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CSN's Top 20 Preps rankings - Week 4

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CSN's Top 20 Preps rankings - Week 4

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 10:00 p.m.
By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 - Maine South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Niles North 42-6

Next Game: Friday at New Trier, 7:30pm

QB Matt Alviti racked up another four touchdowns (three passing) in the victory. The Hawks, who enter conference action next week, will play three of their next four games on the road. Will that even matter? Maine South continues to be a football machine.

2 - Glenbard West (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Hinsdale Central 45-14
Next Game: Saturday at Oak Park-River Forest, 1:00pm

The Hilltoppers scored on seven of their first eight possessions, which included the first play from scrimmage: a 75-yard touchdown from Justice Odom to Avery Balogh. Penn State-bound defensive lineman Tommy Schutt even got in on the act, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.

3 - Mount Carmel (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated St. Joseph 62-8

Next Game: Friday vs. Brother Rice, 7:00pm at Gately Stadium

Head coach Frank Lenti becomes the states all-time winningest coach in Illinois (307), passing former Richards coach Gary Korhonen. Don Butkus threw three touchdowns as the Caravan put the game away early. Now the fun begins: back-to-back Catholic Blue showdowns with Brother Rice, then Loyola.

4 - Lincoln-Way East (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 38-21

Next Game: Friday vs. Sandburg, 7:30pm

Illinois-bound wide receiver J.J. Robertson helped the Griffins carve up the Vikings defense. He had 230 yards on five receptionstwo of them went for touchdowns. LWE cant afford to coast, as a tilt against undefeated Sandburg awaits. Bolinbgrook (4-0) lurks the following week.

5 - Joliet Catholic (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated St. Viator 63-3

Next Game: Saturday at Benet Academy, 7:30pm

For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers put 63 on the scoreboard. Mailn Jones and Tyler Reitz chipped in with two rushing touchdowns apiece. Ty Isaac also rushed for a touchdown and added another on a punt return. JCA is averaging 50 points per game.

6 - Glenbard North (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Glenbard East 49-0

Next Game: Friday vs. West Aurora, 7:30pm

A five-touchdown second quarter lifted the Panthers in the western suburbs Friday night. QB Brian Murphy accounted for three touchdowns, while running back Phil Jackson tallied two more. The Panthers have now shutout three straight opponents.

7 - Loyola (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 8): Defeated Providence 32-6

Next Game: Saturday vs. Gordon Tech, 1:30pm

Quarterback Malcolm Weaver and running back William Palivos rushed for two touchdowns each as the Ramblers earn their first Catholic Blue victory. Loyola has to take care of business this week against Gordon Tech before the October 1st showdown against Mt. Carmel.
8 - Downers Grove South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Leyden 49-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Downers Grove North, 7:30pm

Can anybody stop running back Josh Williams? he Mustang senior running back was menacing Friday night, scoring six touchdowns on 282 yards. He is averaging 12.5 yards per carry on the season. Like Glenbard North, DGS has shutout three straight opponents.
9 - Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 6): Lost To Lincoln-Way East 38-21
Next Game: Friday vs. Bolingbrook, 7:30pm

The Vikings could not overcome five turnovers, including four interceptions by quarterback Tim Williams. H-F cant stew over the loss for too long, as another ranked team (13 Bolingbrook) comes into town Friday night.

10 - Carmel (3-1)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Marian Catholic 44-20

Next Game: Friday vs. Wayzata (MN), 6:30pm at the University of Dubuque

Who needs a passing game? Not the Corsairs, who rolled up 332 yards of offense against Marian Catholicall of it on the ground. Running backs Jordan Kos and Mike Panico had 131 yards apiece.
11 - St. Rita (3-1)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Brother Rice 21-17

Next Game: Friday vs. Providence, 7:30pm

The Mustangs get a nice win on the road in the Catholic Blue, thanks in part to Charles Elmore. The senior DB intercepted a pass in the final minute to preserve the St. Rita victory. Kenny Golladay had a nice night, tallying 137 yards receiving with a touchdown.
12 - Prairie Ridge (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Dundee-Crown 55-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Crystal Lake Central, 7:15pm

Jordan Getzelman ran wild against the Chargers, scoring four touchdowns in the victory. The Wolves defense let up a mere three yards in the first half. Prairie Ridges opponents have only scored 14 points on them this season.
13 - Bolingbrook (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Joliet West 49-12

Next Game: Friday at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30pm

Junior quarterback Aaron Bailey accounted for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) as the Raiders triumphed. They face a challenge in going for 5-0, as a date with Homewood-Flossmoor awaits.

