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Edgy Tim's Week 6 analysis and picks

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Edgy Tim's Week 6 analysis and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 6 edition of High School Lites, Friday night at 11:00 p.m. Can Minooka go on the road and beat rival Plainfield North in this key Southwest Prairie West showdown? Can Naperville Central step up and get this must-win on the road at Neuqua Valley? It's Rivalry Week in the DuKane Conference-- which matchup has the best chance for being the best game? Batavia at Geneva? The Battle of St. Charles? Wheaton North vs. South? Or maybe Lake Park at Glenbard North? The #SENDEDGY game is the Mid-Suburban East conference showdown between Prospect and Hersey. Will we see a ton of points scored? Also: Who you got this week when Montini travels to Notre Dame in this key CCL/ESCC Green game? 

Harlan vs. South Shore, 4:15 p.m. at Eckersall

EDGY's Take: Harlan is off to a great start this season (4-1/2-0). Falcons head coach Cassius Chambers has relied on a consistent offense and a defense that has posted three straight shutout wins since a Week 2 50-0 loss to Hope Academy. South Shore (0-5/0-2) and head coach Rudy Ramsey are still in search of the win column. The Tars are coming off a tight 14-8 loss to Sullivan. While the offense has scored in each contest this season, they’re averaging just over six points per game. 

EDGY's Pick: Harlan 35 South Shore 6

(16) Minooka at Plainfield North, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Minooka (5-0/1-0) was able to beat Oswego East on Saturday behind a strong running game led by senior QB Seth Lehr, senior RB Noah Ellens and an offensive line anchored by senior OL/DL Jacob Shipla. Plainfield North (4-1/0-1) and first year head coach Anthony Imbordino went for the win and came up short on a two point conversion in a 14-13 loss to Oswego. The Tigers are led offensively by QB Adam Smith, WR Jaylon Tillmans, RB Nathan Simpson and Purdue commit WR Marcellus Moore. Can the Minooka defense avoid giving up the big play against the multiple weapons on Plainfield North’s roster? Can North’s defense stuff the Minooka run game?

EDGY's Pick: MInooka 21 Plainfield North 14

Prospect at (15) Hersey, 7:00 p.m. #SENDEDGY

EDGY's Take: A battle of two undefeated Mid-Suburban East teams here as Prospect (5-0/1-0) travels to Hersey (5-0/1-0) to take on the state-ranked Huskies. Prospect head coach Dan DeBoeuf has seen his Knights offense build a lot of momentum through five games. Keep an eye on QB Gary Moeller and RB Luke Zardsin. Hersey is also getting a huge season from senior QB Jordan Hansen both on the ground and in the air. Which defense will show up on Friday night? Will this be a ‘last possession wins’ type of game? 

EDGY's Pick: Hersey 42 Prospect 35

Naperville Central at (18) Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Naperville Central (2-3/2-0) has been able to post two straight wins after an 0-3 start. Head coach Mike Stine’s Redhawks got the running game on track in a 23-7 win Saturday over rival Naperville North. Central has a ton of talent this fall. Keep an eye on junior QB Sam Jackson (Minnesota) and senior WR Jadon Thompson (Illinois). Neuqua Valley (4-1/2-0), coached by Bill Ellinghaus, has one of the top quarterbacks in Chicagoland this fall in senior Mark Gronowski. He has a lot of go-to weapons including WR Sean Larkin, WR Patrick Hoffman along with junior RB Armani Moreno. Can Central’s defense slow down the high-flying Neuqua Valley offense? Can the Neuqua defense limit the Central big play potential on Friday night?

EDGY's Pick: Neuqua Valley 34 Naperville Central 28

(7) Batavia at Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: It’s the 101st meeting of one of the oldest rivalry games in Illinois. The Bulldogs and the Vikings battle in the Crosstown Classic on Friday night in Geneva. The host Vikings (0-5/0-3), under head coach Rob Wicinski, will be seeking their first win of the season. Geneva has struggled scoring points all season long. Head coach Dennis Piron’s Batavia Bulldogs (4-1/3-0) have a balanced offense. They’re led by RB/LB Quinn Urwiler (North Dakota) and QB Kyle Oroni. The defense also has talent. Keep an eye on LB Matt "Mojo" Weerts. Can Geneva find a way to generate points? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 41 Geneva 14

(19) St. Charles North at St. Charles East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: It’s easily one of the biggest and best atmospheres you'll find in high school football, the annual Battle of St. Charles in the DuKane conference. St. Charles North (4-1/3-0) features senior QB Kyler Brown (Minn. Duluth) and a strong running game anchored by senior RB Nick Demarco. Defensively, senior DL D.J. Oshin and senior LB Ben Furtney are names to watch. St. Charles East (4-1/2-1) and head coach Bryce Farquhar figure to establish the running game first and foremost. They have built a strong offensive line, led by Wisconsin commit senior Dylan Barrett and RB Colton Conn. WR/S Nathan Hull is a key two-way starter. Can the North Stars run the football against the Saints defense? Can the Saints offense run the football against the North Stars defense?

EDGY's Pick: St. Charles North 27 St. Charles East 21

Lake Park at Glenbard North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lake Park (2-3/1-2) and head coach Chris Roll is looking to bounce back this week after a  33-14 loss to St. Charles North. The Lancers will continue to look toward QB Nate Merchant to lead the way after losing starting RB Jordan Colon earlier this year to a season-ending injury. Glenbard North’s calling card is their tough-as nails defense. The Panthers (2-3/2-1) are coached by Ryan Wilkens. They feature a nning game led by RB Jordan McQuarters along with RB/LB Anthony Cusamano. Can the Lake Park defense slow down the Glenbard North running game? Who will win the Stratford Cup this year?

