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High School Lites second round football capsules and picks

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High School Lites second round football capsules and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the IHSA playoffs' second round edition of High School Lites, Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Who wins the “East” battle when top-ranked Lincoln-Way East takes on St. Charles East?  Can Oswego beat Glenbard West on Glenbard East’s field? Can the Curie Condors make it two shockers in a row when they host Marist at Rockne Stadium? Also: who you got this week in the Fox Valley Super Bowl? 

Class 8A

(1) Lincoln-Way East at (17) St. Charles East, 1 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Top-ranked Lincoln-Way East features a highly efficient offense, led by senior QB Brendan Morrissey. They also boast one of the state's top defenses, led by Northwestern commit DE Devin O'Rourke. St. Charles East wants to run the football. They have a nice mix of athletes with senior QB Clayton Isbell, senior RB/S Nick Garlisch and junior RB Justin Jett in the Saints’ option attack. Can the Lincoln-Way East defense take the running game away from St. Charles East? 

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 27, St. Charles East 14

(9) Oswego vs. (8) Glenbard West, 1 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Oswego plays hard-nosed, smash-mouth football. They play physical defense and run the football behind junior big back Charles Coleman (6-foot-2, 220 pounds). The Panthers also are big on the offensive line. Glenbard West also will look to run first with Dre Thomas, Tyquan Cox and Ryan Diver. Hilltoppers senior QB Alex Hollensbe is more than capable in the play-action passing game. Can Oswego run the football this week against the always-tough Hitters defense? Expect a hard hitting and extremely physical matchup here. 

EDGY's Pick: Glenbard West 21, Oswego 20

(3) Marist at (19) Curie, 3 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Curie and head coach Jay McDonagh stunned Lyons Township in the opening round.  The Condors pounded out nearly 500 yards of offense on the ground in the 46-28 win. Keep an eye on senior QB Ja'ki McNeail along with senior RB Antonion Howard and junior RB AJ Sayna. Marist will spread the field behind junior QB Mike Markett and a deep group of skills. The Redhawks defense has talent including DE Gavin McCabe (Indiana) and DT Elijah Teague (Minnesota). Can the Marist defense slow down the Curie running attack? Can the Curie defense contain Marist’s multiple weapons on Saturday?

EDGY's Pick: Marist 31, Curie 20

(11) Hinsdale Central at (6) Loyola, 1 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Loyola Academy needed to hang on and withstand a fourth quarter comeback to beat neighborhood rival New Trier 35-32 last week. Loyola also saw standout QB Quinn Boyle leave with an injury. His status for this week is unknown. Hinsdale Central has beaten teams this season with a balanced offense, led by junior QB Matt Rush, TE Matt Bjorson (Indiana), WR/RB Garrett Oakey. Their defense has been consistently strong. Will Loyola have a healthy Quinn Boyle this week? Can the Hinsdale Central offense dent the always-tough Loyola defense? Check the starting lineups, then be prepared for a great game here. 

EDGY's Pick: Loyola Academy 21, Hinsdale Central 19

Class 7A

(2) Normal Community at (18) Mount Carmel, noon

EDGY's Take: Normal Community and had coach Wes Temples has been strong this season behind QB Daylan Boddie. The Ironmen have size on both sides of the line including OL Marcellus Johnson (Eastern Michigan) and senior DL Dalton Tevis. Mount Carmel and Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti and have shuffled their personnel on offense a bit. It has helped, as they have been rolling of late. The Caravan will look towards its offensive backfield with QB Radomir Premovic, RB Kyle Davis and RB Aristotle Nakos along with speedy WR Alek Thomas to counter a solid Normal Community defensive front. Can the Ironmen win on the road at Gately? Can the Caravan's defense contain Normal’s speedy offensive skills?

EDGY's Pick: Mount Carmel 27, Normal Community 21

(11) St. Rita at (6) St. Charles North, 2 p.m.

EDGY's Take: St. Rita and head coach Todd Kuska are also having quarterback issues. Last week, Kuska had to bring in his third string QB Mick Doyle. He led the Mustangs to a 31-14 win over Simeon. The Mustangs will again rely on its running game led by senior RB Chris Childers (Indiana State) and a strong defense. St. Charles North has been lighting up the scoreboard behind senior QB Michael Hohensee, junior WR/DB Ty Nubin and senior RB Lucas Segobiano. Can the St. Rita defense slow down the North Stars’ potent offense? Can the Mustangs offense keep moving the chains regardless of who's under center?

