winner Friday in New Lenox will earn a share of the Catholic Blue championship. Loyola, which has won 10 consecutive conference games, is the two-time defending league champ, while Providence Catholic last finished first in 2014 when it shared the title with Brother Rice. The Celtics last win over the Ramblers was a 10-3 victory in 2009. … Both teams are hot. Loyola has won six in a row, and Providence is on a five-game winning streak. Last week’s win made the Celtics eligible for the state playoffs. They failed to qualify in each of the last two seasons. … The Celtics are an experienced team with 15 starters back, including senior linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder who has committed to Minnesota, and 6-0, 175-pound senior athlete and Western Illinois recruit DeShon Gavin. … The offense is led by 6-0, 195-pound senior quarterback Caden Kalinowski, who is in his first season as a starter, and Gavin. In addition to Sori-Marin, the defense features 6-1, 280-pound nose guard Dylan Davalos and 6-2, 210-pound safety Joey Markosovic. … Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg said the Celtics present many challenges. “They are big and physical and give you a lot of different looks to try and confuse a quarterback and a line’s blocking schemes,” he said. “We have to come in with pure concentration and less intensity. This will be the best defense we’ve seen to this point. I’m excited to see how we respond.” … While the Celtics are a good team and the game is in New Lenox, Loyola senior quarterback Quinn Boyle said the Ramblers are playing their best football of the season. “We’ve grown so much this year,” he said. “We are confident in what we can do.”

Pictured above: John McCabe

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