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High School Lites Football Roundup: Week 8

High School Lites Football Roundup: Week 8

It's the final weeks of the regular season as High School Lites had some huge games this week. This week's show had some important games between ranked teams with No. 4 Palatine battling No. 11 Barrington while No. 10 Lyons Township traveled to No. 16 Oak Park-River Forest.

Our Viewer's Choice Game of the Week went to the west suburbs as West Aurora faced Bartlett.

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High School Lites Football Montage: Week 8

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 3 Brother Rice uses late push to down St. Rita

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 4 Palatine wins on the road at No. 11 Barrington

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 18 Bradley-Bourbonnais stuns No. 5 Lincoln-Way East

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 9 Marist takes down Benet

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 16 Oak Park-River Forest runs by No. 10 Lyons Township

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 20 Phillips runs past Solorio

HIGHLIGHTS: No. 23 IC Catholic shuts out Glenbard South

HIGHLIGHTS: West Aurora races past Bartlett in Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

HIGHLIGHTS: Curie takes down Simeon

HIGHLIGHTS: Late field goal leads Carmel past St. Patrick

HIGHLIGHTS: Montini outlasts Mount Carmel

HIGHLIGHTS: Ottawa Marquette cruises by Hope Academy

Drive Lincoln-Way East: Episode 9

In the Gym at EFT: Wall Stretch

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: New Trier's Francis Fay


No. 3 Brother Rice 52, St. Rita 33

No. 4 Palatine 49, No.11 Barrington 31

No. 18 Bradley-Bourbonnais 38, No. 5 Lincoln-Way East 21

No. 6 Neuqua Valley 38, Lake Park 12

No. 7 Prairie Ridge 42, Jacobs 0

No. 8 Hinsdale Central 28, Hinsdale South 14

No. 9 Marist 31, Benet 14

No. 16 Oak Park-River Forest 27, No. 10 Lyons Township 3

No. 12 Glenbard West 49, Proviso West 6

No. 13 Naperville North 17, Waubonsie Valley 14

No. 14 Stevenson 36, Waukegan 7

No. 15 Glenbard North 29, Metea Valley 15

No. 19 Fenwick 42, St. Francis 0

No. 20 Phillips 58, Solorio 14

No. 21 St. Charles East 35, Elgin 6

No. 22 Oswego 21, Plainfield South 0

No. 23 IC Catholic 50, Glenbard South 0

No. 24 Batavia 48, Larkin 21

No. 25 Lemont 43, Tinley Park7


No. 1 Loyola Academy vs. Providence

No. 2 Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Thornton

No. 17 Cary-Grove vs. South Elgin

Recruiting news and notes: Nazareth Academy's Devin Blakley verbally commits to Miami of Ohio


Recruiting news and notes: Nazareth Academy's Devin Blakley verbally commits to Miami of Ohio

Nazareth Academy junior three star ranked defensive back Devin Blakley (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) decided to give Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment earlier this week.

"Miami of Ohio is just a great fit for me so I decided to commit," Blakley said. "I've known for a while now that Miami was the place for me. I just didn't see any reason to keep waiting so I called up the coaches and committed."

Blakley, who had offers from the likes of Iowa State and Air Force long with multiple Mid American Conference schools is the second State of Illinois pledge for the Redhawks Class of 2019. Blakley joins Simeon QB Alante Brown who earlier this month gave Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment. 

New Trier junior three star ranked athlete recruit Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) has been looking harder at his multiple college offers and options. Olges, who has been playing baseball for the Trevians this spring will make two unofficial visits this weekend then will begin to narrow down his favorite schools.

"My plan is to go see Duke and Virginia this weekend and see how everything goes with those visits," according to Olges. "After that I'm either going to narrow things down to a top schools list or I might even make a decision. I just feel that I have some great offers right now and don't want to wait too long in making a decision. Playing the waiting game is a risk because kids are already starting to make decisions. I don't want to miss out and lose some great offers."

