NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 7 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Oswego East go on the road and beat in-town rival Oswego in a key conference showdown? Which team will suffer its first loss of the season: Yorkville or Minooka? Can St. Charles East roll into Batavia and beat the Bulldogs in the shadows of the Batavia water tower? Who wins the huge North Suburban Conference showdown in Lake Zurich as the Bears host an elite 8A team in Warren Township? And will Marist have Nazareth Academy's number once again? Or can the Roadrunners finally beat the Redhawks for the first time since 2015?
Eisenhower at Evergreen Park, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Eisenhower (4-2/2-1) first-year head coach Sheamus Murphy has the Cardinals pointed towards the state playoffs but can they beat Evergreen Park on the road? They've won three of their last four games, including last week's 27-21 thriller over T.F. North. The Cardinals features QB Daniel McLaurin. Evergreen Park (3-3/2-2), coached by Jerry Verde, is coming off a 49-0 shutout win over Argo. Running back Antowan Underdue and signal caller Jack Manso each tallied two TDs in that victory. The Mustangs will need to win two out of its final three games to become playoff eligible.
EDGY's Pick: Eisenhower 27 Evergreen Park 16
Oswego East at (15) Oswego, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Coach Tyson LeBlanc's Wolves of Oswego East (4-2/0-2) have dropped two straight Southwest Prairie West games since geting off to a 4-0 start. East features junior QB Michael Ford and a strong group in the offensive skills department, led by senior WR Keion Battle. Oswego (6-0/2-0) is off and running. Coach Brian Cooney has balance on offense, guided by QB Cole Pradel. The Panthers also have star power in WR/DB Jack Lemke and senior OL/DL Jack Hugunin (NIU). Can East's offensive line stalemate Oswego's speedy defense?
EDGY's Pick: Oswego 28 Oswego East 14
Yorkville at (14) Minooka, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Yorkville (6-0/2-0) has a strong squad this season. They're led by senior QB Josh Beetham, while senior RB Tre Thomas has been effective running the football. Also keep an eye on WR/S Cale Reeder (South Dakota) for head coach Dan McGuire and company. Minooka (6-0/2-0) is coached by John Belskis. They boast a strong running game and a big offensive line. Keep an eye on senior QB Seth Lehr and senior RB Noah Ellens. Senior OL/DL Jacob Shipla is another key player in the trenches for the Indians. Can the Minooka defense keep the Yorkville offense off the field as much as possible Friday night?
EDGY's Pick: Minooka 28 Yorkville 21
(22) St. Charles East at (7) Batavia, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: St. Charles East (5-1/3-1) is coming off a huge 31-21 win last Friday over rival St. Charles North, Coach Bryce Farquhar's Saints decided to switch up the offense this season, going to more of a spread attack. The charge will be led by QB Nathan Hayes. However, East still will run the football behind a big and physical offensive line, anchored by senior Dylan Barrett (Wisconsin). Coach Dennis Piron has guided Batavia to a 5-1/4-0 start. The Bulldogs also have balance on offense with RB/LB Quinn Urwiler (North Dakota), senior RB Art Taylor and QB Kyle Oroni. Can St. Charles East run the football against Batavia? The matchups in this game are pretty even. I fully expect a close game.
EDGY's Pick: Batavia 28 St. Charles East 27
Lane Tech at Phillips, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Lane Tech (2-4/0-2) has lost four straight games since starting the season with a 2-0 record. Head coach Anthony Fatlin's Indians will now travel to Mandrake Park on the South Side take on Phillips (5-1/2-0). The Wildcats are coming off a tough 14-6 loss last Saturday night to Simeon. Coach Troy McAllister will look to QB Antonio Brown to jump-start the offense. They have a big, physical offensive line. Don't overlook their defense. It has remained a strength this season.
EDGY's Pick: Phillips 42 Lane Tech 7
(5) Warren at Lake Zurich, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Warren Township (6-0/4-0) has one of the state's top defenses this season. The Blue Devils, coached by Bryan McNulty, have allowed just 18 points all season-- and that includes three shutouts. Warren Township features senior DT Willis Singleton Jr. (Iowa State), senior LB Juan DeLaCruz and junior LB Malachi McNeal. On offense, RB Derrick McLaughlin figures to get a lot of looks. Lake Zurich (4-2/4-0) and first year head coach Ron Planz took a few weeks to get the offense on track. They're rolling now, with QB Jack Moses and RB Jack Dwyer leading the way. The Bears' always-tough defense is led by junior LB Bryan Sanborn. Can Lake Zurich establish the running game against The Township?
