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High School Lites: Week 3 preview

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High School Lites: Week 3 preview

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011Posted: 9:05 p.m.

By Joe Collins
CSNChicago.com

Week three of High School Lites is upon us! Comcast SportsNet is your home for prep football coverage in Chicagoland. We will bring you highlights of as many as 15 games across the area, including a duel in the northwest suburbs as Cary-Grove takes on Crystal Lake South. Also, Lyons Township has played one of the toughest schedules in the state, winning vs. Stevenson and falling against Downers Grove South. Will they have enough in the tank with No. 2 Glenbard West coming into town? Well also have highlights of top-ranked Maine South battling Deerfield. Here is a sneak-peak of each game we will cover during Friday nights show:

Thursday games

Steinmetz 20, Clemente 16

The Silver Streaks pick up their second win of the year as they held on to defeat Clemente in the opening game of the Big Shoulders conference. Steinmetz has already topped their win total from last season. They look to improve to 3-1 next Friday against Taft. Clemente (0-3) will look for their first win as they take on Mather.

Manley 14, South Shore 6

The Wildcats improve to 2-1 on the season and get their first conference win in Chicagos Windy City conference. Terrance Bass found the end zone twice. Manley will take on Hyde Park next Thursday at Gately Stadium while South Shore (0-3) battles Gage Park.
Friday games

Foreman (1-1) vs. Taft (1-1), 3:30 p.m. at Lane Tech

The conference opener in the Big Shoulders conference features two teams that could be neck-and-neck in the conference race. Foreman has proven they can score. They put 67 points on Farragut in the opener. One of their strengths is their offensive line, which is built around 6-5, 250 tackle Johnny Daniels. Taft, 42-0 winners last week over Gage Park, is led by Paul Masnica on defense. Hell try to key in on one of the better quarterbacks in the conference, Foremans Sergio Serrano.

De La Salle (2-0) at No. 3 Mount Carmel (2-0), 7:00 p.m. at Gately Stadium

Caravan head coach Frank Lenti is inching closer to becoming the all-time winningest high school football coach in Illinois. He currently has 305 wins, one shy of legendary Richards head coach Gary Korhonens total. If his running back Brandon Greer is on, No. 306 could be lurking. Greer scored on runs of 24 and 54 yards in last weeks 31-0 win over Morgan Park. Standing in their way is a Meteors team that has a fine running back of their own in Mikale Wilbon. He tallied 30 carries for 247 yards and 3 TDs to carry De La Salle over Gordon Tech.

T.F. South (1-1) @ Oak Forest (2-0), 7:00 p.m.

Speaking of long-time respected high school football coaches, T.F. South has one of their own in Tom Padjen. The 35-year Rebels head coach has 202 career victories, including last weeks 37-6 win over Collins Academy. Padjen has a fine running back in Giovanni Canty, who scored a trio of touchdowns on Friday. Oak Forest features deep threat Tevin Coleman, who has received offers to multiple Big Ten schools. The Bengals will be looking for revenge after T.F. Souths 53-21 mauling in Lansing last year.

Richards (1-1) @ Lemont (2-0), 7:00 p.m.

The 2-0 Indians are one of only eight teams in the state of Illinois that has not given up a point yet on the season. They have yet to be tested, in blowout wins over Little Village (54-0) and Riverside-Brookfield (49-0). Running back Eric Kirkman has three touchdowns so far on the season. Richards should give them more of a battle. The Bulldogs were on the short end of a 28-16 decision to Morris last week, but they feature wide receiver Davonta Corner who could, at the very least, threaten Lemonts shutout streak.

Glenbrook South (1-1) @ Glenbrook North (1-1), 7:00 p.m.

Central Suburban crossover pits North versus South (both by school and conference names) and it will also feature a pair of solid offensive lines. 6-foot-4, 248-pound Matt Demos is the anchor up front for the visiting Titans while 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman Mike Ermel does the same for the Spartans. South QB Mac Zibriskie has passed for five TDs on the year, while the aptly-named Grant Rushing threatens in the backfield for North. The last time these two teams hooked up was in 2008, with Glenbrook South taking a 35-7 decision.

Crystal Lake South (2-0) @ No. 15 Cary-Grove (2-0), 7:15 p.m.

Fox Valleys Valley conference could have two, perhaps three teams go fairly deep into the playoffs come October. Two of them butt heads in Cary Friday night. The 15th-ranked Trojans turned some heads last week, going to Lake Zurich and walking away with a 10-7 victory. They are loaded on defense under their new coach, Brad Seaburg. Crystal Lake South, who has only given up one touchdown on the year, is getting results from the likes of linebacker Joe Coriaci. He had two sacks against Crystal Lake Central in week two.

No. 12 Prairie Ridge (2-0) @ Huntley (0-2), 7:15 p.m.

Prairie Ridge is the third of the three-headed monster in the Fox Valley. Theyve earned their No. 12 ranking by sprinting past Glenbard South and Mundelein by a combined score of 97-12. Their offense, led by quarterback Nick Nissen, fullback Connor Greenwald, running back Jordan Getzelman and wide receiver Sean Valentine, is one of the best in the area. Huntley is still looking for their first win on the season after falling to Crystal Lake Central and Kaneland.

No. 2 Glenbard West (2-0) @ Lyons (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Has anybody in Illinois played a tougher schedule than Lyons? They split their first two games, defeating Stevenson (24-19) while falling to Downers Grove South (28-0). Both of LTs opponents were ranked at the time, and they now have the No. 2 Hilltoppers staring them in the face. Glenbard West shut down Wheaton Warrenville South in the opener and then took it to Willowbrook last week, 49-0. Future Penn State tackle Tommy Schutt leads the GBW attack. RB Jaime Jones leads the Lions. LT upset Glenbard West 31-13 last season in Glen Ellyn.