Stevenson junior inside linebacker recruit Maema Njongmeta (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) has continued to add scholarship offers this spring including recent offers from both NIU and Toledo. Njongmeta was also able to head out east over his recent spring break and made a handful of college visits.

"I was able to go out to visit Princeton, Army and Penn over my spring break then we headed up to Canada to visit with some family," Njongmeta said. "All three visits I felt went very well and overall it was a fun trip. I thought it was very beneficial to see all three schools in person. Army has the whole military stigma but it was good to see the academy in person. It was great to see what West Point and academy life is all about in person and it was super cool. Every school brings something different to the table. I was able to definitely get a better feel for each school I visited."

Njongmeta has reached also out to someone very familiar with the recruiting process in former Stevenson and current Northwestern super back Cameron Green.

"We have a wonderful lady who works at our school who was able to get me in touch with Cameron Green. I knew of Cameron since I was in eight grade but didn't know him at all. He's a great guy and has been a big help for me. He's given me some good advice and is someone who's been through the process and knows what I'm going through with the recruiting process."

Urban Prep Bronzeville junior defensive back Jeremiah Webb (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) was able to add his first scholarship offer earlier this week from Northern Illinois University. 

"I'm still really excited (about adding his first offer from NIU) and my phone has been blowing up," Webb said. "I've been working hard for a long time now and it just feels good to add my first offer from NIU."

Webb has been eyeing the NIU Huskies program for some time now.

"I've been looking into NIU for a long time. They have a great, winning program and have been to multiple bowl games over the years. NIU is also close to home and I've been to NIU for a camp last summer and I also went to the NIU spring game. It's great to get my first offer from such a good program like NIU."

Webb has also drawn recruiting attention from Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Cornell and Holy Cross so far this spring. 

Recruiting news and notes: Simeon's Alante Brown verbally commits to Miami of Ohio


Recruiting news and notes: Simeon's Alante Brown verbally commits to Miami of Ohio

Simeon junior quarterback Alante Brown (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) earlier this week decided to give Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment. Brown, who narrowed down his Top 4 schools to the Redhawks along with NIU, Western Michigan and Toledo pointed towards a few key reasons he gave Miami of Ohio his commitment.

"I was able to see everything that Miami has to offer," Brown said. "They offer a great education and very strong overall academics. The football program is heading in the right direction plus they already have a younger team. I'm hoping to help bring in even more kids in my class and I've already started to work on a few guys from here about Miami."

West Aurora sophomore defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) has been one of the top recruit names to watch in the Class of 202 in Illinois. Warren, who has scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Iowa State made a recent visit to Illinois.

"I had a good visit to Illinois," according to Warren. "They have a great overall energy and I just liked it. Illinois also has a strong brotherhood between the players and the coaches. The coaching staff at Illinois is pretty amazing. It was my first time ever at Illinois and I liked the facilities and the stadium. Illinois is also pretty close to home. I just came away impressed with the bond between the players and the coaches at Illinois."

Warren is also planning to transfer at the end of the spring semester to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

"It's a great opportunity and I want to go and get better and take my game to the highest level. My Mom and I have looked really hard at everything and I made my final decision and talked to my coaches about it. I'm going to visit IMG Academy on May 10th and 11th and I'll go back to register for school on July 14th."

St. Charles North junior three-star ranked defensive back Tyler Nubin (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) made a verbal commitment to Minnesota Thursday morning.

"I had a really good visit to Minnesota," Nubin said. "I spent the day with Coach (PJ) Fleck and the defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae. Their coaching staff is just unbelievable and the facilities are top notch."

Nubin held 16 scholarship offers this spring, including six offers from the Big Ten conference.  

Momence junior three-star ranked athlete Jason Bargy (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) has drawn nine Power 5 scholarship offers so far this spring and made a recent visit to Illinois.

"I wanted to see the tempo and how the coaches get after the players," Bargy told Orange and's Doug Buschon. "How the guys interact with each other. "

Bargy, who doesn't plan to announce any Top schools list is planning to make a college decision "over the next few months."