EDGY's Pick: Glenbard North 21 Lake Park 13

Wheaton North at Wheaton Warrenville South, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Wheaton North (2-3/0-3) and Wheaton South (3-2/1-2) are in search for a much-needed win. This is an annual grudge match—and this year it’ll feature equally-hungry teams, as both the Tigers and Falcons are coming off Week 5 losses. Wheaton South turned the ball over way too much in the Tigers’ 42-21 loss to Batavia last Saturday. Head coach Ron Muhitch has playmakers in QB Parker Brown and RB Jacob Arthurs. Can they help jump-start the South offense? North has lost three straight games. They feature a sophomore at QB, Mark Forcucci, along with junior WR Ben Bonga. Senior LB Xander Mueller (Northwestern) leads the Falcons defense. Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: Wheaton South 28 Wheaton North 27

(17) Montini at (9) Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Montini (4-1/1-0) needed to come from behind to beat St. Viator 22-14 on Saturday. The Broncos continue to get a big season from senior QB Deontay Bell and senior WR Nate Muersch (Miami OH). They’ve both paid dividends for head coach Mike Bukovsky. Notre Dame (5-0/1-0) head coach Mike Hennessey has also gotten a big season from guys on the offense. Junior QB Anthony Sayles and senior speedster RB Julian Schurr have had opposing defenses on the run. And the Dons’ defense has been consistently strong all season as well. Can the Notre Dame defense limit the Montini spread offense? Can Notre Dame get the running game going against the Broncos defense? 

EDGY's Pick: Notre Dame 28 Montini Catholic 21

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Ridgewood at Riverside-Brookfield, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Ridgewood (2-3/1-2) takes on Riverside-Brookfield (4-1/2-1) in this Metro Suburban conference crossover on homecoming night. Ridgewood’s first-year head coach Matt Walsh is looking for a win this week after a tough loss to Chicago Christian 46-14 last Saturday. Riverside-Brookfield (4-1/2-1) has an offense led by Matthew Torrez and RB Luke Gentile. The Bulldogs’ defense has been of the “bend-but-not-break” variety so far this season. Riverside-Brookfield won a tight one in this series last year, 14-3 in Norridge.  

EDGY's Pick: Riverside-Brookfield 36 Ridgewood 21

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup


High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great basketball action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA basketball scores and highlights.

Windy City Legends: Kendrick Nunn

Team of the Week: Catalyst Maria Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Halle Douglass

Friday's scores:

Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44

No. 8 Evanston 50, New Trier 40

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

No. 14 Thornton 58, Rich Central 34

No. 4 Whitney Young 56, No. 11 Lincoln Park 50

Loyola 34, Notre Dame 31

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

Francis W. Parker 55, Latin 47

GIRLS: Evanston 59, New Trier 33


Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Mather 61, Foreman 57

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos said he’d never been surprised, until the day the school, his players and even family from Chile let him know he won the SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition Award.

“It means a lot to me because of the recognition we have for the kids,” Burgos said. “As I try to think all in, and think about this, I think my initial inclination is to think about them, about the fact that what we’re doing is seen, that their hard work will pay off and those values that I’m trying to instill in them are reaching them. And I’m very humbled about the whole experience.

"I’ve never been thanked publicly and it’s new, but it’s obviously something positive for the community, which the work I do is centered around.”

The school held a ceremony to honor Burgos, whose nomination bested more than 300 others to win. His team at Catalyst Maria won $2,500. Burgos’ friend and former colleague, Joel Farran, nominated him for his countless works in the community. Just some of the acts Burgos was noted for in the nomination include helping facilitate college scholarships for students, building relationships for students who were struggling to find proper housing, reaching out to students on the middle school levels, inviting parents to come together through events like potluck picnics and organizing a tournament for sixth through eighth-grade students as a way to provide a safe and fun environment for local children.

“He puts people first, and he puts people before himself, and he’s all about elevating others,” Farran said. “Whether it’s on the field or off the field, soccer is just one of the ways he does that. But it is the way he knows best. And it’s about creating opportunities — not only on the field — but when you fail on the field, learning to adjust from that and create solutions, but off the field, creating opportunities for scholar-athletes to continue to excel.”

Burgos’ students agree.

“He’s more than just a coach,” soccer player Alondra Gonzalez said. "He’s like another father-figure to me. When it comes to coaching, he does more than beyond. He created a webpage so everyone could see us. He created a ‘Go Fund Me’ [page] so we could have money for our uniforms, like jackets, because we play in the cold, and he wants us to do a lot more than just play and practice almost every day to be better.”

Another student-athlete, Angel Santillan, said Burgos is an “amazing person.”

“He means everything to me,” Santillan said. "Like the sport, it’s just a passion that he does everything for us. It’s a great experience to be coached by Mr. B. He’s just an amazing coach and he does everything for us.”

Three-time Olympian Kara Winger presented Burgos with the award, as a representative of TrueSport.

“Coach Burgos is clearly taking the time and effort to make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Winger said. “I was very blessed to have amazing coaches growing up who taught me how to be not only the best athlete I could be, but to be the best person I could be, and it’s clearly his mission here at Catalyst Maria schools, so TrueSport is so excited to honor him with the Champion Coach Award.”

Burgos, who was visibly moved by the surprise celebration, said he appreciated his work being recognized.

“I know there’s a lot of joy when you give, when you simply give without thinking about what’s going to happen next,” he said. “I do it because it’s the way that I continue to grow; it keeps me alive. I think we humans are here on Earth to take care of each other, to respect each other, to love each other, to cheer each other up. And those are values that I defend, and I have defended always.

"And now that I’m here, and I see that they are recognized, it validates what I knew. It will ultimately — if you are kind to people, if you’re loving, this is what happens. And it’s wonderful to see it for myself.”