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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 14

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 14

1. Loyola Academy (13-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Palatine, 24-22

This Week: vs Marist Class 8A State Final (Sat 7:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers hang on to beat Palatine to advance. Can the Ramblers defense contain the Marist offense and QB Brendan Skalitzky?

2. Glenbard West (13-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 21-6

This Week: vs Libertyville Class 7A State Final (Saturday 4:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: RB Sam Brodner carried the ball 50 times on Saturday in the Hilltoppers win. Can the Hitters defense contain Riley Lees?

3. Libertyville (13-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Bradley, 22-17

This Week: vs Glenbard West Class 7A State Final (Saturday 4:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats pull it out on the last play of the game for the win over Bradley to advance. Wow.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Sophomore DB Justin Hall.

5. Montini Catholic (13-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 35-27

This Week: vs Crete-Monee Class 6A State Final (Saturday 1:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Broncos put up 22 unanswered second half points to advance to the 6A state title game. 

6. Nazareth Academy (11-2) (6)

Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 34-0

This Week: vs Lincoln-Way West Class 5A State Final (Saturday 10:00 AM)

EDGY's Take: Julian Love is good. Really good. Can the Road Runners win a second straight state title this week? 

7. Phillips (13-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Marengo, 47-13

This Week: vs. Belleville Althoff Class 4A State Final (Friday 7:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: Belleville Althoff presents a brand new challenge for the Wildcats, who will make back-to-back 4A state title game appearances. 

8. Marist (9-4) (11)

Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 31-16

This Week: vs Loyola Class 8A State Final (Saturday 7:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks ended up being the team that controlled time of possession in their win over Waubonsie Valley. Can Marist upend the state's No. 1 ranked team?

9. Cary-Grove (11-2) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 21-6

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Smile, Trojan fans. All State RB/LB Ty Pennington is back for 2016.

10. Palatine (10-3) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 24-22

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Did anyone play harder in the postseason than the Pirates?  

11. Waubonsie Valley (8-5) (10)

Last Week: Lost to Marist, 31-16

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Warriors had a great postseason run and very few No. 30 seeds make it to the semifinals.

12. Prairie Ridge (11-2) (12)

Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 35-27

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Is Prairie Ridge sophomore QB Samson Evans the next Riley Lees?

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior OL Trevor Campbell.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take:  Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior WR Ricky Smalling.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Sophomore RB Ke'Von Johnson.

16. Batavia (10-2) (16)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior TE Glen Albanese.

17. Mount Carmel (9-3) (17)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita 7-6

This Week: vs. Curie at Gately (Friday 12:00 PM Prep Bowl)

EDGY's Take: The Caravan take on Curie in the annual Prep Bowl game on Friday.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (18)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Most interesting storyline for 2016? How well the Griffins and the Phoenix mesh as one program.

19. Crete-Monee (11-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 40-37

This Week: vs Montini Catholic Class 6A State Final 1PM Sat

EDGY's Take: The Warriors once again get a big game from senior QB/RB Clint Ratkovich. Can Crete-Monee contain the Montini read option offense this week?

20. Bradley (9-4) (20)

Last Week: Lost to Libertyville, 22-17

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Tough, tough loss to Libertyville on the last play of the game for the Boilermakers.  

21. Hinsdale South (9-4) (19)

Last Week: Lost to Crete-Monee, 40-37

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Hornets come up just short in a terrific semifinal loss to Crete-Monee.

22. Lincoln-Way West (12-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Champaign Central, 42-14

This Week: vs Nazareth Academy Class 5A State Final 10AM Sat

EDGY's Take: The Warriors handle business downstate and now take on Nazareth Academy in the school's first state final appearance.  

23. Oswego (9-3) (22)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Panthers don't rebuild, they just reload.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: How well can the North kids mesh in at East in 2016? 

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior QB Jeremy Hunt.

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.