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High School Lites Week 7 football capsules and picks


High School Lites Week 7 football capsules and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 7 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Who wins the annual Battle of Naperville when Central's Redhawks take on thier rivals from North? Can Raby find a way to upset Phillips? Who wins the ESCC showdown when Nazareth Academy plays at Marist? Antioch and Lakes also have a ton on the line in a fantastic Northern Lake County conference battle. Watch the show on NBC Sports Chicago or live stream at

Raby at (6) Phillips, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Raby (6-0, 3-0), coached by Deangelo Dereef, has been locking down teams all season. The Raiders' defense has allowed a mere 18 points on the season. The key names on the roster include senior RB Danquis Smith and LB Donovan Baldwin. Phillips (6-0, 3-0) has just rolled along in the CPL Illini Land of Lincoln conference play behind a strong running game and a tough-as-nails defense. Senior QB J'Bore Gibbs (South Dakota State) and senior RB/LB Craig Elmore lead the Wildcats offense. Can Raby's defense slow down the Phillips offense? 

EDGY's Pick: Phillips 37, Raby 12

Woodstock at Johnsburg, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Johnsburg (6-0, 3-0), under head coach Dan DeBoeuf,  has been able to reload this season after advancing to the 4A state title game in 2016. Senior QB Adam Jayko, who was one of the lone Skyhawk holdovers this fall, has been electric. He has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards passing and 21 touchdowns. Woodstock (4-2, 2-1) is coached by Tommy Thompson. He lost starting QB Tanner Heidtke to an injury in last week's 55-16 loss to Burlington Central. Can the Streaks slow down the Skyhawks' passing attack? 

EDGY's Pick: Johnsburg 42, Woodstock 14

Antioch at Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take:  This is a huge rivalry game in the Northern Lake County conference. Antioch (6-0, 4-0) and head coach Brian Glashagel will feature senior QB Brandon Gallimore and RB Hunter Price. On defense, keep an eye on junior DL Xavier Sanchez. Lakes (6-0, 4-0) and first year head coach Jordan Elder will counter with QB Jake Johnson, RB Ethan Greenfield and senior LB Ryan Selig (Western Michigan). Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: Lakes 28, Antioch 27

(2) Prairie Ridge at Hampshire, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Prairie Ridge (6-0, 5-0) has been rolling in Fox Valley Conference play behind Iowa verbal commit QB Samson Evans, senior RB Zach Gulbransen and a quick, stingy defense. Hampshire (1-5/1-4) will rely on the arm of QB Drew Dalby. The Whip-Purs will look to stun the Wolves on Friday.

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 46, Hampshire 12

(10) Naperville Central vs. Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. at North Central College

EDGY's Take: Naperville Central (5-1, 5-0) is looking to maintain its hold on the DuPage Valley conference as they take on rival Naperville North (4-2, 3-2) at North Central College. Naperville Central is led by junior QB Payton Thorne, senior WR Jayden Reed (Western Michigan), senior RB AJ Deinhart and a steady defense. Naperville North will look towards senior QB Drake Davis to lead the way. He has been pacing the resurgent Huskies' passing attack. Keep an eye on senior WR Nick Calcagno for North as well. Can Naperville North turn this game into a shootout? Can the Naperville Central defense slow down North's passing attack?

EDGY's Pick: Naperville Central 36, Naperville North 35

(15) Nazareth at (4) Marist, 7:30 p.m. **#SendEdgy**

EDGY's Take: Nazareth Academy (6-0, 4-0), coached by Tim Racki, has a very young and talented roster this fall. The Roadrunners feature junior RB/DB Devin Blakely and a deep group in the offensive skills department. The defense is led by senior DL Isaiah Lee (Iowa State). Marist has a first-year head coach in Ron Dawczak. The Redhawks always can score points with junior QB Mike Markett and senior RB Delonte Harrell. The Marist defense is no joke. Keep an eye on senior DE Gavin McCabe (Indiana) and DT Elijah Teague (Minnesota). What's the key match up to watch? The Roadrunners' offensive line against the Redhawks' defensive line. 

