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Big week of matchups ahead for the latest Preps Power Rankings

Big week of matchups ahead for the latest Preps Power Rankings

The Power Rankings don't see many changes this week as only four teams from last week's list lost games. Since the snow postponed many of Friday night's games, the schedule was limited for a few of the teams. The quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs should see action pick up this week while big matchups in the Catholic League and CSL South also loom. 

1. Simeon (22-3, 9-0) (1) -- The Wolverines have moved on to the Public League Playoff quarterfinals after two big wins the first two rounds. Simeon has to face Uplift and could face either Whitney Young or Morgan Park in the semifinals. 

2. Orr (21-3, 9-0) (2) -- Orr cruised to two double-digit wins in the Public League Playoffs as they advanced to face Bogan in the quarterfinals. If the Spartans advance, they could get a rematch with Curie in the semifinals. 

3. Curie (22-3, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors moved on the the quarterfinals in the Public League Playoffs with wins over Hubbard and UP-Englewood. Things get much tougher for Curie in the next one when they take on Kenwood. 

4. Whitney Young (21-6, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young beat Clark and Vocational in the Public League Playoffs this week. Next comes a huge quarterfinal matchup against Morgan Park on Tuesday. 

5. Morgan Park (18-8, 7-2) (5) -- Ayo Dosunmu returned in a major way for the Mustangs in wins over King and Prosser. Now Morgan Park gets a huge showdown with Whitney Young in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. 

6. Evanston (19-4, 7-1) (6) -- Arguably the hottest team in the area, Evanston took down Loyola during the week for another huge win. The Wildkits will try to stay atop the crowded CSL South race with games against Niles West and New Trier this week. 

7. Niles North (21-3, 5-3) (8) -- Good win for Niles North as they ran past red-hot Prospect for a quality non-conference win. The Vikings will face Maine South and travel to Wisconsin for a game against St. Catherine's this week. 

8. Fenwick (16-7, 7-0) (10) -- The Friars had the week off with a game getting snowed out against Marmion. Fenwick will make that game up this week while also battling Loyola in an important Catholic League battle. 

9. New Trier (19-3, 6-1) (11) -- New Trier had the week off since its game against Niles North got delayed by the snow. The Trevians have an important week in the CSL South when they play Maine South and Evanston. 

10. Loyola (21-4, 5-1) (7) -- Loyola dropped a non-conference game to Evanston during the week as the Ramblers lost a close one to a hot team. The Ramblers have another important week ahead when they battle St. Joseph and Fenwick in Catholic League play. 

11. Oak Park-River Forest (18-5, 9-0) (13) -- The Huskies earned a West Suburban Silver win over Downers North. OPRF has three games to deal with this week when they play Hinsdale Central, York and Proviso West. 

12. Benet (19-4, 5-1) (14) -- A good double-digit win for Benet as they beat St. Charles North during the week. The Redwings will try to stay in the ESCC race when they face Joliet Catholic this week and they also have a non-conference game with Stevenson. 

13. West Aurora (18-4, 7-0) (15) -- West Aurora had the week off as they prepare to face South Elgin in an Upstate Eight Valley game. The Blackhawks have won 10 straight games.  

14. Wheaton-Warrenville South (22-4, 13-1) (16) -- Two DuPage Valley wins for the Tigers during the week as they beat Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley. Wheaton Warrenville South tries to stay ahead in the conference race when they play Metea Valley. 

15. Marist (22-4, 5-2) (12) -- Marist dropped an ESCC game on the road at St. Viator over the weekend after picking up an easy win over Ag. Science. The RedHawks battle St. Patrick in another ESCC game this week. 

16. Marian Catholic (17-4, 3-3) (17) -- Marian Catholic had two wins during the week as they defeated Providence and Mount Carmel in a pair of non-conference games. The Spartans have three more games this week when they play Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. 

17. Naperville North (21-2, 12-1) (18) -- The Huskies are over the 20-win mark on the season as they defeated Glenbard North and Neuqua Valley. Naperville North is trying to stay in the DuPage Valley race when they play Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley. 

18. Bolingbrook (17-5, 5-2) (19) -- Bolingbrook got back on track with a double-digit win over Sandburg. The Raiders have an important SouthWest Suburban Blue conference clash this week when they battle Homewood-Flossmoor. 

19. DePaul Prep (19-6, 4-3) (9) -- The Rams fell in Catholic League play to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will try to bounce back when they face Mount Carmel this week. 

20. Joliet Central (18-4, 10-0) (20) -- Joliet Central had its game postponed so they didn't play during the week. The Steelmen play Plainfield Central and Oswego East in Southwest Prairie play during the week. 

21. Hillcrest (19-5, 11-0) (21) -- The Hawks earned a double-digit win over Bremen as they stayed unbeaten in South Suburban play. Hillcrest will try to stay that way when they play T.F. North and Oak Forest this week. 

22. Leo (18-5, 7-0) (23) -- The Lions hold a two-game lead in the Catholic League White as they knocked off Montini. Leo will play Marmion in their regular season finale Friday before starting 2A regional play next week. 

23. Homewood-Flossmoor (15-6, 6-1) (24) -- Homewood-Flossmoor won two more games this week as they took down Stagg and Marshall. The Vikings will attempt to hold on to the SouthWest Suburban Blue lead when they battle Bolingbrook this week. 

24. Hinsdale South (18-5, 6-2) (25) -- The Hornets continued their recent strong stretch with victories over Downers South and Leyden. Hinsdale South will play Addison Trail and Proviso East this week as they try to stay on top of the West Suburban Gold. 

25. St. Viator (20-5, 7-0) (NR) -- Still unbeaten in the ESCC, the Lions took down Marist for another big league win. St. Viator will face Bartlett and Carmel this week. 

39 Days to Kickoff - Downers Grove South

39 Days to Kickoff - Downers Grove South

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: Downers Grove South

Head coach: Mark Molinari 

Assistant coaches: Mark Molinari - Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator, Dan Bielawski - Defensive Coordinator, Troy Michalek - Defensive Line, Matt Quatman - Linebackers, Jon Orech - Offensive Line, Chris Wild - Offensive Line, Paul Maggiore - Running Backs, Tony Nevrly - Wide Receivers

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-2 West Suburban Gold Conference). Downers Grove South failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Bolingbrook

Sept. 1 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Sept 8 @ Proviso East

Sept. 14 @ Hinsdale South

Sept. 21 vs Addison Trail

Sept. 28 @ Morton

Oct. 5 vs Leyden

Oct. 12 @ Downers Grove North

Oct. 19 vs Willowbrook

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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs contend for the West Suburban Gold title and get back to the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR/DB Jaelynn Blecke, OL/DL Shawn Lee and ATH Jayden Lambert

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will have some graduation holes to fill-- especially at the quarterback position. Multi-year starter Matt Greenwald leaves big shoes to fill under center.

EDGY's Early Take: Downers Grove South just missed making the 2017 IHSA state playoff field. While the Mustangs will be a bit younger in 2018, it could work to their advantage. They have some very talented underclassmen names to watch this fall. The Mustangs' overall depth will be tested in a few spots this season; however, if South can stay relatively healthy, this team has a chance to challenge for a conference title and a state playoff spot. 

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

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: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich, Vince Patterson, KJ Jones and Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

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Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.