NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 2 edition of High School Lites, tonight at 11:00 p.m. Two top Chicagoland running backs take center stage when St. Rita's sophomore sensation RB Kaleb Brown travels to Oak Lawn to face Richards and senior RB Leshon Williams. Top ranked Lincoln-Way East hits the road this week to take on Naperville Central. Are the Redhawks already in must-win mode? Lake Zurich also is seeking their first win after losing in the opener to Fremd. Getting a win over Marist will not be an easy task. And can Maine South bounce back this week in hosting top-ranked Mount Carmel?
St. Rita (1-0) at (23) Richards (1-0), 7:00 p.m. #SENDEDGY
EDGY's Take: St. Rita is coming off an impressive 31-14 win over Joliet Catholic as the offense was able to get on track behind sophomore RB Kaleb Brown and a steady diet of play-action passing attack led by QB Brian Johnson. Richards and head coach Tony Sheehan will rely on standout senior RB Leshon Williams (Iowa) and an explosive group of skills led by senior QB Javon Robinson. The Bulldogs' defense held Lincoln-Way Central in check in last week's 14-7 win. Will the team that can slow down the oopposing run game win?
EDGY's Pick: Richards 21 St. Rita 20
Wilmington (1-0) at Oak Lawn (0-1), 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Wilmington's head coach Jeff Reents will likely choose to run the football early and often. Look for RB Jake Rodawold to pick up where he left off (156 yards rushing, four touchdowns) last week. He was a key component in the Wildcats' 32-0 win over Evergreen Park. Oak Lawn and first year head coach Harold Blackmon will look to rebound from a rough 63-7 loss last Friday to Marian Catholic.
EDGY's Pick: Wilmington 38 Oak Lawn 12
(1) Lincoln-Way East (1-0) at (14) Naperville Central (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East was able to get a strong opening week win over Stevenson. The Griffins are stacked with talent, spearheaded by senior WR AJ Henning (Michigan). Senior QB Kyle Quinn is a true dual-threat option to watch in the East offense. LWE also has plenty of other names to watch including senior DE Sean McLaughlin (Northwestern) and senior DE Adrian Wilson (Bowling Green). They're part of a roster that remains one of the largest --by participation numbers-- in the entire state. Naperville Central and head coach Mike Stine lost last Friday to Hinsdale Central 14-6. The Redhawks' offense, touted in the preseason as being a potentially explosive unit, is led by junior QB Sam Jackson (Minnesota) and senior WR Jadon Thompson (Illinois); however, the unit was limited to under 200 yards of offense in the loss. Can the Redhawks' offense get on track against East's defense? Can the Naperville Central defense slow down the run/pass attack of Lincoln-Way East? Which team can limit the big play? It could be the determining factor on the scoreboard.
EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28 Naperville Central 21
(19) Neuqua Valley (1-0) at Stevenson (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: It took Neuqua Valley and head coach Bill Ellinghaus a half to get going, but the Wildcats eventually pulled away from Glenbard North in a 27-10 win last Friday. RB Armani Moreno led the run game with 122 yards and two touchdowns while senior QB Mark Gronowski (South Dakota State) also ran for a score. Stevenson lost to Lincoln-Way East 30-7 last Friday. The Patriots are led by first-year head coach Brent Becker. Look for senior RB JM Etienne and senior QB Justin Hiller to play big roles. Senior OL Ean Norenburg (Harvard) and senior DB Jordan Vincent (EIU) are two more critical names to watch. Can the Wildcats get out of the gates a little faster this week? Can Stevenson's offense get in gear?
EDGY's Pick: Neuqua Valley 24 Stevenson 21
Brooks (0-1) at Taft (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Taft will come home this week and open up thier new on-campus stadium. Brooks and head coach J.D. Daniels took a 24-8 loss to Hubbard in Week 1. Can they bounce back this week? Taft and head coach John Tsarouchas went on the road in the opener, losing to Glenbrook North 40-28. But these Eagles are expecting big things this season behind junior QB Daniel Loch and a deep group of backs and receivers led by senior WR/S Dexter Stigall. Taft is the defending Chicago Public League champion. Can Brooks slow down the multiple weapons from the Taft offense?
EDGY's Pick: Taft 38 Brooks 12
(24) Marist (1-0) at Lake Zurich (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Marist head coach Ron Dawczak utilized his two quarterback rotation in a 42-0 win over Dunbar last Saturday. Senior Hayden Mikesell and sophomore Dontrell Jackson Jr. had great success in getting the Redhawks into the win column. They have plenty of talent this fall including senior WR A.J. Markett, senior LB Colin Bohanek (EIU) and junior OL Pat Coogan, who has already added several offers this summer. Lake Zurich lost to Fremd 24-6 as the Bears committed several turnovers and struggled to generate much offense. Expect a much more focused team this week. They're led by first-year head coach Ron Planz. Can Lake Zurich dent the Marist defense and avoid turning the football over? Can Marist continue to make the rotating quarterback system work this week on the road?