14 - Crete-Monee (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Glenbard South 64-19

Next Game: Friday at Kankakee, 6:00pm

The Warriors finally had a chance to show their home crowd why they deserve to be ranked. Quarterback Marcus Terrell threw for 317 yards and five touchdowns in C-Ms first home game of the season.
15 - Lake Zurich (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Lakes 28-0
Next Game: Friday at Mundelein, 7:30pm

Quarterback Zach Till and running back Mike Shield had two touchdowns apiece as the Bears cruised. Till went 9-12 for 168 yards and also rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries.

16 - Crystal Lake South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Huntley 48-12

Next Game: Friday at McHenry, 7:15pm

The Gators tallied 229 yards on the ground in the first half, en route to a 42-6 lead and never looked back. Austin Fowler also threw three touchdowns. CLS cannot afford to look past McHenry to the Prairie Ridge game on September 30th.
17 - Morris (4-0)
Last Week (Ranked 18): Defeated Ottawa 34-14
Next Game: Friday at Yorkville, 7:30pm

Running back Collin Grogan and QB Austin Feeney helped guide the Redskins to their 20th straight win over Ottawa, a streak that dates back to 1973. They face a big challenge Friday night in 4-0 Yorkville.
18 - Cary-Grove (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Hampshire 35-6

Next Game: Friday at Jacobs, 7:15pm

Junior quarterback Quinn Baker came off the bench to spark the Trojans, scoring four touchdowns in the victory. Baker finished with 193 yards on 12 carries. An intriguing opponent (4-0 Jacobs) awaits.
19 - Lemont (4-0)
Last Week (Unranked): Defeated T.F. South 30-0
Next Game: Friday vs. Tinley Park, 7:00pm

Another game, another shutout. The Indians cruise past the Rebels thanks in large part to capitalizing off turnovers. Something has to give next week: Lemont has given up only six points on the season, while Tinley Park (also 4-0) is averaging over 48 points per game.

20 - Geneva (4-0)

Last Week (Unranked): Defeated Elgin 45-14
Next Game: Friday at St. Charles North, 7:30pm

Senior quarterback Matt Williams went 9 for 15 for 221 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Parker Woodworth found the end zone twice as well as Geneva gets their first taste of the Top 20.

Looming and Lurking: Brother Rice, Stevenson, Addison Trail, Antioch, Wheaton North, Naperville Central, Simeon, Streamwood, Sandburg, Marian Central, Bremen, Conant, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Oak Forest.

Takeaways from Bears ‘18 coordinators: Mitch Trubisky affecting more than offense, kudos to hiring process

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Takeaways from Bears ‘18 coordinators: Mitch Trubisky affecting more than offense, kudos to hiring process

Head coach Matt Nagy conducted his first press conference on Thursday, introducing the coordinators for his three phases (Mark Helfrich, offense; Vic Fangio, defense; Chris Tabor, special teams). The session was predictably short on hard news, given that the hirings were just completed within the last several days, but some takeaways were there to be had, ranging from impressions to firmer indications of some directions the post-John Fox Bears may be trending:

Mitch Trubisky is going to be one seriously coached young quarterback.

Nagy is a former quarterback. Helfrich is a former quarterback. And the Bears are expected to bring back quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, per Brad Biggs over at the Tribune; “Rags,” as his charges have dubbed him, is a former quarterback.

Forgive Trubisky is he develops neck problems nodding at all the advice he might be getting from three guys who by their quarterback training pretty much have had to know everything about their offenses. But it is a whole lotta QB mindset swirling around the young man.

