CSN Top 20 rankings: Finals week


CSN Top 20 rankings: Finals week

1 Lincoln-Way East (13-0)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Benet 37-13
Next Game: 7A Championship vs. Glenbard West (Saturday, 4pm)
PrepsTalk: The Griffins will go back to Champaign for the first time since 2005. Quarterback Tom Guessel (three TDs) and running back Nick Colangelo (198 yards, two scores) dominate once again.

2 Glenbard West (13-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Lake Zurich 19-13
Next Game: 7A Championship vs. Lincoln-Way East (Saturday, 4pm)
PrepsTalk: The defense held the Bears to only 20 yards of offense in the first half. Quarterback Henry Haeffner paced the Hilltoppers with 156 yards passing and two touchdowns.

3 Mount Carmel (12-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Neuqua Valley 26-21
Next Game: 8A Championship vs. Glenbard North (Saturday, 7pm)
PrepsTalk: Mount Carmel is dangerous passing the ball, too. QB Don Butkus three touchdown strikes (all to Jason Gasser) send the Caravan back to state for the 16th time since 1980.

4 Crete-Monee (13-0)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Lemont 28-27
Next Game: 6A Championship vs. Cary-Grove (Saturday, 1pm)
PrepsTalk: Marcus Terrells two-point conversion with three minutes the go was the difference. Another epic game from Laquon Treadwell: two TDs (one receiving, one rushing), along with an INT and a sack.

5 Glenbard North (12-1)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Loyola 27-24
Next Game: 8A Championship vs. Mount Carmel (Saturday, 7pm)
PrepsTalk: The dream season continues for Justin Jackson (44 carries, 236 yards, four touchdowns) and the Panthers, who will play at Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2007.

6 Cary-Grove (13-0)
Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Lake Forest 42-21
Next Game: 6A Championship vs. Crete-Monee (Saturday, 1pm)
PrepsTalk: The Trojans had three players rush for more than 100 yardsRyan Mahoney (182), Kyle Norberg (143) and quarterback Quinn Baker (109). The Trojans last won state in 2009.

7 Loyola (11-2)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Lost to Glenbard North 27-24
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Peter Pujals had a fine day (24-42, 274 yards and three touchdowns), but the defense simply could not overcome running back Justin Jacksons monster game.

8 Neuqua Valley (12-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Lost to Mount Carmel 26-21
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Mikey Dudek ran the opening kickoff back for a score and Dylan Andrew passed for two TDs, but Joey Rhattigan was held to less than 100 yards rushing and the Wildcats could not stop the Caravan O.

9 Maine South (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 8): Did Not Play
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback and Northwestern recruit Matt Alviti will be part of a star-studded lineup at the Tom Lemming Banquet at Soldier Field on December 5th.

10 Montini (11-2)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Joliet Catholic 40-37
Next Game: 5A Championship vs. Morris (Saturday, 10am)
PrepsTalk: What a comeback for the Broncos, who escaped from a 31-14 deficit and now look for their fourth straight state championship. Joe Borsellino scored the game-winning one-yard touchdown.

11 Morris (12-1)
Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated Sacred-Heart Griffin 30-20
Next Game: 5A Championship vs. Montini (Saturday, 10am)
PrepsTalk: Indiana recruit Danny Friend DLTE had a key interception and then secured a 24-yard touchdown catch to propel the Redskins to their fourth appearance at state since 2004.

12 Waubonsie Valley (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Did Not Play
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: The Warriors produced a double-digit win season for the first time since head coach B.J. Lukes team went 12-1 in 1992. It was also the sixth straight playoff appearance for W-V.

13 Lemont (11-2)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Lost to Crete-Monee 28-27
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Christos Giatras rushed for 110 yards and a score and led 24-14 at one point, but they could not hold down the Warriors. The Indians have lost in the semis two straight years.

14 Benet (11-2)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Lost to Lincoln-Way East 37-13
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: The dream season comes to an end for the Redwings, who got two touchdowns from receiver Jack Euritt. Quarterback Jack Beneventi was intercepted three times.

15 Wheaton North (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Did Not Play
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: The Falcons (10-2) and Glenbard North (currently 13-0) stepped up in the DuPage Valley Conference, but every other team in the league finished with overall records at or below .500.

16 Lake Zurich (10-3)
Last Week (Ranked 15): Lost to Glenbard West 19-13
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: While the Bears capitalized on Wests turnovers --including a 95-yard fumble returnTD by Grant Soucy-- they could not penetrate the rock-solid Hilltopper defense.

