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No. 4 Warren rolls past Libertyville

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No. 4 Warren rolls past Libertyville

By Bryan Bonato
YourSeason.com
With a game against unbeaten Proviso East less than 24 hours away, Warren still was able to stay focused on the task at hand Friday and drilled a good Libertyville squad 81-42 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division finale for both teams. The Devils (21-2 overall, 11-1 and division champs) will meet the Pirates at 6:30 Saturday as part of a tripleheader at Proviso West.Libertyville (14-11 overall, 4-8 in the division) will face Grant on Tuesday.Fridays game was 19-8 after one quarter 33-19 at halftime and 57-31 after three quarters.Darius Paul hit four three-pointers in the first half and scored 21 of his 23 points before the break. He hit his first seven shots of the game and was 8-for-13 overall. Mitch Munda (11), JoVaughn Gaines (11), Jon Geske (8) and Nate Boothe (8) all contributed to the rout. No Libertyville player scored in double figures. High-scoring Griffin Pils had three points. Anthony Mack led with nine. Reserves played most of the fourth quarter.I got on a nice run, said Paul. They left me open in the first half and the shots were falling for me.When asked about playing Proviso East, Warren coach Chuck Ramsey joked that Warrens next game is a JV game tomorrow (Saturday morning). Well have a meeting after that to talk about what to do. As for this win, Ramsey said, The kids played well. We were able to push the ball and only committed 11 turnovers. We did a great job on the board, moved the ball well for the most part, Jameris Smith had a great game passing, and Darius came out and really played well. He was in a nice, relaxed rhythm tonight.

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

NBCSportsChicago.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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

NBCSportsChicago.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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: West Aurora

Head coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori, DC Bob Fowler, DL Patrick Stremel, LB Charlie Graves, DB Mike Runge, OL Joe Howell, RB Ron Murphy and QB Alex Shaw

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Upstate Eight Valley Conference). West Aurora made the IHSA Class 8A playoff field last season. The Blackhawks lost to Naperville Central 35-14 in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Larkin

Aug. 31 @ West Chicago

Sept. 7 vs Streamwood

Sept. 14 @ Glenbard East

Sept. 21 vs Bartlett

Sept. 28 vs Glenbard South

Oct. 5 @ Elgin

Oct. 12 vs East Aurora

Oct. 19 vs South Elgin

[MORE: 94 Days to Kickoff - Kaneland]

Biggest storyline: Game 11. Can the Blackhawks get back to the IHSA state playoffs for the fourth straight season and then advance past the opening round?

Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru, RB/DB JaQuan Buchanan and DT Denver Warren

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks welcome back an impressive 17 starters (nine offense, eight defense) to the mix. However, the group will be a bit inexperienced in some spots on both the offensive and defensive line.  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blackhawks' turnaround under head coach Nate Eimer and staff has been a terrific story to follow. That said, the bar for West Aurora football has also been raised. No longer are they satisfied by just "getting" to state. The Blackhawks welcome back a deep group on both sides of the football led by a potentially high powered, balanced offense. On paper, this team has the makings of being one of the better Blackhawks teams in their history. They will challenge for the Upstate Eight conference title and get another shot at the Class 8A playoff field.