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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. 

7 Days to Kickoff: Homewood-Flossmoor

7 Days to Kickoff: Homewood-Flossmoor

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: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Zac Wells, Alexander Pratt, Terrance Terry, Josh Ling, Matt Ramos, Josh Forney, David James, Eric Schreiber Sr., Eric Schreiber Jr. and Bart Czachor

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference). H-F made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Fremd and Barrington. They advanced to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Marist.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs T.F. North

Sept. 6 @ Penn (IN)

Sept. 13 vs Andrew

Sept. 20 @ Lockport

Sept. 27 @ Lincoln-Way East

Oct. 4 vs Sandburg

Oct. 11 @ Lincoln-Way West

Oct. 18 vs Bolingbrook

Oct. 25 vs Lincoln-Way Central

Biggest storyline: The Vikings, who have won a minimum of 10 games in four of the past five seasons, are looking to make another deep run in Class 8A playoffs this fall.

Names to watch this season: OL Marcus Harper II (Sr., Oregon) OL/DL Michael Ford (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, five defense). Program numbers and overall depth are seldom an issue at H-F, so addressing some of the open spots on the defensive shouldn’t be that big of a concern. 

EDGY's Early Take: H-F, under head coach Craig Buzea, has built the football program into one of the most consistent winners in Chicago’s south suburbs. Don't look for a downturn anytime soon. The Vikings will rely on senior three-year starting QB Dominick Jones. The offensive line has size and talent and includes Marcus Harper II (Oregon), senior OL/DL Michael Ford and senior OC Denzel Bryant. The defense has speed and the back seven on defense are a big strength. Everything is pointing upwards heading into the season for the Vikings. 

 

8 Days to Kickoff: Warren

8 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Justin VanSchaick, Brandon Schild, Josh Williams, Tayler Erbach, Kurt Weinberg and Chris Caballero

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (7-0 North Suburban Conference). Warren made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Neuqua Valley and Hinsdale Central. They advanced to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Brother Rice.

2019 segular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Barrington

Sept. 6 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 13 @ Waukegan

Sept. 20 @ Libertyville

Sept. 27 vs Lake Forest

Oct. 5 vs Zion-Benton

Oct. 11 @ Lake Zurich

Oct. 18 @ Stevenson

Oct. 25 vs Mundelein

[MORE: 19 Days to Kickoff: Barrington

Biggest storyline: The Blue Devils featured one of the state’s best defenses in 2018. It resulted in their best season since 1991. Can they maintain some of that momentum and advance deeper in the Class 8A playoffs come November?

Names to watch this season: DT Willis Singleton Jr. (Sr., Iowa State) and LB Juan Delacruz (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils welcome back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). And while several of those 10 returnees are key playmakers, Coach McNulty and company will have to reload in the offensive skills department and in the defensive backfield.

EDGY's Early Take: Warren had a terrific season in 2018. Several big names are back for 2019. The Blue Devils defense was a strength last season—they shut out five opponents and kept three more to a touchdown or less. This year’s unit is led by senior DT Willis Singleton Jr. The offense will look to improve on last season’s numbers with junior QB Phil Hirt. He and senior ATH Christian Phillips will bring experience. If the Blue Devils can come close to the high-level of defense they played with last season –and if the offense can generate more points-- this team could be a big time factor in the Class 8A playoffs.