EDGY's Pick: Marist 24 Lake Zurich 21
(10) Mount Carmel (1-0) at (18) Maine South (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Mount Carmel was able to break in its brand new on-campus facility on Friday, Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field, with a 42-0 win over Calumet New Tech. Maine South is coming off a 42-28 loss to Glenbard West, where the Hawks struggled to slow down the power-running offense of West. The Maine South offense looked strong against Glenbard West, but a second half injury to starting junior QB Luke Leongas undoubtedly shifted momentum away from coach Dave Inserra's crew. Can the Caravan quickly ramp things up against Maine South this week on the road? Will Luke Leongas play on Friday? Can the Hawks' defense contain the Caravan run game?
EDGY's Pick: Mount Carmel 31 Maine South 28
Bolingbrook (1-0) at (4) St. Charles North (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Bolingbrook and head coach John Ivlow got off to a good start with a 43-10 win over Proviso West. The Raiders have their usual group of college-bound athletes. They're led by OL John Williams (Cincinnati), senior TE Trevor Borland (Buffalo), QB Devyn Suggs (Yale) and junior S Justin Walters, who has already added several FBS level scholarship offers. St. Charles North picked up their first win last Friday against Palatine. The North Stars trailed 14-7 at halftime but got a big performance from RB Nick Demarco en route to the victory. The St. Charles North defense is strong this season. Keep an eye on senior DT Deji Oshin along with senior LB/FB Ben Furtney. Can Bolingbrook play well on the road and come away with a win? Can St. Charles North finally get a win over the Raiders? They've dropped two straight, back-to-back, very close regular season match ups.
EDGY's Pick: St. Charles North 35 Bolingbrook 34 OT
Kenwood (1-0) at De La Salle (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Let's call this the Something Has to Give Bowl. Kenwood beat Whitney Young 48-0 in Week 1 while De La Salle had little issue with Niles West in a 43-0 rout. Kenwood's head coach Sinque Turner has a roster with talent. It includes senior WR Jaleel Payne, senior S Donald Dillon and junior S Myles Mooyoung. De La Salle head coach Mike Boehm has experience on his roster, especially on defense. There are several new faces on offense. Keep an eye on senior TE Matt Byrnes and senior WR/S Jason Moore for the Meteors this fall. Can Kenwood handle De La Salle's size up front on both sides of the football? And can De La Salle slow down the speedy Kenwood Broncos?
EDGY's Pick: De La Salle 34 Kenwood 28
DeKalb (1-0) vs. Sycamore (1-0), 8:00 p.m. at NIU
EDGY's Take: This long-time rivalry game is now a nonconference matchup. Sycamore has moved to the Interstate Eight conference while DeKalb is now in the DuPage Valley after the Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference dissolved. Sycamore head coach Joe Ryan got an impressive 24-0 win from his crew, defeating Washington last Friday. DeKalb opened up play with a 21-0 win over Lake Park. For the Bards, keep an eye on senior RB Jalon Redmond, senior DB Donovan Lacey and senior WR Alex Siebens. Junior QB Trenton Kyler is a threat with the run and the pass. Class 5A state-ranked Sycamore is stacked with experience. They have 15 starters back (eight offense, seven defense) from a season ago. Senior RB/LB Manny Dominguez is a headliner along with senior LB Preston Rudd for Sycamore this season. Can Sycamore limit the DeKalb running game and make the Barbs' offense more one dimensional? Is this already a must-win for DeKalb?
EDGY's Pick: DeKalb 41 Sycamore 40
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Bishop McNamara (1-0) at Coal City (1-0), 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Bishop McNamara and Hall of Fame head coach Rich Zinnani got off to a good start last Friday in beating Bloom 49-21. The Fighting Irish will look to senior QB Ty Hiller and a deep backfield to lead the way. It includes senior RB Owen Jackson and RB Caleb Smith. Coal City, under head coach Dan Hutchings, also had a strong opening night showing. They beat nearby rival Morris 48-33 as senior RB Dan Jizek ran for 245 yards and three touchdowns. This is a key early season matchup in Class 4A. Can the Coalers beat another key 4A school and local rival this week on their home field? And can the Coalers get the running game going again this week against Bishop Mac? Last possession wins?
EDGY's Pick: Bishop McNamara 34 Coal City 28 OT