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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Quarterfinal Round

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Quarterfinal Round

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

1. Lincoln-Way East 11-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 45-0
This Week: vs Edwardsville
EDGY's Take: The Griffins will now focus on slowing down Edwardsville. The Tigers feature a Notre Dame commit, QB Kendall Abdur-Rahman.

2. Batavia 11-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Moline, 59-32
This Week: vs Willowbrook
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs post their second straight postseason blowout win. Up next: a battle with Willowbrook's Tumilty brothers.
 
3. Brother Rice 11-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat OPRF, 27-17
This Week: vs Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get another big performance from QB John Bean and WR Dylan Summers.

4. Marist 10-1 (4)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 38-35
This Week: @ H-F
EDGY's Take: Road warriors. The Redhawks hang on to beat Naperville Central. And they have another huge road test on deck: Homewood-Flossmoor, who beat Barrington 30-7. 

5. Mount Carmel 10-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 17-14
This Week: vs East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get revenge on last year's semifinal loss to L-Z. Now, another rematch. This time, it's a quarterfinal game against East St. Louis. Mount Carmel defeated the Flyers in last year's quarterfinal 21-18.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 30-7
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Vikings defense hasn't been too kind to the Mid-Suburban West in the postseason. First it was Fremd. This time, they locked down Barrington. 

7. Cary-Grove 11-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Kaneland, 38-6
This Week: vs Phillips
EDGY's Take: The Trojans will now focus on slowing down Phillips and their do-it-all playmaker, Jahleel Billingsley (Alabama).

8. Nazareth Academy 10-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Hersey, 49-14
This Week: @ Simeon
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners offense is so explosive. Now, can Nazareth travel well and win on the road? Big game at Gately this Saturday.

9. Maine South 10-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 41-14
This Week: vs Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Hawks got out of the gates quickly and never looked back in beating Waubonsie Valley. Next up for Swagger High? Loyola.
 
10. Simeon 11-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 48-35
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines had a battle on their hands but pulled away late to advance. Huge quarterfinal showdown this Saturday against Nazareth.

11. Warren Township 10-1 (16)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 17-14
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense plays lights-out once again. On offense, RB Martin Walker Jr. carries Warren to the second round.

12. Loyola Academy 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 22-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers defense forces four Oswego turnovers in shutting out the Panthers.

13. Richards 11-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 35-21
This Week: vs Normal West
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs' do-it-all star Sebastian Castro showed why he's the man. He carried the load in beating Yorkville.
 
14. Phillips 9-2 (13)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 24-19
This Week: @ Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats found a way to slow down Prairie Ridge's power running game. The Wildcats now hit the road this Saturday in Cary.

15. Willowbrook 11-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine West, 36-26
This Week: @ Batavia
EDGY's Take: The Warriors defeated Maine West and now Willowbrook --and the Tumilty brothers-- will prepare to invade Batavia. 

16. Oak Park-River Forest 8-3 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Brother Rice, 27-17
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will be a force to be reckoned with in 2019. They will be led by sophomore QB Jaden McGill. 

17. Wheaton South 10-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hononegah, 20-14
This Week: vs St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: Next up is a rematch against Dukane Conference foe St. Charles North. In Week 9, the Tigers defeated the North Stars 13-11.

18. Oswego 10-1 (11)
Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 22-0
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Panthers just couldn't get the offense in gear as they finish their season in Wilmette.

19. Montini Catholic 10-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 21-17
This Week: @ Evergreen Park
EDGY's Take: The Broncos started slow but finished strong in beating Sycamore.

20. Naperville Central 7-4 (20)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 38-35
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks hung tough but came up a little short in losing to Marist, ending the Payton Thorne era at Central.
 
21. Hillcrest 11-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Decatur MacArthur, 40-7
This Week: vs Cahokia
EDGY's Take: The Hawks handled Decatur MacArthur to advance. What's the best part of this week's Hillcrest game against the Commanches? Not having to make the 281 mile one-way drive trip to suburban St. Louis.

22. Glenbard West 8-3 (17)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 45-0
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers just couldn't muster much offense in their season ending loss to Lincoln-Way East.
 
23. IC Catholic Prep 11-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Stillman Valley, 31-0
This Week: vs Marengo
EDGY's Take: The Knights took control and beat run-heavy/ball control Stillman Valley.

24. Notre Dame 9-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 17-7
This Week: vs Antioch
EDGY's Take: The Dons get another strong defensive performance in beating Crystal Lake South.

25. St. Charles North 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Rolling Meadows, 24-17
This Week: @ Wheaton South 
EDGY's Take: The North Stars hang tough and beat Rolling Meadows for the win. Next up is a much-anticipated rematch with Dukane Conference foe Wheaton South.

Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices

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Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices

Two top names from the Chicagoland Class of 2020 have given verbal commitments so far today.

Chicago Curie senior to be three star ranked offensive tackle Kevo Wesley (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) gave Vanderbilt his verbal commitment this evening while on his official visit this weekend. Wesley, who is holding 29 scholarship offers this summer recently narrowed down his list of favorite schools to both Boston College and Vanderbilt and made official visits to both schools.

Wesley, who didn't play any organized football until his sophomore season under Condors head coach Arthur Ray Jr., saw his transition from football novice to pledging to Vanderbilt and playing in the Southeastern Conference pay off today.

"Kevo just always had a tremendous level of focus," according to Curie head coach Arthur Ray Jr.. "He was a basketball kid who wanted to get better and worked hard. He never missed a workout or a training season  and he would always put in extra work. He always had the academic side taken care and Vanderbilt plays in the SEC plus they offer a great education and it's a great fit."

Wheaton Warrenville South senior K Jack Olsen (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) added a full scholarship offer from Michigan State a few weeks ago and tonight gave the Spartans his verbal commitment while on his official visit. Olsen, ranked as one of the top place kickers in the nation according to Chris Sailer Kicking pointed towards the overall fit for him at Michigan State as a main factor in his decision.

"I have visited Michigan State multiple times and I've always loved it there," Olsen said. "I have always wanted to play in the Big Ten growing up. I've looked into everything that Michigan State has to offer including taking an academics tour. I wanted to make sure I loved the schools for everything and not just the football side."

 

76 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

76 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Eisenhower

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant coaches: Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera, ST Coordinator Billy Viero, assistant Darren Bryant, assistant Charles Edwards, assistant Jesse Gonzalez, assistant Ryan Gorney, assistant Will Johnson, assistant Marty McNamara, assistant Tim McNamara, assistant Anthony Munoz, assistant TJ Murphy,  assistant Jeremy Rodrigues, assistant Dan Russell, assistant Terrence Streater and assistant Ron Zychowski

How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (2-4 South Suburban Red Conference). Eisenhower failed to qualify for the IHSA football playoff field. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Oak Forest

Sept. 6 vs St. Laurence

Sept. 13 vs Argo

Sept. 20 @ Reavis

Sept. 27 vs Shepard

Oct. 4 @ T.F. North

Oct. 11 @ Evergreen Park

Oct. 18 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 25 vs Richards

Biggest storyline: It centers on new head coach Sheamus Murphy. Can he get the Cardinals back on the winning track?

Names to watch this season: QB Daniel McLaurin (Sr.), RB/LB Cristian Tellez (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Cardinals will need to replace 15 graduated starter from last season. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Cardinals’ now-former head coach Travis Moore decided to head to the college level. He became the defensive line coach at NIU. New head coach Sheamus Murphy, who built the Back of the Yards program from scratch, takes over and brings a ton of energy and excitement to the Island starting in 2019.