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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 5-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 38-0
This Week: vs H-F
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get quarterback A.J. Henning back in the lineup. The rich get richer. 

2. Nazareth Academy 5-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 45-7
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners dismantled a pretty decent Benet Academy defense last Friday. 

3. Batavia 5-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 41-20
This Week: vs Geneva
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are a big, strong and very physical team with multiple ball carriers. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor 5-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 28-14
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Vikings get their much anticipated showdown with Lincoln-Way (B)East this week in Frankfort. Be there. 

5. Brother Rice 5-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 20-0
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders defense locked down a potent Providence running game last Friday.

6. Mount Carmel 4-1 (7)
Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 28-7
This Week: vs St. Ignatius
EDGY's Take: The Caravan keep rolling and can St. Ignatius become a thorn in Mount Carmel's side this week?

7. Cary-Grove 5-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 55-15
This Week: @ McHenry
EDGY's Take: As always, the Trojans pound the running game right at you; that said, they've discovered the forward pass this season. QB Ben McDonald has been a difference maker.

8. Simeon 5-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 48-13
This Week: vs Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines get a nice win over Perspectives. Simeon has a real shot at a deep playoff run if they can stay healthy. 

9. Marist 4-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense made a big statement in slowing down the JCA power run game last Friday.

10. Maine South 4-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Evanston, 21-13
This Week: vs Niles North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are still the "Kings of the CSL South" until someone can take the crown away. 

11. Oswego 5-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 49-0
This Week: @ Romeoville
EDGY's Take: On Friday, the Panthers rolled over Plainfield East. Oswego is in need of a bigger test sooner rather than later. 

12. Glenbard West 4-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 35-14
This Week: vs Lyons
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers had a big second quarter and rolled over the Trojans on Saturday. 

13. Richards 5-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Shepard, 50-14
This Week: vs Argo
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs also are making things look really easy. 

14. Phillips 3-2 (17)
Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 49-0
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are looking to finish strong the remainder of the regular season.

15. Willowbrook 5-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 20-10
This Week: @ York
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a nice win on Friday over Hinsdale South. Is quarterback Sam Tumilty a Chicagoland Player of the Year candidate?

16. Naperville Central 3-2 (20)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 56-13
This Week: vs Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks staff gets to game plan to face rival Naperville North for the second time in three weeks. 

17. Bolingbrook 4-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 35-13
This Week: @ Lockport
EDGY's Take: The Raiders get a nice bounce-back win on the road Friday against Bradley. 

18. Montini 5-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 29-13
This Week: @ Loyola 
EDGY's Take: The Broncos got a nice win last Friday over St. Rita. Is the timing right for the Broncos to take on the reeling Ramblers this Saturday?

19. Hinsdale Central 4-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-13
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils get another big day from QB Matt Rush on Saturday, but they announced that RB Luke Skokna is lost for the season because of an injury. 

20. Stevenson 4-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Lake Zurich, 23-20 OT
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to bounce back after an OT loss to Lake Zurich. The North Suburban conference is wide open, kids.

21. Loyola Academy 3-2 (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 21-14 OT
This Week: vs Montini 
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers hang on for dear life and beat St. Ignatius in OT. Will Loyola right the ship?

22. Evanston 4-1 (16)
Last Week: Lost to Maine South, 21-13
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Wildkits get another big test this week as they take on their bitter rivals in the Trevians. 

23. New Trier 4-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat Niles West, 57-0
This Week: vs Evanston
EDGY's Take: The Trevians have been rolling since a Week Two loss to Loyola, but this week will also be another big step up against the Wildkits.

24. Hillcrest 5-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 27-7
This Week: @ Tinley Park
EDGY's Take: The Hawks win over Lemont is a big deal...trust me on that one. 

25. Waubonsie Valley 5-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 31-24
This Week: @ Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get to take on rival Neuqua Valley for the second time this season. They're looking for a sweep after beating the Wildcats 17-10 in Week 3.

Jerry Sloan, Bulls player and Jazz coaching legend, stayed true to Illinois roots

Jerry Sloan, Bulls player and Jazz coaching legend, stayed true to Illinois roots

There’s country strong. And then there’s Jerry Sloan.

