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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 3

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 3

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 38-19
This Week: vs. Andrew
EDGY's Take: Griffins senior QB Jack Baltz put up some impressive numbers in beating the Redhawks on Saturday.

2. Loyola Academy 2-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 40-3
This Week: vs. Mount Carmel at Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers, led by senior QB Matt Schlitz, are still the bad boys on the block.

3. Phillips 1-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Chaminade (Mo.), 34-21
This Week: vs. Simeon at Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: On Saturday I saw Jahleel Billingsley — a four-star Alabama TE commit — playing running back. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

4. Batavia 2-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 41-24
This Week: vs. Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs found a new weapon in sophomore Trey Urwiler against Naperville North.

5. Nazareth Academy 2-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 25-0
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: While sophomore QB JJ McCarthy gets the ink (and deservedly so), the Roadrunners defense has allowed just six points against two ranked teams. 

6. Maine South 2-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 21-13
This Week: vs. Barrington
EDGY's Take: The Hawks, led by QB Bobby Inserra, keep soaring. Getting a road win at Gately against the Mount Carmel Caravan is big.

7. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lutheran North (Mo.), 34-14
This Week: vs. Stagg
EDGY's Take: The Vikings’ defense and running game, which included senior RB Leon Tanna, came up big in the win Saturday in East St. Louis.

8. Brother Rice 2-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 42-16
This Week: vs. Fenwick
EDGY's Take: Mr. (John) Bean to the Class 8A state finals? Ok sure — it's very early but still...the Crusaders are on an early roll. 

9. Stevenson 2-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 23-15
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Patriots get a big Friday road win at Neuqua Valley.

10. Lake Zurich 1-1 (5)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 25-0
This Week: vs. Zion-Benton
EDGY's Take: The Bears need to find their offense. Sooner rather than later is preferred. 

11. Cary-Grove 2-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake Central, 42-7
This Week: vs. Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Trojans keep winning. They’re getting ready for much larger FVC games down the road.

12. Marist 1-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Mishawaka (IN.), 27-24
This Week: @ Niles Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks get a much needed win on the road and now begin ESCC play this week at Notre Dame.

13. Oswego 2-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Minooka, 35-20
This Week: vs. Plainfield North
EDGY's Take: The Panthers have some weapons this season including senior WR/RB/S Jamal Fomby and senior RB/DE Charles Coleman.

14. Barrington 2-0 (20)

Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 37-0

This Week: @ Maine South

EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a big win over Buffalo Grove on Friday. Junior QB Tommy Fitzpatrick is off to a strong start this season.

15. Mount Carmel 1-1 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Maine South, 21-13
This Week: vs. Loyola Academy @ Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: The Caravan struggled after the rain/weather delay in the loss to Maine South on Friday. It doesn't get any easier this week as they host Loyola.

16. Bolingbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 34-24
This Week: vs. Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Raiders have one of the state's best backfields in senior RB Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) and senior RB Jordan Pringle (Eastern Kentucky).

17. Glenbard West 1-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Proviso East, 42-0
This Week: vs. Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers get back on track in beating Proviso East.

18. Richards 2-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 14-0
This Week: @ Evergreen Park
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs shut out the Mustangs in a rain-delayed game on Saturday afternoon. Senior QB Marquel Porter is back and adds another huge piece for the Bulldogs offense this season.

19. Simeon 2-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Trotwood Madison (OH), 33-6
This Week: vs. Phillips @ Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: Don't look now, but the Wolverines just beat one of the top programs from Ohio on the road in the Buckeye State. Huge CPL showdown this week against Phillips. 

20. Benet Academy 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Moline, 28-14
This Week: vs. St. Patrick @ Triton College
EDGY's Take: The Redwings get a nice road win on Friday in Moline. 

21. Willowbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 21-17
This Week: vs. Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are starting to embrace this whole underdog deal. They pulled off a stunning 21-17 win over Hinsdale Central on Friday.

22. Montini 2-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Chris The King, 42-0
This Week: vs. Marmion Academy
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will get more of a test this week when they host the Cadets. 

23. Prairie Ridge 2-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 57-6
This Week: vs. Huntley
EDGY's Take: The two-time defending Class 6A state champs are averaging 57 1/2 points so far in 2018.

