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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (7-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way East, 28-3

This Week: @ Sandburg

EDGY's Take: The Vikings defense has allowed just 59 points in seven games so far in 2015.

2. Loyola Academy (7-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat DePaul Prep, 42-0

This Week: @ St. Rita

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers get a good test on the road this week in a Mustangs team fighting for it's postseason lives.

3. Glenbard West (7-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat OPRF, 34-7

This Week: vs. Proviso West

EDGY's Take: Senior QB Brian Cochrane has been a big key in the Hilltoppers play action passing game this season.

4. Libertyville (7-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Warren Township, 48-21

This Week: @ Mundelein

EDGY's Take: Trust me it's much more than just QB Riley Lees for the Wildcats this season. 

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

Last Week: Beat Nazareth Academy, 38-35

This Week: @ Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: So which JCA team will stand up? When the good JCA team is on the field they are state title capable in 5A no question.

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

Last Week: Beat St. Francis, 27-8

This Week: @ Fenwick

EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense again plays well in a big win over the Spartans.

7. Phillips (7-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Raby, 34-0

This Week: @ Solorio

EDGY's Take: Will the Wildcats get a decent test again this week against Solorio?

8. Naperville Central (6-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 41-10

This Week: vs. Wheaton North

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks offense continues to make needed improvement here. 

9. Brother Rice (6-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat Legal Prep, 1-0 (forfeit)

This Week: vs. Providence Catholic

EDGY's Take: Will the Crusaders take it easy on Providence Catholic (2-5) this week now that the Celtics are out of playoff contention? Nope.

10. Mount Carmel (6-1) (10)

Last Week: Beat Leo, 38-12

This Week: Forfeit 1-0 win over Hales Franciscan

EDGY's Take: The Caravan get a chance to heal up this week with the forfeit win over Hales. Is that a good thing or a bad thing heading into a Week 9 showdown against Loyola?

11. Neuqua Valley (6-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 34-17

This Week: vs. Lake Park

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have one of the state's best group of receivers including junior WR Isaiah Robertson.

12. Hinsdale Central  (6-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 51-21

This Week: @ Hinsdale South

EDGY's Take: This week in Darien has trap game written all over it for the Red Devils. Beware here Hinsdale Central.

13. Oak Park-River Forest (6-1) (12)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 34-7

This Week: @ Lyons Township

EDGY's Take: Can the Huskies survive a sudden rash of injuries?

14. Lincoln-Way East (5-2) (13)

Last Week: Lost to H-F, 28-3

This Week: @ Joliet Central

EDGY's Take: The Griffins will look to bounce back this week and prepare for the 7A state playoffs.

15. Huntley (7-0) (17)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 36-13

This Week: @ McHenry

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders seem to have a game this week against McHenry who teachers strike appears to have ended this weekend.

16. Oswego (6-1 ) (18)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 28-7

This Week: @ Plainfield North

EDGY's Take: The Panthers will get a good test this week from the explosive Tigers offense on the road at Plainfield North.

17. Simeon (5-2) (19)

Last Week: Beat Dunbar, 48-0

This Week: vs. Taft

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines look to lock in a state playoff bid this week with a win against Taft.

18. Nazareth Academy (5-2) (15)

Last Week: Lost to JCA, 38-35

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners looked more like itself in the second quarter of a 38-35 loss to JCA. Senior ATH Julian Love (Notre Dame) is always a factor.

19. Batavia (6-1) (21)

Last Week: Beat Elgin, 49-0

This Week: @ Geneva

EDGY's Take: The Big One is this week in Geneva. 

20. Waubonsie Valley (5-2) (22)

Last Week: Beat East Aurora, 49-6

This Week: @ Naperville North

EDGY's Take: Can the Warriors offensive outburst the past few weeks continue into the postseason?

21. Glenbard North (5-2) (23)

Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 42-3

This Week: vs. Metea Valley

EDGY's Take: The Panthers have won five straight games and are starting to peak at the right time of the year. 

22. Geneva (7-0) (24)

Last Week: Beat Glenbard East, 39-21

This Week: vs. Batavia

EDGY's Take: The Vikings will host Batavia in one of the oldest and best rivalry games in Illinois this Friday night.

23. Cary-Grove  (6-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 51-20

This Week: @ Dundee-Crown

EDGY's Take: Was I the only one really, really impressed with the Trojans big win on Saturday over Jacobs?

24. Lincoln-Way North (7-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Thornton Township, 28-26

This Week: @ Lincoln-Way Central

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix are making the most out of it's last season ever.

25. Sandburg (6-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 35-14

This Week: vs. Homewood-Flossmoor

EDGY's Take: QB Alec Fidan for Mayor, or some other worthy position of power in Orland Park these days.

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

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: Rich Central

Head coach: Terrell Alexander

Assistant Coaches: Quincy Woods (OC), Vince Brown (OL), Art Schuldt (ST), Les Hampton (DB), Jerrell Bibbs (DB), Steve Henley (DC), Jeff Spikner (WR), Derrick Goard (LB) William Pass (DL) Chuch Robinson (Skills), Guy Smith (RB) and Shawn Mitchell (Skills)

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-1 Southland Conference). Rich Central made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Olympians defeated Marion then lost to Dunlap in second round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Hillcrest

Sept. 1 vs Lemont

Sept. 7 @ Kaneland

Sept. 14 vs Rich South

Sept. 21 @ Crete-Monee

Sept. 28 vs Rich East

Oct. 5 vs Kankakee

Oct. 12 vs Bloom Township

Oct. 19 vs Christ the King

[MORE: 67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest]

Biggest storyline: The Olympians have reached the IHSA playoffs three consecutive seasons-- the first such streak in Rich Central history. Can they stay on a winning track and make a deeper playoff run this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR/S Mehki Miller (Miami of Ohio) and RB Sean Tyler (Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Olympians will need to replace their entire starting offensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Rich Central and head coach Terrell Alexander has brought winning and stability to the Olympians football program.  The 2018 team has some firepower back in the aforementioned Miller and Tyler; however, the development of their underclassmen group this summer will determine just how far this team will go. The ingredients look to be there for another IHSA state playoff caliber team.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed.