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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 5

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (4-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 60-0

This Week: @ Lockport

EDGY's Take: The Vikings just keep rolling along and at this stage is the lack of punch in the schedule a concern here? 

2. Mount Carmel (4-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 35-14

This Week: @ DeLaSalle

EDGY's Take: The Caravan get the win over St. Rita as the defense continues to shine.

3. Glenbard West (4-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 41-0

This Week: @ Lyons Township

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will get a good test on the road this week against the under the radar Lyons.

4. Loyola Academy (4-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 54-16

This Week: vs. St. Ignatius

EDGY's Take: Many seem to feel that the Ramblers are the best potential challenger in 8A. I wouldn't argue that point too much to be honest. 

5. Libertyville (4-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Lake Forest, 42-7

This Week: @ Stevenson

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats schedule gets much better starting this Friday. Game of the Year in the North suburbs?

6. Joliet Catholic (4-0) (10)

Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 48-0

This Week: vs. Marian Central Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense has also played at a very high level this season. Coach (Dan Sharp) vs. player (Mike Maloney) this week.

7. Montini Catholic (4-0) (11)

Last Week: Beat DeLaSalle, 38-0

This Week: @ Leo

EDGY's Take: The Broncos can argue that they have been playing as strong so far this season than anyone in Chicagoland.

8. Phillips (3-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat Julian, 40-0

This Week: vs. Vocational

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will need to just stay focused and healthy from here on out. 

9. Stevenson (3-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat Wauconda, 20-7

This Week: vs. Libertyville

EDGY's Take: Can the Patriots defense contain Riley Lees this Friday night?

10. Naperville Central (3-1) (4)

Last Week: Lost to Waubonsie Valley, 15-14

This Week: vs. Wheaton South

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks lost a tough one on the road at Waubonsie Valley. Can the offense kick things into another gear?

11. Neuqua Valley (3-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 28-14

This Week: @ Bartlett

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats could very well be the last team standing in the crowded DuPage Valley Conference race. 

12. Waubonsie Valley  (3-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 15-14

This Week: @ Metea Valley

EDGY's Take: Beat Naperville Central and then get ranked behind them? It's called EDGY Core math kids follow along it's fun.

13. Hinsdale Central (4-0) (12)

Last Week: Beat York, 52-21

This Week: vs. Proviso West

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils are just putting up silly points and offense so far this season. The second half of the schedule will tell us more.

14. Oak Park-River Forest (4-0) (13)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 41-0

This Week: vs. Downers Grove North

EDGY's Take: Potentially one of the best defenses in Chicagoland here?

15. Lincoln-Way East (3-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Stagg, 50-0

This Week: @ Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Griffins will travel to Bolingbrook to play in the Forever Thankful for the I-355 Extension Bowl.

16. Batavia (4-0 ) (15)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles East, 28-0

This Week: @ St. Charles North

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs will have its hands full this week against the better than you think North Stars.

17. Lincoln-Way West (4-0) (16)

Last Week: Beat Andrew, 50-12

This Week: vs. Thornton Township

EDGY's Take: The Warriors also will need to bring its A game against a surging Thornton Township (4-0) squad.

18. Barrington (4-0) (17)

Last Week: Beat Wheeling, 42-21

This Week: @ Schaumburg

EDGY's Take: The Broncos begin a very tough portion of the regular season schedule starting this week on the road at Schaumburg (3-1).

19. Cary-Grove (4-0) (18)

Last Week: Beat Woodstock North, 34-0

This Week: @ Huntley

EDGY's Take: Huge game in the FVC Valley side of the conference. Two distinct styles of offense here. 

20. Oswego (3-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Minooka, 42-7

This Week: @ Romeoville

EDGY's Take: The Panthers have now won 30 straight Southwest Prairie conference games. 

21. Simeon (2-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Lane Tech, 56-0

This Week: vs. Curie

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines took care of business against Lane Tech and get a good test this week against the Condors.

