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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 7


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 7

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (6-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 44-6

This Week: vs. Lincoln-Way East

EDGY's Take: The Southwest Suburban Blue title game this week?

2. Loyola Academy (6-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic 31-7

This Week: vs. DePaul Prep

EDGY's Take: Can the Ramblers win it all in Class 8A?

3. Glenbard West (6-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 35-24

This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers always have a chance with senior RB Sam Brodner on the field.

4. Libertyville (6-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 41-21

This Week: vs. Warren Township

EDGY's Take: Could this week be a potential trap game against the up-and-coming Blue Devils?

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

Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 53-9

This Week: vs. Nazareth Academy

EDGY's Take: Huge ESCC title game/rematch from one of the best regular season games last season.

6. Montini Catholic (6-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 42-0

This Week: vs. St. Francis

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will get a much-needed test this week from their old-school rival, the Spartans.

7. Phillips (6-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat King, 42-0

This Week: vs. Raby

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats need to stay healthy come Week 10 and beyond. Class 3A for Phillips this playoff season? It's possible.

8. Naperville Central (5-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat Batavia, 34-14

This Week: vs. Naperville North

EDGY's Take: Passing! Offense! Points! The Redhawks got the offense in gear against Batavia last Friday. 

9. Brother Rice (5-1) (21)

Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 31-14

This Week: vs. Legal Prep Academy

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders offense can - and will - challenge anyone who comes calling in 8A this postseason.

10. Mount Carmel (5-1) (2)

Last Week: Lost to Brother Rice, 31-14

This Week: vs. Leo

EDGY's Take: The Caravan will need to recover and focus on improving the pass defense from here on out.

11. Neuqua Valley (5-1) (10)

Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 34-7

This Week: @ Wheaton North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have simply been very good  - and one of the best teams in the southwest suburbs- since a Week 1 loss.

12. Oak Park-River Forest  (6-0) (12)

Last Week: Beat York, 21-6

This Week: vs. Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: It's the game the Huskies have been quietly getting jacked up to play all season.

13. Lincoln-Way Way East (5-1) (13)

Last Week: Beat Lockport, 48-6

This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor

EDGY's Take: Time to strap it up and see what the Griffins have in store for the state's top ranked team.

14. Hinsdale Central (5-1) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 35-24

This Week: vs. Lyons Township

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils definitely gave Glenbard West a game. They just need to find a way to finish.

15. Nazareth Academy (5-1) (22)

Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 33-0

This Week: @ Joliet Catholic

EDGY's Take: Nazareth Academy gets a chance to show just how good it can be on the road at JCA on Friday night.

16. Barrington (6-0 ) (16)

Last Week: Beat Conant, 40-34

This Week: @ Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Broncos get head coach Joe Sanchez career win No. 100 on homecoming last Saturday over Conant.

17. Huntley (6-0) (17)

Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 22-19

This Week: vs. Crystal Lake South

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are undefeated but if the turnovers continue they won't be undefeated for long. The Huntley defensive line is very strong this season.

18. Oswego (5-1) (18)

Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 22-19

This Week: vs. Plainfield East

EDGY's Take: The Panthers will need to be aware of a better-than-you-think Plainfield East defense this week.

19. Simeon (4-2) (19)

Last Week: Beat North Lawndale, 46-12

This Week: @ Dunbar

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines take on an old rival this week in the Mightymen. Has the Simeon offense found a new gear?

20. New Trier (6-0) (20)

Last Week: Beat Waukegan, 50-0

This Week: vs. Maine South

EDGY's Take: Can the Trevians snap the Maine South conference winning streak at 72 games and counting? Also, when was the last time the Trevians have been the early favorite in this game?

21. Batavia (5-1) (15)

Last Week: Lost to Naperville Central, 34-14

This Week: vs. Elgin

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs will undoubtedly be better off come state playoff time after playing against 8A power Naperville Central last Friday.

22. Waubonsie Valley (4-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 27-0

This Week: @ East Aurora

EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a big win over old school DVC power Wheaton South and send the Tigers home for the postseason for only the third time since 1987.

23. Glenbard North  (4-2) (23)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 14-0

This Week: @ Lake Park

EDGY's Take: Glenbard North has now won four straight games since a rough 0-2 start. You've all been warned.

