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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. — just after Chicago Bulls basketball. 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 the big boys. 8A and 7A teams are in position to boost their playoff resume. Which game should we give some love to on Friday night?

Curie vs. Simeon, 7:15 p.m. (Gately Stadium)

Maine South at New Trier, 7:30 p.m.

Lake Park at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Poll opens Tuesday 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.

In for the long haul? Five teams who impressed in Week One

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In for the long haul? Five teams who impressed in Week One

While we are still just one week into the 2017 IHSA football season, a few schools came away with eye-catching victories in the opening weekend. Could the following five teams stick around for the long haul?

Addison Trail- The Blazers posted a strong 28-0 win over Glenbard South to open the season. Head coach Paul Parpet Jr. has a standout in senior RB Nick D'Ambrose. A-Trail also brings back experienced line play on both sides of the football. They travel to Elmhurst to take on York this week.

Hillcrest- The biggest high school football question in Country Club Hills was regarding new head coach Morgan Weaver: could he carry over the Hawks' success from former head coach Marquise Cole? After the Hawks blasted Morgan Park 52-0 last Saturday, it's looking like Hillcrest should be just fine this fall. Hillcrest hosts the Stars from Rich South Friday.

St. Edward- The Green Wave got off to a torrid 4-0 start last season before losing five straight games to end the season. But after Friday's impressive 44-26 win over 5A power Metamora, you can't help but get excited about the Green Wave's chances in 2017. Senior QB Dylan Mlinarich, an All-State quarterback last season, is one of several returning starters to watch this fall. No rest for the Wave, though, as they welcome a solid Chicago Hope Academy team to Elgin Friday night.

[MORE: Edgy Tim's Week Two Power Rankings]

Lake Park- The Lancers pulled off one of the most impressive upset wins last Friday, beating Waubonsie Valley 36-34. And as a result, they picked up a huge early-season DuPage Valley Conference victory. Lake Park and head coach Chris Roll took their lumps last season, finishing 2-7. However, they welcomed back 30 seniors and feature a roster loaded with varisity experience. Keep an eye on senior QB Jackson Behles and senior LB Gino Romano for the Lancers. Up next: a home date with Wheaton Warrenville South Friday night.

Oswego East- The Wolves and head coach Tyson LeBlanc had several big questions heading into the season. One of them figuring out how to replace several starters from last year's 9-2 state playoff team. In steps junior ATH Justin Clark, who can play several spots for the Wolves including quarterback. Illinois verbal commit DB Antwain Walker is another name to watch. Both played huge roles in the Oswego East 36-20 win over Joliet West last Friday. The Wolves travel to Romeoville on Friday.
 

27 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

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27 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Glenbard East

Head coach: John Walters

Assistant coaches: Jeff Cherry, Maurice Mason, Jim Walker, Tiff Hamilton, Dennis Lueck, Matt Lahey, Bruce Fisher , Bob Stone, Kevin Kane, Joe Cristina, Tony Bartolatta

How they fared in 2016: 2-7 (2-3 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field.

[MORE: 28 Days to Kickoff - Lake Park]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 1 vs. St. Charles East

Sept. 8 vs. South Elgin

Sept. 15 @ West Aurora

Sept. 22 @ St. Charles North

Sept. 29 vs. East Aurora

Oct. 6 vs. Jacobs

Oct. 13 @ West Chicago

Oct. 20 vs. Bartlett

Biggest storyline: Can Glenbard East survive their first five games of the regular season?

Names to watch this season: junior QB Bret Bushka, senior DE Pat Lyons

Biggest holes to fill: The Rams will need to reload this summer on both the offensive and defensive line.

EDGY's early take: Glenbard East will face a very tough early schedule including games against four state playoffs team from a season ago. The Rams return nearly its entire offensive skills group and defensive back seven from last season, which is a big plus. If Glenbard East can pull off a win or two early, they have a chance of finishing strong towards the second half of the regular season.