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High School Lites preview: Week 6

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High School Lites preview: Week 6

The week's edition of High School Lites has highlights from all across the Chicagoland area as we get a look at some interesting games with conference ramifications. Two of the Public League's top teams get conference road tests, while two talented Red-North teams clash.

We'll also have action from all over the suburbs as No. 9 Glenbard West tries to improve to 14-0 and No. 14 Joliet West travels to No. 24 Homewood-Flossmoor. Our Viewer's Choice Game of the Week features Rolling Meadows heading to Buffalo Grove.

There will also be a new "Getting to Know" feature on Curie junior guard Elijah Joiner, and our Team of the Week is York. As a reminder, High School Lites will air at 11:30 p.m. this Friday with the show also playing at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Thursday's games

No. 1 Morgan Park at Vocational, 5 p.m. — Morgan Park has shown it's the best team in the area to this point, and it travels to face a tough Red-South opponent in Vocational. Formerly ranked in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings, the Cavaliers (11-3, 2-2) are coming off of a second-place finish at Kankakee over the holidays, while the Mustangs (11-1, 4-0) were champions at Proviso West with Charlie Moore winning MVP.

No. 4 Kenwood at Dunbar, 5 p.m. — Leaders of the Red-Central, Kenwood (10-1, 5-0) will try to win again on the road against Dunbar (5-8, 2-3). The Broncos are coming off of a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback in a win over Curie earlier this week and are one of the state's best teams to this point. Dunbar will try to get some momentum going after a 1-2 showing at Proviso West.

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Friday's games

Uplift at Lincoln Park, 5 p.m. — A solid Red-North battle goes down as Uplift (8-5, 2-2) travels to Lincoln Park (7-7, 1-2). Uplift is led by brothers Demarius and Davarion Jacobs. Demarius is a junior, and Davarion is a freshman. Both averaged around 13 points per game at Proviso West during the holidays, and Toraze Dobbs also played well. Lincoln Park went 2-2 at Hinsdale Central as Ibrahim Dosunmu and Jalen Louie both averaged double figures.

Richards at T.F. North, 6 p.m. — This South Suburban crossover features two teams both atop the standings in their respective divisions. Richards (7-8, 3-1) is on top of the Red, while T.F. North (8-1, 4-0) is the leader of the Blue. T.F. North went 3-1 in Kentucky during the holiday season, while Richards is trying to stop a four-game losing streak.

Glenbard South at No. 16 Riverside-Brookfield, 7 p.m. — The top two teams in the Metro Suburban West collide in this one. Glenbard South (10-4, 4-0) made the championship of the Romeoville Holiday Tournament before losing to Joliet Catholic, while a talented Riverside-Brookfield (11-2, 4-0) was bounced in the quarterfinals of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. Glenbard South needs to prove it can hang with elite teams by putting up a tough fight on the road here.

No. 14 Joliet West at No. 24 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7 p.m. — Both of these Southwest Suburban Blue teams are coming off of strong holiday showings as Joliet West (10-3, 2-1)  beat Benet and took Peoria Manual to the brink while Homewood-Flossmoor (8-3, 2-1). The Tigers are young but feature some talented juniors and sophomores who are ahead of schedule. The Vikings are getting strong play from football standout Kendric Pryor, a Wisconsin commit on the gridiron.

Deerfield at Niles North, 7 p.m. — Two of the best teams in the Central Suburban North do battle when Deerfield (11-2, 3-0) goes to Niles North (10-4, 2-1). Deerfield won this matchup at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Dec. 26 and is the leader in the league right now. Senior Jordan Baum has been playing well for Deerfield, while Crishawn Clark is the go-to guy for Niles North.

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Lyons at Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m. — One of the great local rivalries in the West Suburban Silver as Lyons (5-7, 1-2) goes to Hinsdale Central (8-5, 3-0). Lyons hasn't been consistent this season, but Connor Niego was on the All-Tournament team at York. Peter Blust has been very good lately for the Red Devils as he's averaged nearly a double-double (17.8 points, 9.5 rebounds) per game at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

No. 9 Glenbard West at Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m. — Undefeated Glenbard West (13-0, 1-0) gets a conference road test in the West Suburban Silver by traveling to Oak Park-River Forest (6-6, 2-1). Senior Justin Pierce, a William & Mary commit, is a Player of the Year candidate, while Oak Park-River Forest is athletic and balanced as their defense is able to defend the length of the floor.

