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High School Lites Preview: Week 9

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High School Lites Preview: Week 9

CSN 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 the surging Evanston Wildkits break Maine South’s 74 game conference winning streak? Can Bolingbrook shock the IHSA prep football world and beat No. 1 ranked Homewood-Flossmoor secure a state playoff bid? Can Elmwood Park beat St. Edward in Elgin and grab a spot at the IHSA playoff table? And who comes away with a win when Hersey travels to Rolling Meadows in a must-win playoff scenario for both teams? 

 

Solorio at Morgan Park, 4:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: This first round CPL Playoff game will feature two very solid teams to watch in Solorio (5-3) and Morgan Park (6-2), both of whom will make the IHSA state playoff field. Solorio has lost two of its last three games, including last week's 63-13 loss to Phillips. The Sun Warriors could definitely use a win here. Morgan Park and head coach Terry Atkin's are battle tested. Their only two losses this season came to Thornton Township (7-1) and Mount Carmel (7-1). 

EDGY's Pick: Morgan Park 31, Solorio 14

 

Evanston at (24) Maine South, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Maine South (6-2) and head coach Dave Inserra have bounced back well from a rough 0-2 start behind senior QB Brian Collis. He’s guided by a big and physical line led by senior OL/DL Liam O'Sullivan (Cincinnati) and junior D-1 level OG Kevin Jarvis. Evanston (6-2) also has plenty of talent behind senior QB Matt Little (Western Michigan) plus senior WR/DB Travion Banks (Miami of Ohio) and senior DL Naquan Jones (Michigan State). Can the Hawks offense keep the Wildkits defense on the field—and the Evanston offense on the sidelines?

EDGY's Pick: Maine South 35, Evanston 34

 

Elmwood Park at St. Edward, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Elmwood Park (4-4) is in must-win mode to make the IHSA state playoff field. And even if the Tigers win, they will be sweating it out Saturday night due to low playoff points. Look for St. Edward (5-3) to get the ball into the hands of standout senior RB Dwayne Allen early and often. The game is also expected to be played on the new playing surface at Greg True Field, which earlier this season was ruined by a landscaping incident which became a national story. The newly sodded field was donated to the school by corporate donor.

EDGY's Pick: St. Edward 31, Elmwood Park 21 

 

Shepard at Bremen, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: In our Viewers’ Choice Game, Shepard (4-4) and head coach Dom Passolano should get a state playoff bid with a win here against rival Bremen (1-7). The Astros will put its fate in the hands of junior QB Jack Carberry and a strong group of backs and receivers. Can the Bremen defense slow down the Astros offense this week?

EDGY's Pick: Shepard 31, Bremen 13

 

Wheaton Academy at Aurora Central Catholic, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Wheaton Academy (5-3) looks to be in the state playoff field win or lose. The Warriors still want to enter the state playoffs on a positive note. Look for Wheaton Academy to get its offense in gear with QB David Thrasher. Aurora Central Catholic (3-5) and head coach John Belskis might be out of the state playoff field, but expect the Chargers to play this like a state championship game. Keep an eye on junior QB Johnny Belskis for Aurora Central Catholic. Can ACC slow down the passing attack from Wheaton Academy?

EDGY's Pick: Wheaton Academy 35, Aurora Central Catholic 21

 

Manteno at Wilmington, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: A terrific Week 9 Interstate Eight conference crossover here between the champions of the I-8 Large division (Manteno, 8-0) and the I-8 Small division (Wilmington, 8-0). Wilmington and head coach Jeff Reents will give the ball early and often to senior RB Nick Hawkins. Manteno is much more pass friendly this season with QB Gavin Zimbelmanand. Also, keep an eye on RB/LB Logan DuVuall for the Panthers. Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: Wilmington 36, Manteno 35

 

Hersey at Rolling Meadows, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This Mid-Suburban East showdown just might be one of the state's most intriguing matchups on Friday night. Hersey (4-4/3-1) needs a win to get into the state playoffs. Rolling Meadows (5-3/3-1) is low on playoff points and certainly needs a win here to get in. Here’s the kicker: Wheeling (3-5/3-1) is also involved. A Hersey win, combined with a Wheeling win (they face 2-6 Elk Grove) gives Wheeling the Mid-Suburban East conference—and they would get the automatic bid for being the conference champ. A Rolling Meadows win eliminates both Wheeling and Hersey from playoff consideration. Everyone get that? 

EDGY's Pick: Rolling Meadows 34, Hersey 26

 

West Aurora at Metea Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: West Aurora (5-3) is looking to lock up its first state playoff bid since 1994. Metea Valley (3-5) is out of the state playoffs, but don't look past the battle-tested Mustangs. West Aurora has speed to burn with senior RB/S Drake Spears (Illinois), junior RB/DB DeQuan Cross and his twin brother junior DB/RB DaVion Cross. Metea Valley will get the ball in to the hands of senior RB Maurice Burkely as much as possible. 

EDGY's Pick: West Aurora 29, Metea Valley 28 (OT)

 

Bolingbrook at (1) Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Bolingbrook (4-4) wasn't expected to be in a must-win situation this week but here they are. The Raiders will need to get a big performance from senior LB/TE Tuf Borland (Ohio State) and an offense that has been prone to turning the ball over. H-F (8-0) needed a quarter to kick things into gear last week. After trailing 13-0 to Sandburg last Friday, the Vikings never looked back and beat the Eagles 55-21. Can the Raiders’ offense finish drives and not turn the football over against the Vikings’ speedy defense? 

