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High School Lites Preview: Week Six

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High School Lites Preview: Week Six

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week Six edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can H-F go on the road and stun top-ranked Lincoln-Way East? Can anyone (including Jacobs) slow down the Prairie Ridge run game? Can Waubonsie Valley beat rival Neuqua Valley twice in the same season? Can Geneva turn back the clock and upset Batavia in "The Biggest Game Of The Season? "And, will Evanston or New Trier take a step up, win the rivalry game and gain traction in the Central Suburban South conference?

(4) Homewood Flossmoor at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0, 3-0) features a strong running game led by RB Leon Tanna and a big offensive line which includes junior OL Marcus Harper. Cocah Craig Buzea's Viking defense has been equally as impressive. Keep an eye on senior DL Isaiah Coe, senior DE Charlie Brooks and senior DB Wynston Russell (Oregon State). Coach Rob Zvonar's Lincoln-Way East Griffins (5-0, 3-0) have as much talent and depth as any program in Illinois. They have received a big season from senior QB Jack Baltz and RB Devon Williams. Injured standout WR/RB AJ Henning has returned to the starting lineup while the Griffins defense has pitched three straight shutouts. Can the H-F offense get the running game going against the East defense? Have the Griffins been tested against a team as strong as the Vikings so far this season? 

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28 H-F 21

Prairie Ridge at Jacobs, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Prairie Ridge (4-1, 4-1) has been flying a bit under the radar. But Coach Chris Schremp and the Wolves keep rolling behind a potent power running game. Watch for senior FB Jackson Willis, RB Ethan Kirchburg and QB Connor Lydon to carry the offense. Jacobs (3-2, 3-1) and head coach Bill Mitz are looking to bounce back after a 38-21 non-conference loss to Neuqua Valley last Friday. Golden Eagles starting QB Anthony Wilson was injured in that loss to the Wildcats and needed backup QB Cole Bhardwaj to finish the game. Jacobs will hope to keep the Prairie Ridge defense off-balanced with a running game led by senior RB Jake Michels. Can the Jacobs defense find the football and slow down the Prairie Ridge triple-option game?

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 35 Jacobs 21

Aurora Christian at St. Francis, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Aurora Christian (4-1, 2-1) will look to bounce back this week after suffering a tough 44-0 loss last Friday against IC Catholic Prep. Eagles head coach David Beebe has always had a potent offense; this year, the 'O is led by sophomore QB Ethan Hampston. St. Francis (4-1, 1-1) and head coach Bob McMillen will look to bounce back after a tough loss last Friday to Bishop McNamara. The Spartans will rely on their running game, paced by RB Henry Plamondon. Can the St. Francois defense slow down the Aurora Christian spread offense?

EDGY's Pick: Aurora Christian 35 St. Francis 27

Conant at Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Conant (3-2, 1-0) head coach Bryan Stortz has the Cougars playing well this season. They're coming of a huge 21-12 upset win last Friday over Barrington. Conant will look towards a balanced offensive attack led by QB Kevin Polack and RB Bradley Spates. Conant's defense has been consistently strong all season. Schaumburg (3-2, 0-1) is looking to rebound from a 14-0 loss last Friday to Hoffman Estates. The Saxons, under coach Mark Stilling, will look to mix it up on offense behind QB Marcus Ross and RB Mike DiGioio. Can Schaumburg get the offense back on track this week? Can Conant win time of possession against the Saxons and also avoid allowing the big play?

EDGY's Pick: Conant 24, Schaumburg 21

(25) Waubnonsie Valley at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Waubonsie Valley (5-0, 1-0) is off to strong start this season, compliments of a strong running game led by junior RB Bryce Logan and a big, physical offensive line. The Warriors are more than capable with the play-action passing game. Neuqua Valley (3-2, 0-0) and head coach Bill Ellinghaus also want to establish the running game with senior RB Will Chevalier. They also mix in the pass behind QB John Gronowski and a deep group of receivers and backs. Waubonise Valley beat Neuqua Valley 17-10 back in Week Three as the Warriors defense held the Neuqua's offense in check. Can Neuqua Valley dial up more offense this time around? Can Waubonsie Valley get their running game going against the Neuqua defense?

