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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 5


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. 

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

[MORE: 86 Days to Kickoff - Reavis]

Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Wynston Russell verbally commits to Oregon State


Recruiting News and Notes: Wynston Russell verbally commits to Oregon State

Homewood-Flossmoor’s senior three star-ranked defensive back Wynston Russell (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) announced his verbal commitment to Oregon State via his Twitter account.

"I really like the coaches at Oregon State a lot and they played a big role in my decision," Russell said. "Coach Tibs (Tim Tibesar) and head coach (Jonathon) Smith along with the rest of the coaches at Oregon State are a newer staff and they are going to win a lot of games at Oregon State. On my official visit I was able to learn more about the great academic support system in place. The academic support that is offered at Oregon State is great and they also work hard on career planning and placement."

"Everyone on the official visit really bonded last weekend, and the guys already on the team also made us feel like part of the team already. The guys on the team are great guy. I also really liked the campus life at Oregon State. You have plenty of things to do but you can also focus on academics and you don't have a ton of distractions. I just felt very comfortable at Oregon State and that was another big part of my decision. I just felt like I fit in there."

Russell was holding multiple scholarship offers and also considered Wisconsin, Western Michigan and Toledo before giving the Beavers his commitment. 

Chicago Mount Carmel senior offensive guard recruit Marcelo Mendiola (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) impress the University of Cincinnati coaches at a recently-held North Central College satellite camp. A few weeks later Mendiola added a Bearcat offer, visited the campus and then gave Cincinnati his verbal commitment.

"It's (Cincinnati) just a great fit for myself and my family," Mendiola said. "We talked it over and I just have a lot in common with the coaches and the philosophy in the football program at Cincinnati. I looked hard at things like the overall depth chart and I'll have a chance to come in and earn early playing time."

Joliet Catholic senior offensive tackle Dave Monnot III (6-foot-6, 285 pounds) decided to give Purdue his verbal commitment after adding a camp offer from the Boilermakers. Monnot III camped at Purdue last Monday, added a Boilermakers offer last Thursday and immediately gave the Purdue staff his verbal commitment.

"One of the big things that sold me on (Purdue) was the coaching staff," Monnot III said. "I love the way Coach (Dale) Williams coaches. He's an Ohio guy and he's going to hold me accountable if I mess up, and that's something I look for in a coach. The final factor was the players (at Purdue). I didn't get a chance to talk to any of the players while I was there, but at my gym here at home, Rudy's, Evan Panfil used to go there, so I had his number. I gave him a call and asked him about his experience there and he sold me."

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin senior three star-ranked offensive tackle Nick Broeker (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) decided earlier this week to give Ole Miss his verbal commitment. Broeker, who was holding 18 scholarship offers this summer pointed towards his connection to Ole Miss as one of his reasons on giving the Rebels his commitment.

"Ole Miss just has so much to offer," according to Broeker. "It's a great fit for me in so many ways. They play in the best conference in the nation in the SEC West. My goal has always been to play at the highest possible level in college and you can't find a higher level of college football than the SEC. Ole Miss offers a good education plus I just feel at home. Ole Miss offered and recruited me as an offensive tackle. I looked at several schools and in the end I found myself comparing everyone else to Ole Miss. My family is also really excited about Ole Miss and they also really loved it.