Preps Talk

High School Lites Week 2 football capsules and picks

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 2 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11 p.m. Can Prairie Ridge stay unbeaten in the Fox Valley against the always-tough Red Raiders in Huntley? Can Richards catch Phillips napping after the Wildcats’ win over Loyola? Who wins the battle of first year head coaches when Montini Catholic travels to Lake Zurich? And who comes away with a win when No. 3 Lincoln-Way East takes on top-ranked Maine South? Watch the show on CSN or live stream at csnchicago.com/watchlive.

No. 2 Prairie Ridge @ No. 19 Huntley, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The road doesn't get any easier for Prairie Ridge. The Wolves will look to get a bit more offensive production from the option game, led by Iowa commit QB Samson Evans. Huntley needed a late, come from behind touchdown to beat Jacobs last Friday 30-27. Can the Red Raiders and standout QB Eric Mooney dent a very strong Prairie Ridge defense? The top matchup to watch here will be the Prairie Ridge offensive line versus the Huntley defensive line. Think power versus power here. 

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 21, Huntley 14

No. 6 Phillips @ Richards, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Phillips came away with a huge 20-14 win last Saturday night over Loyola. Senior QB J'Bore Gibbs leads the Wildcats offense while senior RB Craig Elmore is a battering ram. The Wildcats also have a roster loaded with talent including NIU commit DT Queneil Morrison and senior DE Terrance Taylor. Richards features a potent 1-2 on offense with junior QB/S Sebastian Castro plus junior RB Derek Flowers. Can the Richards defense find an answer to the Wildcats multiple weapons? Can the Phillips defense contain QB Castro and make the Bulldogs offense more one dimensional? 

EDGY's Pick: Phillips 28, Richards 20

Riverside-Brookfield @ Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take:  It's Bulldogs versus Bulldogs this week. Riverside-Brookfield had very little issue last Friday beating Morton 33-0. Wauconda is coming off a Week 1 loss to Richmond-Burton 27-14. The Bulldogs got off to an early lead but couldn't slow down the Richmond-Burton running game. Can Riverside-Brookfield run the ball against the Wauconda defense? Can Wauconda and QB Andrew Saccameno get the offense on back track this week?

EDGY's Pick: Riverside-Brookfield 31, Wauconda 21

St. Laurence @ IC Prep, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: St. Laurence took one on the chin in last week's 49-28 loss to Benet Academy. The Vikings look to rebound against another powerhouse, this time against defending Class 3A state champion Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst. The Knights beat Bishop McNamara 43-7 last Friday and senior QB Luke Ricobene is back again this fall. He leads a potent and athletic offense. Can the Vikings slow down the Knights offense? Can St. Laurence offense get the Knights defense back on its heels?

EDGY's Pick: Immaculate Conception 43, St. Laurence 27

No. 16 Montini @ No. 5 Lake Zurich, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Montini Catholic rolled to a 51-8 win over Hyde Park last week as longtime assistant and first-year head coach Mike Bukovsky won his first game at the helm. Lake Zurich was able to lock down Fremd for a 21-3 win. The Bears defense held the Vikings to just seven yards rushing in the game. Can the Montini Catholic spread offense move the football consistently against the Lake Zurich defense? Can the Lake Zurich offense wear down the Broncos defense with extended drives and also finish with points?

EDGY's Pick: Lake Zurich 27, Montini Catholic 17

No. 3 Lincoln-Way East @ No. 1 Maine South, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: These two highly-ranked Class 8A powers will square off in this rematch from the 2016 Class 8A quarterfinal round, a Maine South 34-31 win. The Hawks couldn't have drawn it up any better in Week One. They trounced Glenbard West 62-34 on Saturday as RB Fotis Kokosioulis (NIU) ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns while senior QB John O'Sullivan was a perfect 13-of-13 passing for 169 yards in his starting varsity debut. Lincoln-Way East and head coach Rob Zvonar posted a strong 27-7 win over Crete-Monee to start the season. Senior QB Brendan Morrissey leads the East offense and is a true dual-threat option. Can the East defense limit the Hawks’ touches on offense and force several three-and-outs this week? Can the Maine South defense slow down the East running game and make the Griffins offense one dimensional?

EDGY's Pick: Maine South 27, Lincoln-Way East 20

VIEWERS' CHOICE: Libertyville @ Batavia, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This is easily one of the more intriguing matchups for the second straight season, featuring two Class 7A power programs. Batavia posted an impressive 21-0 win last Friday over Lemont as the Bulldogs got a big night from QB Riley Cooper. The Batavia defense held Lemont to just seven first downs in the game. Libertyville also played well in its 27-14 win over Highland Park last week as the Wildcats ran the football behind its big offensive line and RB Brendan Bazar. Can the Batavia defense lock down Libertyville as well this week? Can the Wildcats defense contain a balanced Batavia offensive attack?

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 28, Libertyville 21