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High School Lites Week 6 football capsules and picks


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

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

De La Salle's Joe Bonds ready and excited for the next chapter of his football career


De La Salle's Joe Bonds ready and excited for the next chapter of his football career

Chicago De La Salle senior linebacker Joe Bonds (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and soon-to-be NIU Huskie will have zero problems fitting into the "The Hard Way" mantra once he reports to DeKalb this summer.

I had a chance to catch up with Bonds and his teammates at the sixth annual Franklin Middle School Dodgeball Tournament in Wheaton. Proceeds from the event benefited the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Cammy Can, Jack’s Army and Franklin Middle School.

Bonds, a three-star inside linebacker is one of several Chicagoland headline names who comprised of a very strong NIU recruiting 2018 class.

Bonds, who signed with the Huskies over offers from multiple FBS level schools, looks ahead and discusses his soon to be transition from De La Salle to college football and more.

What to watch for in this weekend's state-title hockey game between Loyola Academy and Stevenson

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What to watch for in this weekend's state-title hockey game between Loyola Academy and Stevenson

A state champion will be crowned Saturday at the United Center, when Loyola Academy Gold plays Stevenson for the Boys Red Division State Championship.

Here are some of the storylines we’re watching ahead of the game.

1. Coaching connection: These two coaches have known each other for more than 20 years. Loyola head coach D.J. LaVarre coached against Stevenson head coach Tom Wood when Wood played youth hockey. LaVarre also knows Tom’s dad, Jim, who is the former head coach at Stevenson. Currently the coach Stevenson’s JV 2 team, Jim won the AHAI high school coach of the year in 2007.

2. Fun rewards for players of the game: At Stevenson, the player of the game is awarded a hard hat. At Loyola, it’s a championship belt.

3. International influence: Stevenson’s goalie, Elias Sandholm, is a transfer student from Sweden and has the highest save percentage in school history, .951. He made the all-state team and the Chicago Showcase team.

4. Next man up: In net for Loyola will most likely be Hugh Brady, a senior who stepped up when Thomas Moran went down with a hip injury. Brady has played 47 games and has a .945 save percentage.

5. A drought will be snapped: Stevenson has never won a state championship. Loyola is looking for its first since 1996.

Puck drop is at 3 p.m., with the girls’ state championship game, Glenbrook vs. New Trier, starting at 11:30 a.m.

One more fun note: Team USA gold medalist and Palos Heights native Kendall Coyne will drop the ceremonial puck prior to both games.