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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 4

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 4

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Power Rankings:

1. Lincoln-Way East 3-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 42-0
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins just keep rolling along. Will AJ Henning be back soon? Fingers crossed. 

2. Nazareth Academy 3-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 42-7
This Week: vs St. Patrick
EDGY's Take: So...I guess those BCS college teams who have already offered Nazareth Academy sophomore QB JJ McCarthy just might not be that crazy after all?  The Roadrunners are on fire so far this season. 

3. Batavia 3-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 43-7
This Week: @ Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs got a key piece back last Friday in junior RB Art Taylor (185 yards, two touchdowns). He is going to boost Batavia's offense in a big way.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor 3-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Stagg, 46-0
This Week: @ Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings will need all hands on deck this Friday as they play for the Alec Anderson Memorial trophy.

5. Brother Rice 3-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 35-3
This Week: vs Loyola
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders are on a roll; they beat Fenwick last Friday. Huge game this week as Rice hosts an angry and refocused Loyola team. 

6. Stevenson 3-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 28-0
This Week: @ Zion-Benton
EDGY's Take: The Patriots just seem to find more and more weapons. The latest this year is junior WR/DB Jordan Vincent.

7. Mount Carmel 2-1 (15)
Last Week: Beat Loyola, 17-12
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: The Caravan defense came to play in upsetting Loyola on Saturday. While the offense still has work to do, the defense looks locked in so far in 2018. 

8. Loyola Academy 2-1 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 17-12
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: Quite simply, the Ramblers didn't play well on Saturday in the loss to Mount Carmel. Don't expect that to happen too often under John Holocek.

9. Simeon 3-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Phillips, 21-8
This Week: vs Solorio
EDGY's Take: Huge win on Saturday night over Phillips to gain CPL bragging rights. QB/ATH Alante Brown (Michigan State) is special. 

10. Lake Zurich 2-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Zion-Benton, 23-0
This Week: vs Lake Forest
EDGY's Take: The Bears are starting to see their offense take positive steps. Will it serve as a building block for the rest of the season?

11. Cary-Grove 3-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 49-0
This Week: @ Huntley
EDGY's Take: The Trojans will need to bring their A-game to Huntley on Friday night.

12. Marist 2-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Notre Dame, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks pull off a nice win over Notre Dame on Friday. QB Mike Markett continues to make a case for being one of the top quarterbacks in Chicagoland this season.

13. Barrington 3-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 26-23
This Week: vs Evanston
EDGY's Take: The Broncos pulled off a huge come from behind win over Maine South last Friday. Junior QB Tommy Fitzpatrick is fitting in nicely this season under center for the Broncos.

14. Maine South 2-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Barrington, 26-23
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Hawks biggest question mark right now centers on how long will QB Bobby Inserra be out with an injury.

15. Oswego 3-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield North, 34-10
This Week: @ Joliet West
EDGY's Take: The Panthers are making it look too easy so far in the Southwest Prairie conference.

16. Bolingbrook 3-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 54-0
This Week: vs Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders are getting an All-State caliber season so far from senior RB Quentin Pringle.

17. Phillips 1-2 (3)
Last Week: Lost to Simeon, 21-6 
This Week: vs Lincoln Park
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will go back to work this week, trying to get their offense (specifically the passing game) back on track. Despite the loss to Simeon, the Wildcats are still one of the top teams in Class 6A. 

18. Glenbard West 2-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 27-0
This Week: @ York
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers get the running game going in beating Addison Trail on Saturday. They have a very good test this week on the road at a "better-than-you-think" York squad.

19. Richards 3-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Evergreen Park, 42-0
This Week: @ Oak Lawn
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs take care of business in Evergreen Park. Can anyone in the South Suburban Red slow this team down?

20. Benet Academy 3-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat St. Patrick, 35-14
This Week: vs Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Redwings will need to bring their strong run defense again on Friday. Can they contain Notre Dame senior standout RB Ty Gavin?

21. Willowbrook 3-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Leyden, 26-9
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got out of the gate quickly in their win over Leyden.

22. Montini 3-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 27-3
This Week: vs St. Joseph
EDGY's Take: The Broncos are piling up the wins before CCL Blue season arrives in a few weeks. Their defense has only given up three points on the season.

23. Hinsdale Central 2-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat OPRF, 7-0
This Week: @ Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils got a big win over OPRF. Can they get the early-season swagger back? It's the Old Oaken Bucket game this week. 

24. Naperville Central 1-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 35-7
This Week: @ Trinity Ky.
EDGY's Take: DO NOT be fooled by Trinity's record (0-4), Redhawk fans. Trinity has lost four games to nationally-ranked teams and has been in every single game. Huge road test this week for Naperville Central. 

25. Huntley 3-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 35-28
This Week: vs Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: Red Raiders senior quarterback Chris Raffin is off to a strong start. Huge game in the FVC Friday night. 

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.

46 Days to Kickoff: Downers Grove North

46 Days to Kickoff: Downers Grove North 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: Downers Grove North

Head coach: Joe Horeni

Assistant coaches: Keith Litchenberg, Bill Kleckner, Terry Kent, Chad Isaacason, Josh Croci, Todd Cassens, Chris Guerreri, Mike Franzese, Kyle Briscoe, Greg Purnell, Pat Fleming and Max Gilbert

How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (2-4 West Suburban Silver Conference) Downers North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Buffalo Grove

Sept. 6 vs Addison Trail

Sept. 13 vs York

Sept. 20 @ Proviso West

Sept. 27 @ Hinsdale Central

Oct. 4 vs Glenbard West

Oct. 11 @ OPRF

Oct. 18 vs Lyons Township

Oct. 25 @ Downers Grove South

Biggest storyline: The Trojans missed a winning season (and possibly a playoff berth) in a heartbreaking loss to York in last year’s season finale. Can the motivated Trojans get over the top this season and into the IHSA state playoff field?

Names to watch this season: QB Drew Cassens (Sr.) and S Mark Dennison (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Trojans welcome back 13 returning starters (six offense, seven defense) this season, but they will be a bit inexperienced on the defensive line this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Downers Grove North came within a few plays of making the IHSA state football playoffs last season, which included close losses to OPRF (21-14) and York (14-7). The Trojans, guided by head coach Joe Horeni, welcome back several key names from the 2018 season including senior QB Drew Cassens. A big key for the Trojans this season will be getting off to a good start before hitting a very tough middle portion of the regular season schedule.