Rolling Meadows at Buffalo Grove, 7:30 p.m. — Our @CSNPreps Viewers' Choice Game of the Week is a Mid-Suburban East battle between some teams that could use a win. Rolling Meadows (3-10, 1-2) started 0-8 but has won three of its last five, while Buffalo Grove (5-8, 1-2) went 2-2 at the Wheeling Holiday Tournament. These two teams play again on Jan. 29.

GIRLS: Glenbrook South at Evanston, 7 p.m. — We also have a girls matchup in the Central Suburban South as Evanston faces Glenbrook South. These two teams will play again on Feb. 12.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after seven weeks of football.

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 45-7
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins continue to roll along. Will they face another serious challenges the remainder of the regular season?

2. Mount Carmel 7-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The last few wins for the Caravan haven't been pretty, but a win is a win. 

3. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 39-29
This Week: @ Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marist on Friday night. When the J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris connection is on, look out.

4. Loyola Academy 5-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 46-14
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers offense has started to make some noise while the defense remains a big strength. 
 
5. Warren Township 7-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-3
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils hold Lake Zurich to a field goal while RB Derrick McLaughlin carries the load on offense for The Township.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West,  35-0
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings offensive line, running game and speed on defense should play well in 8A this postseason.

7. Glenbard West 7-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lyons, 42-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: This Saturday's game against Hinsdale Central will be the most anticipated regular season game in quite a while on the shores of Lake Ellyn.

8. Notre Dame 7-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 40-8
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Dons' defense has been a strength all season. They get their biggest test on Friday as the Roadrunners come calling.

9. Hinsdale Central 7-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 49-6
This Week: @ Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: Can the Red Devils win on the road on Saturday at Glenbard West? 

10. Bolingbrook 6-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 34-13
This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders' triple-option run game and athletic defense could combine to make some big moments this postseason.
 
11. Neuqua Valley 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 43-21
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are now aiming to win out the remainder of the regular season. Can they earn a high seed in Class 8A?
  
12. Hersey 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-14
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will need to beat Elk Grove this week before locking in on a huge Week 9 showdown vs. Rolling Meadows.

13. Minooka 7-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 19-10
This Week: vs West Aurora
EDGY's Take: The Indians' defense has been rock-solid all season long. They limited a tough Yorkville offense. 

14. Oswego 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 14-3
This Week: @ Yorkville
EDGY's Take: The Panthers keep their winning streak alive (15-0) over district rival Oswego East. 

15. Maine South 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 40-10
This Week: vs Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are getting healthy at the right time of the year. 

16. St. Charles East 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 30-29
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Saints post back-to-back wins over St. Charles North and Batavia. Impressive. 

17. Batavia 5-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to St. Charles East, 30-29
This Week: @ St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now need to get back on track. Another DuKane rival looms in St. Charles North.

18. Hillcrest 6-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 41-0
This Week: @ Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will get a huge test on the road this Friday at Lemont.

19. Willowbrook 6-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-21
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got off to a quick 14-0 lead against York and never looked back. 

20. Huntley 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 56-0
This Week: vs Burlington Central
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are also rolling and are playing for a high seed in Class 8A.

21. Montini Catholic 5-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 2-0 (forfeit)
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: Will the forfeit win last week be a blessing for the Broncos?

22. Fremd 5-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 14-0
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Vikings' defense has been a strength all season; the run game pounded out enough yards in the win over Barrington.

23. Crete-Monee 7-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 44-12
This Week: vs Bloom 
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are also in line for a top seed in the postseason.

24. Andrew 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 33-21
This Week: vs Lockport
EDGY's Take: The T-Bolts enter the Top 25 aiming for a high seed in the postseason; however, they shouldn't overlook the Porters.

25. Cary-Grove 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 16-6
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The annual grudge match against rival Prairie Ridge should be a good one Friday night.

High School Lites Roundup Week 7

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High School Lites Roundup Week 7

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 7 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.

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Eisenhower 19, Evergreen Park 18

Oswego 14, Oswego East 3

(14) Minooka 19, Yorkville 10

(22) St. Charles East 30, (7) Batavia 29

Phillips 52, Lane Tech 0 

Warren 24, Lake Zurich 3

(19) Willowbrook 35, York 21

Nazareth Academy 39, Marist 29

Rolling Meadows 35, Prospect 14

Sullivan 18, Kennedy 13

Whitney Young 15, Von Steuben 14