17 Palatine (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Did Not Play
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Ethan Olles had a fine year, passing for over 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. The Pirates have reached the playoff six straight years after a nine-year layoff.

18 Marian Central Catholic (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 18): Did Not Play
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Chris Streveler will be graduating early and enrolling at Minnesota in January. He finished this year with 3,506 total yards (2,602 passing) and 47 trips to the end zone.

19 Aurora Christian (12-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Sterling Newman Catholic 41-7
Next Game: 3A Championship vs. Tolono Unity (Friday, 4pm)
PrepsTalk: Chad Beebe (head coach Dons son) had two TD catches as did Cory Windleall from quarterback Ryan McQuade. Running back Joel Bouagnon chipped in with 125 yards and a score.

20 Simeon (10-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Morgan Park 35-14
Next Game: Chicago Prep Bowl vs. Brother Rice (11am Friday)
PrepsTalk: Darnell Cockrell, Elcee Burke and John Gardner found the end zone for the Wolverines as they beat the Mustangs for the second time this year. Simeon also played in last years Prep Bowl.

Looming and Lurking: Lake Forest, Joliet Catholic, Evergreen Park, Oak Forest, Lyons, Notre Dame, Brooks, Downers Grove North, Crystal Lake Central, Lincoln-Way West, Kaneland, Bolingbrook, Providence, Lakes, Richards, Coal City, Wilmington, Brother Rice.

Check out CSN Chicagos live coverage of the 2012 IHSA State Football Championships this Friday and Saturday. On Friday, we will show each game from 1A to 4A beginning at 10:00am. Saturdays coverage of the 5A-8A games will kick off at the same time. We will have wall-to-wall highlights and postgame reaction on Saturdays High School Lites at 10:30pm. High School Lites is streamed live at

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Why Mitch Trubisky's biggest weakness won't preclude him from success in 2018

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Why Mitch Trubisky's biggest weakness won't preclude him from success in 2018

As the Bears set their foundation for training camp during OTAs this month, one part of that is beginning to identify each player’s strengths and weaknesses on which to build in Bourbonnais. 

Designing an offense to Mitch Trubisky’s strengths was one of the reasons why Ryan Pace hired Matt Nagy, who then hired Mark Helfrich to be his offensive coordinator. Easy is the wrong word — but it wouldn’t have made sense for the Bears to not build an offense around their second-picked quarterback. 

But as Nagy and Helfrich are installing that offense during OTAs and, next month, veteran minicamp, they’re also learning what Trubisky’s weaknesses are. And the one Helfrich pointed to, in a way, is a positive. 

“Experience,” Helfrich said. “I think it’s 100 percent experience and just reps, and that’s kind of what I was talking about was knowing why something happened. As a quarterback, he might take the perfect drop and be looking at the right guy in your progression, and that guy runs the wrong route or the left guard busts or something. The defense does something different or wrong, even. And trusting that is just a matter of putting rep on top of rep on top of rep and being confident.”

It'd be a concern if the Bears thought Trubisky lacked the necessary talent to be great, or had a lacking work ethic or bad attitude. Experience isn't something he can control, in a way. 

This isn’t anything new for Trubisky. His lack of experience at North Carolina — he only started 13 games there — was the biggest ding to his draft stock a year ago; while he started a dozen games for the Bears in 2017, the offense was simple and conservative, designed to minimize risk for Trubisky (and, to be fair, a sub-optimal group of weapons around him). 

But even if Trubisky started all 16 games in an innovative, aggressive offense last year, he’d still be experiencing plenty of things for the first time. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made this point back in September that still resonates now with regard to Trubisky:

“I think it takes a few years until you can really get that title of understanding being great or even good, because you see so many looks,” Roethlisberger said. “In Year 2 and 3, you’re still seeing looks and can act like a rookie.”

So the challenge for Nagy and Helfrich is to build an offense that accentuates Trubisky’s strengths while managing his lack of experience. For what it’s worth, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles succeeded in those efforts last year with Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, respectively. 

For Helfrich, though, one of Trubisky’s strengths — his leadership qualities — are already helping mitigate his need for more experience. 

“He’s still in the mode of learning and doing things out here,” Helfrich said. “We might have run one play 10 times against 10 different defenses, you know? And so his response to every one of those 10 things is brand new. And so, you see his reaction to some of those is good. Some of those things you want to improve upon and then keep your chest up and lead because we need that.”

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.