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CSN's Top 20 preps rankings - Week 5

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CSN's Top 20 preps rankings - Week 5

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
Posted: 8:11 p.m.

By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 - Maine South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated New Trier 40-24

Next Game: Friday at Niles West, 7:30pm

The last team to beat Maine South in conference play was New Trier back in 2000. The Hawks prevented history from repeating itself by scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half after trailing by 10 at the break. A blocked punt by Frank Perrone helped swing the momentum. QB Matt Alviti chimed in with four touchdowns.

2 - Glenbard West (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Oak Park-River Forest 41-6

Next Game: Saturday vs. Proviso West, 1:30pm

A huge second quarter carries the Hilltoppers as they cruise to another West Suburban Silver victory. QB Justice Odom collected four touchdowns (three through the air) and Joe Zito rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown.

3 - Mount Carmel (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Brother Rice 35-24

Next Game: Saturday at Loyola, 1:30pm

A career-best 240 rushing yards by Brandon Greer helped propel the Caravan on the south side Friday night. The Central Michigan-bound Greer scored three touchdowns (46, 25 and 51) while QB Don Butkus added two more scores. Next weeks game against Loyola is a must-see.

4 - Lincoln-Way East (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Sandburg 31-7

Next Game: Friday at Bolingbrook, 7:30pm

Homewood-Flossmoor? Check. Sandburg? Check. Bolingbrook? To be decided Friday. If the Griffins defense can complement the high-powered offense next week, just as it did against Sandburg, then its possible to get their third straight victory over an undefeated team.

5 - Joliet Catholic (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Benet 35-0

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

The Hilltoppers win thanks to another ground assault. Ty Isaac rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns, while Northwestern-bound Malin Jones added 95 more yards and two scores. JCAs defense held Benet to only eight yards rushing.

6 - Glenbard North (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated West Aurora 31-21

Next Game: Friday at Naperville Central, 7:30pm

The Blackhawks were pesky enough to stop GBNs streak of shutout quarters (15) and hang around in the second half, but they couldnt contain Panther running back Phil Jackson. The senior rushed for 141 yards and had the go-ahead score in the third quarter. He also had an 18-yard scoring run.

7 - Loyola (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Gordon Tech 33-7

Next Game: Saturday vs. Mount Carmel, 1:30pm

Well-rounded effort by the Ramblers, highlighted by backup quarterback Peter Pujals three touchdowns (two passing). Starting quarterback Malcolm Weaver got plenty of rest in advance of Saturdays duel against Mount Carmel. Loyolas defense forced four fumbles.

8 - Downers Grove South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Downers Grove North 24-14

Next Game: Friday at Willowbrook, 7:30pm

Running back Josh Williams got it going in the second half, gaining 225 of his 244 yards. His two touchdowns after halftime helped put the game away. South beat North for the sixth consecutive year.

9 - St. Rita (4-1)

Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Providence 19-0

Next Game: Friday at Hales Franciscan, 7:30pm

The Mustangs put on a defensive clinic on the south side Friday, intercepting the Celtics five times. Ryan Leonard and Max Kurugar each had a pick-six. St. Rita will step out of conference play for two weeks (Hales, Bishop McNamara) before hosting Mount Carmel October 14th.

10 - Prairie Ridge (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Crystal Lake Central 29-0

Next Game: Friday at Crystal Lake South, 7:15pm

The Wolves took care of business in advance of next weeks rumble with the Gators. Prairie Ridge held CLC to 78 total yards. Quarterback Nick Nissen found Jordan Getzelman for a 40-yard touchdown and also tallied two rushing TDs.

11 - Bolingbrook (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 41-28

Next Game: Friday vs. Lincoln-Way East, 7:30pm

The Raiders prove theyre for real, sprinting out to a 27-0 lead and leaving a talented H-F team in its wake. Quarterback Aaron Bailey had three rushing touchdowns, the last one a 66-yard scamper to make it 41-7 in the second quarter. Which Southwest Suburban Blue team will remain undefeated after week six: The Brook or LW East?
12 - Crete-Monee (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Kankakee 35-7

Next Game: Friday vs. Bloom, 6:00pm

Quarterback Marcus Terrell and LaQuan Treadwell hooked up for two long first quarter touchdowns (59 and 53) as the Warriors cruised in Southland Conference play. Kenneth Kidd added two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.

