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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 63-0
This Week: Thursday @ Thornwood
EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense has allowed just 38 points so far this season.

2. Batavia 7-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles East, 21-0
This Week: vs St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs pick up the win on the Saints' home field but it wasn't easy. Neither will this week against the North Stars. 

3. Brother Rice 7-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 40-0
This Week: vs Leo
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders are on track for earning a high seed in the IHSA state playoffs.

4. Marist 6-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Nazareth Academy, 34-13
This Week: vs Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense and QB Mike Markett came through in a big way in a statement win at Nazareth. 

5. Mount Carmel 6-1 (5)
Last Week: Forfeit win over Providence Catholic, 1-0
This Week: @ St. Laurence
EDGY's Take: The Caravan will look to get back to on the field action this week. They face a St. Laurence team that now features Frank Lenti as an advisor.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 48-14
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: The Vikings will look to beat an up-and-coming Andrew team this week. 

7. Cary-Grove 7-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 49-14
This Week: @ Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The Fox Valley Super Bowl is this Friday.

8. Simeon 6-0 (8)
Last Week: vs Hubbard, 6:00 p.m. Monday at Gately
This Week: @ Taft
EDGY's Take: Simeon will need to play two games this week. And if any team in the CPL is ready for that test, it's the Wolverines. 

9. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 34-13
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners will need to get back to work and repair a few leaks that developed in their loss to Marist. 

10. Maine South 6-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 44-7
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will look to get closer to winning the Central Suburban South. Big test with rival New Trier this week.

11. Oswego 7-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 32-0
This Week: vs Joliet Central
EDGY's Take: The Panthers are on a serious roll. QB Noah Parker is a name you need to know. 

12. Glenbard West 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 21-7
This Week: vs Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers get a big win over Hinsdale Central. But another big test awaits on Saturday with OPRF. 

13. Richards 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 33-3
This Week: @ Reavis
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs defense simply locked down Lemont last Friday. 

14. Phillips 4-2 (14)
Last Week: @ Lane Tech, 12:00 p.m. Monday 
This Week: vs Westinghouse
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are also ready for two games this week: Lane Tech and then Westinghouse.

15. Willowbrook 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 42-0
This Week: @ Proviso East
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are on pace for a high seed in the IHSA state playoff field.

16. Naperville Central 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 21-14
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks pulled out a last minute win on Saturday over Neuqua Valley. 

17. Bolingbrook 6-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Thornridge, 60-0
This Week: vs Thornton Township
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will get a much bigger test this week against the Wildcats. 

18. Montini 6-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 42-0
This Week: @ Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Broncos beat Fenwick on Sunday; now they face Providence Catholic on Friday. That's two games in a week kids. 

19. Stevenson 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Waukegan, 42-0
This Week: @ Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to hit the road and take on up-and-coming Warren Township in Gurnee.

20. New Trier 6-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Niles North, 42-7
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Trevians will try to beat longtime rival Maine South this week. 

21. St. Charles North 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 38-14
This Week: @ Batavia
EDGY's Take: The North Stars hit the road and take on Batavia in a huge Dukane Conference game.

22. Hillcrest 7-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat TF South, 49-7
This Week: @ TF North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are also on pace to earn a high seed in the IHSA state playoff field. 

23. Notre Dame 6-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat St. Patrick, 41-20
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Dons get a nice win against rival St. Patrick. Sophomore QB Anthony Sales is another top name to add to an already-impressive Class of 2021 QB group.

24. Hinsdale Central 5-2 (19)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 21-7
This Week: @ Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will need to get their offense back in gear this week as they take on their bitter rival, L-T.

25. Prairie Ridge 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 21-19
This Week: vs Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: Coach Chris Schremp and the Wolves have us all where they wants us: making two-time defending 6A state champion Wolves as an underdog. 

13 Days to Kickoff: Phillips

13 Days to Kickoff: Phillips

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: Phillips

Head coach: Troy McAllister

How they fared in 2018: 9-3 (5-0 CPL Illini Land of Lincoln Conference). Phillips made the Class 6A state playoff field and defeated Lake Forest and Prairie Ridge. They advanced for the quarterfinal round and lost to Cary-Grove.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 31 @ Cass Tech (MI)
Sept. 7 vs St. Mary (MO) at East St. Louis
Sept. 13 vs Taft
Sept. 20 vs Raby
Sept. 27 @ Morgan Park (Gately Stadium)
Oct. 5 @ Simeon (Gately Stadium)
Oct. 11 vs Lane Tech
Oct. 19 @ Westinghouse
Oct. 25 @ Lincoln Park (at Lane Tech)

Biggest storyline: Phillips has gone from a Public League also-ran to a program with annual state title aspirations. Can the two-time state champion Wildcats get back into the 6A playoff field and make a deeper run this November?

Names to watch this season: S Robert Pledger (Sr., Western Michigan) OL/DL Demerick Morris (Sr., Temple)

Biggest holes to fill: The Wildcats will bring back an experienced team this season after playing a ton of underclassmen in 2018. The biggest hole is more from a leadership standpoint with the graduation losses of WR/DB Fabian McCray (NIU) and DB Joseph Thompson (Illinois), both of whom were long time varsity starters. 

EDGY's Early Take: Phillips (4A-sized enrollment) and head coach Troy McAllister volunteered to "move up" to Class 6A level last season and also this season. The Wildcats will bring back big group of returning starters who saw significant playing time last season.

While they came up short last season with a 6A quarterfinals loss to Cary-Grove, look for the Wildcats to again challenge everyone who comes their way in the Chicago Public League. They’ll have to be road warriors the first two weeks, as they take on marquee competition from out of state. The Oct. 5 date vs. Simeon is a must-see. The 6A playoff field will have to be wary of Phillips.

14 Days to Kickoff: Montini Catholic

14 Days to Kickoff: Montini Catholic

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: Montini Catholic

Head coach: Mike Bukovsky

Assistant coaches: Brian Casey, Mark Placey, Kyle Petros, Joe DiCanio, Thomas McLaurin, Ted Fleckles, Larry Sheppard, Roosevelt Holiday, Joe Consalvo and Jack Bruscianelli

How they fared in 2018: 12-2 (3-1 CCL Blue Conference). Montini made the Class 5A state playoff field and defeated Woodstock North, Sycamore, Evergreen Park and Sterling. They advanced to the state title game where they lost to Joliet Catholic.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 31 @ Hudson (WI)
Sept. 6 vs Collins
Sept. 13 @ Mount Carmel
Sept. 20 vs St. Rita
Sept. 27 vs St. Viator
Oct. 4 @ (Niles) Notre Dame
Oct. 11 @ St. Joseph
Oct. 18 vs De La Salle
Oct. 25 vs Providence Catholic

Biggest storyline: Finishing. Can the Broncos get to DeKalb for the 5A state title game and walk away with a championship trophy?

Names to watch this season: WR/TE Nate Muersch (Sr., Miami OH), OL Jeremiah Banks Wall (Sr.), QB Deontay Bell (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Broncos welcome back 12 starters (five offense, seven defense) from last season's squad but they will have new faces at receiver, running back and defensive back. 

EDGY's Early Take: Montini Catholic has been chomping at the bit to get back on the field. They had a great run last season and fell short in Champaign against JCA. Several key names return this season, including quarterback Deontay Bell and a sure-handed, tall receiver in Nate Muersch. The offensive line brings back three starters as well.

The Broncos defense has speed and experience on the line and at linebacker. Senior defensive back CJ Bufkin is a name to watch this fall. The newly-realigned CCL/ESCC schedule is strong but the Broncos should be well prepared after playing in the old CCL Blue the past few seasons.