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High School Lites Preview: Week 6

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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

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 8

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Illinois AP football rankings: Week 8

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (8) 8-0 80 1
2. Loyola 6-2 66 2
3. Warren 8-0 59 3
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 54 5
5.  Neuqua Valley 7-1 52 T-6
6. Minooka 8-0 36 8
7.  Niles Notre Dame 7-1 35 4
8. Oswego 8-0 24 9
9. Hinsdale Central 7-1 19 T-6
10. Bolingbrook 6-2 5 10

Others receiving votes: South Elgin 4, Maine South 3, Edwardsville 1, Huntley 1, St. Charles East 1.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (7) 8-0 79 1
2. Nazareth (1) 8-0 69 2
3. Glenbard West 8-0 67 3
4.  Hersey 8-0 49 4
5.  Phillips 7-1 47 5
6. Batavia 6-2 37 7
7.  Rolling Meadows 8-0 34 6
8. Willowbrook 7-1 27 9
9. Normal Community 7-1 21 10
10. Benet 6-2 4 8

Others receiving votes: Glenbard East 4, DeKalb 1, Maine West 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chatham Glenwood (7) 8-0 79 1
2.  Crete-Monee (1) 8-0 71 2
3.  Simeon 6-1 62 3
T-4. Prairie Ridge 7-1 54 6
T-4. Richards 7-1 54 5
6. Antioch 7-1 31 7
7. Providence  6-2 30 8
8. Cary-Grove 6-2 19 4
9. Normal West 6-2 17 NR
10.  Peoria Central 7-1 10 NR


Others receiving votes: Lemont 8, Yorkville 3, Kaneland 2.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (9) 8-0 90 1
2. Sterling 8-0 77 2
3.  Hillcrest 7-1 68 T-3
4.  Boylan Catholic 8-0 60 T-3
5.  Montini 6-2 51 5
6.  Sycamore 7-1 43 6
7. St. Rita 5-3 35 8
8. Kankakee 7-1 24 9
9.  Carbondale 7-1 20 10
10.  Dunlap 7-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 7, Joliet Catholic 6, Marion 2.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (7) 8-0 88 2
2. Coal City (2) 8-0 82 3
3. Richmond-Burton 8-0 58 4
4. St. Francis 7-1 52 10
5. IC Catholic Prep 7-1 51 1
6.  Mt. Zion 8-0 49 6
7.  Stillman Valley 8-0 48 5
8. Columbia 8-0 30 8
9. Illinois Valley Central 8-0 15 NR
10.  Effingham 7-1 7 7

Others receiving votes: Tolono Unity 6, Murphysboro 4, Bishop McNamara 2, Prairie Central 2, Genoa-Kingston 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Williamsville (7) 8-0 97 2
2. Byron (1) 7-1 87 3
T-3. Wilmington (1) 7-1 69 1
T-3. Beardstown (1) 8-0 69 4
5. Vandalia 8-0 65 5
6. Fairfield 8-0 54 7
7. Princeton 7-1 37 9
8. DuQuoin 8-0 32 NR
9. Breese Mater Dei 7-1 14 NR
10. Pana 7-1 12 8

Others receiving votes: Nashville 9, Mt. Carmel 4, Eureka 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Fieldcrest (6) 8-0 95 1
2. Clifton Central (3) 8-0 92 2
3. Maroa-Forsyth 7-1 78 3
4. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (1) 7-1 73 4
5.  St. Teresa 7-1 62 5
6.  Knoxville 8-0 50 6
7. Newman Central Catholic 7-1 38 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 7-1 32 8
9. Auburn 6-2 20 9
10. Flora 6-2 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Chester 3.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (9) 8-0 90 1
2.  Moweaqua Central A&M 8-0 79 2
3. Annawan-Wethersfield 8-0 68 3
4.  Morrison 8-0 55 4
5.  Aquin 8-0 53 7
6. Hope Academy 7-1 45 8
7. Camp Point Central 7-1 31 9
8. Forreston 6-2 20 6
9. Athens 6-2 15 10
10. Carrollton 7-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Greenfield-Northwestern 9, Kirkland Hiawatha 5, Tuscola 4, Ottawa Marquette 3, Arcola 2, Argenta-Oreana 2.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

For the regular season football finale, it's all about "Bubble Week." We're featuring games with teams who are fighting to reach the playoffs. For some, a win means a playoff berth. Which game deserves our coverage Friday night? Sandwich is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win gets them in. Same goes for St. Laurence. Can they win on the road at De La Salle? And how about the Leo-Marian Catholic game? The winner not only clinches a playoff berth but a conference championship.

Sandwich (4-4) at Morris (6-2), 7:00 p.m.

Leo (3-5) at Marian Catholic (4-4), 7:30 p.m.

St. Laurence (4-4) at De La Salle (3-5), 7:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.