EDGY's Pick: Warren Township 21 Lake Zurich 7
York at (19) Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: While York (3-3/2-2) is certainly in need of a win, they may have turned some heads in pushing Hinsdale Central to the limit in a 28-21 loss last Friday. The Dukes feature a playmaker in RB Nick Conroy. Senior OL/DL Josh Mathiasen is also a key contributor on both sides of the football for York this fall. Speaking of playmakers, Willowbrook (5-1/4-0) has one in do-it-all senior QB/S Sam Tumilty. Head coach Nick Hildreth's Warriors have been stout on defense. The unit has allowed just 54 points so far this season. Can the York defense slow down/limit Tumilty?
EDGY's Pick: Willowbrook 28 York 21
(3) Nazareth Academy at Marist, 7:30 p.m. #SendEDGY
EDGY's Take: Nazareth (5-1/2-0) has won five straight games after a season opening loss to St. Louis-area power Cardinal Ritter (6-0). Coach Tim Racki's Roadrunners are led by junior QB J.J. McCarthy (Michigan)-- and he has an arsenal of weapons to rely on this season. Marist (3-3/0-2) is looking to bounce back from last week's 21-14 loss to Mount Carmel. The Redhawks turned the football over four times in the loss. Coach Ron Dawczak has a rotation of quarterbacks with senior Hayden Mikesell and sophomore Dontrelll Jackson Jr. They also have a strong offensive line, led by junior Pat Coogan. Marist has beaten Nazareth Academy three straight seasons by a combined score of 110-28. Can the Redhawks make it four straight?
EDGY's Pick: Nazareth Academy 28 Marist 21 OT
Rolling Meadows at Prospect, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Another week, another great Mid-Suburban East showdown. Rolling Meadows (6-0/2-0) has received a big season so far from the running game, paced by Chris Divito. Coach Matt Mishler's defense has been forcing turnovers and big plays all season. Senior DE Nate Pedraza (Ball State) has been a key contributor. Prospect (5-1/1-1), under head coach Dan DeBoeuf, are looking to bounce back after a 45-28 loss last Friday to Hersey. The Knights have a big-play offense with QB Gary Moeller, RB Luke Zardzin and WR Matt Meyer at the ready. Can the Prospect defense stop the Rolling Meadows' run game? Can Rolling Meadow's defense get pressure on Prospect's spread offense attack?
EDGY's Pick: Rolling Meadows 35 Prospect 31
Viewers' Choice Games of the Week
Sullivan vs Kennedy, 4:15 p.m. at Winnemac Stadium
EDGY's Take: This South Side-meets-North Side Chicago Public League crossover features CPL Illini Big Shoulders conference leader Sullivan (3-3/2-0) taking on CPL Chicago Madison Street conference member Kennedy (3-3/3-2). The Tigers have looked impressive in wins over Steinmetz, King and South Shore. Sullivan, coached by Calvin Clark, is seeking an IHSA state playoff for the third consecutive year. The Kennedy Crusaders, coached by Michael Cremins, have won three of their last four games-- the latest, a 44-14 win over Senn.
EDGY's Pick: Sullivan 27 Kennedy 7
Von Steuben vs Whitney Young @ Rockne Stadium, 4:15 p.m.
EDGY's Take: This is a battle between two Chicago Public League Illini Great Lakes teams seeking to break out and make a late season run towards a state playoff spot. Von Steuben (3-3/1-1) is coached by David Rivera. The Panthers, one of last year's Cinderella stories, are looking to advance to the playoffs for the second time. Whitney Young (3-3/1-1) features a first-year head coach in Daniel Finger. The Dolphins have won three of their last four, with a 36-6 win over CMA-Bronzeville coming last Friday. Both teams started off the season with an 0-2 records and both have played strong as the weeks have progressed.
EDGY's Pick: Von Steuben 21 Whitney Young 14