13 - Lake Zurich (4-1)

Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Mundelein 41-7

Next Game: Friday at Libertyville, 7:30pm

The Bears carved up the Mundelein defense early and often. Quarterback Zach Till scored three touchdowns and running back Connor Schrader added two more. The meat of the North Suburban Lake conference is on deck: at Libertyville, at Stevenson and then a home date against Lake Forest.

14 - Crystal Lake South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated McHenry 46-6

Next Game: Friday vs. Prairie Ridge, 7:15pm

Six sacks and a steady ground attack paced the Gators in the Fox Valley. Fullback Karl Mikulec rushed for 84 yards and three touchdowns. The stage is set for Fridays battle against Prairie Ridge. CLS beat the Wolves in the 2010 regular season 24-20, but lost to them in the playoffs 37-10.

15 - Morris (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Yorkville 35-7

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

It was the (QB) Austin Feeney and (RB) Jake Ruettiger show in the Big 12 East conference. Feeney passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns while Ruettiger added two more scores. The Redskins gave Yorkville their first loss and Friday theyll welcome another 4-1 team (Sycamore).

16 - Lemont (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Tinley Park 49-20

Next Game: Friday at Bremen, 7:00pm

Quarterback Damon Aleman (150 yards, 3 TDs) and Jay Taylor (2 receiving TDs) helped Lemont in a battle of unbeatens. The cream has risen to the top in the South Suburban Blue. The Indians take on fellow 5-0 team Bremen Friday for control of the conference.

17 - Geneva (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 20): Defeated St. Charles North 54-7

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

Senior running back Parker Woodworth found the end zone three times as the Vikings were never seriously threatened, leading 27-7 after the first quarter. The 5-0 Batavia Bulldogs await with Streamwood (also 5-0) following in week seven.
18 Marian Central (5-0)

Last Week (Unranked): Defeated Aurora Central Catholic 50-7

Next Game: Friday at St. Edward, 7:30pm

The Hurricanes join the CSN Top 20 after a couple of marquee wins. They defeated Montini in week four and trounced ACC Friday. Marian must now learn to be road warriors, as each of their four remaining regular season dates are away from Woodstock.

19 - Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Lost To Bolingbrook 41-28

Next Game: Friday at Lockport, 7:00pm

The Vikings dug themselves a 41-7 hole at halftime and could not recover. Quarterback Tim Williams went 14 for 30, with 212 yards and three touchdowns. Another tough test awaits, as H-F must now travel to Lockport to take on the 4-1 Porters.

20 - Carmel (3-2)

Last Week (Ranked 10): Lost to Wayzata (MN), 33-27

Next Game: Friday at St. Patrick, 8:00pm

The Corsairs got two touchdowns from Michael Panico, one off them via kick return, but could not trip up the Minnesota Class 5A state champs. Brian Brennan hooked up with tight end Alex Young on a 12-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to six but Carmel could come no closer.

Looming and Lurking: Brother Rice, Stevenson, Addison Trail, Antioch, Wheaton North, Simeon, Streamwood, Bremen, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Oak Forest, Jacobs, Kaneland, Grayslake Centray, Cary-Grove.

Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times

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Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times

I’ve always placed great stock in the drama tenet, “Action is character.” What an actor/person does in significant part defines their character, or lack of same.

Conversely, in some situations, what someone doesn’t do can be equally defining or revealing. A couple of those involving the Bears are worth noting, because they suggest things about John Fox and and his staff, and perhaps a bit of what players think of them.

Nothing stunning, just a case of when you pull the camera back for a little wider angle, a broader picture forms out of seemingly separate or isolated incidents. Fox has never lost his teams through three generally miserable seasons, those teams consistently played hard through bad times. A handful of specific situations offer some insight into perhaps why:

The Cohen conundrum

Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains came in for scalding criticism for their recent seeming under-utilization of running back Tarik Cohen. The closest either came to laying out the real reason was a reference to concerns about the rookie’s pass-protection capabilities, no small issue against Green Bay and coordinator Dom Capers’ blitz proclivities; coaches want to see Mitch Trubisky wearing a Bears uniform, not Clay Matthews.

Cohen may be the Bears’ leading receiver, but if a back can’t present the viable option of pass protection, the offense is limited even more than it already is anyway with a rookie quarterback.