24. Cary-Grove (5-1) (24)

Last Week: Beat McHenry, 1-0

This Week: vs. Jacobs

EDGY's Take: The Trojans get a forfeit win over McHenry, whose district was on strike. Huge game this week against Jacobs.

25. Geneva (6-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles East, 27-26

This Week: @ Glenbard East

EDGY's Take: The Vikings get a close win over St. Charles East. Geneva has been a real handful this season.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after seven weeks of football.

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 45-7
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins continue to roll along. Will they face another serious challenges the remainder of the regular season?

2. Mount Carmel 7-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The last few wins for the Caravan haven't been pretty, but a win is a win. 

3. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 39-29
This Week: @ Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marist on Friday night. When the J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris connection is on, look out.

4. Loyola Academy 5-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 46-14
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers offense has started to make some noise while the defense remains a big strength. 
5. Warren Township 7-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-3
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils hold Lake Zurich to a field goal while RB Derrick McLaughlin carries the load on offense for The Township.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West,  35-0
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings offensive line, running game and speed on defense should play well in 8A this postseason.

7. Glenbard West 7-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lyons, 42-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: This Saturday's game against Hinsdale Central will be the most anticipated regular season game in quite a while on the shores of Lake Ellyn.

8. Notre Dame 7-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 40-8
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Dons' defense has been a strength all season. They get their biggest test on Friday as the Roadrunners come calling.

9. Hinsdale Central 7-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 49-6
This Week: @ Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: Can the Red Devils win on the road on Saturday at Glenbard West? 

10. Bolingbrook 6-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 34-13
This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders' triple-option run game and athletic defense could combine to make some big moments this postseason.
11. Neuqua Valley 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 43-21
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are now aiming to win out the remainder of the regular season. Can they earn a high seed in Class 8A?
12. Hersey 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-14
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will need to beat Elk Grove this week before locking in on a huge Week 9 showdown vs. Rolling Meadows.

13. Minooka 7-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 19-10
This Week: vs West Aurora
EDGY's Take: The Indians' defense has been rock-solid all season long. They limited a tough Yorkville offense. 

14. Oswego 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 14-3
This Week: @ Yorkville
EDGY's Take: The Panthers keep their winning streak alive (15-0) over district rival Oswego East. 

15. Maine South 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 40-10
This Week: vs Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are getting healthy at the right time of the year. 

16. St. Charles East 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 30-29
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Saints post back-to-back wins over St. Charles North and Batavia. Impressive. 

17. Batavia 5-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to St. Charles East, 30-29
This Week: @ St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now need to get back on track. Another DuKane rival looms in St. Charles North.

18. Hillcrest 6-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 41-0
This Week: @ Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will get a huge test on the road this Friday at Lemont.

19. Willowbrook 6-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-21
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got off to a quick 14-0 lead against York and never looked back. 

20. Huntley 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 56-0
This Week: vs Burlington Central
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are also rolling and are playing for a high seed in Class 8A.

21. Montini Catholic 5-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 2-0 (forfeit)
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: Will the forfeit win last week be a blessing for the Broncos?

22. Fremd 5-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 14-0
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Vikings' defense has been a strength all season; the run game pounded out enough yards in the win over Barrington.

23. Crete-Monee 7-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 44-12
This Week: vs Bloom 
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are also in line for a top seed in the postseason.

24. Andrew 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 33-21
This Week: vs Lockport
EDGY's Take: The T-Bolts enter the Top 25 aiming for a high seed in the postseason; however, they shouldn't overlook the Porters.

25. Cary-Grove 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 16-6
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The annual grudge match against rival Prairie Ridge should be a good one Friday night.

High School Lites Roundup Week 7

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Eisenhower 19, Evergreen Park 18

Oswego 14, Oswego East 3

(14) Minooka 19, Yorkville 10

(22) St. Charles East 30, (7) Batavia 29

Phillips 52, Lane Tech 0 

Warren 24, Lake Zurich 3

(19) Willowbrook 35, York 21

Nazareth Academy 39, Marist 29

Rolling Meadows 35, Prospect 14

Sullivan 18, Kennedy 13

Whitney Young 15, Von Steuben 14