Preps Talk

Edgy Tim's 16th annual IHSA football All-State team


Edgy Tim's 16th annual IHSA football All-State team

The 16th annual All-State team selects the top players from the 2015 season state-wide in the larger classes (5A through 8A).

Here is my 2015 IHSA Football season All-State team.


- Zach Oles, Palatine: A terrific junior season.
- Emmett Clifford, Loyola Academy: Great skills and overall game.
- Brendan Skalitzky, Marist: Wow. Just wow. Great season.
Riley Lees, Libertyville: Has weak FIFA game skills and that's about it.
Justin Blake, Montini Catholic: Big-time run and pass threat.
- Cam Miller, Brother Rice: Put up huge passing numbers in 2015.
- Bryce Gray, Homewood-Floosmoor: Unquestioned team leader.

Running backs

- Gabe Montalvo, Lincoln-Way West: Tough runner.
Sam Brodner, Glenbard West: Old school throwback type of player. 
Tyler Pennington, Cary-Grove: Seems like this junior has been on this team since 7th grade. Or not.
Ivory Kelly-Martin, Nazareth Academy: 2017 runner has big-time skills.
- Marcus Curry, Hinsdale South: One of the toughest runners I saw live in 2015.
Clint Ratkovich, Crete-Monee: Simply a football player. A great football player.

Wide receivers

Emmanuel Rugamba, Naperville Central: Manny has game.
Isaiah Robertson, Neuqua Valley: This junior could have also made this team at safety.
- Drew Slager, Lincoln-Way North: Great hands and tools.
Eric Eshoo, Loyola Academy: Northwestern commit has size length and big-time TE upside.
- Liam Keffer, Marist: As productive as productive can be in 2015.
Kendric Pryor, Homewood-Flossmoor: Two-way standout for the Vikings.
Ricky Smalling, Brother Rice: Class of 2017 recruit just gets better and better.

Offensive line

Tyler Witt, Joliet Catholic Academy: Hard nosed and strong inside linemen.
Justin Witt, Lincoln-Way West: NC State commit just gets better.
Jeff Scott Peoria: Leader on the Lions' offensive line in 2015.
Kevin Jarvis, Maine South: This junior had a very impressive 2015.
Austin Warner, Oswego: NIU commit just does it the hard way.
Sean Foster, Carmel: Minnesota commit just gets better.
Bryan Brokop, Lincoln-Way West: Love this Nebraska commit's overall game. 
Erik Swenson, Downers Grove South: Third straight year on this team.
Matt Allen, Hinsdale Central: Drew nothing but praise from opposing linemen. 

Special teams/athletes

- K/P Tucker McCann, O'Fallon: One of the state's top specialist in many years.
- KR/PR Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis: I'll take this junior on my team any day.
- ATH Sam Sergent, Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin: Grinder who did it all for SHG in 2015.
- ATH Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge: Only a sophomore. Be very afraid.
- ATH Andrew Gregory, Normal Community: NIU commit just gets better.
- ATH Steven Wirtel, Mount Carmel: Multi-purpose player for the Caravan in 2015.

Defensive line

Ben Kimpler, Libertyville: Key defender for the Wildcats.
Ben Leroy, Loyola Academy: NIU commit can be dominant at times.
Ken Aguirre, Joliet Catholic: Western Michigan commit showed a terrific motor.
Mike Panasiuk, Lake Park: Michigan State is getting a mauler.
A.J. Epenesa, Edwardsville: One of the top 2017 names got better in 2015.
- Allen Stallings, Oak Park River Forest: Had a huge senior year for the Huskies.
- Ben Christensen, Lincoln-Way East: Had a big-time 2015 season for the Griffins.


Tuf Borland, Bolingbrook- Ohio State commit is a no-brainer on every All-State team.
- Nico Gagliano, Glenbard West- Great hitter and productive defender here.
- Max Ihry, Waubonsie Valley- one of the state's top two way starters in 2015.
Drake Spears, West Aurora- Illinois commit. Mr. Cool. Makes it look easy.
Nick Niemann, Sycamore: Iowa pledge has big-time upside.
Brendan O'Hara, Providence Catholic: Just a great inside linebacker.
- John Embrey, Montini Catholic: Heart and soul on the Broncos' defense.

Defensive backs

Palmer Graham, Conant: Has speed and is exceptionally versatile.
Julian Love Nazareth Academy: Notre Dame commit is simply one of the best overall players in this state. 
Juwuane Parchman, Rockford Auburn: Illinois commit had a big 2015 season.
Travion Banks, Evanston: Miami (OH) pledge easily was one of the best overall players I saw in 2015.
Jeremy Fejedelem, Lemont: Air Force commit had a huge 2015 season and is two-way standout. 
- Andrew Kamiensky, South Elgin: Pound-for-pound one of toughest kids in 2015.
Kenney Lyke, Fremd: Michigan State commit played at a top level at RB and DB in 2015.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

NBC Sports Chicago

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on the final week of the regular season.

