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44 Days to Kickoff: Mundelein

44 Days to Kickoff: Mundelein

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Mundelein

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Alex Adams, Dave Whitson, Ken Mooney, John Cowhey, Steve Nolte, Brett Wilhelm, Mike Vukovics, Craig Stocker, Stephen Douglas, Alex Miramontes, Cody Gokan, Joe Lendino and Thomas McArthur

How they fared in 2018: 2-7 (1-6 North Suburban Conference). Mundelein failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Maine West

Sept. 6 @ Grayslake Central

Sept. 13 vs Lake Forest

Sept. 20 vs Waukegan

Sept. 27 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 4 @ Stevenson

Oct. 11 @ Libertyville

Oct. 18 @ Lake Zurich

Oct. 25 @ Warren Township

[MORE: 83 Days to Kickoff - Maine West]

Biggest storyline: In addition to Coach DeFrancesco bringing his program-building acumen to the northern suburbs, can the Mustangs win on the road? Their last five regular season games of the year are all away from Mundelein.

Names to watch this season: QB Isaac Wellman (Sr.) and OLB Alex Wing (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs welcome back 10 returning starters (three offense, seven defense) but will need to replace their entire starting offensive line group from a season ago. 

EDGY's Early Take: First-year head coach Vince DeFrancesco comes over from Lincoln Park and is looking to get the Mustangs on the winning track. DeFrancesco will take on a daunting schedule; however, this program will play with a ton of energy which has been already evident at various team events and 7-on-7’s this summer. 

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday afternoon. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week, we're giving the Chicago Public League some love. We are featuring Thursday afternoon kickoffs, featuring teams from the north, west and south portions of the Windy City. Which high school football game is the most worthy of our coverage? We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps):

South Shore vs. Lake View, 4:15 p.m. at Eckersall

Payton vs. Clark, 4:15 p.m. at Rockne

Julian vs. Urban Prep/Englewood, 4:15 p.m. at Gately 

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday afternoon.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Three

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Three

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after three weeks of play on the IHSA schedule:

1. Lincoln-Way East 3-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 42-7
This Week: @ Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Griffins scored touchdowns on its first six offensive possessions before halftime en route to a win against Bradley on Friday night.
  
2. Loyola Academy 2-1 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 24-7
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers broke open a tight game on Saturday against the Mustangs, led by a key 49-yard field goal by Nate Van Zelst.
   
3. Nazareth Academy 2-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 31-6
This Week: @ St. Laurence
EDGY's Take: Jim Harbaugh was in attendance to see the Roadrunners take care of business against Fenwick. They look to keep things rolling in Burbank against the Vikings.
  
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 3-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 35-14
This Week: @ Lockport
EDGY's Take: Senior QB Dominic Jones throws four touchdowns in the win over the Thunderbolts.

5. Batavia 2-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 56-0
This Week: vs Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs got out of the gates strong in walloping Lake Park. The Bulldogs were led by senior RB/LB Quinn Urwiler.
  
6. Warren Township 3-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Waukegan, 56-0
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils offense got into gear in a big way. They'll hit the road to take on Libertyville.
 
7. Mount Carmel 3-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Montini, 27-20
This Week: vs Loyola 
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get the close win over Montini. A battle of top-10 teams is on deck for Friday night at Carey Field.

8. Glenbard West 3-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 59-0
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Hitters defense has allowed just eight points over the last two weeks.
 
9. Bolingbrook 3-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Stagg, 43-0
This Week: vs Lincoln Way East
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will look to upset the top-ranked Griffins on Friday behind QB Devyn Suggs.

10. Providence Catholic 3-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 34-22
This Week: vs Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: Celtics junior QB Kevin Conway ran for three touchdowns in the victory over Rice.

11. Phillips 3-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Taft, 40-7
This Week: vs Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats finally got to taste some home cooking. They get their first in-state (and home) win of the season.

12. Hinsdale Central 3-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 27-7
This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils win the Doings Cup for the 18th season in a row. The defense has been a real strength so far this season.

13. Brother Rice 2-1 (7)
Last Week: Lost to Providence, 34-22
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders lost to Providence but junior RB Willie Shaw showed that he's a name to watch this season.

14. Hersey 3-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine East, 63-6
This Week: @ Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Huskies get another big performance from QB Jordan Hansen.

15. Minooka 3-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 35-20
This Week: @ Joliet Central
EDGY's Take: The Indians win despite losing QB Seth Lehr to injury. 

16. Montini 2-1 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 27-20
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Broncos lose a close game to the Caravan and look to bounce back this Friday when they host St. Rita.

17. Oswego 3-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 34-6
This Week: @ Plainfield East
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense forces a handful of turnovers; the offenese did the rest in a big win over Plainfield South.

18. St. Charles North 2-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 20-17
This Week: vs Geneva
EDGY's Take: The North Stars come from behind in the win over the Falcons. WR Ryan Thiesse had a big game.
 
19. Neuqua Valley 2-1 (19)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 50-48 OT
This Week: vs Dekalb
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats take the state's top ranked team to overtime. QB Mark Gronowski (South Dakota State) came up big in the loss. 

20. Barrington 2-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 35-0
This Week: @ Glenbrook South
EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense continues to play well in posting a second straight shutout. They'll travel to Glenview this week.

21. Maine South 1-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 35-21
This Week: vs Palatine
EDGY's Take: Hawks head coach Dave Inserra is moving kids all over the field trying to find a winning formula. They have lost several players to key injuries. Friday's win over Fremd could be a turning point.

22. Hillcrest 2-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Richards, 34-17
This Week: @ Bremen
EDGY's Take: Hillcrest head coach Mo Weaver has one of the state's top running backs in junior Mar'Kiese Irving.
 
23. Waubonsie Valley 21 (21)

Last Week: Lost to Trinity, Ky., 60-6
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: Yes, a 60-6 loss isn't good at all; but then again, how many top-ranked Chicagoland teams have fared well against out of state opponents? Not many. The Warriors get a mulligan here. 

24. Willowbrook 2-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove South, 32-15
This Week: @ Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Warriors trailed Downers Grove South into the third quarter but rallied for the win behind QB San Tumilty.

25. Notre Dame 3-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 21-14
This Week: @ Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Dons get a strong win over Marist. Friday's game in New Lenox should be fun. Big game at Providence.