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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week One

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week One

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after one week of play on the IHSA slate.

1. Lincoln-Way East 1-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 30-7
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Griffins take care of business and beat Stevenson. Another big test awaits this week on the road in Naperville.

2. Loyola Academy 0-1 (1)
Last Week: Lost to St. Ignatius Ohio, 27-10
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers lose to one of the top programs in Ohio; next is the War on The North Shore Saturday afternoon.
 
3. Nazareth Academy 0-1 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Cardinal Ritter, 32-21
This Week: vs Curie
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners rallied but came up short against Cardinal Ritter.
 
4. St. Charles North 1-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Palatine, 24-14
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The North Stars needed a second half rally to beat Palatine on Friday night. 
  
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 1-0 (7)

Last Week: Beat TF North, 54-20
This Week: @ Penn (Indiana)
EDGY's Take: The Vikings take care of T.F. North and cross the border this week in taking on Penn.

6. Batavia 1-0 (5)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 31-17
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs found themselves down 19-0 in the middle of the first quarter against East St. Louis. Getting back in the game was an uphill battle.
 
7. Warren Township 1-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 16-6
This Week: vs Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense is still nasty.

8. Brother Rice 1-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Hillcrest, 26-20
This Week: vs Perspectives
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a big performance from junior QB Ben Somers in beating Hillcrest.

9. Glenbard West 1-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 45-28
This Week: vs Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Hitters looks like a state title contending teams at times during the win over Maine South on Saturday. West showed an impressive power running game led by junior RB Jalen Moore. 

10. Mount Carmel 1-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Calumet New Tech, 42-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Caravan break in their new on campus stadium on Friday with a win over Calumet.
 
11. Phillips 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Detroit Cass Tech, 26-9
This Week: vs St. Mary (Mo.) @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice win over Cass Tech on Saturday; they were one of the few in-state teams to show well against out of state opponents this weekend. 
  
12. Montini 1-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Hudson (WI), 22-7
This Week: vs Corliss
EDGY's Take: The Broncos also get a road win out of state on Saturday. Now they head home to host Corliss.
 
13. Hinsdale Central 1-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 14-6
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense was evil in locking down the Naperville Central offense Friday night.

14. Naperville Central 0-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale Central, 14-6
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier. This week they host top-ranked Lincoln-Way East.

15. Minooka 1-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 48-7
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Indians get off to a strong start on their new field turf surface. Next up is the Battle of Ridge Road.

16. Prairie Ridge 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Grayslake Central, 40-0
This Week: vs Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Wolves take care of business in handling Grayslake Central.

17. Oswego 1-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield Central, 42-3
This Week: @ Joliet West
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense forced several turnovers in their win over Plainfield Central.

18. Maine South 0-1 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 45-28
This Week: vs Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Hawks lost some momentum when junior QB Luke Leongas went down with an injury against Glenbard West.

19. Neuqua Valley 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 27-10
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice performance from RB Armani Moreno in the win over Glenbard North on Friday. 

20. Fremd 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-6
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Vikings stun Lake Zurich as junior QB Ryan Saxe goes off in the win.

21. Barrington 0-1 (19)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 16-6
This Week: vs Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Broncos lost to Warren Township but also showed some flashes of better days ahead. Iowa commit DE Lukas VanNess was as advertised. 

22. Waubonsie Valley 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 23-14
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Warriors defense got after it. They limited Oak Park-River Forest in an upset win on Friday night. QB Ethan Nelson is a name to watch.
 
23. Richards 1-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 14-7
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs get a big win on the road against Lincoln-Way Central and now host another hot team in St. Rita on Friday.

24. Marist 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Dunbar, 42-0
This Week: @ Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks get a nice win over Dunbar. They'll have to ramp up their game as they hit the road against Lake Zurich.

25. Providence Catholic 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Willowbrook, 14-7
This Week: vs Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Celtics hang on and get a 14-7 win over Willowbrook. Next up is Morgan Park as the Mustangs make the trip to the Emerald Isle.