The NBA Hall of Fame player and coach, a tenacious defender and steady offensive threat, became a household name with the Chicago Bulls in the 1970s. Four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team. Two-time NBA-All-Star.

Sloan died Friday after a courageous battle against Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. He was 78.

But it was Sloan’s perseverance as a child and his dedication to the game of basketball —and his home town— 300 miles south of the Windy City that made him a real star.

[MORE: Remember ‘Original Bull’ Jerry Sloan as he lived: tough, humble and honest]

The former Bull, who went on to lead the Utah Jazz to the playoffs in 15 of his 23 seasons there as a head coach, grew up on a farm near McLeansboro, Illinois. The youngest of 10 children, Sloan would routinely wake up in the wee hours to do family chores. He’d then walk two miles to the town’s high school for basketball practice.

The foundation of a hard work ethic and a ferocious competitive nature paved the way for Sloan’s rise to stardom.

Sloan played on several great McLeansboro teams in the late-50s. In his junior season, he helped guide his squad to a 19-6 record for coach Gene Haile. He followed that up with a senior season most kids would dream of: 26 wins, 3 losses. He was named to the All-State team.

He would later guide the Evansville Purple Aces to two Division II national championships. He became known as “the Original Bull” shortly after the startup Bulls franchise drafted him in the 1966 expansion draft. The rest was history—a brilliant 10-year career in Chicago as a player and nearly three more as a head coach on West Madison before becoming a legend in Salt Lake City.

But it was his small-town roots that made Jerry Sloan all the more genuine.

He would return to McLeansboro several times in 1984 —the year he became an assistant with the Utah Jazz— to watch his high school team play. His son, Brian, led the Foxes to the Class A state championship that year, going 35-0 in the process. Brian went on to play for Bobby Knight at Indiana.

Sloan would return frequently to this Southern Illinois town many times during his run with the Jazz— a run where he only finished below .500 once and racked up an astonishing career 1,221 wins. Hamilton County High School, formerly known as McLeansboro, dedicated its gym in Sloan’s honor in Dec. 2012. A road in McLeansboro is now called Jerry Sloan Avenue.

In a statement, a representative from McLeansboro High School said the following:

“Today is a sad day for Hamilton County and the Foxes. Coach Jerry Sloan has passed away. Coach Sloan graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1960 and was always a hometown boy. Whenever he returned he was just one of us. He will be greatly missed. RIP Coach Sloan.”

McLeansboro will always be Sloan Country.

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Michigan recruit J.J. McCarthy to transfer from Nazareth to Florida's IMG Academy

Michigan recruit J.J. McCarthy to transfer from Nazareth to Florida's IMG Academy

J.J. McCarthy, the state’s top-ranked high school quarterback and overall player according to Rivals, is transferring from Nazareth Academy to IMG Academy in Florida.

McCarthy made the announcement on his Twitter page Monday afternoon.

The news sent shock waves throughout the national prep football landscape. McCarthy, committed to play at Michigan, led the Roadrunners to an IHSA 7A second place finish back in November. As a sophomore in 2018, he threw for over 3,200 yards and 36 touchdowns. It culminated in a state title win and a 13-1 season.

The move makes sense for McCarthy, as he will team up with offensive lineman Greg Crippen, a fellow Michigan commit. According to Rivals, McCarthy (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) is ranked as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback and No. 33 overall recruit in the country.

The loss is a huge one for head coach Tim Racki and company at the La Grange Park school. That said, the Roadrunners are one of the dominant programs in IHSA football, compiling a 38-4 record the past three seasons with three state titles in the previous six campaigns.

The big questions: Will other high-caliber Illinois high school athletes follow McCarthy? When will the IHSA commit to a fall sports schedule? What will Illinois high school football look like in the fall? What guidelines will be in place? There are many uncertainties.

What is known: The IHSA chose to cancel the state basketball tournament and all 2020 spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois is currently in a phased reopening of businesses and other institutions. Florida is ahead of Illinois in respect to some of those aforementioned facilities.

The risk, or perhaps the unknown, was worth it for McCarthy and his family. Will Florida —or other states, including Illinois— even be cleared to play football come August? Will his move be a productive one in retrospect?

Time will tell.