Come forward a week: Overlooked in the aftermath of the loss to Detroit, in which Cohen was not part of the hurry-up offense driving for a winning or tying score, was the fact that Cohen simply didn’t know the plays well enough in that situation. Fox didn’t say so. Neither did Loggains.

Cohen did.

Asked afterwards what he wasn’t solid with, Cohen owned it: "Probably the hurry-up plays at those positions. I know certain plays at those positions, but to open up the whole playbook with me, I’ll have to learn all of those plays.”

Should he have been up to a faster speed in week 10? That’s another discussion. But like it or not, his coaches were not going to be the ones to out him.

The Howard hassle

Jordan Howard finished 2016 second to only Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott in rushing yardage. He began the year inactive for game one and lightly used in games two and three. The reason Loggains gave from the podium was that coaches didn’t really know what they had in Howard.

Yes. They did. But Loggains didn’t cite Howard for not being in shape to carry the load the offense needed. Neither did Fox.

Howard did.

“I should’ve been in better shape,” Howard said at the outset of training camp last July. “I should’ve been playing earlier if I would’ve handled what I had to do.”

Some very effective coaches have used public embarrassment for motivation; Mike Ditka assessed that he wasn’t sure Donnell Woolford could cover anybody, and Buddy Ryan summarized that “No. 55 [Otis Wilson] killed us,” for instance.

Fox and his staff don’t do that and they’ve have taken the heat for their players, which does frustrate those tasked with accurately reporting sometimes hard information.

Medical restraint

Fox’s tenure has been awash in major injuries to pivotal players. He has made points in his locker room by shielding those players and their issues whether outsiders like it or not.

That started back with Kevin White and the infamous stress fracture that Fox was accused of knowing about and lying that he didn’t. The real situation was that medical opinions (and the Bears had gotten a bunch) were divided to the point where the Bears opted against surgery until it was conclusive that the shadow on an x-ray was indeed a fracture. Fox refused to call the injury a stress fracture with the doctors so divided, and he was pilloried for it. But not in his locker room.

The organization very much needed Pro Bowl lineman Kyle Long this season for an offense that certainly wasn’t going to live on the arm of Mike Glennon. Long was testy and combative during training camp, and “honestly I’ve been champing at the bit to get back,” he conceded, “but they’ve done a good job of pulling the reins a little bit and making sure that I understand that it’s a long season.”

Small things, not necessarily connected, but as Fox’s third season winds down, what his team shows will factor into decisions on his future. The Bears right now, after the Green Bay and Detroit losses effectively ended the “hope” part of their season, are entering that dreary phase of a year when effort will be critiqued as critically as performance.

The on-field results now will say something about character, Fox’s own and the collective one he has worked to instill since January 2015.

How to watch and/or stream the IHSA football state finals this weekend

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How to watch and/or stream the IHSA football state finals this weekend

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which among other things, means the IHSA football state finals are taking place.

NBC Sports Chicago has live coverage of the finals of all eight classes and is streaming every telecast, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app.

Check out the action taking place in Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday with the Class 1A final and concluding Saturday night with the Class 8A final and a special recap edition of High School Lites following the final game. Highlights from each of the games will be available on our website throughout the weekend.

The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous digital streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, CenturyLink Stream, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.

Here is the full schedule for the weekend's games and broadcast coverage:

Friday, November 24

LIVE NOW: Class 1A: LENA-WINSLOW (Lena) [13-0] vs. TUSCOLA [13-0]

1:00 PM – Class 2A: GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY (Gibson City) [13-0] vs. MAROA-FORSYTH (Maroa) [12-1]

4:00 PM – Class 3A: IC CATHOLIC (Elmhurst) [12-1] vs. PLEASANT PLAINS [10-3]

7:00 PM – Class 4A: MORRIS [11-2] vs. ROCHESTER [13-0] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Saturday, November 25

10:00 AM – Class 5A: PHILLIPS (Chicago) [13-0] vs. DUNLAP [13-0]

1:00 PM – Class 6A: PRAIRIE RIDGE (Crystal Lake) [13-0] vs. NAZARETH ACADEMY (LaGrange Park) [12-1]

4:00 PM – Class 7A: BATAVIA [12-1] vs. LAKE ZURICH [13-0] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM – Class 8A: LINCOLN-WAY East (Frankfort) [13-0] vs. LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) [12-1] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Further information is available at this link. Edgy Tim previewed each of the eight games here and has players to watch for the weekend.