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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

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

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

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

NBC Sports Chicago

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 9 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Perspectives beat Solorio and get a shot at the state playoff field? Can Bolingbrook upset the Big Cobalt Blue Machine at Lincoln-Way East? Can Marist post a perfect ESCC season and beat Benet Academy in Lisle? Can Wheaton North upset Batavia and sneak into the state playoffs with a win? And who wins the CCL Blue championship game? Brother Rice? Montini?

Solorio vs. Perspectives, 3:45 p.m. at Stagg Stadium

EDGY's Take: Both Solorio (5-3, 2-2) and Perspectives (4-4, 0-4) are in must-win mode. They are both seeking a Week 9 win. Solorio is in with a win. Should Perspectives win, both teams will then await their state playoff fate on Saturday night when the IHSA pairings are released. Solorio head coach Bill Ziemba has playmakers in NIU commit WR/DB Messian Travis and with QB Tyrell Williams. Will the Sun Warriors be ready for an equally-hungry Perspectives team? The Warriors, with head coach Terry Jones at the helm, also have talent this season. It includes senior OL/DL Dominic Moore (6-foot-7, 290 pounds). He is one of the state's top uncommitted names. Can the Perspectives defense slow down and contain Solorio's skills department and overall big play ability?

EDGY's Pick: Solorio 28 Perspectives 16 

Dundee-Crown at Huntley, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Dundee-Crown (4-4, 3-4) is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win by the Chargers would get them, at least, in the postseason conversation. Head coach Michael Steinhaus has a strong passing attack this fall led by under-the-radar QB Joshua Raby. TE/DE Justin Prusko is a name to watch as well. Huntley (5-3, 5-2) head coach Matt Zimolzak has also gotten a big season from his quarterback. Chris Raffin and the Red Raiders have several weapons on offense including WR Connor Fitzgerald. Can the Huntley defense get a consistent pass rush against the Dundee-Crown line? Can Dundee-Crown keep their offense on the field and win in a shootout?

EDGY's Pick: Huntley 34 Dundee-Crown 24

Lisle at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lisle (8-0, 4-0) is having a terrific season under Hall of Fame head coach Paul Parpet. They are conference champs for the first time since 1981. Coach Parpet will rely on a very productive offense led by QB Jay McGrath and top receiver Jake Kowal. This is an Interstate Eight crossover against Coal City (7-1, 4-0), who will be going to the postseason for the eighth year in a row. Head coach Dan Hutchings has a balanced offensive attack led by junior QB Payton Hutchings, RB Connor Skubc and RB Dan Jezic. On defense, the Coalers defense have allowed just 42 points on the season. Can the Lisle offense consistently move the chains against the Coal City defense?

EDGY's Pick: Coal City 31 Lisle 27

Payton vs Kenwood, 7:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: Payton (8-0, 4-0) and Kenwood (8-0, 4-0) are playing for the Chicago Public League Illini Prairie State conference title. Head coach George Klupchak has his Grizzles rolling behind QB Sage Shindler and RB Damien Goodman. The Payton defense has also been strong all season. Kenwood and head coach Sinque Turner has also an All-State caliber playmaker in senior WR/DB Mark Aitken (NIU). He is joined by a ton of speed on both sides of the football. Last possession wins?
EDGY's Pick: Kenwood 35 Payton 21

(16) Bolingbrook at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (8-0, 6-0) hasn't lost a regular season game since September 9, 2016. The 2018 Griffins are --once again-- stacked on both sides of the football. Keep an eye on QB Jack Baltz (Illinois State), RB Devon Williams, WR Jackson Ritter and WR Matt Judd. Bolingbrook (7-1, 5-1) have won four straight after a Week 4 loss to H-F. The Raiders, under head coach John Ivlow, have talent in the backfield with senior RB Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) along with senior RB Quentin Pringle (Eastern Kentucky). The Bolingbrook defense has allowed just 80 points in 2018. Can Bolingbrook run the football consistently against the Lincoln-Way East defense?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28 Bolingbrook 20

(4) Marist at Benet, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Marist (7-1, 6-0) has won the East Suburban Catholic Conference. They are looking to finish with a win and earn a high seed in Class 8A. Marist head coach Ron Dawczak has received a huge season from senior QB Mike Markett. He has several weapons including WR Billy Skalitzky and WR Jadon Thompson. The Redhawks defense has been a strength as well. Keep an eye on senior S Kendric Nowling (Easter Michigan). Benet Academy (6-2, 4-2) and head coach Pat New will look towards QB Collin Gillespie and RB Ben Hickey as the keys on offense. The Redwings defense is also a strength. Watch for DL Jacob Snell and DE Jack Benish to make plays. Can the Benet defense limit the amount of Marist offensive touches? 

EDGY's Pick: Marist 34 Benet Academy 21

(2) Batavia at Wheaton North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Batavia (8-0, 6-0) has locked up the DuKane Conference title, but they still have plenty to play for here including a high seed in the 7A playoff field. That, and a perfect 9-0 regular season, of course. Batavia last earned such a mark in 2015. The Bulldogs and head coach Dennis Piron will rely on a balanced offense with QB Jack Meyers and RB Art Taylor. The defense is anchored by LB Michael Jansey (Northwestern) and LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State). Wheaton North (4-4, 3-3) and head coach Joe Wardynski are in must-win mode. The Falcons will look to the offense to be a catalyst. The unit is led by RB Antowon Tolbert and QB Nathan Love. On defense, the Falcons will need to slow down a very balanced Batavia offense. Can Wheaton North's defense force Batavia into turnovers? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 41 Wheaton North 20

(3) Brother Rice at (17) Montini, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Chicago Catholic Blue conference championship game features Brother Rice (8-0, 3-0) taking on Montini Catholic (8-0, 3-0). Crusaders head coach Brian Badke features an offense led by QB John Bean, RB Jessi Plunkett and WR Dylan Summers. They have big and physical offensive line as well. On the other side of the ball, Rice's defense has allowed just 52 points all season. Montini Catholic and second year head coach Mike Bukovsky feature a two quarterback system. Deontay Brown and Robert Brazziel have shared the position quite well. RB Nick Fedanzo (Illinois) and WR Nate Muersch are names to watch. The Montini defense has also been strong this season, allowing just 46 points in eight games. Can the Montini defense slow down the Crusaders running game? Can the Rice defense limit the Broncos' multiple offensive weapons?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 21 Montini Catholic 14

Viewers' Choice Game 

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Schaumburg (4-4, 1-3) and Fremd (4-4, 3-1) are playing for their IHSA playoff lives. Head coach Lou Sponsel and the Vikings got out of the gates slow (0-3 record) but the Vikings found a spark behind RB-converted-to-QB Nick Rattin. That, along with a big and physical offensive and defensive lines could help reverse a 1-8 season quite nicely should Fremd win. Schaumburg, under head coach Mark Stilling, will be trying to get the Saxons on track. They have dropped three of their last four games. The Saxons have lots of speed and big play potential with senior WR/DB Heze Trotter along with sophomore RB Michael DiGioia. Can the Fremd defense limit the big play ability of Schaumburg?

EDGY's Pick: Fremd 24 Schaumburg 17