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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.

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 56-18
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a nice Week 9 test hosting Bolingbrook. Can the Raiders push the Griffins for four quarters?

2. Batavia 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-24
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: An epic drive late in the game with no timeouts. The Bulldogs pull out the close-call win over St. Charles North.  

3. Brother Rice 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 48-0
This Week: @ Montini Catholic
EDGY's Take: What were the preseason that the biggest Chicago Catholic League game of the year would be Brother Rice at Montini?

4. Marist 7-1 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks will get a nice Week 9 on Friday from Benet at Benedictine University. 

5. Mount Carmel 7-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 40-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Caravan have been playing as well as any contenders ranked here.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 35-3
This Week: vs Sandburg
EDGY's Take: Head coach Craig Buzea got his 200th career win last Friday over Andrew.

7. Cary-Grove 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 21-14
This Week: vs Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Trojans rallied from being down 14-0 and scored 21 unanswered points to defeat their bitter rivals.

8. Simeon 8-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Taft, 58-7
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The big question coming Saturday night-- Will the Wolverines wind up in 8A or 7A? 

9. Nazareth Academy 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 49-20
This Week: vs Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners get a nice bounce-back win last Friday over Joliet Catholic.

10. Maine South 7-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 38-21
This Week: vs Niles West
EDGY's Take: The Hawks get another big Central Suburban South win. 

11. Oswego 8-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 49-0
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will take on a very defensive-minded Plainfield South team on Friday.
 
12. Richards 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Reavis, 51-0
This Week: vs Eisenhower
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs continue to cruise and are gearing for a high seed in Class 6A.
 
13. Phillips 6-2 (14)
Last Week: Beat Westinghouse, 46-6
This Week: @ Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will look to finish strong this week against Raby.

14. Willowbrook 8-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Proviso East, 40-7
This Week: @ Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Warriors will look to send Downers Grove South (4-4) home for the holidays on Friday.

15. Naperville Central 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 35-14
This Week: @ Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks have won six straight games and have the makings of a team that could make some postseason noise. 

16. Bolingbrook 7-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Thornton, 43-7
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will look to derail the "Big Cobalt Blue Machine" this Friday in Frankfort. 

17. Montini 8-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 27-3
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will host Brother Rice on Friday in the biggest game of the year in the Chicago Catholic League.

18. Oak Park-River Forest 6-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 10-7
This Week: vs Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Huskies have a top-notch defense and found a way to beat Glenbard West at Duchon Field. It was OPRF's first win there since 1998.

19. Warren Township 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 21-0
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense came to play. An impressive 21-0 shutout over Stevenson 21-0 last Friday.

20. Glenbard West 6-2 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 10-7
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense is still salty as ever. But can the offense find a few more options besides standout RB Tyquan Cox?

21. Hillcrest 8-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat TF North, 50-6
This Week: vs Bremen
EDGY's Take: The Hawks have made it look easy this regular season. They'll go for a 9-0 sweep later this week in an effort to claim a high seed in 5A.

22. Notre Dame 7-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 21-7
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Dons now host JCA and will try to knock out the Hilltoppers from the state playoff field.

23. Hinsdale Central 8-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 57-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will get challenged this Friday against crosstown rival Hinsdale South (The "Doings Cup" game).

24. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hersey, 38-35
This Week: @ Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get a huge win over Hersey. Why do I get the feeling we could see an RM-Hersey rematch in the postseason?
 
25. St. Charles North 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Lost to Batavia, 27-24
This Week: vs Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The North Stars drop a last-second loss to Batavia last Friday; they will look to get back on track this week against another tough opponent in Wheaton South.
 

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 8

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 8

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 8 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVEBatavia (episode 8)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Prospect/Elk Grove Girls Volleyball

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Downers North shuts out rival Downers South

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Downers Grove South runner Brenna Cohoon 

Eisenhower's Jade Watson makes a big impression on the football field 

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 56, Thornwood 18

(2) Batavia 27, St. Charles North 24

(3) Brother Rice 48, Leo 0

(4) Marist 42, Marian Central 6

(5) Mount Carmel 40, St. Laurence 0

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Andrew 3

(7) Cary-Grove 21, (25) Prairie Ridge 14

(9) Nazareth 49, Joliet Catholic 20

(10) Maine South 38, (20) New Trier 21

(11) Oswego 49, Joliet Central 0

(13) Richards 51, Reavis 0

(14) Phillips 46, Westinghouse 6

(15) Willowbrook 40, Proviso East 7

(16) Naperville Central 35, Waubonsie Valley 14

(17) Bolingbrook 43, Thornton 7

(18) Montini 27, Providence 3

Warren 21, (19) Stevenson 0

(22) Hillcrest 50, T.F. North 6

(23) Notre Dame 21, Carmel 7

(24) Hinsdale Central 49, Lyons 6

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Rolling Meadows 38, Hersey 35

Antioch 43, Lakes 24

Byron 21, Genoa-Kingston 14

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

(8) Simeon vs. Taft at Lane Stadium

Oak Park-River Forest at (12) Glenbard West