1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 40-0
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way West
EDGY's Take: The Griffins are aiming for a win against the Warriors this Friday. Will a top-see in Class 8A come their way Saturday night?

2. Mount Carmel 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 37-7
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Caravan pounced on four St. Viator turnovers in the first half. Mt. Carmel now gets one final conference test before the playoffs.

3. Nazareth Academy 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Notre Dame, 21-0
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners' defense was spectacular Friday en route to a 21-0 shutout in Niles.

4. Loyola Academy 6-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 52-0
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers' offense has averaged nearly 48 points per game since a Week 4 loss at Mount Carmel. 

5. Warren Township 8-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 37-0
This Week: vs Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has posted four shutouts and has allowed just 21 points all season.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 14-13
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way Central
EDGY's Take: The Vikings hang on and get a rivalry win over Bolingbrook.

7. Glenbard West 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 20-17 OT
This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hitters' defense held Hinsdale Central to an overtime field goal; the running game did the rest in the extra session.

8. Neuqua Valley 7-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 45-14
This Week: @ Metea Valley
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats win its first outright Dupage Valley conference title in school history.

9. Hersey 8-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 56-21
This Week: vs Rolling Meadows
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will now gear up for rival Rolling Meadows. It should be a terrific Mid-Suburban East title game.

10. Hinsdale Central 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 20-17 OT
This Week: vs Lyons
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils have a lot to look forward to in the postseason, including the development of junior QB Michael Brescia.

11. Notre Dame 7-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 21-0
This Week: @ St. Rita
EDGY's Take: How long will the Dons be without senior RB Julian Schurr? 
12. Bolingbrook 6-2 (10)
Last Week: Lost to H-F, 21-0
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: Do not sleep on the Raiders this postseason. Bolingbrook's two losses were to Lincoln-Way East and H-F . The Raiders showed they can play with elite-level programs.

13. Minooka 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat West Aurora, 27-13
This Week: @ Oswego
EDGY's Take: It'll be another battle of undefeateds when Minooka clashes with Oswego. The Southwest Prairie West conference title hangs in the balance. 

14. Oswego 8-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 28-20
This Week: vs Minooka
EDGY's Take: Oswego will seek to win its 9th straight Southwest Prairie conference title. 

15. Maine South 6-2 (15)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 28-13
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Hawks always get up for rival New Trier. The Trevians will be fighting for their playoff lives.

16. Batavia 6-2 (17)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-26
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs always seem to find secure wins after trailing. RB Art Taylor carried the load in the victory. How long will it take for RB/LB Quinn Urwlier to return?

17. Hillcrest 7-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 32-26
This Week: vs T.F. North
EDGY's Take: RB Mar'Kiese Irving carried the Hawks to an impressive road win. Look for Hillcrest to be a very dangerous team to watch in Class 5A. 

18. Willowbrook 7-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 44-0
This Week: vs Proviso East
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a nice Week 9 test when upstart Proviso East comes calling with the West Suburban Gold title up for grabs.

19. Huntley 7-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Burlington Central, 63-13
This Week: @ Dundee-Crown
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders defensive line continues to draw rave reviews from fans and observers across the Fox Valley.

20. Montini 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 42-0
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will look to secure a higher playoff seed with. A win on Friday against a strong Providence Catholic would go a long way.

21. Prairie Ridge 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 42-7
This Week: vs Crystal Lake South
EDGY's Take: The Wolves have all the ingredients to make a very deep run in Class 6A.

22. Fremd 6-2 (22)
Last Week: Beat Conant, 20-12
This Week: vs Hoffman Estates
EDGY's Take: The Vikings just find a way. They secured the Mid-Suburban West conference title in their victory over the Cougars.

23. Crete-Monee 8-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Bloom, 56-6
This Week: vs Thornridge
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got another huge game from senior QB Trayvon Rudolph in the win over Bloom.

24. St. Charles East 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Lost to Wheaton North, 24-19
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Saints look to rebound this week after the loss to Wheaton North on Friday.

25. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Wheeling, 63-14
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs have received a huge season from Ball State verbal commit OL/DL Nate Pedraza.

High School Lites Roundup Week 8

NBC Sports Chicago

High School Lites 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 the games.

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

Drive: Phillips Epsidoe 8

Windy City Legends: Pierre Thomas

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Proviso East Pirates

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Maggie Biegalski

Phillips 58, Westinghouse 0

Coal City 29, Wilmington 14

Homewood-Flossmoor 14, Bolingbrook 13

Hillcrest 32, Lemont 26

Prairie Ridge 42, Cary-Grove 7

Grayslake North 20, Grant 17

Antioch 10, Lakes 7

Nazareth 21, Notre Dame 0

Warren 37, Stevenson 0

St. Francis 20, IC Catholic 19