22. Fremd (4-0) (22)

Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 59-20

This Week: @ Conant

EDGY's Take: Another huge game in the Mid Suburban as Conant (4-0) could very well be the best team in the Mid Suburban West.

23. New Trier (4-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Highland Park, 40-13

This Week: @ Evanston

EDGY's Take: The Trevians also need to turn up the intensity this week on the road against the Wildkits.

24. Marian Central Catholic (4-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Nazareth Academy, 34-19

This Week: @ Joliet Catholic

EDGY's Take: If anyone knows the ins and outs of the JCA offense it's Hurricanes head coach and former All State JCA linemen Mike Maloney.

25. Brother Rice (3-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat St. Francis, 46-33

This Week: @ St. Laurence

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders bounce back well from last week's loss to Loyola in beating a good St. Francis team. 

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

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NBC Sports Chicago

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 9 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Perspectives beat Solorio and get a shot at the state playoff field? Can Bolingbrook upset the Big Cobalt Blue Machine at Lincoln-Way East? Can Marist post a perfect ESCC season and beat Benet Academy in Lisle? Can Wheaton North upset Batavia and sneak into the state playoffs with a win? And who wins the CCL Blue championship game? Brother Rice? Montini?

Solorio vs. Perspectives, 3:45 p.m. at Stagg Stadium

EDGY's Take: Both Solorio (5-3, 2-2) and Perspectives (4-4, 0-4) are in must-win mode. They are both seeking a Week 9 win. Solorio is in with a win. Should Perspectives win, both teams will then await their state playoff fate on Saturday night when the IHSA pairings are released. Solorio head coach Bill Ziemba has playmakers in NIU commit WR/DB Messian Travis and with QB Tyrell Williams. Will the Sun Warriors be ready for an equally-hungry Perspectives team? The Warriors, with head coach Terry Jones at the helm, also have talent this season. It includes senior OL/DL Dominic Moore (6-foot-7, 290 pounds). He is one of the state's top uncommitted names. Can the Perspectives defense slow down and contain Solorio's skills department and overall big play ability?

EDGY's Pick: Solorio 28 Perspectives 16 

Dundee-Crown at Huntley, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Dundee-Crown (4-4, 3-4) is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win by the Chargers would get them, at least, in the postseason conversation. Head coach Michael Steinhaus has a strong passing attack this fall led by under-the-radar QB Joshua Raby. TE/DE Justin Prusko is a name to watch as well. Huntley (5-3, 5-2) head coach Matt Zimolzak has also gotten a big season from his quarterback. Chris Raffin and the Red Raiders have several weapons on offense including WR Connor Fitzgerald. Can the Huntley defense get a consistent pass rush against the Dundee-Crown line? Can Dundee-Crown keep their offense on the field and win in a shootout?

EDGY's Pick: Huntley 34 Dundee-Crown 24

Lisle at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lisle (8-0, 4-0) is having a terrific season under Hall of Fame head coach Paul Parpet. They are conference champs for the first time since 1981. Coach Parpet will rely on a very productive offense led by QB Jay McGrath and top receiver Jake Kowal. This is an Interstate Eight crossover against Coal City (7-1, 4-0), who will be going to the postseason for the eighth year in a row. Head coach Dan Hutchings has a balanced offensive attack led by junior QB Payton Hutchings, RB Connor Skubc and RB Dan Jezic. On defense, the Coalers defense have allowed just 42 points on the season. Can the Lisle offense consistently move the chains against the Coal City defense?

EDGY's Pick: Coal City 31 Lisle 27

Payton vs Kenwood, 7:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: Payton (8-0, 4-0) and Kenwood (8-0, 4-0) are playing for the Chicago Public League Illini Prairie State conference title. Head coach George Klupchak has his Grizzles rolling behind QB Sage Shindler and RB Damien Goodman. The Payton defense has also been strong all season. Kenwood and head coach Sinque Turner has also an All-State caliber playmaker in senior WR/DB Mark Aitken (NIU). He is joined by a ton of speed on both sides of the football. Last possession wins?
 
