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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (1-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove South, 56-15
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: One rival coach called the Vikings, "The Machine."

2. Mount Carmel (1-0) (2)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 21-14
This Week: vs. Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Caravan find a way to slow down a very potent Marist offense to get the win.

3. Glenbard West (1-0) (3)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 28-7
This Week: vs. Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: West handles the muddy conditions for the win over Bolingbrook on Saturday.

4. Naperville Central 1-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 13-12
This Week: vs. Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: I have a feeling the Redhawks will need to win more tight games in the DuPage Valley conference this fall.

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5. Stevenson (1-0) (6)
Last Week: Beat Palatine 26-24
This Week: vs. Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to ramp things up this week against top ranked H-F.

6. Nazareth Academy 1-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Bloomington, 34-6
This Week: vs. Leo
EDGY's Take: The Road Runners take care of business in Bloomington.

7. Libertyville (1-0) (8)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 55-28
This Week: @ Lake Forest Academy
EDGY's Take: QB Riley Lees accounted for 454 yards of offense and six touchdowns against Elk Grove.

8. Phillips 1-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 40-16
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will travel to Carmel to challenge the Corsairs’ option offense up close. It's the offense of choice of several 4A state playoff programs.

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9. Loyola Academy (1-0) (11)
Last Week: Beat Marquette, Wisc, 35-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers defense will need to contend with the “Wall of Park Ridge” this week.

10. Joliet Catholic Academy 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 35-13
This Week: vs. Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will win several games this fall.

11. Montini Catholic (1-0) (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 20-17
This Week: @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Broncos might have one of the state's fastest and most explosive shotgun read option offenses in 2015.

12. Hinsdale Central 1-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat O'Fallon, 41-14
This Week: vs. Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense contained one of the state's best running backs in O'Fallon's Kentrail Moran.

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13. Oak Park-River Forest 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way East, 41-14
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: Keep an eye on Huskies junior QB Jeremy Hunt.

14. Lincoln-Way East (0-1) (8)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 14-13
This Week: vs. Lincoln Park
EDGY's Take: The Griffins will go back to work this week and will undoubtedly see better days this fall.

15. Simeon (0-1) (4)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 28-21
This Week: @ Greenville, Miss.
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines had a 21-6 halftime lead but couldn't answer 22 straight second half points by the Flyers.

16. Wheaton South 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 10-7 2-OT
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Tigers needed double overtime to hold off rival Wheaton North.

17. Batavia 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 36-28
This Week: vs South Elgin
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe and down to the wire in a thrilling win over Oswego.

18. Lincoln-Way West (1-0) (21)
Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 35-31
This Week: @ Bloom Township
EDGY's Take: Who’da thunk that West and Sycamore would become a rivalry game?

19. Providence Catholic 0-1 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Joliet Catholic, 35-13
This Week: @ Oswego
EDGY's Take: The Celtics are still a work in progress; that progress will need to be sped up Friday in Oswego.

20. Glenbard North (0-1) (15)
Last Week: Lost to Naperville Central, 13-12
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will be just fine. Trust me, kids.

21. Barrington 1-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 50-23
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Broncos and senior QB Johnny Davidson come out of the gates strong in beating the Titans.

22. Brother Rice (1-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice (Mich), 56-20
This Week: @ Crete-Monee
EDGY's Take: Huge win for the Crusaders against a traditional power from Michigan.

23. Maine South 0-1 (18)
Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 20-17
This Week: vs. Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Hawks left side of the offensive line with Liam O'Sullivan and junior Kevin Jarvis is now the “Wall of Park Ridge.” If the Hawks can clean up a few things, beware.

24. Neuqua Valley (1-0) (25)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 38-14
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have one of the state's better receiver groups.

25. Lemont 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 21-6
This Week: @ Danville
EDGY's Take: The Indians defense is a real strength this season.

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

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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. 

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

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: Lincoln-Way West

Head coach: Dave Ernst

Assistant Coaches: Luke Lokanc, Larry Lokanc, Mike Villa, Eric DoornKaat, George Czart, Bob Lombardi, Sean Lucas, Rob Glielmi, Steve Bauer and Al McKellar

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference), Lincoln-Way West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Knights defeated Jacobs and Alton and then lost to Batavia in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Racine Case (Wisc.)

Aug. 31 @ Lincoln-Way Central

Sept. 7 vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais

Sept. 14 vs. Thornridge

Sept. 21 @ Homewood-Flossmoor

Sept. 28 @ Sandburg

Oct. 5 vs. Thornton Township

Oct. 12 @ Stagg

Oct. 19 @ Andrew

Biggest storyline: Can the Warriors get back to the 7A playoffs and make a deeper run this season?

Names to watch this season: OL Martin Bender and RB Caleb Marconi

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors welcome back 10 returning starters but just three are back on the defensive side of the football. In particular, they will need to replace their entire starting secondary from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Ernst has guided the Warriors to the IHSA playoffs in each the past six seasons. If West can reload a bit on the defensive side of the football they have a good chance of getting to the postseason again this fall. The good news is that the offense brings back four starting offensive linemen along with bruising RB Marconi. Look for the running game to pace the offense. It should be a big strength this fall.