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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.

45 Days to Kickoff: Joliet West

45 Days to Kickoff: Joliet West 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: Joliet West

Head coach: Bill Lech

Assistant coaches: Harry Hessling, Seandell Davis, Patrick Lauer, Terry Clarke, Diondrey Hood, Kevin Kusnik, Jeff Peterson, Nick Davis, Peter Nackovic, Dan Tito and Brett Gould

How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (3-6 Southwest Prairie Conference). Joliet West failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2019 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Minooka

Sept. 6 vs Oswego

Sept. 13 @ Oswego East

Sept. 20 vs Yorkville

Sept. 27 @ Romeoville

Oct. 4 @ Plainfield East

Oct. 11 vs Joliet Central

Oct. 18 vs Plainfield South

Oct. 25 @ Plainfield Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Tigers make more positive steps as a program as they embark on the newly-realigned Southwest Prairie conference?

Names to watch this season: OL Hunter Brooks (Sr.) and FB/LB Tom Luedke (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers graduated nearly their entire starting offensive skills group from a season ago. Junior RB Trent Howland is the lone returning starter back this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Joliet West posted just a 3-6 record in 2018 but that record was a bit misleading on several levels. The Tigers, under then-first year head coach Bill Lech, turned the program around on a lot of levels. Joliet West came within a few plays of potentially winning four of those six losses. If the Tigers can get their offense on track early this season (against a front-loaded schedule against four Southwest Prairie West crossover opponents) they will again challenge for an IHSA state football playoff spot. 

Warren's Willis Singleton Jr. commits to Iowa State


Warren's Willis Singleton Jr. commits to Iowa State

Warren Township 3-star ranked senior defensive tackle Willis Singleton Jr. (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) announced his college decision today and gave Iowa State his verbal commitment. Singleton Jr. who ended up with 20 scholarship offers this summer discussed his decision.

"Iowa State was my first Power 5 offer," Singleton Jr. said. "We kept just building up our relationship and it just became bigger and bigger. I was able to pick up some big Power 5 offers late (including Illinois and Michigan State) but it was never about the name or the hype for me. It's always been about the relationships for me and I have that with Iowa State."

Singleton Jr. was able to visit the Ames, Iowa, school multiple times before. That familiarity with the coaches and the players was also a big factor in his decision.

"Isaiah Lee (current Iowa State and former Nazareth Academy defensive linemen) was a big help for me with just getting it straight from him on everything at Iowa State and I've known Isaiah for awhile now," Singleton Jr. said. "I've spent a lot of time at Iowa State around the coaches and the players and more than once I was there more than 24 hours just getting to know them. I just felt like Iowa State was the place for me in my heart in the end and Iowa State is the place for me."

Singleton Jr. had narrowed down his final list of schools to the Cyclones along with Illinois, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Louisville.