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15 Days to Kickoff: Maine South

15 Days to Kickoff: Maine South 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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Maine South

Head coach: Dave Inserra

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (5-0 Central Suburban South Conference). Maine South made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Huntley and Waubonsie Valley. In the quarterfinal round, they lost to Loyola Academy.
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard West
Sept. 6 vs Mount Carmel
Sept. 13 @ Fremd
Sept. 20 vs Palatine
Sept. 27 @ Niles West
Oct. 4 @ Evanston
Oct. 11 @ Glenbrook North
Oct. 18 vs Glenbrook South
Oct. 25 @ New Trier

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Biggest storyline: Consistency, as always. The Hawks have been to the IHSA playoffs 27 straight seasons and have had only one losing season since 1983. Can the Hawks reload and make some noise in Class 8A?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Peter Skoronski (Senior, Northwestern), WR/S Ryan Kilburn (Senior, Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks graduated several key names from the 2018 squad. They'll need to replace 10 starters on defense.
EDGY's Early Take: If any program in the Land of Lincoln has been able to consistently reload from year to year --and make it look easy-- it's the Maine South Hawks. Head coach Dave Inserra will rely on a handful of key returners, led by Northwestern commit OL/DL Peter Skoronski and Western Michigan commit WR/S Ryan Kilburn, both seniors. Keep and eye on senior WR/DB Michael Velazquez as well. Newcomer junior QB Luke Leongas will take the reins of the always explosive Hawks shotgun spread offense. They will have some big challenges on the nonconference schedule. If the Hawks offense can help out a less experienced defense (especially early in the season), then all the better for Maine South in 2019.

High School Lites Roundup Week 3


High School Lites Roundup Week 3

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 1 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

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Windy City Legends: Owen Daniels

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Niles North Football 

Wintrust Athlete of the WeekWest Aurora's Megan Sporny

Nazareth 31, Fenwick 6

Huntley 28, (16) Prairie Ridge 24

(9) Mt. Carmel 27, (12) Montini 20

Bremen 46, TF North 14

Richmond-Burton 47, Johnsburg 0

Kankakee 34, Thornwood 12

(11) Phillips 40, Taft 7

South Elgin 47, Elgin 0

Shepard 28, Reavis 17

Hoffman Estates 14, Maine West 7

#SendEDGY Game of the Week: (24) Providence 34, (7) Brother Rice 22

Viewers Choice Game of the Week: (13) Hinsdale Central 27, Hinsdale South 7

Edgy Tim's Week 3 analysis and picks

NBC Sports Chicago

Edgy Tim's Week 3 analysis and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 3 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Several conferences begin play this week. In the South Suburban, can Bremen go to 3-0 for the first time since 2011? Both Reavis and Shepard are undefeated. Who can take the next step and get one step closer to the IHSA playoff field? Both Montini and Mount Carmel square off at new Carey Field on Friday night while we #SENDEDGY to 99th and Pulaski to cover Providence Catholic at Brother Rice. Also who you got in this week's Viewers' Choice Game of the Week, Hinsdale Central or South?

Bremen (2-0) at T.F. North (1-1), 6:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Bremen is off to a strong start this season thanks to an offense that has been averaging 44 points per game in the early going. They're looking for their first 3-0 start since 2011. Coach Dan Stell's crew features senior WR/LB Devonte O'Malley and senior WR Donta Woods. T.F. North and head coach Tristan Stovall suffered a tough opening week loss to state-ranked Homewood-Flossmoor but bounced back nicely in beating Julian last week. The Meteors have talent as well. Keep an eye on senior RB Kendi Young and junior WR Malik Beasley. Can the Bremen offense continue to put up big points against the T.F. North defense?
EDGY's Pick: T.F. North 28 Bremen 21

Shepard (2-0) at Reavis (2-0), 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Head coach Tim Zasada has the Rams off and running. Reavis, who is seeking a fifth playoff berth in six years, has posted wins against Hammond Gavit and Steinmetz. Now the schedule kicks into a higher gear as Shepard comes calling. The Astros, coached by John Rone, were able to pull off a last-second 49-46 win last week vs. Wheaton St. Francis in Palos Heights. QB Thomas Smith had a big game. The Astros have several athletes to watch including senior WR/DB Jalen Smith and senior LB Matthew Hightower. Can Reavis dent the Shepard defense? Can the Shepard offense big play the Reavis defense?

EDGY's Pick: Shepard 31 Reavis 20

Kankakee (1-1) at Thornwood (2-0), 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Kankakee, unfer first-year head coach Derek Hart, came up just short in a 27-26 loss to Crete-Monee. The Kays have an experienced group back this season. Junior QB Tyjuane Stewart has been impressive after two weeks in the books and. Look for senior WR Chatavion Spivery to get some targets. Thornwood and head coach Kenneth Smith's team has scored 106 points so far this season and has posted back-to-back shutout wins over district rival Thornridge and Rich South. Can the Thornwood defense continue to play well again against the explosive Kankakee offense?

