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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.

Drake remains aggressive recruiting Illinois after commitment from Simeon's Messiah Jones

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Drake remains aggressive recruiting Illinois after commitment from Simeon's Messiah Jones

Simeon senior forward Messiah Jones ended his recruitment by committing to Drake on Sunday night.

One of the more underappreciated players in Illinois last season, the 6-foot-5 Jones became a priority recruit for mid-major programs this summer after a strong run on the grassroots circuit.

As a junior at Simeon, Jones averaged 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, helping the Wolverines advance to the Class 4A state title game after winning a city championship. 

Playing for a talented — but undersized — team at Simeon last season, Jones was often tasked with defending and rebounding against bigger and stronger players. A plus athlete who performed admirably in a jack-of-all-trades role for the Wolverines, Jones was one of the most versatile frontcourt players in the area last season. 

The commitment for Jones is a solid grab for Drake. It's also a major statement from new Bulldog head coach Niko Medved.

Always an aggressive recruiter in the Land of Lincoln dating back to his time coaching at Furman, Medved is already making his presence felt in Illinois with the Bulldogs. With Jones committed, and another commitment from Danville guard Kendale Moore, Medved and his staff at Drake have already secured commitments from two talented Illinois seniors so far this fall.

Medved and his staff are hoping that the commitment of Jones also nets them a potential "package deal" as Drake is aggressively recruiting Jones' teammate and Simeon senior point guard Xavier Pinson. Taking an official visit to Drake with Jones last month, Pinson is still deciding on his future school as he just finished up an official visit to Kent State.

During his time at Furman, Medved successfully recruited Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty to his program, as the former all-area forward became a solid contributor for the Paladins. So it makes sense that Medved would continue to tap into his emerging Illinois pipeline after taking the job at Drake.

If Medved could get Chicago-area kids to go to Greenville, South Carolina, then he should have no problems getting them to come to his much closer new home in Des Moines.

By the numbers: three weeks of IHSA football

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By the numbers: three weeks of IHSA football

Here are some numbers, factoids and surprises from the first three weeks of the IHSA football season:

Point Taken: Top 10 IHSA Scoring Offenses

Shelbyville: 174 points
Dixon: 174 
Peoria: 173 
Princeville: 167 
Fithian (Oakwood): 162 
Herscher: 160
Highland: 155
Homewood-Flossmoor: 154
Ottawa Marquette: 153
Naperville North: 152

Making Stops: Top 10 IHSA Scoring Defenses

St. Ignatius & North Chicago: 0 points allowed
West Aurora: 3 
T.F. South: 6
Raby: 6
Monticello: 7
Coal City: 7
Lanark (Eastland): 7
North Lawndale: 8
Batavia: 10
Lake Zurich: 10

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

Familiar Names, Unfamiliar Records

Peoria (1-2): Defending 5A state champs are scoring points in bunches but the defense has been a work in progress. 

Highland Park (0-3): The Giants have played a strong non-conference slate and still have a chance to right the ship in the Central Suburban North.

New Trier (1-2): Not many saw this coming. I didn't. The strong schedule, along with early season injuries, have slowed the Trevians. 

Vernon Hills (1-2): Last year's 5A runner-ups in have struggled on defense the past two weeks.

Brother Rice (1-2): The Crusaders' schedule won't get any easier with Montini, Providence Catholic and Mount Carmel lurking the next three weeks.

Providence Catholic (1-2): A huge last-second, come-from-behind win last Friday over St. Rita 28-21 gives the Celtics hope.

Joliet Catholic (1-2): The Hilltoppers look better this fall compared to last year's 1-8 team, but they're still a work in progress. 

Simeon (0-3): A rough schedule and turnovers have done in the Wolverines in so far this season. 

Glenbard North (1-2): The Panthers offense struggled the first two weeks. Hopefully they're back on track after last week's crucial 28-21 win over Wheaton South.

Waubonsie Valley (1-2): The Warriors play Naperville Central (3-0) this week. They still have to deal with Naperville North and Lincoln-Way Central (both 3-0) on the remaining schedule.
 
Carmel (0-3): The Corsairs' schedule has been brutal so far (Richards, DeKalb and Marist). And now, Carmel hosts Nazareth Academy (3-0) on Friday.

Glenbard South (1-2): The Raiders picked up a key win last Friday over Aurora Central Catholic. GBS is capable of getting on a roll.

Metamora (0-3): One of the state's top 4A/5A-sized powers is now in very unfamiliar territory. Up next: a date with rival Washington (2-1) on Friday.

Fremd (0-3): The Vikings' schedule has been rough so far. 

Libertyville (1-2): The Wildcats have dropped two straight games. The always-tough North Suburban slate looms ahead. 

Joliet West (1-2): Many felt the Tigers could be a preseason Top 25 team but so far turnovers have plagued West. The Tigers still have time to right the ship but the clock is ticking. 

Bradley (1-2): The Boilermakers graduated a ton of key players from the 2016 state playoff team, plus the remaining schedule is stacked.  

Edwardsville (0-3): Very strange to see the Tigers at 0-3 in any sport. 

O'Fallon (0-3): Graduation losses along with having several lost transfers is not helping the Panthers in 2017. 

Geneva (1-2): The Vikings two losses have been tight and the Vikings still have a good shot at challenging for a state playoff spot yet challenges still remain on the schedule. 

From 0-3 To…Playoffs?!?

Simeon: The Wolverines have lost to Oak Park-River Forest (2-1), Detroit's Cass Tech (2-1) and Phillips (3-0). They played all three teams tough. Turnovers have been Simeon's biggest issue in 2017, but once they get that corrected this team is very capable of winning six straight regular season games and a possible IHSA playoff berth