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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 11

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 11

1. Loyola Academy (10-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat West Aurora, 31-0

This Week: vs. Stevenson

EDGY's Take: Can the Ramblers turn the tables this time around? Both played each other in the 8A second round a season ago, a Loyola 24-21 loss.

2. Glenbard West (10-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Moline, 49-10

This Week: vs. Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will get to host the Caravan in one of the state's elite games this week.

3. Libertyville (10-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 56-24

This Week: vs. Lincoln-Way East

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will get their biggest test so far this season in the Griffins.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-1) (4)

Last Week: Beat O'Fallon, 55-17

This Week: vs. New Trier

EDGY's Take: Can the Vikings take care of business in this North suburban versus South suburban battle?

5. Montini Catholic (10-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Wauconda, 35-7

This Week: vs. Kaneland

EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense will get another test this week in the Knights.

6. Naperville Central (9-1) (6)

Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 14-7

This Week: @ Warren Township

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense has been very strong all season long.

7. Phillips (10-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Genoa-Kingston, 41-7

This Week: @ Johnsburg 

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will have deja vu when they travel to Johnsburg for a second straight back to back 4A Round 2 game. Phillips beat the Skyhawks a year ago, 41-0.

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

Last Week: Beat Bartlett, 49-21

This Week: vs. South Elgin

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders defense will need to defend a very potent Storm offense this week.

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

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 26-17

This Week: vs. Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Huskies need to clean up the penalties from last week's win over Fremd. 

10. Lincoln-Way East (8-2) (10)

Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 40-6

This Week: @ Libertyville

EDGY's Take: The Griffins had their own Riley Lees a few years back in All State Tommy Fuessel.

11. Mount Carmel (8-2) (11)

Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 42-15

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: The Caravan just seem to find another gear in the postseason, and trust me it's not reverse or neutral. 

12. Joliet Catholic (9-1) (12)

Last Week: Beat Vernon Hills, 48-29

This Week: vs. Marian Central Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen will take on the Hurricanes for the second time this season.  

13. Huntley (10-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Minooka, 49-7

This Week: vs. Oswego

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders continue their tour of the Southwest Prairie conference when hosting Oswego.

14. Nazareth Academy (8-2) (15)

Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 38-6

This Week: @ Solorio

EDGY's Take: It took the Road Runner a half before kicking things into gear in beating Sycamore.

15. Batavia (9-1) (16)

Last Week: Beat Pekin, 56-7

This Week: @ Simeon

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs finally get that first elusive win in 7A, and can the Bulldogs play well on the road at Gately this week?

16. Neuqua Valley (7-3) (22)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 29-26

This Week: vs. Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats unsung hero all season has been senior RB/LB Nick Osicowicz.

17. Simeon (8-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln Park, 51-6

This Week: vs. Batavia

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines will get their biggest test in weeks when they host Batavia.

18. Cary-Grove  (9-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Belleville West, 48-7

This Week: vs. Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: The Trojans will face a Benet Academy defense that has seen CG's style of offense more than once this fall. 

19. Lincoln-Way North (10-0) (20)

Last Week: Beat Champaign Centennial, 41-0

This Week: @ Richards

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix beat Richards 30-29 back in Week 1. Expect another close game here. 

20. Barrington (9-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 41-12

This Week: @ Marist

EDGY's Take: A Broncos also get their biggest test to date this week on the South side.

21. Hinsdale Central (9-1) (13)

Last Week: Lost to Neuqua Valley, 29-26

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will just simply reload.

22. Maine South (8-2) (24)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield North, 35-20

This Week: @ Normal Community

EDGY's Take: The Hawks hit the road this week to take on the Ironmen.

23. Geneva (9-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 36-19

This Week: @ Bradley

EDGY's Take: The Vikings will take on a Boilermaker team that is just very tough at home.

24. Benet Academy (8-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 21-14

This Week: @ Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: The Redwings defense will be asked to slow down the Cary-Grove power running game.