The coaching corps is still sorting out exactly who does what, which will involve the hands-on coaching of Trubisky. “We’re finishing out the staff,” Helfrich said, “and once we have that, then we’ll start to kind of slot in those responsibilities.”

This kind of concentration of coaches from a similar background is actually a little unusual, the current vogue notwithstanding. Carson Wentz did bloom in his year two under a Philadelphia Eagles staff topped by former quarterbacks Doug Pederson, Frank Reich and John DeFilippo. And the Los Angeles Rams loosed Jared Goff’s talents with an all-former-quarterback triumvirate in Sean McVay, OC Matt LaFleur and QB coach Greg Olson.

But just for comparison’s sake, back in Kansas City, Nagy mentor Andy Reid was an offensive lineman at BYU. Down in New Orleans, Sean Payton is a former quarterback, but OC Pete Carmichael went through college on a baseball scholarship and QB coach Joe Lombardi was a college tight end, so Drew Brees hasn’t been info-swamped. Bill Belichick was a center and tight end, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy was a college tight end and Case Keenum has flourished under former offensive lineman Pat Shurmur.

Helfrich has been on the job exactly one week and already has done some advanced evaluation of Trubisky, with an eye toward inevitable comparisons with Marcus Mariota, who starred at Oregon while Helfrich was a member of that staff.

“I see a lot [of similarities],” Helfrich said. “Mitchell has a tight release. He’s an accurate passer. They also have a couple things similar that makes them inaccurate. Their feet take them out of position. I sense from talking to a couple of offensive linemen, and this was unsolicited, when your offensive linemen are talking about how hard your quarterback works, that’s a great sign. So he needs to do that and continue to challenge himself and improve."

Football involves ego but not always to a fault

Keeping Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator may not rank yet with the organization retaining Buddy Ryan in that job when Mike Ditka was hired, but some intangibles make this a very big deal and reflect well on a spectrum of individuals.

GM Ryan Pace interviewed but didn’t elevate Fangio to the head-coaching slot. Yet whatever was said during the interview process didn’t alienate or create awkwardness for Fangio or whomever was hired ultimately. Point for Pace. Players made their feelings abundantly clear that they wanted Fangio back, and Fangio did not let a 20-year age difference between Nagy and himself ruin a good thing. Points to a lot of folks.

“I like our [players],” Fangio said. “I think I said it here during the season at a point that I really like coaching the group that we have. My favorite time during the week was being in front of them like I’m in front of you and going over practice watching the opponents’ tape, installing the plan for the week. I really liked being in front of our guys. They’re a good group collectively and as individuals and that part was appealing to me.”

And while Ditka and Ryan barely spoke, relationships in this administration have a different air.

“I am going to be in Vic’s office a lot,” Helfrich said. “He’s going to be annoyed by me trying to get in his head and know what might help me transition from college to the NFL. I would be an idiot if I didn’t walk 24 feet down and ask a guy like that.”

A “Trubisky factor” may be in the offing

Free agents have taken less money to sign elsewhere, as recently as last season. Alshon Jeffery wanted out of Chicago, not so much for the weather (Philadelphia is less than 2 degrees lower latitude than Chicago and not many degrees warmer on average) as for the Bears never getting quarterback and offensive consistency that could max out his talents.

Trubisky already has started to have a positive impact. “Mitchell is a part of the equation,” Fangio said of his own decision to return as coordinator. “Because I think he has a chance to be a really good player, regardless of who is coaching him. So that part was positive.”

And that’s from a defensive guy.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) join Kap on the panel.  The Bears coordinators meet the media.  So how much will a new coaching staff improve the team?

Fred Hoiberg has the young Bulls playing hard.  So is he the coach of the future?

The Blackhawks are struggling to get their messaging right regarding Corey Crawford’s injury, John McDonough stands by Coach Q and Stan Bowman and Nick gives an impassioned defense of Sammy Sosa after Tom Ricketts says he needs to put everything on the table to be welcomed back to the Cubs.