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High School Lites Preview: Week 2


High School Lites Preview: Week 2

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 2 edition of High School Lites, tonight at 11:00 p.m. The No. 1 team in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings, Homewood-Flossmoor, travels to No. 5 Stevenson to take on the Patriots in this Class 8A state title rematch. We’ll also spotlight a key DuPage Valley Conference game as Naperville Central hosts Neuqua Valley in a Battle of Naperville. Loyola Academy takes on Maine South in a huge non-conference showdown. Also who comes away with the win as old foes Coal City and Wilmington square off in this Interstate 8 crossover game?

Julian vs. Corliss, Thursday 7:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: Julian and head coach David Underwood pulled off an impressive 12-0 win last week over Robeson. Corliss lost to Rochelle last week. Can the Trojans bounce back in this Chicago Public League crossover game?

EDGY's Pick: Julian 28, Corliss 14

Lane Tech at Niles West, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lane Tech and first year head coach Tony Faltin posted his first win as the Indians took care of Oak Lawn, 28-6. Niles West (0-1) lost a shootout to Buffalo Grove, 45-41, last Friday. While the Wolves defense needs work, junior QB Johnny Pabst had a breakout game last week and is a key this season for Niles West. Can Lane Tech slow down the Wolves offense?

EDGY's Pick: Niles West 27, Lane Tech 17

(9) Loyola Academy at (23) Maine South, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Loyola Academy (1-0) had little issues last Saturday in beating Marquette (Milwaukee), 35-0. Maine South lost to Montini Catholic, 20-17, last Friday as a combination of turnovers and a lack of red zone offense didn't help the Hawks. Look for Maine South senior QB Brian Collis to have a much better game this week along with a running game that features a huge left side of the line with Cincinnati commit senior OL/DL Liam O'Sullivan (6-foot-7, 240 pounds) and highly recruited junior OG Kevin Jarvis (6-foot-4, 310 pounds). Can Maine South avoid the turnover monster this week? Can the inexperienced Loyola defense slow down the Hawks wide open offense?

EDGY's Pick: Loyola Academy 27, Maine South 21

Lake Forest at Niles North, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Niles North (1-0) rolled past Shepard, 63-32, in Week 1 and the Vikings feature Iowa commit senior RB/LB Barrington Wade. Lake Forest (1-0) had little trouble beating Chicago Dunbar, 45-6, and the Scouts will look toward senior QB Danny Carollo and an explosive offense. Can the Vikings hang for four quarters against the Scouts? Can the Scouts find and slow down Barrington Wade?

EDGY's Pick: Lake Forest 27, Niles North 20

Coal City at Wilmington, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This Interstate 8 crossover game is a huge deal in the area. Coal City (1-0) ran for 360 yards in its Week 1 win over Reed Custer and will feature a deep group of backs. Wilmington (1-0), the defending Class 3A state champs, will also run the ball and feature All-State senior running back Nick Hawkins. Time of possession and turnovers will loom large in this one.

EDGY's Pick: Wilmington 21, Coal City 20

Evanston at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Evanston (1-0) has high hopes this season and the Wildkits will rely on Western Michigan verbal commit senior QB Matt Little this season. Notre Dame (1-0) also counters with Western Illinois University verbal commit senior QB Tyler Tsagalis and the Dons defense locked down McHenry in last Friday's 27-7 win. Which defense can slow down the other team's Division I quarterback?

EDGY's Pick: Evanston 30, Notre Dame 28

(20) Glenbard North at Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Glenbard North (0-1) lost 13-12 to Naperville Central last Friday as the Panthers defense looks to be in midseason form already. Waubonsie Valley (1-0) pulled off a 27-6 win over Lake Park as senior QB Jack Connelly made some key passes in his first varsity start. Can Waubonsie Valley's offense dent the Panthers defense? Can Glenbard North get its offense in gear?

EDGY's Pick: Glenbard North 17, Waubonsie Valley 10

(24) Neuqua Valley at (4) Naperville Central

EDGY's Take: Huge game in Naperville here. Neuqua Valley (1-0) was expected to rely heavily on the passing game, yet it was the running game led by senior RB/LB Nick Osikowiczin that helped the Wildcats beat Metea Valley last Friday. Naperville Central (1-0) gutted out a 13-12 win over Glenbard North as senior QB Connor Joyce leads the Redhawks offense along with senior WR Emmanuel Rugamba (Iowa). Can Naperville Central's defense lock down the Nequa Valley deep group of receivers? Can Naperville Central's offense control the football and win time of possession?

EDGY's Pick: Naperville Central 31, Neuqua Valley 30

(1) Homewood-Flossmoor at (5) Stevenson, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Homewood-Flossmoor (1-0) just took control early on in its Week 1 win over Downers Grove South. Senor QB Bryce Gray was locked in and the Vikings offense is as dangerous as any in the state this season. Stevenson (1-0) needed backup quarterback Aiden O'Connell after the second play of the game as starter Jack Sorenson (Miami Ohio) was injured in the Patriots' come-from-behind 26-24 win over Palatine. Can Stevenson's defense slow down the Vikings offense? How healthy and ready is QB Jack Sorenson this week (Sorenson has been cleared to play)?

EDGY's Pick: Homewood-Flossmoor 37, Stevenson 20

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball


No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

High School Lites has a huge lineup in place for this week's show as we'll feature five matchups between top-25 teams. With the Public League Playoff semifinals, Catholic League Blue, CSL South and SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

Catch the newest edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Public League Semifinals at Chicago State

No. 2 Orr vs. No. 3 Curie, 5 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the first semifinal puts these two top-3 teams against each other. Curie (23-3, 8-1) won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season as they were playing without senior guard Maurice Commander. Junior guard Marquise Walker and senior big men Traevon and Tyree Martin stepped up in that one. Orr (22-3, 9-0) has been on a roll lately as seniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith, Ty Mosley and Chase Adams are playing at a high level. 

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7 p.m. -- The second semifinal puts two Public League titans against each other. The Wolverines (23-3, 9-0) will be the favorite as they're still unbeaten against Illinois competition. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker is the leading Player of the Year candidate and he's surrounded by talented teammates. Whitney Young (22-6, 7-2) earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park earlier this week as the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Seniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda are experienced while sophomore Tyler Beard has elevated his play.

Friday's Other Games

No. 9 New Trier at No. 6 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the CSL South that could ultimately decide a tight conference race. Evanston (20-4, 8-1) won the first matchup in overtime on the road on Jan. 12 as they've won six straight games. New Trier (20-3, 7-1) has won 10 straight games since that loss to the Wildkits as they picked up an important overtime win over Maine South earlier this week.  

No. 8 Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- Two Catholic League powers battle here. Fenwick (17-7, 7-0) is trying to stay unbeaten in the conference as they picked up a win over Marmion earlier this week. Loyola (21-5, 5-2) has dropped two straight games on the road but the Ramblers are still trying to gain some momentum before the postseason starts. 

No. 18 Bolingbrook at No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the SouthWest Suburban Blue face in this one. The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) have recent wins over Hillcrest and Lincoln-Way East as they've been playing better basketball the past few weeks. The Raiders (17-5, 5-2) won the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 19 as they beat Sandburg in their last game. After a 10-day layoff, it'll be interesting to see how Bolingbrook looks in such an important game. 

Lockport at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue in this one as Sandburg look to get back on track. The Eagles (15-8, 2-5) have dropped two straight games, including a recent loss to Bolingbrook. Lockport (7-14, 1-6) recently knocked off Bolingbrook but they've also lost two straight heading into this one. Sandburg won the first matchup between these two teams with an overtime win on Jan. 19. 

Thornridge at Andrew, 6:30 p.m. --  Heading over into the SouthWest Suburban Red, Andrew tries to stay ahead of the pack for the league title. The Thunderbolts (16-8, 8-2) have won three straight games as they won on the road at Thornridge on Jan. 12. Thornridge (14-9, 3-6) has gone on a lot of runs this season as they've won two straight on the road after a five-game losing streak. 

Richards at Shepard, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the South Suburban Red matchup here. Shepard (15-7, 7-4) lost to Oak Lawn last week to snap a seven-game winning streak. Richards (11-12, 8-3) has played significantly better lately after a slow start. Both of these teams are battling with Oak Lawn for league supremacy. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

No. 20 Joliet Central at Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to the Southwest Prairie. Joliet Central (19-4, 11-0) is trying to go unbeaten in league play as they've won three straight games. Oswego East (16-7, 8-3) is coming off a big win over Romeoville earlier this week. The Steelmen won this first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15.