EDGY's Pick: Homewood-Flossmoor 38, Bolingbrook 14 

 

Brother Rice at St. Rita, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Brother Rice (7-1) and head coach Brian Badke have been on a roll ever since a Week 3 loss to Loyola. The Crusaders offense is paced by QB Cam Miller and a very strong group of offensive skills group, including junior WR Ricky Smalling. St. Rita (3-5) will miss the IHSA state playoffs for only the second time since 1999. Can the Mustangs defense contain the spread passing attack from the Crusaders?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 38, St. Rita 14

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on the final week of the regular season.

1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 40-0
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way West
EDGY's Take: The Griffins are aiming for a win against the Warriors this Friday. Will a top-see in Class 8A come their way Saturday night?

2. Mount Carmel 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 37-7
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Caravan pounced on four St. Viator turnovers in the first half. Mt. Carmel now gets one final conference test before the playoffs.

3. Nazareth Academy 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Notre Dame, 21-0
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners' defense was spectacular Friday en route to a 21-0 shutout in Niles.

4. Loyola Academy 6-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 52-0
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers' offense has averaged nearly 48 points per game since a Week 4 loss at Mount Carmel. 

5. Warren Township 8-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 37-0
This Week: vs Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has posted four shutouts and has allowed just 21 points all season.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 14-13
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way Central
EDGY's Take: The Vikings hang on and get a rivalry win over Bolingbrook.

7. Glenbard West 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 20-17 OT
This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hitters' defense held Hinsdale Central to an overtime field goal; the running game did the rest in the extra session.

8. Neuqua Valley 7-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 45-14
This Week: @ Metea Valley
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats win its first outright Dupage Valley conference title in school history.

9. Hersey 8-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 56-21
This Week: vs Rolling Meadows
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will now gear up for rival Rolling Meadows. It should be a terrific Mid-Suburban East title game.

10. Hinsdale Central 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 20-17 OT
This Week: vs Lyons
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils have a lot to look forward to in the postseason, including the development of junior QB Michael Brescia.

11. Notre Dame 7-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 21-0
This Week: @ St. Rita
EDGY's Take: How long will the Dons be without senior RB Julian Schurr? 
  
12. Bolingbrook 6-2 (10)
Last Week: Lost to H-F, 21-0
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: Do not sleep on the Raiders this postseason. Bolingbrook's two losses were to Lincoln-Way East and H-F . The Raiders showed they can play with elite-level programs.

13. Minooka 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat West Aurora, 27-13
This Week: @ Oswego
EDGY's Take: It'll be another battle of undefeateds when Minooka clashes with Oswego. The Southwest Prairie West conference title hangs in the balance. 

14. Oswego 8-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 28-20
This Week: vs Minooka
EDGY's Take: Oswego will seek to win its 9th straight Southwest Prairie conference title. 

15. Maine South 6-2 (15)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 28-13
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Hawks always get up for rival New Trier. The Trevians will be fighting for their playoff lives.

16. Batavia 6-2 (17)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-26
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs always seem to find secure wins after trailing. RB Art Taylor carried the load in the victory. How long will it take for RB/LB Quinn Urwlier to return?

17. Hillcrest 7-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 32-26
This Week: vs T.F. North
EDGY's Take: RB Mar'Kiese Irving carried the Hawks to an impressive road win. Look for Hillcrest to be a very dangerous team to watch in Class 5A. 

18. Willowbrook 7-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 44-0
This Week: vs Proviso East
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a nice Week 9 test when upstart Proviso East comes calling with the West Suburban Gold title up for grabs.

19. Huntley 7-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Burlington Central, 63-13
This Week: @ Dundee-Crown
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders defensive line continues to draw rave reviews from fans and observers across the Fox Valley.

20. Montini 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 42-0
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will look to secure a higher playoff seed with. A win on Friday against a strong Providence Catholic would go a long way.

21. Prairie Ridge 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 42-7
This Week: vs Crystal Lake South
EDGY's Take: The Wolves have all the ingredients to make a very deep run in Class 6A.

22. Fremd 6-2 (22)
Last Week: Beat Conant, 20-12
This Week: vs Hoffman Estates
EDGY's Take: The Vikings just find a way. They secured the Mid-Suburban West conference title in their victory over the Cougars.

23. Crete-Monee 8-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Bloom, 56-6
This Week: vs Thornridge
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got another huge game from senior QB Trayvon Rudolph in the win over Bloom.

24. St. Charles East 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Lost to Wheaton North, 24-19
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Saints look to rebound this week after the loss to Wheaton North on Friday.

25. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Wheeling, 63-14
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs have received a huge season from Ball State verbal commit OL/DL Nate Pedraza.

High School Lites Roundup Week 8

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High School Lites Roundup Week 8

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 8 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from the games.

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

Drive: Phillips Epsidoe 8

Windy City Legends: Pierre Thomas

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Proviso East Pirates

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Maggie Biegalski

Phillips 58, Westinghouse 0

Coal City 29, Wilmington 14

Homewood-Flossmoor 14, Bolingbrook 13

Hillcrest 32, Lemont 26

Prairie Ridge 42, Cary-Grove 7

Grayslake North 20, Grant 17

Antioch 10, Lakes 7

Nazareth 21, Notre Dame 0

Warren 37, Stevenson 0

St. Francis 20, IC Catholic 19