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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.

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.