EDGY's Pick: Kankakee 30 Thornwood 21

(12) Montini (2-0) at (9) Mount Carmel (2-0), 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Montini has posted wins so far this season over Hudson (WI) and Collins. Now it gets a little tougher for head coach Mike Bukovsky and the Broncos. They'll look to an experienced offense to lead the way. They're paced by senior QB Deontay Bell and senior WR Nate Muersch (Miami OH). Senior OL Jeremiah Banks Wall is holding multiple scholarship offers this fall. Mount Carmel is playing its first season Carey Field, the new on-campus facility at 64th and Dante. Head coach Jordan Lynch has another loaded roster that features QB Justin Lynch, senior OL Jalen Grant, junior RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga and a speedy, talented defense. Can Montini raise its game a few notches higher this week? Can Mount Carmel slow down Montini's versatile offensive attack?

EDGY's Pick: Mount Carmel 31 Montini 28

Johnsburg (1-1) at Richmond-Burton (2-0), 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Johnsburg was able to bounce back last week in an 18-6 win over Rochelle after losing a defensive battle, 3-0, against Marian Central. Look for the Skyhawks to have RB Jacob McKinney lead the way on offense. Richmond-Burton walloped Aurora Central Catholic 50-0 last Friday. QB Jacob Huber passed for four touchdowns in just six pass attempts. The Rockets' ground game is also a strength, led by senior RB Dalton Wood. Can the Johnsburg defense slow down the potent R-B offense? Have the Rockets been tested as much as Johnsburg? Despite both being in the Kishwaukee River Conference, this is considered a nonconference game. Both teams will square off again in Week 7.
EDGY's Pick: Richmond-Burton 28 Johnsburg 13

Elgin at South Elgin, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This will be the first Friday night home game on the campus of South Elgin High School. The Storm previously played all of its home games (since 2012) on Saturday afternoons. SEHS has been piling up the points this season behind RB Marquise Gillesoie II and QB Ben Karpowitz. The defense has posted back-to-back shutouts against West Chicago and East Aurora. Elgin and head coach Anthony Griffin are 0-2 but don't let the record fool you. The Maroons played well against Glenbard East and Glenbard South. Keep an eye on Elgin QB Jeffery Lomax along with WR Xavier Bonds. Can the Maroons spoil the Storms big night time party?

EDGY's Pick: South Elgin 35 Elgin 21

Taft (1-1) at (11) Phillips (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Taft and head coach John Tsarouchas bounced back from a Week 1 loss to Glenbrook North and walloped Brooks 55-6 in their home opener last week. Taft, the defending Public League champs, features junior QB Daniel Loch and senior WR/S Dexter Stigall as key playmakers. Phillips is finally back at home. It's their first game at Mandrake Park this season. The Wildcats posted two strong wins over Detriot's Cass Tech and against St. Mary's (MO). the latter at the East St Louis Scholars' Classic. Phillips has a standout two-way player in Ronald Pledger (Western Michigan); senior RB Anthony Anderson is also having a nice season. Can Taft put a dent in the always hard-nosed and aggressive Phillips defense?

EDGY's Pick: Phillips 40 Taft 12

Maine West (2-0) at Hoffman Estates (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take:  The 2-0 Warriors posted a big win last Friday over Glenbrook South 37-13. Senior QB Danny Kentgen has been a big time leader for head coach Jason Kradman. West also has playmakers in senior DE/TE Isaiah Siem-Davis and senior WR/S Jaden Dolphin. Hoffman Estates is looking to bounce back after a tough loss last Friday to Prospect. The Hawks will give the football to junior RB Mehki Williams. Don't overlook QB Jojo Lovelace. He has been strong under center this season. Can the Maine West defense slow down the big-play potential of Hoffman Estates?
EDGY's Pick: Maine West 29 Hoffman Estates 28

(24) Providence Catholic (2-0) at (7) Brother Rice (2-0), 7:30 p.m. #SendEDGY

EDGY's Take: Providence and head coach Mark Coglianese expect better things in 2019 after suffering through an injury-plagued 2018 season. So far the Celtics have delivered. They have multiple weapons in junior QB Kevin Conway and sophomore RB Aaron Vaughn. The offensive line, anchored by Cincinnati-bound Jake Renfro, features four starters back from a year ago. Brother Rice graduated 17 starters from last year's Class 8A state title runner-up squad, yet head coach Brian Badke has reloaded the roster quite well. The offense is led by junior QB Ben Somers. Watch for junior RB Willie Shaw to get a lot of calls. On defense, they're led by senior DT Justin Jefferson, senior S Giacomo Iraci (Western Michigan) and junior ILB Myles Jones. Can the Rice defense slow down the multiple weapons of the Providence offense? Can the Celtics get the football back against Rice's grinding offensive attack? 

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 30 Providence Catholic 27

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

(13) Hinsdale Central (2-0) at Hinsdale South (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both teams will battle for The Doings Cup on Friday. Both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South almost saw the school district shut down both football programs earlier this year, but District 86 voters passed a $130 million dollar referendum, avoiding threatened budget cuts. Red Devils' first year head coach Brian Griffin has received a big season so far from the defense. The unit is led by senior DB Owen Goss (Colgate). The offense also has playmakers in senior WR Braden Contraras and QB Michael Brescia. Hinsdale South, coached by Mike Barry, got into the win column last Friday over Proviso West. Keep an eye on Hornets senior QB Marquese Garrett. Can the Hinsdale South strike quickly with some big plays against the Central defense? Central has won 17 straight in the series. South wants to put that streak to an end ASAP.

EDGY's Pick: Hinsdale Central 27 Hinsdale South 21