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High School Lites Preview: Week 6


High School Lites Preview: Week 6

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the week six edition of High School Lites, Friday night at 11:00pm, just after Cubs & White Sox baseball. So who gets one step closer to winning the Fox Valley ‘Valley’ conference crown when Jacobs travels to Huntley to take on the Red Raiders? Can undefeated Mount Carmel beat Brother Rice on the road in a huge Chicago Catholic League Blue game? Can Naperville Central take care of business at Batavia in one of the most intriguing non-conference matchups of the entire season? Can South Elgin storm into Glenbard East and take momentum away from the Rams in a big time Upstate Eight Valley showdown?

T.F. North at T.F. South, 7:00pm

EDGY's Take: The annual Civil War, with the Mushroom Wooden Shoe trophy going to the victors, pits District 215 rivals TF North (2-3) who will make the 4.1 mile drive south on Burnham Avenue to battle on TF South (2-3). Both the Meteors and the Rebels are in a must-win mode. TF North looks to bounce back from a 56-20 loss to Oak Forest last Friday and they will look to get the football into the hands of RB Anthony Watkins. TF South will counter with junior QB Reis Padjen along with junior RB Sterling Smith. Can TF North's defense match-up against the various TF South offensive weapons?
EDGY's Pick: TF South 26 TF North 20

King @ (8) Phillips, 7:00pm

EDGY's Take: Phillips (5-0) took a 62-0 halftime lead against Vocational last week; the Wildcats just have a ton on both sides of the football. King (4-1) has won four straight games since losing in week one to Whitney Young.
EDGY's Pick: Phillips 41 King 6

Evergreen Park at Oak Forest, 7:00pm

EDGY's Take: Evergreen Park (2-3) was able to snap a two game losing streak last week in a 35-6 win over Oak Lawn as RB Antwan Moore led the way for the Mustangs. Oak Forest (5-0) has been able to roll behind its ball control/option power running game and a tough-as-nails defense. Can the Mustangs running game dent the Bengals defense? Can the Mustangs defense find the ball against the Bengals’ multiple weapons?
EDGY's Pick: Oak Forest 36 Evergreen Park 16

Jacobs at (17) Huntley, 7:15pm

EDGY's Take: Last one with the ball wins? Jacobs (5-0) is led by standout junior QB Chris Katrenick while Huntley (5-0) will counter with senior QB Anthony Binetti. Both Jacobs and Huntley have also run the ball with great success this season. It comes down to ball control. Will Jacobs or Huntley win the turnover battle? It could decide the game here.
EDGY's Pick: Huntley 41 Jacobs 40 OT

I-C Catholic Prep at Riverside-Brookfield, 7:15pm

EDGY's Take: Riverside-Brookfield (5-0) finally gets to come off the road this week. The Bulldogs spent the first five weeks of the season on the road as their stadium has undergone a complete renovation. Riverside-Brookfield features one of the conferences best quarterbacks in senior Ryan Swift. Immaculate Conception (4-1) counters with junior D-1 running back recruit Jordan Rowell and sophomore QB Luke Ricobene. The matchup to watch here is the IC offensive line versus the RB defensive line.
EDGY's Pick: Immaculate Conception 28 Riverside-Brookfield 25

(2) Mount Carmel at (21) Brother Rice, 7:30pm

EDGY's Take: Mount Carmel (5-0) has been on a roll this season behind its ground attack on offense and a smothering defense. Senior QB Anthony Thompson broke out a passing game last week with great success; however, the running game with senior RB AJ Ries is still the Caravan's bread and butter. Brother Rice (4-1) will look for senior QB Cam Miller to spread the ball all over the field. Look for the Crusaders to get the ball into the hands of junior D11 recruit WR Ricky Smalling. Can the Caravan run game keep the football away from the Crusaders offense? Can the Brother Rice offense spread the wealth around and keep the Caravan defense guessing?
EDGY's Pick: Mount Carmel 27 Brother Rice 14

South Elgin @ Glenbard East, 7:30pm

EDGY's Take: This Upstate Eight Valley conference battle will feature a South Elgin (4-1) team loaded with talent including senior RB Shawn Griffin and senior WR Derek Kumerow. Glenbard East (4-1) is off to a great star behind QB Phil Abruzino and a wealth of receivers. Can South Elgin slow down the Rams passing attack? Can the Rams matchup with the multiple weapons from the Storm?
EDGY's Pick: South Elgin 34 Glenbard East 21

(4) Loyola at Providence, 7:30pm

EDGY's Take: Loyola Academy (5-0) has been on a serious roll and many around the Ramblers program are excited about the potential of this team. Head coach John Holocek will look towards senior QB Emmett Clifford along with a big and physical group of backs and receivers. Providence Catholic (2-3) has been starting to show signs of recovering from a brutal early season schedule. Junior QB Jared Drake has started to find his way in the Celtics offense. Can Providence’s offense keep the Loyola offense off the field this week?
EDGY's Pick: Loyola 27 Providence Catholic 13

(9) Naperville Central at (15) Batavia, 7:30pm

EDGY's Take: This is one of those non-conference games you never really imagined happening, yet here we go. Batavia (5-0) and head coach Dennis Piron will look towards senior QB Kyle Niemiec to lead the Bulldogs offense. Their defense is always fast and physical. Naperville Central (4-1) will look to pound the football on offense; their defensive unit can also go toe-to-toe with anyone. Is this a potential trap game for Naperville Central? Can Batavia hit the Redhawks with quick scores? If Batavia turns this into a shootout, can Central answer offensively? Ball control and finishing off long drives is everything in this game for Naperville Central.

EDGY's Pick: Naperville Central 21 Batavia 15

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.

New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

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New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

New Trier junior three-star ranked athlete Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) gave Northwestern his verbal commitment last Sunday yet waited until Friday morning to make his decision public via his Twitter page.

Olges, who was recruited by the Wildcats as a defensive tackle, felt pressure to make a decision since the Wildcats already had one defensive tackle verbal commitment in Clear Springs Texas Jason Gold while another defensive tackle with an offer was making an on campus visit later that day.

“I didn’t know if it was the right decision, to be honest. It was impulse more than anything,” Olges told's publisher Louis Vaccher. “But what comforted me is after having a couple days to think about it, I felt a sigh of relief. It would have hurt me too much to let that scholarship go. As much as I wanted to go and visit other schools, losing that scholarship would have hurt more than anything else.”

Olges is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Wildcats Class of 2019  and the second in state pledge along with Bolingbrook junior DB Cameron Mitchell. 

Olges, who was holding 26 scholarship offers this spring, was planning to make summer visits to Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke before giving the Wildcats his verbal commitment.