EDGY's Pick: Marist 32, Nazareth 17

(5) Lake Zurich at (12) Stevenson, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: First-year head coach Luke Mertens has kept his Lake Zurich Bears at the top of the North Suburban conference behind a strong defense, a powerful running game and a steady dose of effective play-action passing game. Keep an eye on senior RB/LB Joey Stutzman, senior LB Jack Sanborn (Wisconsin) and senior QB Evan Lewansdowski. Stevenson (5-1, 4-0) and first year head coach Josh Hjorth also haven't skipped a beat in 2017. Their offense is led by QB Grayson Kubow and RB Jean-Marc Etienne. Their defense has allowed just 31 total points against teams from Illinois so far this season. Can both teams stop the opponents running game? Will the passing game be forced to take center stage?

EDGY's Pick: Lake Zurich 28, Stevenson 21

VIEWERS' CHOICE: Hyde Park vs Washington, Thursday 4:15 p.m. at Gately

EDGY's Take:  Hyde Park (3-3, 3-1) is still very much in the CPL Chicago Windy City conference title picture but the Thunderbirds need a win on Thursday against Washington (3-3, 1-3). Washington has lost three of its last four games.

EDGY's Pick: Hyde Park 28, Washington 16

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central 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 unveiled the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Naperville Central

Head Coach: Mike Stine

Assistant Coaches: Mike Ulreich (Assistant Head Coach Defense/Defensive Coordinator), Eric Novak (D-Line), Tim Boecker (Defensive Backs), Marc Anderson (Defensive Backs), Josh McLeod (Linebackers/Rush Ends), Pat Watson (Assistant Head Coach Offense/Offensive Line), Chad Bradley (Quarterbacks), Adam Freed (Running Backs), Phil Allen (Tight Ends/Fullbacks),, Cris Crissey (Wide Receivers), Kofi Hughes (Wide Receivers)

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 13 Phillips]

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25 @ Glenbard North

September 1 vs. Neuqua Valley

September 8 vs. Metea Valley

September 15 @ Waubonsie Valley

September 22 vs. Wheaton South

September 30 vs. St. Edward Ohio

October 6 vs Naperville North at NCC

October 13 vs. Wheaton North

October 20 @ Lake Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks potentially explosive offense help out a younger defense in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB AJ Deinhart, junior OL Luke Hallstrom

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will feature just two returning starters on defense this fall in senior DL Lavar Arichibald and senior DB Braden Lindmark.

EDGY's Early Take: Naperville Central's offense was able to add a huge spark when former Metea Valley junior QB Payton Thorne and senior WR/DB Jayden Reed (Western Michigan) transferred into Naperville Central this past spring. The schedule is always rough in the DuPage Valley, including a Week 1 opener against Glenbard North, yet this Redhawks team has a ton of potential and longer term upside in 2017. 

77 Days To Kickoff: Bishop McNamara


77 Days To Kickoff: Bishop McNamara 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 July 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Bishop McNamara

Head coach: Rich Zinanni

Assistant coaches: Jack Roney, Kurt Belisle, Mike Yarborough, JJ Hollis, Brent Dolliger, Chris LaMore

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-1 Chicago Catholic League White), failed to qualify for the IHSA state playoffs.

[RELATED: 78 Days To Kickoff - Naperville Central]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Immaculate Conception

Sept. 1 – Von Steuben

Sept. 8 – St. Laurence

Sept. 15 - @ Marmion Academy

Sept. 22 - @ Leo

Sept. 29 – Aurora Christian

Oct. 6 - St. Rita

Oct. 13 - @ St. Ignatius

Oct. 20 - @ Chicago Hope Academy

Biggest storyline: Can the Fightin' Irish return to the playoffs in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB/DB Giavion Mason, Senior RB Trenton Harrison and Senior DB Tywan Hollis

Biggest holes to fill: The Fightin' Irish will need to reload on both the offensive and defensive line.

EDGY's early take: Bishop McNamara stumbled in 2016, due in large part to suffering several key injuries. Look for the Fightin' Irish to bounce back behind a younger and talented team this season.