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Class 2A state final preview: Tri-Valley vs. Auburn

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Class 2A state final preview: Tri-Valley vs. Auburn

What: Class 2A state championship game

Who: Downs (Tri-Valley) (13-0) vs. Auburn (10-3)

When: 1 p.m., Friday on CSN, Live streaming on CSNChicago.com and NBC Live Extra app

Edgy's Take: Tri-Valley and head coach Josh Roop have been on a nice roll. The Vikings have won nine or more games in three of the last four seasons—including a state championship appearance in 2013. The Vikings simply just want to pound opponents with its power run option offense. They’re paced by QB Peyton Roop (2,047 combined yards of offense, 27 TD), RB Hayden Long (1,424 yards, 15 TD) and RB Brock Danko (1,077 yards, 15 TD). Auburn is coached by Dave Bates and feature an offense that is much more pass friendly with QB Drew Chance (2,224 yards passing, 22 TD). That said, the Trojans can also run the ball behind RB Ryan Mclaughlin (1,492 yards rushing, 23 TD). Keep an eye on WR Drew Points (95 catches, 1,485 yards, 16 TD). Can Tri-Valley run the football against a big Auburn line? Can Auburn spread out the Tri-Valley defense and pass the ball with success?

Key matchup: The Auburn offensive line against the Tri-Valley defensive line

EDGY's pick: Tri-Valley 32, Auburn 26

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CSN Chicago is the home for IHSA state championship football this weekend. Every title game from DeKalb can be seen live on CSN or CSN+, csnchicago.com/ihsa and the NBC Live Extra App. Please visit our Channel Finder for the exact channel location in your area. Coverage kicks off Friday morning at 10:00 with the 1A championship between Arcola and Stark County, and wraps up Saturday night with the 8A tilt with Loyola and Marist. A complete recap of the weekend’s championship action, including the Chicago Prep Bowl, can be seen at 11:00 Saturday night on High School Lites, hosted by Luke Stuckmeyer. Our schedule of live coverage is as follows:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

10:00am— 1A: Toulon (Stark County) vs. Arcola, CSN

1:00pm— 2A: Downs (Tri-Valley) vs. Auburn, CSN 

4:00pm— 3A: Bishop McNamara vs. Tolono, CSN & CSN+

7:00pm— 4A: Phillips vs. Belleville (Althoff), CSN+

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28

10:00am – 5A: Nazareth Academy vs. Lincoln-Way West, CSN

1:00pm –  6A: Montini vs. Crete-Montee, CSN

4:00pm –  7A: Glenbard West vs. Libertyville, CSN 

7:00pm –  8A: Loyola vs. Marist, CSN 

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

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: Rich Central

Head coach: Terrell Alexander

Assistant Coaches: Quincy Woods (OC), Vince Brown (OL), Art Schuldt (ST), Les Hampton (DB), Jerrell Bibbs (DB), Steve Henley (DC), Jeff Spikner (WR), Derrick Goard (LB) William Pass (DL) Chuch Robinson (Skills), Guy Smith (RB) and Shawn Mitchell (Skills)

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-1 Southland Conference). Rich Central made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Olympians defeated Marion then lost to Dunlap in second round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Hillcrest

Sept. 1 vs Lemont

Sept. 7 @ Kaneland

Sept. 14 vs Rich South

Sept. 21 @ Crete-Monee

Sept. 28 vs Rich East

Oct. 5 vs Kankakee

Oct. 12 vs Bloom Township

Oct. 19 vs Christ the King

[MORE: 67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest]

Biggest storyline: The Olympians have reached the IHSA playoffs three consecutive seasons-- the first such streak in Rich Central history. Can they stay on a winning track and make a deeper playoff run this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR/S Mehki Miller (Miami of Ohio) and RB Sean Tyler (Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Olympians will need to replace their entire starting offensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Rich Central and head coach Terrell Alexander has brought winning and stability to the Olympians football program.  The 2018 team has some firepower back in the aforementioned Miller and Tyler; however, the development of their underclassmen group this summer will determine just how far this team will go. The ingredients look to be there for another IHSA state playoff caliber team.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed.