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High School Lites Football Roundup: Week 7

High School Lites Football Roundup: Week 7

We're inching closer and closer to playoff time as High School Lites had some big games this week. This week's show had a huge rivalry game with No. 8 Lyons Township and No. 9 Hinsdale Central while No. 15 Stevenson traveled to Lake Zurich.

Our Viewer's Choice Game of the Week went to the South suburbs as Rich Central faced Crete-Monee.

Be sure to follow our Preps account on Twitter @CSNPreps for the latest scores, stats and highlights from the area's best high school teams

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS: (5) Lincoln-Way East runs over Sandburg

HIGHLIGHTS: (9) Hinsdale Central beats rival (8) Lyons Township 

HIGHLIGHTS: (15) Stevenson uses late field goal to beat Lake Zurich

HIGHLIGHTS: New Trier knocks off (13) Maine South

HIGHLIGHTS: Lemont gets past T.F. South

HIGHLIGHTS: Antioch holds off Lakes

HIGHLIGHTS: Taft takes down Lincoln Park

HIGHLIGHTS: Crete-Monee runs by Rich Central in Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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Notre Dame College Prep Supports Cubs with Giant W

Drive Lincoln-Way East: Episode 8

In the Gym at EFT: Offensive linemen drills

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Hillcrest's Ezenna CMadu

TOP 25 SCORES

No. 1 Loyola 51, Leo 8

No. 2 Homewood-Flossmoor 50, Thornridge 0

No. 3 Brother Rice 63, St. Joseph 7

No. 4 Palatine 43, Conant 7

No. 5 Lincoln-Way East 64, Sandburg 14

No. 6 Neuqua Valley 31, Wheaton North 17

No. 7 Prairie Ridge 61, Hampshire 6

No. 9 Hinsdale Central 28, No. 8 Lyons Township 21

No. 11 Marist 44, Nazareth 14

No. 12 Barrington 45, Hoffman Estates 41

New Trier 27, No. 13 Maine South 21

No. 15 Stevenson 17, Lake Zurich 14

No. 16 Naperville North 50, Naperville Central 31

No. 17 Glenbard North 51, Lake Park 0

No. 18 Cary-Grove 59, Crystal Lake South 0

No. 19 Bradley-Bourbonnais 45, Urbana 7

No. 20 Fenwick 35, Providence 28

No. 22 St. Charles East 55, Larkin 15

No. 23 Oswego 63, Joliet Central 14

No. 24 IC Catholic 50, Wheaton Academy 0

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

No. 10 Oak Park-River Forest at No. 14 Glenbard West

No. 21 Phillips vs. Raby

No. 25 Batavia at South Elgin

8 Days to Kickoff: Warren

8 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Justin VanSchaick, Brandon Schild, Josh Williams, Tayler Erbach, Kurt Weinberg and Chris Caballero

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (7-0 North Suburban Conference). Warren made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Neuqua Valley and Hinsdale Central. They advanced to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Brother Rice.

2019 segular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Barrington

Sept. 6 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 13 @ Waukegan

Sept. 20 @ Libertyville

Sept. 27 vs Lake Forest

Oct. 5 vs Zion-Benton

Oct. 11 @ Lake Zurich

Oct. 18 @ Stevenson

Oct. 25 vs Mundelein

[MORE: 19 Days to Kickoff: Barrington

Biggest storyline: The Blue Devils featured one of the state’s best defenses in 2018. It resulted in their best season since 1991. Can they maintain some of that momentum and advance deeper in the Class 8A playoffs come November?

Names to watch this season: DT Willis Singleton Jr. (Sr., Iowa State) and LB Juan Delacruz (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils welcome back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). And while several of those 10 returnees are key playmakers, Coach McNulty and company will have to reload in the offensive skills department and in the defensive backfield.

EDGY's Early Take: Warren had a terrific season in 2018. Several big names are back for 2019. The Blue Devils defense was a strength last season—they shut out five opponents and kept three more to a touchdown or less. This year’s unit is led by senior DT Willis Singleton Jr. The offense will look to improve on last season’s numbers with junior QB Phil Hirt. He and senior ATH Christian Phillips will bring experience. If the Blue Devils can come close to the high-level of defense they played with last season –and if the offense can generate more points-- this team could be a big time factor in the Class 8A playoffs. 

9 Days to Kickoff: Brother Rice

9 Days to Kickoff: Brother Rice

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: Brother Rice

Head coach: Brian Badke

Assistant coaches: Dan O'Brien (OC/QB), Anthony Malopsy (DC/LB), Bob Wilcox (DL), Tim McAplin (DB) and Dan Nicholson (WR)

How they fared in 2018: 13-1 (4-0 CCL Blue Conference). Brother Rice made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Zion-Benton, Oak Park-River Forest, Warren Township and Marist. They advanced to the state title game and lost to Loyola Academy.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Hillcrest
Sept. 6 vs Perspectives
Sept. 13 vs Providence Catholic
Sept. 20 vs Marist
Sept. 27 @ Joliet Catholic Academy
Oct. 5 @ Loyola Academy
Oct. 11 vs St. Laurence
Oct. 18 @ Carmel
Oct. 25 @ Mount Carmel

[MORE: 10 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel] 

Biggest storyline: What will Brother Rice will do for an encore? Can the Crusaders, who sprinted past a rough 2017 season (2-7 record) to a 13-1 mark in 2018, reload on offense and make another run toward the 8A title game?

Names to watch this season: DT Justin Jefferson (Sr.), S Giacomo Iraci (Sr., Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Crusaders will need to replace 10 graduated starters on the offensive side of the football. Senior RB Jahlil Pettis is the lone starter back on 'O this season.
  
EDGY's Early Take: Brother Rice had a terrific run in 2018-- one of the best seasons in school history. While the graduation losses are a big issue, the Crusaders also have plenty of talent waiting in the wings. The defense will feature six returning starters including DT Justin Jefferson and S Giacomo Iraci. Incoming transfer DT Denver Warren (West Aurora) has a chance to become another impact player. On offense, senior QB Colin Smyth and junior RB Willie Shaw will make waves. Shaw has already added FBS-level scholarship offers this summer and has a chance to have a big breakout season. Developing a young offensive line was a top priority this summer. They'll have an intriguing battle against a good Hillcrest program in the opener.