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High School Lites Week 6 football capsules and picks

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High School Lites Week 6 football capsules and picks

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 6 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11 p.m. Can Morris beat DeKalb at home in one of the top Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference showdowns of the season? Can H-F find a way to dent the Lincoln-Way East defense this week and dethrone the top-ranked Griffins? Can Glenbard West slow down Lyons Township and QB Ben Bryant in a huge West Suburban Silver showdown? Can Loyola travel well and beat St. Rita on the South Side in another big CCL Blue match up?  Watch the show on CSN or live stream at csnchicago.com/watchlive.

No. 2 Prairie Ridge at McHenry, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Prairie Ridge (5-0), coached by Chris Schremp, has continued to roll this season behind Iowa commit QB Samson Evans. He’s averaging nearly 10 yards per carry running the Wolves’ option attack. McHenry (2-3) was a state playoff team last season but the Warriors will need to play inspired football this week to avoid their fourth loss on the season. Can the McHenry defense find a way to derail the Wolves’ power running game? 

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 45, McHenry 21

No. 25  DeKalb at Morris, 7:15 p.m. #SendEDGY

EDGY's Take: Both DeKalb (5-0/2-0) and Morris (5-0/1-0) will square off this week in what is shaping up to be the conference championship game in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. DeKalb and head coach Matt Weckler will look to the running game, led by RB Jaylin Hobson. The Barbs’ defense is also very strong. Morris and head coach Alan Thorson also wants to establish its running game with RB Kameron Dransfeldt and RB Austin Hatcher. The Redskins are also getting a nice season from QB Mitchell Mayberry. Can the Morris defense slow down the Barbs’ running game? Can the DeKalb defense slow down the Redskins’ running game? Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: DeKalb 35, Morris 34 (OT)

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East at No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take:  Lincoln-Way East (5-0/3-0) withstood a poor first half and defeated rival Lincoln-Way Central 28-14 last week thanks to the running game of senior QB Brendan Morrissey and sophomore WR/RB AJ Henning. The Griffins will also rely on their defensive line, led by Northwestern commit Devin O'Rourke. H-F (5-0/3-0) has rolled so far this season behind an explosive offense. It is centered around senior RB Justin Hall (NIU), but sophomore QB Dominick Jones has also developed into yet another key weapon this fall for the Vikings. Can the Lincoln-Way East defense contain H-F’s speed and weapons on offense? Can the Vikings defense take away the Griffins running game?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28, H-F 27

No. 19 Batavia at Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This game is one of the state's oldest and best rivalry games. Batavia (5-0/3-0) and head coach Dennis Piron feature QB Riley Cooper and a Bulldogs defense that's been lights out all season. That includes last week's 7-0 win over St. Charles East. Geneva (3-2/2-1), coached by Rob Wicinski, is dealing with a rash of injuries this week and will need to reshuffle the deck in several key spots. Can Geneva find some offense this week against the Batavia defense? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 27, Geneva 10

No. 10 Loyola at No. 17 St. Rita, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Loyola (4-1/1-0) has been impressive since its Week 1 loss to Phillips. The Ramblers will look to senior QB Quinn Boyle and the always-tough Loyola defense. St. Rita (4-1/1-1) was able to get its offense going last Friday over Mount Carmel. Senior QB Jake Zlyman and senior RB Chris Childers (Indiana State) have been keys for the Mustangs. Can St. Rita slow down the Loyola offense and Boyle? Can the Loyola defense limit the St. Rita offense and slow down the running game?

EDGY's Pick: Loyola 21, St. Rita 14

No. 20 Glenbard West at No. 9 Lyons Township, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet adjusted some defensive personnel after the Hilltoppers’ opening week loss to Maine South. The results? Big improvements. Their offense has also played well. Key contributors include QB Alex Hollensbe, RB Dre Thomas, RB Ryan Diver and WR Alec Pierce. Lyons Township (5-0/2-0) and head coach Kurt Weinberg will rely on QB Ben Bryant (Cincinnati) plus a strong core of backs and receivers and a veteran offensive line. Can the Lyons defense slow down the Glenbard West offense? Can the Glenbard West defense contain the passing attack from L-T? 

EDGY's Pick: Lyons Township 27, Glenbard West 24

VIEWERS' CHOICE: Oak Lawn at Shepard, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Oak Lawn (3-2/1-1), coached by Nick Novak, has gotten a nice season so far from junior RB Nick Puente along with senior OL/DL Patrick Michaels. Coach Dom Passolano’s Shepard Astros (4-1/2-1) are loaded with speed, highlighted by junior QB Marquel Porter, junior WR Rishard Blake and senior WR Nieko Carter. Can Oak Lawn's defense contain Shepard's speedy offensive skills department? Can the Spartans offense run the football and win time of possession?

EDGY's Pick: Shepard 34, Oak Lawn 21

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, it's all about Bubble Watch. All of the featured games below include teams who are fighting to get on the right side of the playoff bubble. Which game is the most worthy for our cameras?

Evergreen Park at Tinley Park, 7:00 p.m.

Woodstock at Richmond-Burton, 7:00 p.m.

Elmwood Park at Aurora Central Catholic, 7:00 p.m.

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

High School Lites Week 8 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 8 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. There were a few clashes between ranked teams and a tight game in the MSL East as our own Edgy Tim was there for the finish.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 9

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week: No. 3 Maine South rolls past New Trier

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Willowbrook's Betty-Ann Garrett

St. Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West

Faith in FootballMount Carmel on the move 

Friday's Top 25 Games

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 49, Thornwood 6

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 30, Jacobs 16

No. 3 Maine South 45, New Trier 7

No. 4 Marist 38, Benet 24

No. 5 Lake Zurich 40, Libertyville 14

No. 6 Phillips 14, Solorio 9

No. 7 Loyola Academy 28, No. 20 Providence 3

No. 8 Glenbard West 24, Oak Park-River Forest 14

No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 41, Andrew 12

No. 10 Barrington 48, Schaumburg 20

No. 11 Huntley 51, Crystal Lake South 26

No. 12 Naperville Central 14, No. 13 Wheaton North 7

No. 14 Hinsdale Central 21, No. 17 Lyons Township 20

No. 15 Batavia 35, Larkin 6

Zion-Benton 21, No. 16 Warren 14

No. 19 Crete-Monee 59, Kankakee 0

Lake Park 29, No. 21 Neuqua Valley 23

Waubonsie Valley 42, No. 23 Naperville North 35

No. 24 St. Rita 23, Brother Rice 6

Other Highlights

Hersey holds off Rolling Meadows

Minooka takes down Oswego East

Saturday's Top 25 Games

No. 18 Stevenson at Waukegan

No. 22 Cary-Grove at South Elgin

No. 25 Bolingbrook at Thornton