EDGY's Pick: St. Charles North 31, St. Rita 20

Class 6A

(1) Prairie Ridge at (9) Cary-Grove, 1 p.m.

EDGY's Take: It’s the Fox Valley Super Bowl, Part 2. Both Prairie Ridge and Cary-Grove run nearly identical triple option offenses. Their defenses are similar. Both have big time players and no one knows each other better than the Wolves know the Trojans (and vice-versa). Prairie Ridge is paced by senior QB Samson Evans (Iowa) and senior OL/DL Jeff Jenkins (Iowa) while Cary Grove will rely on senior RB Max Skol, senior QB Quinn Priester plus senior OL/DL Brett Groves (SIU). Can you say an overtime (or three) here?

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 28, Cary Grove 27 in OT

(5) DeKalb at (4) Willowbrook, 1:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Matt Weckler’s DeKalb Barbs have taken big strides towards becoming a 6A power. They feature a balanced offensive attack led by QB Noah Valin and with junior RB Jaylen Hobson. Willowbrook, coached by Nick Hildreth, is playing at a high level. The program has been gaining momentum over the past few seasons. The Warriors will rely on bruising senior RB Jack Jessen plus QB John Taylor. Can DeKalb win the line of scrimmage and slow down Willowbrook and RB Jack Jessen? 

EDGY's Pick: DeKalb 24, Willowbrook 21

(7) Hoffman Estates at (15) Lake Forest, 1 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Hoffman Estates stunned CCL DeLaSalle 34-0 to advance. The Hawks will look to QB Austin Coalson and a deep group of skills on offense. Take note of Purdue commit WR/LB Jaylan Alexander and senior WR Jayvon Blissett. Lake Forest also looked solid in its win last week over Riverside-Brookfield 35-19. Senior QB Jack Mislinski once again played well in leading the Scouts’ offense. Can the Lake Forest defense contain the multiple weapons from Hoffman Estates?

EDGY's Pick: Hoffman Estates 34, Lake Forest 24

(8) St. Laurence at (16) Hinsdale South, 6 p.m.

EDGY's Take: St. Laurence got a school record-setting performance from RB Tori Clinton who gained 416 of the Vikings 556 yards on the ground in it's 48-28 win over Quincy last week. Hinsdale South, the last team to make the IHSA state playoff field, stunned top-seeded Crete-Monee 28-20 to advance. The Hornets will look to senior WR Destin Talbot and senior QB Justin Kolzow to carry the load. They have a speedy and athletic team on both sides of the football. Can the Hinsdale South defense slow down St. Laurence and RB Tori Clinton? Can the Vikings defense get a handle on the Hornets potent offense? 

EDGY's Pick: Hinsdale South 35, St. Laurence 34

NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2018 IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2018 IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships

Network to televise LIVE coverage of the Class 1A-4A IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships from Redbird Arena in Normal, IL over the next two weekends

PLUS -- Live streaming coverage of EVERY IHSA Girls Basketball State Championship telecast – including surrounding pre/postgame coverage – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app

NBCSportsChicago.com/Preps to air highlight packages from all semifinal, consolation, and championship games; “High School Lites” Girls Championships specials to air Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 at 11:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (February 20, 2018) NBC Sports Chicago, the home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Championships, will be airing LIVE cross-platform coverage of the 2018 IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships on Friday, February 23 & Saturday, February 24 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3 (Class 3A & 4A) from Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal, IL.  Over the next two weekends, Illinois preps hoops fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed semifinal, consolation and championship battle starting Friday at 11:00 AM CT featuring four, live semifinal match-ups, along with a pair of consolation and two huge state championship title games on Saturday.  Plus – EVERY game will be telecast in a high-definition (HD) format.  The 2018 IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

In addition -- EVERY IHSA Girls Basketball State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be streamed LIVE on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can watch live IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Several IHSA Girls Basketball State Championship telecasts will all air live on NBC Sports Chicago+…NBC Sports Chicago+ is located on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area and in South Bend, IN, and on ch. 285 in Comcast/Xfinity’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets…viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (http://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/channel-finder ) or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state. 
  • Fans are also strongly urged to interact via Twitter throughout the entire weekend by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams. 

