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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.

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.