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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 55-21

This Week: vs. Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Vikings got out of the gates slow but finished strong in beating Sandburg. H-F's rival Bolingbrook is up next.

2. Loyola Academy (8-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 56-14

This Week: vs. Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers will try for a rarity this week in the CCL Blue, a rare undefeated regular season record.

3. Glenbard West (8-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 42-0

This Week: @ Addison Trail

EDGY's Take: The Hitters have now won the West Suburban Silver conference title in seven of the past eight seasons.

4. Libertyville (8-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Mundelein, 34-7

This Week: vs. Lakes

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are all setting themselves up for a high seed in the upcoming IHSA state playoffs. 

5. Montini Catholic (8-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 48-7

This Week: @ Marmion Academy

EDGY's Take: The Broncos backfield is as good as anyone's in the state this season. 

6. Naperville Central (7-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 34-14

This Week: @ Lake Park

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks better be ready this week for a hungry Lake Park team looking to secure a state playoff spot. 

7. Phillips (7-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Solorio, 63-13

This Week: vs. Calumet Perspectives Friday @ Mandrake Park 

EDGY's Take: Whether it's 3A or 4A, the Wildcats will be considered one of the favorites to win a state title.

8. Brother Rice (7-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 31-24

This Week: @ St. Rita

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will look to finish off the regular season with a win this week against longtime rival St. Rita.

9. Mount Carmel (7-1) (10)

Last Week: Beat Hales Franciscan, 1-0 (forfeit)

This Week: @ Loyola Academy

EDGY's Take: The Caravan healed up after getting a forfeit win last Friday. Will Mount Carmel be rusty or ready this week?

10. Hinsdale Central  (7-1) (12)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 45-38 OT

This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils needed overtime to beat district rival Hinsdale South. This week doesn't get any easier at OPRF.

11. Oak Park-River Forest (7-1) (13)

Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 35-7

This Week: vs. Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: Despite a late season rash of injuries the Huskies just keep marching forward. Beware of senior RB Antonio Cannon.

12. Lincoln-Way East (6-2) (14)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 70-0

This Week: vs. Sandburg

EDGY's Take: The Griffins are starting to get standout RB Liam Morrissey back in time for the state playoffs. 

13. Joliet Catholic (7-1) (5)

Last Week: Lost to Benet Academy, 24-21

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: JCA is also dealing with a handful of key injuries late in the season. Can the Hilltoppers defense slow down Marist?

14. Huntley (8-0) (15)

Last Week: Beat McHenry, 62-19

This Week: @ Dundee-Crown

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are getting a big season from QB Anthony Binetti this fall.

15. Nazareth Academy (6-2) (18)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 62-45

This Week: @ St. Viator

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners can score a bunch of points this season when needed. RB Ivory Kelly-Martin is dangerous at all times.

16. Batavia (7-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Geneva, 24-14

This Week: @ Streamwood

EDGY's Take: Huge win over rival Geneva for the Bulldogs. QB Kyle Niemiec is an All State candidate.

17. Simeon (5-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Taft, 1-0 (forfeit)

This Week: vs. Collins Thursday @ Gately 

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines also get a forfeit win last Friday and should be rested and ready for the post-season.

18. Neuqua Valley (6-2) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Lake Park, 28-21

This Week: vs. Glenbard North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will need to clean up the penalties and mistakes this week hosting Glenbard North.

19. Glenbard North (6-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 45-9

This Week: @ Neuqua Valley

EDGY's Take: The Panthers are getting a big season from RB Devion Hodges and RB Vittorio Tricase. 

20. Cary-Grove  (7-1) (22)

Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 48-6

This Week: vs. Crystal Lake South

EDGY's Take: The Trojans are getting another huge season from FB Ty Pennington.

21. Lincoln-Way North (8-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 45-18

This Week: vs. Lincoln-Way West

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix will host rival Lincoln-Way West in the school's last regular season home game on Friday. How weird does that sound?

22. Notre Dame (7-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 50-12

This Week: vs. Carmel

EDGY's Take: QB Tyler Tsagalis is an All State candidate as well this fall for the Dons.

23. Barrington (7-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 49-28

This Week: vs. Hoffman Estates

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will also get a Week 9 test against Hoffman Estates who is fighting for a state playoff spot.

24. Maine South (6-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Niles West, 52-21

This Week: vs. Evanston

EDGY's Take: The Hawks have now won 74 straight conference games and will get another big test this week from the Wildkits.

25. Geneva (7-1) (22)

Last Week: Lost to Batavia, 24-14

This Week: @ Larkin

EDGY's Take: The Vikings will bounce back after a tough loss to Batavia. QB Sean Chambers remains a key for the Vikings.

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture. 

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

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: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.