EDGY's Pick: Neuqua Valley 14 Waubonsie Valley 13

Geneva at (3) Batavia, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This will be the 100th meeting between these two longtime rivals. The game draws a packed house every time the Bulldogs and Vikings meet. Geneva (0-5, 0-3) and head coach Rob Wicinski will be looking for their first win of the season. The Vikings will look to get their offense in gear behind junior QB Alex Williams and senior RB Brendan Krohe. Batavia (5-0, 3-0) and head coach Dennis Piron went to the power running game in last week's win over Wheaton South/ Junior RB/LB Quinn Urwiler is one of several running backs to watch. The Bulldogs defense is also a strength this fall behind senior LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State) and senior LB MIchae Jansey (Northwestern). Can Geneva's offense get on track? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 37 Geneva 17

St. Charles East at St. Charles North, 7:30 p.m. #SendEDGY

EDGY's Take: The Battle of St. Charles is easily, year in and year out, one of the biggest and best IHSA football games all season. Coach Bryce Farquhar's St. Charles East (4-1, 2-1) squad will look to establish the power running game with senior FB/LB Justin Jett. The Saints also broke out the passing game last Friday behind QB BJ Crossen in beating Geneva 56-20 as Crossen threw for 256 yards and five touchdowns. St. Charles North (4-1, 3-0), with head coach Rob Pomazak, will also looksto get the running game on track. RB Sam DeMarco will get some looks; WR/S Tyler Nubin (Minnesota) is always involved --and always around the football-- for the North Stars. Can the North defense solve the St. Charles East power-option game this week? Can the East offense keep North's defense off-balanced with both the run and the pass? Expect a very close, last possession type of finish here. 

EDGY's Pick: St. Charles North 30 St. Charles East 29 

(15) Willowbrook at York, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Willowbrook (5-0, 3-0) will look to keep their perfect season alive this week against York (2-3, 1-2) in a terrific West Suburban Conference crossover game. Warriors head coach Nick Hildreth has received a big season so far from QB Sam Tumilty. He is surrounded by plenty of weapons including RB D'onte Gholston and WR Scott Tumilty. York, under first-year head coach Mike Fitzgerald, also has plenty of names to watch this fall including LB/TE Zane Heemsoth, QB Daniel Dunn and RB Ke'von Robinson. Can York's offense dent the Willowbrook defense? Is this a must-win for York?

EDGY's Pick: Willowbrook 28 York 17

(22) Evanston at (23) New Trier, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Evanston (4-1, 0-1) is looking for a bounce-back win after losing to Maine South last Friday. The Wildkits and head coach Mike Burzawa have balance on offense with QB Ben Tarpey along with RB Quadre Nicholson and senior WR Michael Axelrood. Their defense that has been a strength all season. New Trier (4-1, 1-0) has been solid since their Week Two loss to Loyola. The Trevians will rely on senior QB Carson Ochsenhirt and senior RB/LB Brian Sitzer. Senior TE/DL Duke Olges (Northwestern) is a key on both sides of the football. Can the Trevians defense slow down the Kits offensive weapons? Can Evanston pull off a big rivalry game win on the road this week?

EDGY's Pick: Evanston 35 New Trier 34 OT

Viewers' Choice Game 

St. Edward at Chicago Christian, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This Metro Suburban Red conference showdown will feature St. Edward (2-3, 2-0) on the road against Chicago Christian (4-1, 1-0). St. Edward head coach Mike Rolando and the Green Wave have won two straight games after starting the season at 0-3 against some top level competition. Chicago Christian and head coach Nick Cook fired off four straight wins to open the season but lost last week to Ridgewood. Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: St. Edward 27 Chicago Christian 24

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 Thursday afternoon. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday 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. 

This week, we're giving the Chicago Public League some love. We are featuring Thursday afternoon kickoffs, featuring teams from the north, west and south portions of the Windy City. Which high school football game is the most worthy of our coverage? We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps):

South Shore vs. Lake View, 4:15 p.m. at Eckersall

Payton vs. Clark, 4:15 p.m. at Rockne

Julian vs. Urban Prep/Englewood, 4:15 p.m. at Gately 

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 Thursday afternoon.

**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 2:30 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.

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

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

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after three weeks of play on the IHSA schedule:

1. Lincoln-Way East 3-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 42-7
This Week: @ Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Griffins scored touchdowns on its first six offensive possessions before halftime en route to a win against Bradley on Friday night.
  