EDGY's Pick: Kenwood 35 Payton 21

(16) Bolingbrook at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (8-0, 6-0) hasn't lost a regular season game since September 9, 2016. The 2018 Griffins are --once again-- stacked on both sides of the football. Keep an eye on QB Jack Baltz (Illinois State), RB Devon Williams, WR Jackson Ritter and WR Matt Judd. Bolingbrook (7-1, 5-1) have won four straight after a Week 4 loss to H-F. The Raiders, under head coach John Ivlow, have talent in the backfield with senior RB Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) along with senior RB Quentin Pringle (Eastern Kentucky). The Bolingbrook defense has allowed just 80 points in 2018. Can Bolingbrook run the football consistently against the Lincoln-Way East defense?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28 Bolingbrook 20

(4) Marist at Benet, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Marist (7-1, 6-0) has won the East Suburban Catholic Conference. They are looking to finish with a win and earn a high seed in Class 8A. Marist head coach Ron Dawczak has received a huge season from senior QB Mike Markett. He has several weapons including WR Billy Skalitzky and WR Jadon Thompson. The Redhawks defense has been a strength as well. Keep an eye on senior S Kendric Nowling (Easter Michigan). Benet Academy (6-2, 4-2) and head coach Pat New will look towards QB Collin Gillespie and RB Ben Hickey as the keys on offense. The Redwings defense is also a strength. Watch for DL Jacob Snell and DE Jack Benish to make plays. Can the Benet defense limit the amount of Marist offensive touches? 

EDGY's Pick: Marist 34 Benet Academy 21

(2) Batavia at Wheaton North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Batavia (8-0, 6-0) has locked up the DuKane Conference title, but they still have plenty to play for here including a high seed in the 7A playoff field. That, and a perfect 9-0 regular season, of course. Batavia last earned such a mark in 2015. The Bulldogs and head coach Dennis Piron will rely on a balanced offense with QB Jack Meyers and RB Art Taylor. The defense is anchored by LB Michael Jansey (Northwestern) and LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State). Wheaton North (4-4, 3-3) and head coach Joe Wardynski are in must-win mode. The Falcons will look to the offense to be a catalyst. The unit is led by RB Antowon Tolbert and QB Nathan Love. On defense, the Falcons will need to slow down a very balanced Batavia offense. Can Wheaton North's defense force Batavia into turnovers? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 41 Wheaton North 20

(3) Brother Rice at (17) Montini, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Chicago Catholic Blue conference championship game features Brother Rice (8-0, 3-0) taking on Montini Catholic (8-0, 3-0). Crusaders head coach Brian Badke features an offense led by QB John Bean, RB Jessi Plunkett and WR Dylan Summers. They have big and physical offensive line as well. On the other side of the ball, Rice's defense has allowed just 52 points all season. Montini Catholic and second year head coach Mike Bukovsky feature a two quarterback system. Deontay Brown and Robert Brazziel have shared the position quite well. RB Nick Fedanzo (Illinois) and WR Nate Muersch are names to watch. The Montini defense has also been strong this season, allowing just 46 points in eight games. Can the Montini defense slow down the Crusaders running game? Can the Rice defense limit the Broncos' multiple offensive weapons?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 21 Montini Catholic 14

Viewers' Choice Game 

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Schaumburg (4-4, 1-3) and Fremd (4-4, 3-1) are playing for their IHSA playoff lives. Head coach Lou Sponsel and the Vikings got out of the gates slow (0-3 record) but the Vikings found a spark behind RB-converted-to-QB Nick Rattin. That, along with a big and physical offensive and defensive lines could help reverse a 1-8 season quite nicely should Fremd win. Schaumburg, under head coach Mark Stilling, will be trying to get the Saxons on track. They have dropped three of their last four games. The Saxons have lots of speed and big play potential with senior WR/DB Heze Trotter along with sophomore RB Michael DiGioia. Can the Fremd defense limit the big play ability of Schaumburg?

EDGY's Pick: Fremd 24 Schaumburg 17