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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.

Hersey ATH Jordan Hansen pledges to NIU

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Hersey ATH Jordan Hansen pledges to NIU

Hersey senior QB/S Jordan Hansen (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) has decided to give NIU his verbal commitment. 

"I'm really excited about it (commitment to NIU)," Hansen said. "NIU started really recruiting me harder around the beginning of the season. The NIU coaches saw me earlier in the summer at one of the North Central College one day camps and we've been in regular contact ever since then."

Hansen, who was drawing fall recruiting attention from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, and Illinois State felt that NIU was the best overall fit for him.

"NIU has a lot to offer. They recruited me as a safety and I'm more of an athlete recruit for them. I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They are just great guys and they have a plan in place to keep the football program on top. NIU also has nice facilities and really everything at NIU is impressive. NIU is also close to home which is a plus. Distance from home was not a huge factor for me but it definitely works out great for my family."

Hansen is also happy and relieved to have made his college choice.

"It's a big relief for sure. I can just stay focused on my team and on my season without having to worry about recruiting."

Jordan Hansen is the 17th known verbal commitment to the NIU Huskies Class of 2020 and the 3rd known in-state pledge. Hansen joins Oswego OL Jack Hugunin and West Aurora DE Matt Johnson in the NIU 2020 in-state class.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school sports followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week, for the first time ever, our Wintrust “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week” will be a boys soccer match—and we have some pretty nice local rivalries on deck. Which game is the most worthy of coverage?

Plainfield Central at Plainfield North, 4:30 p.m.

Fenwick at Oak Park-River Forest, 5:30 p.m.

Mundelein at Carmel, 6:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.