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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 10

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 10

1. Loyola Academy (9-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 49-21

This Week: vs. West Aurora

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers have been impressive all season long and closed out the regular season with a win over the Caravan.

2. Glenbard West (9-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 48-28

This Week: vs. Moline

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers wind up in 7A but those first few rounds? Wow that's a rough draw to say the least.

3. Libertyville (9-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Lakes, 40-6

This Week: vs. Downers Grove North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats might have drawn the toughest opening round game of any high seed in the run happy Trojans.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-1) (1)

Last Week: Lost to Bolingbrook, 22-21

This Week: vs. O'Fallon

EDGY's Take: OK, now it's time to get back to work. Trust me no one in Homewood or Flossmoor will take the Panthers lightly.

5. Montini Catholic (9-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 35-0

This Week: vs. Wauconda

EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a new view on the IHSA playoff bus in 6A...and still remain one of the favorites to play in DeKalb.

6. Naperville Central (8-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 28-7

This Week: vs. Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks didn't draw anything easy here in Bolingbrook. 

7. Phillips (9-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 55-0

This Week: vs. Genoa-Kingston 

EDGY's Take: The only question these days is how healthy are the Wildcats? 

8. Brother Rice (8-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 37-21

This Week: vs. Bartlett

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders have a good chance to make a nice run in 8A.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (8-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 39-7

This Week: vs. Fremd

EDGY's Take: The Huskies are getting it done with defense and a strong running game.

10. Lincoln-Way East (7-2) (12)

Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 25-21

This Week: vs. Jacobs

EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense will need to contend with Jacobs QB Chris Katernick.

11. Mount Carmel (7-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 49-21

This Week: vs. Glenbard North

EDGY's Take: Did anyone in the state draw a tougher opening round game? Run versus run here. 

12. Joliet Catholic (8-1) (13)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 35-28

This Week: vs. Vernon Hills

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen seem to be getting healthy at the right time of the year. VH QB Connor McNamara is a player. 

13. Hinsdale Central  (7-2) (10)

Last Week: Lost to OPRF, 39-7

This Week: vs. Neuqua Valley

EDGY's Take: Big loss last week to OPRF in several ways. The Red Devils will need to bring their A game in Round 1.

14. Huntley (9-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 43-6

This Week: vs. Minooka

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders defense will need to slow down Minooka QB Johnny Carnagio this week.

15. Nazareth Academy (7-2) (15)

Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 49-22

This Week: vs. Sycamore

EDGY's Take: Not an easy draw at all playing the Spartans in Round 1.

16. Batavia (8-1) (16)

Last Week: Beat Streamwood, 51-7

This Week: vs. Pekin

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are sick of me telling them they haven't won a 7A state playoff game, and I'm sick of saying it as well.

17. Simeon (7-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Collins, 47-6

This Week: vs. Lincoln Park 

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines seem to be under several radar screens for now in 7A. Big mistake my friends. 

18. Glenbard North (7-2) (19)

Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 42-28

This Week: @ Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: Again not an easy draw at all here, yet the Panthers have won seven straight and seem to be clicking.

19. Cary-Grove  (8-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 43-0

This Week: vs. Belleville West

EDGY's Take: The Trojans are just build for post-season football regardless of the class. 

20. Lincoln-Way North (9-0) (21)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 28-21 OT

This Week: vs. Champaign Centennial

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix have been playing on emotions all season and can that continue through the post-season? 

21. Notre Dame (8-1) (22)

Last Week: Beat Carmel, 25-13

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: Well at least the Dons get another shot at the Redhawks who beat them 49-42 back in Week 4.

22. Neuqua Valley (6-3) (18)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard North, 42-28

This Week: @ Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have talent and playoff potential but the turnovers need to stop immediately.

23. Barrington (8-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Hoffman Estates, 29-18

This Week: vs. Plainfield South

EDGY's Take: A game like this one is exactly why we all wanted to see the 1-32 seeding. Did anyone fathom Plainfield South at Barrington?

24. Maine South (7-2) (24)

Last Week: Beat Evanston, 34-31

This Week: vs. Plainfield North

EDGY's Take: The Hawks always seem to just find a way to win. Sophomore RB Fotis Kokosioulis strikes fear in every opposing defense and sports writer this season.

25. Geneva (8-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Larkin, 41-27

This Week: vs. Oswego East

EDGY's Take: The Vikings have the potential to make a nice run in Class 7A.

5 Days to Kickoff: Batavia

5 Days to Kickoff: Batavia

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: Batavia

Head coach: Dennis Piron

Assistant coaches: Matt Holm, Billy Colamatteo, Sean Anderson, P.J. White, Dan Cadena, Adam Lester, Adam Kolowski, Mike Theriault, Zac Roberts and Erin Finucane

How they fared in 2018: 12-1 (7-0 DuKane Conference). Batavia made the Class 7A state playoff field and defeated Granite City, Moline and Willowbrook. They advanced to the semifinals where they lost to Nazareth Academy.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 31 vs East St. Louis
Sept. 6 @ Naperville North
Sept. 13 @ Lake Park
Sept. 20 vs Glenbard North
Sept. 27 @ Wheaton South
Oct. 4 @ Geneva
Oct. 11 vs St. Charles East
Oct. 18 @ St. Charles North
Oct. 25 vs Wheaton North

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Biggest storyline: Batavia has won a minimum of 12 games four times since 2011 (two state titles: 2013, 2017). They were within striking distance of another title game appearance last season. Can Batavia reload and make it to DeKalb in November?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Quinn Urwiler (Sr., North Dakota) and ILB Matt "Mojo" Weerts (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Bulldogs welcome back nine returning starters (four offense, five defense); they will need to patch a few holes on both the offensive and defensive lines. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Dennis Piron has simply built the Bulldogs into a perennial state title contending team over his eight seasons (85-12 overall record, two state titles). The 2019 Bulldogs welcome back some key names from a season ago including RB/LB Quinn Urwiler, his brother junior RB/DB Trey Urwiler, senior RB Art Taylor, junior ILB Matt Weerts and senior S Sam Barus. The schedule is loaded, like usual. The opener vs. East St. Louis is full of intrigue. The Week 8 game against St. Charles North could be a must-see. If the new faces can step up and help Batavia reload in a few key spots, the Bulldogs will again challenge for the Class 7A state title. 

6 Days to Kickoff: Naperville Central

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

School: Naperville Central

Head coach: Mike Stine

Assistant coaches: Mike Ulreich (DC), Tim Boecker (DB), Marty Balle (LB), Marc Anderson (DB), Eric Novak (DL), Adam Pucylowski (LB), Rick Erickson (DL). Offense: Mike Stine (OC), Pat Watson (OL/Assistant OC), Tony Colletti (OL), Phil Allen (H-Backs), Kofi Hughes (WR), Josh McLeod (WR), Joe Denney (WR), Ryan Clifford (RB) and Chad Bradley (QB)

How they fared in 2018: 7-4 (4-0 Dupage Valley Conference). Naperville Central made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Plainfield South and then lost to Marist in the second round.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Hinsdale Central
Sept. 6 vs Lincoln-Way East
Sept. 13 @ Pickerington Central (Ohio)
Sept. 20 vs Metea Valley
Sept. 27 vs Naperville North at NCC
Oct. 4 @ Neuqua Valley
Oct. 11 @ Waubonsie Valley
Oct. 18 vs DeKalb
Oct. 25 vs East St. Louis

Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks’ transfers mesh well with their new teammates and win big in Class 8A?

Names to watch this season: QB Sam Jackson (Jr., Minnesota) WR Jadon Thompson (Sr., Illinois)

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks welcome back just seven returning starters (four offense, three defense); however, some key incoming transfers will certainly help fill those holes. 

EDGY's Early Take: Naperville Central had a short IHSA playoff run last season. Coach Stine’s 2019 Redhawks might be young in spots, but they have the potential to be one of the most explosive offenses in the state. Junior quarterback Sam Jackson (Minnesota) played receiver in 2018 and brings incredible speed/quickness and athletic ability to the offense. Incoming (transfer) wide receivers Thompson and sophomore Reggie Fleurima provide instant big play ability to the Naperville Central offense.

If the new faces on defense can develop and progress this fall, the Redhawks have a chance of being one of the top teams in Chicagoland in 2019.