In addition, NBCSportsChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (NBCSportsChicago.com/preps) will feature highlight packages from all games over the next two weekends, plus – NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to a special championship editions of High School Lites on Friday, February 23 & Friday, March 2 (both nights live at 11:00 PM) for a complete rundown of every girls championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews, along with the latest highlights and playoff scenarios for the upcoming IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships, which will take place the weekends of March 8-10 & March 17-18 at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL.  (NOTE: Full schedule details regarding NBC Sports Chicago’s live coverage of the 2017 Boys Basketball State Championships will be announced the week of March 5.)

The following schedule details NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the 2018 IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships over the next two weekends (all times Central Time) (play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses):

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

11:00 AM –      Class 1A Semifinal #1: Okaw Valley (Bethany) vs. Stockton (Lee Hall/Chloe Barnes/Elise Menaker)

12:45 PM –      Class 1A Semifinal #2: Lebanon vs. Schlarman (Danville) (Lee Hall/Chloe Barnes/Elise Menaker)

5:30 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #1: Harlan (Chicago) vs. Eureka (Dave Bernhard/Patricia Babcock-McGraw/Elise Menaker)

7:15 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #2: Marshall (Chicago) vs. Teutopolis (Dave Bernhard/Patricia Babcock-McGraw/Elise Menaker)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

11:00 AM –      Class 1A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Chloe Barnes/Elise Menaker)

12:45 PM –      Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Chloe Barnes/Elise Menaker)

5:30 PM –        Class 2A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Patricia Babcock-McGraw/Elise Menaker)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

7:15 PM –        Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Patricia Babcock-McGraw/Elise Menaker)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11:00 AM –      Class 3A: Semifinal #1 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Katy Winge/Camron Smith)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

12:45 PM –      Class 3A: Semifinal #2 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Katy Winge/Camron Smith)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

5:30 PM –        Class 4A: Semifinal #1 (Teams TBD) (Nate Baliva/TBA/Katy Winge)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

7:15 PM –        Class 4A: Semifinal #2 (Teams TBD) (Nate Baliva/TBA/Katy Winge)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11:00 AM –      Class 3A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Mike Bradd/Katy Winge/Camron Smith)

12:45 PM –      Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Mike Bradd/Katy Winge/Camron Smith)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER   for the exact channel location in your area)

5:30 PM –        Class 4A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Nate Baliva/TBA/Katy Winge)

(NOTE: This game will air in its entirety on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact channel location in your area)…ALSO, this game will be joined in progress on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location immediately following “Blackhawks Postgame Live”

7:15 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Nate Baliva/TBA/Katy Winge)

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

The Class 1A and 2A regionals begin this week and the regular season is finishing up for every other team in the state. We're getting that much closer to state titles being decided in Peoria. Simeon remains the clear No. 1 in the latest Power Rankings after beating No. 4 Whitney Young and No. 2 Orr by double digits on the way to earning a third straight Public League Playoff title, while a couple of familiar faces are back in the tail end of the rankings.

1. Simeon (25-3, 9-0) (1) -- Simeon stays at No. 1 after winning the Public League Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Wolverines have now defeated teams No. 2 through No. 6 in the Preps Power Rankings for a 6-0 record on the season in which the average margin of victory has been 14.5 points per game. The clear No. 1 in the state of Illinois, Simeon has the week off before the Class 4A playoffs.

2. Orr (22-4, 9-0) (2) -- Orr put up a good fight but they ultimately fell short to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff title game. The Spartans did gain revenge on No. 3 Curie, however, with a big semifinal win on Friday. Orr has to forget the title loss ahead of the Class 2A Playoffs that begin this week as the Spartans try to repeat as champions.

3. Curie (23-4, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors have only lost to No. 1 and No. 2 when it comes to in-state losses as they remain one of the most complete and balanced teams in the state. Curie has the week off before the IHSA Playoffs.

4. Whitney Young (22-7, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park before falling to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals. The Dolphins also have the week off before they attempt to repeat as Class 4A champions. 

5. Morgan Park (18-9, 7-2) (5) Disappointing result for the Mustangs as they lost on a buzzer-beater in the Public League Playoffs to Whitney Young. Defending champions in Class 3A, the Mustangs will rest this week before the playoffs begin.

6. Fenwick (18-7, 8-0) (8) -- The Friars earned two wins during the week as they beat Marmion while also getting a huge conference road win at Loyola. Fenwick will battle Taft during the week.

