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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Lockport, 48-0

This Week: @ Joliet West

EDGY's Take: At what point do Vikings fans begin to wonder if, and when, this team will be tested? 

2. Mount Carmel (5-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat DeLaSalle, 63-0

This Week: @ Brother Rice

EDGY's Take: The Caravan defense will get a test on the road this week against pass-happy Brother Rice. 

3. Glenbard West (5-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 35-0

This Week: vs Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: Senior RB Sam Brodner can make a 7-yard run look spectacular. 

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

Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 35-7

This Week: @ Providence Catholic

EDGY's Take: Could this be a trap game on the road Friday night against the Celtics, who are fighting to get back to .500?

5. Libertyville (5-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 35-7

This Week: vs Lake Zurich

EDGY's Take: QB Riley Lees gets the hype (and deservedly so) yet the Wildcats defense also is a real strength this fall.

6. Joliet Catholic (5-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 41-3

This Week: @ Marian Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers have been making it look pretty easy so far in 2015. 

7. Montini Catholic (5-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Leo, 41-0

This Week: @ St. Joseph

EDGY's Take: The Broncos also have been cruising, and the defense is taking shape nicely. 

8. Phillips (5-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat Vocational, 62-0

This Week: vs King

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats led Vocational 62-0 at halftime. 

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

Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 20-8

This Week: @ Batavia

EDGY's Take: Hands down one of the most intriguing non-conference matchups all season here. The Redhawks will walk into a hostile Dawg Pound on Friday night.

10. Neuqua Valley (4-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Bartlett, 21-7

This Week: vs Naperville North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats just get the job done week in and week out.

11. Hinsdale Central (5-0) (13)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 48-7

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: No question this week presents the Red Devils' biggest challenge of the 2015 season on the road at Duchon Field.

12. Oak Park-River Forest (5-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 44-20

This Week: @ York

EDGY's Take: The Huskies can beat teams with the pass and the run, and senior RB Antonio Cannon leads a deep group of running backs.

13. Lincoln-Way East (4-1) (15)

Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 28-0

This Week: vs. Lockport

EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense has been strong all season, including last Friday's 28-0 win over Bolingbrook, holding the Raiders to just 55 rushing yards. 

14. Stevenson (3-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Libertyville, 35-7

This Week: @ Warren Township

EDGY's Take: The Patriots just couldn't get their offense in full gear in Friday's loss to Libertyville. That will need to change this week against the Blue Devils on the road.

15. Batavia (5-0) (16)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 48-28

This Week: vs Naperville Central

EDGY's Take: While the annual rivalry game against Geneva is always huge in Batavia, this week against Naperville Central will come pretty close to matching that excitement.

16. Barrington (5-0 ) (18)

Last Week: Beat Schaumburg, 35-28

This Week: @ Conant

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will get a huge test this week on the road against the surging Cougars.

17. Huntey (5-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 29-8

This Week: vs Jacobs

EDGY's Take: Huntley beat Cary-Grove for the first time in school history at the varsity level. Time to get back to work against Jacobs (5-0) this week.

18. Oswego (4-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Romeoville, 50-14

This Week: vs Oswego East

EDGY's Take: The Panthers won their 31st straight Southwest Prairie conference game last Friday over Romeoville.

19. Simeon (3-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Curie, 33-21

This Week: vs North Lawndale

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines needed to come from behind to beat Curie as QB Dakota Turner threw four touchdown passes in the win.

20. New Trier (5-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Evanston, 14-12

This Week: vs Waukegan

EDGY's Take: The Trevians win the 106th meeting with Evanston and now set their sights on ending The Streak soon.

21. Brother Rice (4-2) (25)

Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 52-35

This Week: vs Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will look to upset rival Mount Carmel on Friday night. Expect a packed house at Brother Rice.

22. Nazareth Academy (4-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 49-7

This Week: vs Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners will get another big test this week hosting Benet Academy. Senior RB Ivory Kelly-Martin is having an All-State caliber season.

23. Glenbard North (3-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 46-6

This Week: @ Wheaton North

EDGY's Take: The Panthers have bounced back well since starting the season at 0-2. Junior RB Vittorio Tricase is a name you need to know.

24. Cary-Grove (4-1) (19)

Last Week: Lost to Huntley, 29-8

This Week: @ McHenry

EDGY's Take: The Trojans will go back to work this week after a tough loss last Friday to Huntley. 

25. Conant (5-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 26-17

This Week: vs Barrington

EDGY's Take: The Cougars go back to the running game to upset Fremd last Friday night. Beware of this Conant team, folks.

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.