2. Loyola Academy 2-1 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 24-7
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers broke open a tight game on Saturday against the Mustangs, led by a key 49-yard field goal by Nate Van Zelst.
   
3. Nazareth Academy 2-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 31-6
This Week: @ St. Laurence
EDGY's Take: Jim Harbaugh was in attendance to see the Roadrunners take care of business against Fenwick. They look to keep things rolling in Burbank against the Vikings.
  
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 3-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 35-14
This Week: @ Lockport
EDGY's Take: Senior QB Dominic Jones throws four touchdowns in the win over the Thunderbolts.

5. Batavia 2-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 56-0
This Week: vs Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs got out of the gates strong in walloping Lake Park. The Bulldogs were led by senior RB/LB Quinn Urwiler.
  
6. Warren Township 3-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Waukegan, 56-0
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils offense got into gear in a big way. They'll hit the road to take on Libertyville.
 
7. Mount Carmel 3-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Montini, 27-20
This Week: vs Loyola 
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get the close win over Montini. A battle of top-10 teams is on deck for Friday night at Carey Field.

8. Glenbard West 3-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 59-0
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Hitters defense has allowed just eight points over the last two weeks.
 
9. Bolingbrook 3-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Stagg, 43-0
This Week: vs Lincoln Way East
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will look to upset the top-ranked Griffins on Friday behind QB Devyn Suggs.

10. Providence Catholic 3-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 34-22
This Week: vs Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: Celtics junior QB Kevin Conway ran for three touchdowns in the victory over Rice.

11. Phillips 3-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Taft, 40-7
This Week: vs Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats finally got to taste some home cooking. They get their first in-state (and home) win of the season.

12. Hinsdale Central 3-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 27-7
This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils win the Doings Cup for the 18th season in a row. The defense has been a real strength so far this season.

13. Brother Rice 2-1 (7)
Last Week: Lost to Providence, 34-22
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders lost to Providence but junior RB Willie Shaw showed that he's a name to watch this season.

14. Hersey 3-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine East, 63-6
This Week: @ Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Huskies get another big performance from QB Jordan Hansen.

15. Minooka 3-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 35-20
This Week: @ Joliet Central
EDGY's Take: The Indians win despite losing QB Seth Lehr to injury. 

16. Montini 2-1 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 27-20
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Broncos lose a close game to the Caravan and look to bounce back this Friday when they host St. Rita.

17. Oswego 3-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 34-6
This Week: @ Plainfield East
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense forces a handful of turnovers; the offenese did the rest in a big win over Plainfield South.

18. St. Charles North 2-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 20-17
This Week: vs Geneva
EDGY's Take: The North Stars come from behind in the win over the Falcons. WR Ryan Thiesse had a big game.
 
19. Neuqua Valley 2-1 (19)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 50-48 OT
This Week: vs Dekalb
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats take the state's top ranked team to overtime. QB Mark Gronowski (South Dakota State) came up big in the loss. 

20. Barrington 2-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 35-0
This Week: @ Glenbrook South
EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense continues to play well in posting a second straight shutout. They'll travel to Glenview this week.

21. Maine South 1-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 35-21
This Week: vs Palatine
EDGY's Take: Hawks head coach Dave Inserra is moving kids all over the field trying to find a winning formula. They have lost several players to key injuries. Friday's win over Fremd could be a turning point.

22. Hillcrest 2-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Richards, 34-17
This Week: @ Bremen
EDGY's Take: Hillcrest head coach Mo Weaver has one of the state's top running backs in junior Mar'Kiese Irving.
 
23. Waubonsie Valley 21 (21)

Last Week: Lost to Trinity, Ky., 60-6
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: Yes, a 60-6 loss isn't good at all; but then again, how many top-ranked Chicagoland teams have fared well against out of state opponents? Not many. The Warriors get a mulligan here. 

24. Willowbrook 2-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove South, 32-15
This Week: @ Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Warriors trailed Downers Grove South into the third quarter but rallied for the win behind QB San Tumilty.

25. Notre Dame 3-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 21-14
This Week: @ Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Dons get a strong win over Marist. Friday's game in New Lenox should be fun. Big game at Providence.