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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.

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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

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

School: Simeon

2016-17 record: 30-4, 8-2 Public League Red-South

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A Title Game

Players to watch: Senior Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) is one of the area's premier two-way players. Senior forward Messiah Jones (Drake) is an elite leaper and rebounder. Talented junior guard KeJuan Clements is also back. The Wolverines also added some intriguing transfers in Xavier Pinson (St. Pat's) and Northwest Indiana native Zion Young. Both Pinson and Young have Division I interest and add even more perimeter firepower. 

Why they're in the power rankings: On paper, you could argue that Simeon is the most talented team in the state this season. The Wolverines have proven veterans who have won city titles and Division I transfers at multiple positions. But how will all of the pieces fit together? This is a fascinating group with a high ceiling.

Did you know? Making it back to Peoria last season, Simeon has now made 13 state finals appearances.

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

2016-17 record: 23-5, 8-2 Public League Red-West

Postseason results: Won Class 2A State Championship.

Players to watch: Seniors Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake are both major All-Area threats after strong junior seasons. Another senior, Ty Mosley, might actually be the best long-term college prospect of the group as he's pledged to Milwaukee for next season. Sharpshooter Brian Hernandez is another seasoned veteran who has a knack for making big plays.

Why they're in the power rankings: The Spartans return most of last season's Class 2A title team and they also added some key transfers in former Marian Catholic point guard Chase Adams and former Clark wing Demarius Splunge. While the Spartans should be the heavy favorites to repeat in Class 2A, they haven't made as much noise in the Public League Playoffs, which is why they're still behind some of the other schools in the preseason Power Rankings.

Did you know? Orr was absolutely dominant during its Class 2A title run last March as the Spartans won by an average of 21 points. Only one team, Uplift, even played Orr to within single digits and that was still a nine-point margin of victory.