No. 1 Maine South (2-0) @ Deerfield (0-2), 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors have produced winning seasons every year since 2005. But with an 0-2 start and top-ranked Maine South knocking on the door, that streak could be in jeopardy. The Hawks come to Deerfield riding high from a 13-9 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South. They contained Northwestern-bound RB Dan Vitale and had just enough from QB Matt Alviti to get the win. Deerfield counters with running back Jeremy Kritt leading the attack.

Fenwick (1-1) @ No. 11 St. Rita (1-1), 7:30 p.m

Week three is usually when high school teams start focusing on conference opponents. For the 11th-ranked Mustangs, theyre just happy to play a team from their own state. St. Rita beat Portage (IN) in week one and lost to Whitehaven (TN) last week. Linebacker Will McNamara and DB Charles Elmore look to set the tone. They might have their hands full with Friars quarterback Pat Hart, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.

No. 6 Homewood-Flossmoor (2-0) @ Lincoln-Way Central (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

The 6th-ranked Vikings havent been tested at all in wins over Senn (76-6) and Deerfield (47-0). Maybe a road conference game can keep them honest? H-F has a potent offense, run by QB Tim Williams, RB Sheldon Jones and WR Gerald Butler. Their defense has been solid too. They held Deerfield to less than 100 yards of total offense. The Knights have a marquee running back in Brett Ditchman. He carried the ball 41 times for 271 and three touchdowns last week against Thornridge.

Lockport (2-0) @ No. 4 Lincoln-Way East (2-0), 7:30 p.m

Like the Fox Valley, the Southwest Suburban Blue might be closing ground on the DuPage Valley and Catholic Blue for the "toughest Chicagoland conference" title for high school football. The SWSB boasts five 2-0 teams, three of them ranked. The No. 4 Griffins feature QB Blake Winkler, who has already torched Edwardsvilles and Dunbars defenses to the tune of 414 yards and seven touchdowns. Lockports defense, guided by LB Brad Johnson, will hope to slow the LWE attack. Could the x-factor be Lockport QB Billy Reed, who hopes to come back from a knee injury?

Marmion (1-1) @ No. 19 Montini (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Not only is it a nice rivalry game, but its also quite a matchup of two teams with plenty of playoff experience. The 19th-ranked Broncos are two-time defending 5A state champions. The Cadets were the state runner-ups in 6A last season. Montini is paced by their real-deal wide receiver, Nebraska recruit Jordan Westerkamp. Marmion bounced back nicely after an opening week loss to Batavia with a 6-0 win over Fenwick. They held the Friars to 59 total yards. NOTE: Game highlights shown exclusively on CSNChicago.com.

Also, tune in to check out our debut of our Muscle Milk Team of the Week! We head to the south suburbs and check in with Calvin Lindsey and T.F. North. The Meteors' quarterback accounted for eight touchdowns last week against North Lawndale. Well also catch up with Faith Ekakitie, Lake Forest Academys imposing defensive lineman. Our Flashback segment has a South Bend twist, and well also preview Saturdays games. And we invite you to share your story ideas as well. Check us out at csnchicagowebsite@comcastsportsnet.com

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

Power Rankings Roundup: Back down the Bears go

Power Rankings Roundup: Back down the Bears go

Well, it was fun while it lasted. 

After the Bears' fiasco in Miami, the Power(s)(Rankings) that be have cooled on Trubisky and Co. Squandering several chances to put away a probably-inferior team will do that. 

Here's what they're saying: 

NFL.com: #11, down 3 -- 
Football is often hard to explain. The Bears came into their Week 6 matchup in Miami flying high and having generated 18 sacks in their four prior games, putting them on pace to tie their own NFL record, set in 1984 (the year before they won the Super Bowl). Then Chicago was stonewalled by a mediocre Dolphins offensive line.

ESPN: #12, down 5 -- 
Chicago ranks in the top five in points allowed per game, opposing QBR, sacks and interceptions. Mitchell Trubisky has seen an uptick in production as well: He has thrown nine TD passes in his past two games, matching the total he threw in his first 15 career games.

Washington Post: #12, down 7 -- 
The Bears had every chance to establish themselves as the NFC’s third-best team and the primary challenger to the Rams and Saints. But they somehow found a way to lose Sunday at Miami thanks to RB Jordan Howard’s fumble at the 1-yard line, QB Mitchell Trubisky’s brutal interception in the end zone and the down-the-stretch breakdowns on their supposedly powerful defense.

USA Today: #12, down 4 -- 
Speaking of Osweiler, we can only assume Khalil Mack was taking pity on the man he once sacked five times in a single afternoon.

CBS Sports: #12, down 3 -- 
That was a bad look in losing on the road to Miami. The command of the division is gone.

Chicago Tribune: #13, down 6 -- 
Tough bounce-back spot with the Patriots coming to Soldier Field, but a long list of players is eager to atone after allowing a “W” to slip away against the Dolphins.

Sporting News: #15, down 7 -- 
Mitchell Trubisky came out firing after the bye, but not trusting Jordan Howard and the power running game enough in a positive game flow is inexplicable. Matt Nagy is going through growing pains, too.

Bleacher Report: #7 (!), N/A -- 
Despite a crushing 28-31 loss in overtime against a Dolphins team that fumbled in the end zone—giving Chicago another opportunity to win that they couldn't capitalize on—the Bears have proved to be a tough team so far this season.