CSNChicago.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 Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.
Head coach: Tim Zasada
Assistant Coaches: Tony Pape, Bill Lauer, Jim Mcdonough, Craig hickey, Steve Berg
How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference), made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Lincoln-Way Central in opening round action.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ Hammond
Sept. 1 – Corliss
Sept. 8 – @ Argo
Sept. 16 - Shepard
Sept. 22 - @ Richards
Sept. 29 – Evergreen Park
Oct. 6 - @ Oak Lawn
Oct. 13 - @ TF South
Oct. 20- Eisenhower
Biggest storyline: Can the Rams reload and keep its winning momentum going in 2017?
Names to watch this season: Senior RB/LB Matt Beach, Senior OL/DL Noah Wasielewski
Biggest holes to fill: The Rams bring back just four returning starters (two offense, two defense) from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Reavis is attempting to make the state playoff field for the fourth consecutive year, a feat that hasn't happened at the Burbank school since the 1980-1983 seasons. With just a handful of starters back, head coach Tim Zasada will have to bring along an inexperienced team quickly. Look for the Rams to again challenge at the top of the South Suburban Red this fall.
Who wants it more?
We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. Who's up for some games in the Metro Suburban Red conference? We're going to put the spotlight on one of the following:
Guerin at Elmwood Park, 7:00 p.m.
Ridgewood at Wheaton Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Timothy Christian at Fenton, 7:30 p.m.
— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. 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 this season.
This week's edition of the NBC Sports Chicago Preps Power Rankings features a few new teams as St. Laurence, unbeaten Romeoville and Kenwood enter the picture. The Vikings won three games last week while previously-ranked Kenwood is starting to play up to their preseason potential. With the holiday tournaments quickly approaching, it'll be interesting how these rankings shape up for the next few weeks.
We'll have multiple teams from the Power Rankings on this week's editon of High School Lites, which is scheduled for 11 p.m. on Friday on NBC Sports Chicago. Be sure to follow our Twitter account @NBCSPreps for the latest updates on the area's IHSA boys basketball updates.
1. Whitney Young (6-1) (1)
2. Curie (8-0) (2)
3. Bloom (9-0) (5)
4. Evanston (6-1) (8)
5. Morgan Park (4-2) (6)
6. Bogan (6-1) (2)
7. DePaul Prep (7-0) (10)
8. St. Viator (7-1) (11)
9. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-1) (12)
10. Marian Catholic (5-1) (14)
11. Bolingbrook (5-2) (4)
12. Simeon (1-3) (7)
13. Oswego East (6-1) (13)
14. Leo (7-1) (15)
15. Waukegan (6-1) (18)
16. Benet (7-1) (9)
17. Glenbrook South (8-0) (21)
18. St. Laurence (7-1) (NR)
19. Kenwood (7-2) (NR)
20. Uplift (4-2) (20)
21. Downers North (7-0) (23)
22. Geneva (6-0) (22)
23. Romeoville (6-0) (NR)
24. Willowbrook (5-1) (25)
25. Riverside-Brookfield (8-1) (16)