25. Prairie Ridge (9-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 56-12

This Week: vs. Lake Forest

EDGY's Take: The Wolves have been one of the most potent offenses in Chicagoland all season. 

Motivated Markese Jacobs seeks national acclaim before senior year at Uplift

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Motivated Markese Jacobs seeks national acclaim before senior year at Uplift

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC. -- Markese Jacobs doesn't have to impress college coaches during the July live evaluation period since he's already committed to Kansas. But the Uplift rising senior point guard is still motivated to make a strong impression during his final summer on the grassroots circuit.

Playing with a healthy and rejuvenated Mac Irvin Fire roster that includes Morgan Park's Adam Miller and former city players like Terrance Shannon (Lincoln Park) and Kahlil Whitney (Solorio), Jacobs is running an offense with a lot of talent around him the next few weeks. His ultimate goal is to make waves with national talent evaluators to improve his stock and overall ranking.

"We're extra motivated because we didn't get to play with each other fully healthy. We were missing guys some sessions. Some players weren't playing. Now our thing is, now that we're healthy, let's finish strong and accomplish what we want to accomplish," Jacobs said.

"My goal is to at least get top 50. They've got me in the 90s and 100s and I feel disrespected. My whole thing is coming out strong and breaking the top 50."

Since Jacobs doesn't have to worry about collecting scholarship offers since he's been pledged to the Jayhawks for over a year, he is focused instead of making sure that his point guard ability continues to grow. Jacobs also wants to continue to improve his perimeter shooting since defenses will collapse on him regularly next season.

"I have to show that I'm not only an athlete. I can play defense, score the ball and get the ball to my teammates," Jacobs said.

"Over these next couple months, my whole thing is getting off the dribble and hitting open shots. Going into my high school season, pretty much everybody in Chicago is going to be gunning for me. I'm going to get double teamed and stuff like that. So the opportunities that I get, I have to make the best of them."

Jacobs is encouraged by how things are going at Uplift entering next season -- especially now that he is a team leader. In the past, Markese could rely on leadership from his older brother Demarius, or Toraze Dobbs. Now, those guys have graduated and it's his time to shine as a team leader for the Titans.

"It's actually very different. I have to be the one talking now. I can't take a couple plays off like I normally can. So now, it's just, I have to come with it every game," Jacobs said.

Uplift will continue to develop its Class 2A rivalry with conference opponent Orr as both teams always feel like they're on a collision course during the postseason. This season, Jacobs has made it clear that a state title is his goal as he feels as though Class 2A is underrated in Illinois. 

"I'm trying to win state. That's my only goal. City is going to be what city is going to be. But my whole thing is winning state,' Jacobs said.

"Two A is actually pretty tough because it's the same two teams every time: us and Orr. For us, it's about finishing once we get to that game. We do pretty good up until that game, and then we fold. So my thing is just finishing and playing all the way through." 


 

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

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: Glenbrook North

Head coach: Bob Pieper

Assistant coaches: Matt Purdy, Dom Savino, Justin Weiner, Justin Georgacakis, Matt Miller, Brad Hokin, Ernie Brandt and Mike Nabolotny

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference). Glenbrook North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Wheeling

Sept. 1 vs Grant

Sept. 7 vs Hoffman Estates

Sept. 14 @ Elk Grove

Sept. 21 @ Maine West

Sept. 28 vs Highland Park

Oct. 5 @ Maine East

Oct. 12 vs Deerfield

Oct. 19 vs Vernon Hills

[MORE: 61 Days to Kickoff - Maine West]

Biggest storyline: Will the Spartans' growing pains from last season pay off come August?

Names to watch this season: DB Ben Kieffer and OL Nick Mantas

Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans welcome back an impressive 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) this season. That said, who will be the main ball carrier this season for the Spartans?

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbrook North posted a winning record in 2017, but a low playoff point total kept the Spartans watching the playoffs at home. Look for a much more experienced team on both sides of the football this fall that will contend for the Central Suburban North conference title and a state playoff spot.