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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 13

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 13

1. Loyola Academy (12-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat H-F, 34-28

This Week: @ Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers pull out the win over H-F to advance. Can the Ramblers beat upstart Palatine on the road?

2. Glenbard West (12-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Auburn, 45-14

This Week: vs Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: You'll be hard pressed to find a more physical game in the semifinals than this Saturday at Duchon Field.

3. Libertyville (12-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Normal Community, 41-27

This Week: @ Bradley

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats hit the road to take on the surging Boilermakers in Bradley. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) (4)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola Academy, 34-28

This Week: Season completed

EDGY's Take: The Vikings graduate a ton from the 2015 team yet H-F can also reload as well as anyone in Illinois.

5. Montini Catholic (12-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat DeKalb, 49-14

This Week: vs Prairie Ridge

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will now get a huge test at home on Saturday against the Wolves.

6. Nazareth Academy (10-2) (10)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 35-21

This Week: @ St. Laurence

EDGY's Take: Good things happen when Notre Dame commit ATH Julian Love gets as many touches as possible. 

7. Phillips (12-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Geneseo, 24-7

This Week: vs. Marengo

EDGY's Take: Phillips gets a big emotional win over Geneseo but will now need to focus heavily on beating Marnego at Gately Stadium.

8. Cary-Grove (11-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Batavia, 42-21

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: Talk about a battle of two heavyweight programs this week. Can the Trojans run the ball against the Hitters?

9. Palatine (10-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 28-24

This Week: vs Loyola Academy

EDGY's Take: Down 17-0 only to rally and win 28-24 over Brother Rice? These Pirates just never say die. 

10. Waubonsie Valley (8-4) (24)

Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 17-0

This Week: @ Marist

EDGY's Take: The Warriors just ground and pound rival Naperville Central out of the state playoffs. 

11. Marist (8-4) (23)

Last Week: Beat Oswego, 38-35

This Week: vs Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks now host Waubonsie Valley in the semifinals. Did anyone outside of these two schools see this coming?

12. Prairie Ridge (11-1) (17)

Last Week: Beat Riverside-Brookfield, 42-13

This Week: @  Montini Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Wolves advance beating R-B but will need to clean up the turnovers and penalties this week.

13. Naperville Central (10-2) (6)

Last Week: Lost to Waubonsie Valley, 17-0

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks only two losses came at the hands of the Warriors in 2015.  

14. Brother Rice (10-2) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Palatine, 28-24

This Week: CCL Playoffs

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will reload for 2016 starting with WR Ricky Smalling. Plenty of talent still remains at Rice. 

15. Joliet Catholic (10-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 35-21

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers just couldn't avoid the turnover monster to end the season. 

16. Batavia (10-2) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Cary-Grove, 42-21

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are another program that will just reload for 2016.

17. Mount Carmel (8-3) (12)

Last Week: CCL Playoffs

This Week: CCL Playoffs

EDGY's Take: The Caravan have plenty of names to watch in 2016 including sophomore QB/DB Houston Griffith.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (13)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: With the closing of LW North, the 2016 Griffins could be a monster 8A program to watch. 

19. Hinsdale South (9-3) (22)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way North, 42-35

This Week: vs Crete-Monee

EDGY's Take: The balance on offense has been the real story for the Hornets. Hinsdale South is just very tough to defend  this post-season.

20. Bradley (9-3) (21)

Last Week: Beat Niles North, 28-17

This Week: vs Libertyville

EDGY's Take: Take away the passing game and the Boilermakers running game is more than ready. 

21. Crete-Monee (10-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Sacred Heart Griffin, 38-35

This Week: @ Hinsdale South

EDGY's Take: Was the 38-35 win over SHG the biggest non-state championship win in Crete-Monee program history?

22. Oswego (9-3) (18)

Last Week: Lost to Marist, 38-35

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Panthers will graduate a terrific senior class in the spring.

23. Lincoln-Way West (11-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Peoria, 40-13

This Week: @ Champaign Central

EDGY's Take: The Warriors running game led by senior RB Gabe Montalvo is legit. 

24. Lincoln-Way North (11-1) (15)

Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale South, 42-35

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix never quit and played hard on every down in it's loss to Hinsdale South. Still hard to believe this was the last football game ever for this school. 

25. Oak Park-River Forest (9-2) (19)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Huskies have been a consistent winner under John Hoerster.

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. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

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

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.