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49 Days to Kickoff: TF South


49 Days to Kickoff: TF South preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: TF South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Doug Smith, Jessie Kickertt, Jonathan Hill, Mike Tisza, Chet Hanson, Mike Anaclario, Rob Shell, Eric Valiska, Tim Russell

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference), made the Class 6A state playoffs and lost to Rock Island in opening-round action.

[RELATED: 50 Days to Kickoff - Aurora Christian]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ East Chicago Central

Sept. 1 – Urban Prep

Sept. 8 – TF North

Sept. 16 - @ Hillcrest

Sept. 22 - Lemont

Sept. 29 – Tinley Park

Oct. 6 - @ Bremen

Oct. 13 - Reavis

Oct. 20- @ Oak Forest

Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels continue its winning ways under Padjen?

Names to watch this season: senior OL/DL Hasan Jackson, senior RB/DB Johnt'e Crawford

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace graduated three-year starting quarterback Reis Padjen.

EDGY's early take: Former Hall of Fame head coach Tom Padjen stepped down after coaching the Rebels for 40 seasons. His brother and longtime assistant coach Bob Padjen takes over the program. If the Rebels can settle on a quarterback they have a strong core of returning starters back (five, offense, seven defense) and could make some noise this fall. 

Preps recruiting: Illinois adds first 2019 in-state commitment

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Preps recruiting: Illinois adds first 2019 in-state commitment

Bloomington two star ranked tight end Griffin Moore (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) decided to give Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith his early verbal commitment. 

"The coaching staff (at Illinois) has been great to me," Moore said. "I haven't met a coach at Illinois that I don't like yet, plus I've always wanted to play at Illinois. Other recruits are really buying in so I'm trying to help get the football program back to the top."

Illinois has been very aggressive so far in recruiting the 2019 in-state class, having extended 18 verbal scholarship. The Fighting Illini have been very active in attracting the attention of several top names and have drawn positive feedback from several of those offered in-state names so far this winter. 

Moore is the first known in-state commitment and the second known overall in the Fighting Illini Class of 2019. Moore joins Dallas Bishop Dunne four star ranked Marquez Beason (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) in the Illinois 2019 recruiting class. Beason is ranked as the 79th best recruit in the nation according to the latest Rivals 100 Nation Recruit Rankings for the Class of 2019. 

High School Lites finishes the season with Class 3A/4A boys basketball state finals

High School Lites finishes the season with Class 3A/4A boys basketball state finals

This weekend will see a busy final stretch of the IHSA boys basketball calendar as the Class 3A and 4A state semifinals and finals are on NBC Sports Chicago.

Friday sees the Class 3A and 4A state semifinals with four games on NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ with the coverage beginning at 11 a.m.

Saturday, state championships in Class 3A and 4A will be decided as NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ will continue its live coverage starting once again at 11 a.m.

After the Class 4A state championship game and the Bulls vs. Cavaliers coverage ends, the season finale of High School Lites will also air around 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

Whitney Young (4A) and Morgan Park (3A) are both trying to win back-to-back state titles after winning in Peoria last season. And can anyone stop Belleville West in Class 4A? The Maroons have yet to lose to an Illinois opponent this season.

Here's a rundown of the weekend's action.


Class 3A

Morgan Park (23-9) vs. Marian Catholic (25-5), 11:00 a.m., NBCSCH

Southeast (28-3) vs. North Chicago (22-8), 12:45 p.m., NBCSCH+

Class 4A

Belleville West (30-2) vs. Larkin (24-8), 5:30 p.m., NBCSCH+

Whitney Young (27-7) vs. Evanston (26-5), 7:15 p.m., NBCSCH


Class 3A

Third Place Game, 11:00 a.m., NBCSCH

State Title Game, 12:45 p.m., NBCSCH

Class 4A

Third Place Game, 5:30 p.m., NBCSCH+

State Title Game, 7:15 p.m., NBCSCH+