24. Hinsdale Central 1-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Willowbrook, 21-17
This Week: vs. Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will need to rally after a tough 21-17 loss to Willowbrook on Friday.

25. Naperville Central 0-2 (11)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 38-19
This Week: vs. Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks have played two state-ranked teams in the first two weeks and now here comes their biggest rival in Naperville North this Friday.

High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7


High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

Check out our high school hoops highlights from some of the best games around the state, and be sure to follow @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest scores, highlights, and analysis

Windy City Legends: Candace Parker

Athlete of the Week: Lake Park West's Darrione Rodgers

Team of the Week: Saint Viator hockey

Highlights: Sandburg 63, Stagg 56

Highlights: Marist 57, St. Rita 46

Highlights: Benet 55, St. Charles East 44

Highlights: Morton 67, Leyden 55

Highlights: Sycamore 53, Kaneland 47

Mid-week Mixtape:  Thornton 55, Homewood-Flossmoor 43

Highlights: Buffalo Grove 80, Rolling Meadows 70

Highlights: Senn 73, Amundsen 67

Highlights: Clark 74, Crane 57

Highlights: Whitney Young 80, North Lawndale 41

Highlights Bolingbrook 79, Lincoln-Way East 66

Edgy Tim’s Team of the Decade: Kickers


Edgy Tim’s Team of the Decade: Kickers

You may not picture Illinois as a hotbed for kickers. But we have been fortunate to witness so many that have done well on the prep level.

This is our final position in the “Team of the Decade” series (2010-2019). This position should produce more debate: Do you factor in just strictly high school production and program winning/success, or does a particular player's post high school success also become a factor? Let the debate begin.

Jake Elliott, Lyons Township’s Class of 2013 (Memphis): Elliott, who had never played football until his junior season at L-T, made the most of his limited time on the field. He was named an All-State kicker his senior season. Elliott ended up signing with Memphis and was a four-year starting kicker for the Tigers. Elliott was a fifth-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft and was then signed off their practice squad by the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott has remained the Eagles kicker since the 2017 season.

Austin Seibert, Belleville West’s Class of 2015 (Oklahoma): Seibert was ranked as one of the nation's best prep kickers in the Class of 2015. He ended up signing with the Oklahoma Sooners after drawing multiple scholarship offers. Seibert had an impressive career kicking for the Sooners and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He made 25 of 29 field goal attempts and 30 of 35 extra points this past season.

Tucker McCann, O'Fallon’s Class of 2016 (Missouri): McCann was a nationally sought-after kicker in the Class of 2016 and signed with Missouri after considering offers from Alabama and Illinois. McCann is also listed in several IHSA kicking records including career field goals made (28), field goals made in a season (12), field goals made in a game (four) and still holds the state record for the longest field goal made in a game (60 yards). McCann also made at least one field goal over 50 yards in all three years he kicked at the varsity level for the Panthers.

Jack Olsen, Wheaton Warrenville South’s Class of 2020 (Michigan State): Olsen, who graduated early this fall and is already enrolled at Michigan State, was a four-year letterman for the Tigers and head coach Ron Muhitch. He was named as an All-State kicker in 2018 and 2019 by EDGYTIM/ During his time at WWS, he set new IHSA records for the most field goals made in a game (eight) along with the most field goals made in a single season (22).

Dominic Dzioban, Lincoln-Way East’s Class of 2020 (Miami OH): Dzioban, otherwise known as “The Dominator,” was 18-of-20 on field goals and 50-of-51 on extra points last season. Dzioban's kickoff and punting game was a major weapon for the Griffins, who won the Class 8A state title this past fall. Dzioban also earned All-State honors as a senior and owns the school record for most field goals made (37) and is the school's all-time leading scorer (340 points). He possesses 50 yard-plus field goal range and was one of the best two-way kickers in the Land of Lincoln over the past several seasons.

Next in?

Ron Colucci, Naperville North’s Class of 2012 (Central Michigan/Iowa)

Kai Kroeger, Lake Forest: Class of 2020 (South Carolina)

Caleb Griffin, Danville’s Class of 2018 (Illinois)

Josh Pollack, Highland Park’s Class of 2014 (Arizona)

John Richardson, Brother Rice’s Class of 2018 (Northern Illinois)