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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

1. Loyola Academy (14-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 41-0

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers finish the season as the top-ranked team in Illinois.

2. Glenbard West (14-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 34-28

EDGY's Take: Running back Sam Brodner just put the Hilltoppers on his back in crunch time for the Class 7A state-title win.

3. Libertyville (13-1) (3)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 35-28

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats come up just short of a state-title win.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Bryce Gray (Notre Dame baseball).

5. Montini Catholic (14-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 38-15

EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense stepped up all season long, while the offense was just special in 2015.

6. Nazareth Academy (12-2) (6)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 42-21

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners had just too much speed in beating Lincoln-Way West in the 5A state title game.

7. Phillips (14-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Belleville Althoff, 51-7

EDGY's Take: Many openly questioned the high preseason ranking of the Wildcats. Those same voices seem pretty quiet these days.

8. Marist (9-5) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 41-0

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks made a deep run and welcome back nine starters for the 2016 season.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Tight end/defensive end Erik Norberg.

10. Palatine (10-3) (10)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Wide receiver Matt Lamm.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Running back/linebacker Max Ihry.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Running back Nathan Griffin.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take:  Top graduation loss? Quarterback Cam Miller.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Ze'veyon Furcron.

16. Batavia (10-2) (16)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Kyle Niemiec.

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

Last Week: Beat Curie, 49-15

EDGY's Take: The Caravan won the annual Prep Bowl, 49-15, over Curie last Friday.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (18)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Defensive end Ben Christensen.

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

Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 38-15

EDGY's Take: The Warriors will be back in 2016 with a team loaded with returning starters.

20. Bradley (9-4) (20)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Owen Starr.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Sean McCormack.

22. Lincoln-Way West (12-2) (22)

Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 42-21

EDGY's Take: The Warriors will need to reload a bit for 2016, yet Lincoln-Way West also has a ton of underclassmen on the rise.

23. Oswego (9-3) (23)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Steven Frank.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Wide receiver Drew Slager.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Running back Antonio Cannon.

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

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: Waubonsie Valley

Head coach: Paul Murphy

Assistant coaches: Ron Griffin, Tom Baumgarnter, Chris Genslinger, Brad Caldwell, Josh Cuttone, Noel Soto, Ryan Voitik, Duane Butts and Ken Anderson

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Waubonsie Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Oak Park-River Forest

Aug. 31 vs Libertyville

Sept 7 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept. 14 @ Edwardsville

Sept. 21 vs Naperville North

Sept. 28 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 5 vs Prairie Ridge

Oct. 12 @ Naperville Central

Oct. 19 @ Metea Valley

[MORE: 96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs]

Biggest storyline: It's all about the schedule. Can the Warriors survive a challenging lineup --which includes playing Neuqua Valley twice-- and make the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR Julian Cain and DL Avante Rogers

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will have several new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2018. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's not often that veteran head coach Paul Murphy and his Warriors view the playoffs from home. But that's what happened last year. They were the first Waubonsie team since 2006 to do just that. Look for the Warriors to rely on a strong group of receivers to bounce back this fall. They also feature a good group of underclassmen ready to step up. Also, they will need to get used to life in the newly-realigned DuPage Valley Conference. The 2018 schedule includes two games against big district rival Neuqua Valley and a loaded non-conference slate which includes some heavy hitters. 

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

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: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time.