7. New Trier (22-3, 8-1) (9) -- New Trier had one of the best weeks of any team in the area as they picked up wins over Maine South and Evanston. Now the leaders in the rugged CSL South, the Trevians have some more tough games against Niles North and Glenbrook North this week. 

8. Evanston (20-5, 8-2) (6) -- Evanston's red-hot recent play was finally slowed down as they fell to rival New Trier. The Wildkits will try to bounce back when they play Vernon Hills in a Central Suburban crossover this week.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (21-5, 12-0) (11) -- The Huskies finished the West Suburban Silver season unbeaten following wins over York and Proviso West. OPRF gets a great test right before the playoffs when they face Hinsdale South in the West Suburban championship game.

10. Benet (21-4) (6-1) (12) -- Two wins for the Redwings this week when they beat Joliet Catholic and Stevenson. Things aren't easy for Benet this week as they head to Marian Catholic before hosting Carmel in two tough ESCC games. 

11. West Aurora (19-4, 8-0) (13) -- The winning streak is now 11 for the Blackhawks after beating South Elgin. West Aurora will play Bartlett and crosstown rival East Aurora this week as they try to keep the momentum going into the playoffs. 

12. Marist (23-4, 6-2) (15) -- Marist picked up a double-digit win over St. Patrick during the week as they prepare for the Class 4A draw. The RedHawks will have an ESCC game against Marian Central this week. 

13. Niles North (22-4, 5-4) (8) -- The Vikings fell to CSL South rival Maine South and followed that up with an overtime win over a tough Wisconsin team in St. Catherine's. The Vikings get a crack at conference leader New Trier this week before playing Maine West in a tough Central Suburban crossover. 

14. Marian Catholic (20-4, 5-3) (16) -- Three wins for the Spartans during the week as they knocked off Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. Marian Catholic gets a tough test this week when they host Benet in its final ESCC game.

15. Naperville North (23-2, 14-1) (17) -- The Huskies have won eight straight games as they clinched at least a share of the DuPage Valley Conference with a win over Waubonsie Valley this week. Naperville North hosts Wheaton-Warrenville South this week to decide the DVC title.

16. DePaul Prep (20-6, 5-3) (19) -- Picking up a convincing double-digit win over Mount Carmel, the Rams got back on track after the loss to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will host Montini during the week as they prepare for Class 3A. 

17. Loyola (21-6, 5-3) (10) -- Tough recent stretch for the Ramblers as they fell to St. Joseph and Fenwick to fall out of the Catholic League Blue race. Loyola hosts Steinmetz for a tune-up this week. 

18. Hillcrest (21-5, 13-0) (21) -- Hillcrest survived a tight win over T.F. North before winning convincingly against Oak Forest. The Hawks have the week off as they prep for Class 3A. 

19. Leo (19-5, 8-0) (22) -- Finishing the regular season with a big win over Marmion, the Lions will be one of the area teams to watch in the Class 2A playoffs as they are in the Marshall Regional. 

20. Homewood-Flossmoor (16-6, 7-1) (23) -- Another huge win for Homewood-Flossmoor as the Vikings took down Bolingbrook to keep a lead in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor goes on the road this week to battle Sandburg and Lockport. 

21. Hinsdale South (20-5, 10-2) (24) -- The Hornets stayed hot with wins over Addison Trail and Proviso East as they clinched the West Suburban Gold. Hinsdale South has a tough battle against Oak Park-River Forest in the West Suburban championship game this week. 

22. St. Viator (22-5, 8-0) (25) -- The Lions picked up some wins against Carmel and Bartlett. St. Viator will try to close out the ESCC with an undefeated record when they play Nazareth this week. 

23. Bolingbrook (17-6, 5-3) (18) -- Bolingbrook fell out of the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference race when they lost to Homewood-Flossmoor. The Raiders still have some tough games to close out the regular season when they play Lincoln-Way East and Stagg.

24. Maine South (20-7, 6-4) (NR) -- Huge win for Maine South as they knocked off Niles North after losing to New Trier in overtime earlier in the week. The Hawks close out the regular season with a Central Suburban Crossover against Highland Park.

25. Willowbrook (22-5, 9-3) (NR) -- Willowbrook is back in the rankings by earning three double-digit wins over Morton, Leyden and Downers South. The Warriors have only lost to ranked teams like West Aurora and Hinsdale South lately as they've been playing well.