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 8

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Illinois AP football rankings: Week 8

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (8) 8-0 80 1
2. Loyola 6-2 66 2
3. Warren 8-0 59 3
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 54 5
5.  Neuqua Valley 7-1 52 T-6
6. Minooka 8-0 36 8
7.  Niles Notre Dame 7-1 35 4
8. Oswego 8-0 24 9
9. Hinsdale Central 7-1 19 T-6
10. Bolingbrook 6-2 5 10

Others receiving votes: South Elgin 4, Maine South 3, Edwardsville 1, Huntley 1, St. Charles East 1.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (7) 8-0 79 1
2. Nazareth (1) 8-0 69 2
3. Glenbard West 8-0 67 3
4.  Hersey 8-0 49 4
5.  Phillips 7-1 47 5
6. Batavia 6-2 37 7
7.  Rolling Meadows 8-0 34 6
8. Willowbrook 7-1 27 9
9. Normal Community 7-1 21 10
10. Benet 6-2 4 8

Others receiving votes: Glenbard East 4, DeKalb 1, Maine West 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chatham Glenwood (7) 8-0 79 1
2.  Crete-Monee (1) 8-0 71 2
3.  Simeon 6-1 62 3
T-4. Prairie Ridge 7-1 54 6
T-4. Richards 7-1 54 5
6. Antioch 7-1 31 7
7. Providence  6-2 30 8
8. Cary-Grove 6-2 19 4
9. Normal West 6-2 17 NR
10.  Peoria Central 7-1 10 NR


Others receiving votes: Lemont 8, Yorkville 3, Kaneland 2.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (9) 8-0 90 1
2. Sterling 8-0 77 2
3.  Hillcrest 7-1 68 T-3
4.  Boylan Catholic 8-0 60 T-3
5.  Montini 6-2 51 5
6.  Sycamore 7-1 43 6
7. St. Rita 5-3 35 8
8. Kankakee 7-1 24 9
9.  Carbondale 7-1 20 10
10.  Dunlap 7-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 7, Joliet Catholic 6, Marion 2.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (7) 8-0 88 2
2. Coal City (2) 8-0 82 3
3. Richmond-Burton 8-0 58 4
4. St. Francis 7-1 52 10
5. IC Catholic Prep 7-1 51 1
6.  Mt. Zion 8-0 49 6
7.  Stillman Valley 8-0 48 5
8. Columbia 8-0 30 8
9. Illinois Valley Central 8-0 15 NR
10.  Effingham 7-1 7 7

Others receiving votes: Tolono Unity 6, Murphysboro 4, Bishop McNamara 2, Prairie Central 2, Genoa-Kingston 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Williamsville (7) 8-0 97 2
2. Byron (1) 7-1 87 3
T-3. Wilmington (1) 7-1 69 1
T-3. Beardstown (1) 8-0 69 4
5. Vandalia 8-0 65 5
6. Fairfield 8-0 54 7
7. Princeton 7-1 37 9
8. DuQuoin 8-0 32 NR
9. Breese Mater Dei 7-1 14 NR
10. Pana 7-1 12 8

Others receiving votes: Nashville 9, Mt. Carmel 4, Eureka 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Fieldcrest (6) 8-0 95 1
2. Clifton Central (3) 8-0 92 2
3. Maroa-Forsyth 7-1 78 3
4. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (1) 7-1 73 4
5.  St. Teresa 7-1 62 5
6.  Knoxville 8-0 50 6
7. Newman Central Catholic 7-1 38 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 7-1 32 8
9. Auburn 6-2 20 9
10. Flora 6-2 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Chester 3.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (9) 8-0 90 1
2.  Moweaqua Central A&M 8-0 79 2
3. Annawan-Wethersfield 8-0 68 3
4.  Morrison 8-0 55 4
5.  Aquin 8-0 53 7
6. Hope Academy 7-1 45 8
7. Camp Point Central 7-1 31 9
8. Forreston 6-2 20 6
9. Athens 6-2 15 10
10. Carrollton 7-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Greenfield-Northwestern 9, Kirkland Hiawatha 5, Tuscola 4, Ottawa Marquette 3, Arcola 2, Argenta-Oreana 2.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

For the regular season football finale, it's all about "Bubble Week." We're featuring games with teams who are fighting to reach the playoffs. For some, a win means a playoff berth. Which game deserves our coverage Friday night? Sandwich is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win gets them in. Same goes for St. Laurence. Can they win on the road at De La Salle? And how about the Leo-Marian Catholic game? The winner not only clinches a playoff berth but a conference championship.

Sandwich (4-4) at Morris (6-2), 7:00 p.m.

Leo (3-5) at Marian Catholic (4-4), 7:30 p.m.

St. Laurence (4-4) at De La Salle (3-5), 7:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.