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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

46 Days To Kickoff: West Aurora

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46 Days To Kickoff: West Aurora

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: West Aurora

Head Coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant Coaches: Tony Melchiori, Joe Howell, Mike Runge, Bob Fowler, Charlie Graves, Nate Banks, Ron Murphy and Alex Shaw

How they fared in 2016: 9-1 (5-0 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), made the Class 8A state playoffs and lost to eventual state champion Maine South in opening round action.

[MORE: 47 Days to Kickoff: Glenbrook North]

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Yorkville

Sept. 1 – vs Waukegan

Sept. 8 – @ East Aurora

Sept. 15 - vs Glenbard East

Sept. 22 - @ South Elgin

Sept. 29 – vs Huntley

Oct. 6 - vs West Chicago

Oct. 13 - @ Bartlett

Oct. 21- @ Geneva

Biggest storyline: Can the Blackhawks keep its program-changing momentum going from last season?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB/DB JaQuan Buchanan and Senior OL Owen Thomas

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will need to replace some big game-breaker types with the graduation of the Cross twins (Daquan and Davion) from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: West Aurora has been one of the more-impressive turnaround stories in Chicagoland over the past handful of seasons. While the Blackhawks have a few questions heading into 2017, they also have a stable of talented kids at the school and a football program on the right path. Look for the Blackhawks to challenge for a top 25-30 spot in several preseason polls.
 

Recruiting News and Notes: I'Shawn Stewart continues to draw interest

Recruiting News and Notes: I'Shawn Stewart continues to draw interest

I'Shawn Stewart (WR), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook junior three-star ranked wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) thought he would have been committed by now, but still remains uncommitted.

"I'm still waiting," Stewart said. "We've had 24 different college coaches in school so far. My plan is to see how the spring evaluation period goes for me and I'm also planning to go to a few college camps. I'm planning to camp at both Wisconsin and Michigan State this summer. Penn State has also been showing more interest. They came into school not too long ago and they are suppose to be back in this Friday to watch a team workout. I might also camp at Penn State this summer but I haven't set anything up yet. "

Stewart has scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Miami (OH), Nevada, NIU, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Jaylan Alexander (ILB), Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates junior inside linebacker Jaylan Alexander (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) has added several scholarship offers and increased recruiting attention this spring. 

"Recruiting has been good," Alexander said. "I have some nice offers so far and we have been seeing a lot of college coaches in school over the past few weeks. I have offers so far from NIU, Western Kentucky, Illinois State, Eastern Michigan, Western Illinois, Central Michigan and Bowling Green. I've been in touch quite a bit with Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota and those schools seem like they could be pretty close to offering."

[RELATED: Oswego's Noah Shannon becomes latest Illinois player to commit to Minnesota]

Sam Barkalow (TE), Forreston

Keep an eye out on Class 1A state champion Sam Barkalow (6-foot-6, 220 pounds). Barkalow, a three-sport athlete who was a key two-way starter for the Cardinals last season, has seen increased recruiting interest this spring. 

"My recruiting has been going well," Barkalow said. "I've been in touch with some of the Ivy League schools, along with some of the FCS schools in the Dakotas, plus some DII schools. Harvard, North Dakota State, Northern Michigan have been in school already, along with some smaller level colleges. The coaches all want me to come out and camp with them this summer."

Denver Warren (DT), West Aurora

West Aurora freshman defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) has been highly impressive on the camp circuit, and he recently added his first two BCS offers from Iowa State and Central Michigan.

"It's awesome to add two offers already," Warren said. "I spoke with the coaches at Iowa State on last week, and then about a half hour later I also talked to Central Michigan and they also extended me an offer. I'm just really excited and so is my family."

Warren, who played last fall at Aurora Christian before transferring to West Aurora, was more than a bit surprised to add two early scholarship offers.

"When I added the first offer from Iowa State I was still a little in shock," Warren said. "Then when Central Michigan offered me it really hit me that I was picking up scholarship offers already. It's a great feeling to add those offers and it's also great motivation. Getting those offers just makes me want to work harder and to keep proving myself."