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High School Lites Week 6 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 6 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as CSN had highlights of many of the area's top-25 matchups. No. 1 Lincoln-Way East hits the road to face No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor. No. 9 Lyons Township also hosts No. 20 Glenbard West while No. 10 Loyola Academy heads to No. 17 St. Rita for a major top-25 clash in the Catholic League.

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DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 7

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week: Shepard runs past Oak Lawn

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Bolingbrook's Quentin Pringle

St. Xavier Team of the Week: Prospect girls volleyball

Faith in Football: St. Rita on the tradition of the Catholic League

Friday's Top 25 Scores

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 29, No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 7
No. 2 Prairie Ridge 42, McHenry 14
No. 3 Maine South d. Niles North (forfeit)
No. 4 Marist 56, St. Patrick 7
No. 6 Phillips 41, South Shore 0
No. 20 Glenbard West 35, No. 9 Lyons 3
No. 10 Loyola 34, No. 17 St. Rita 14
No. 13 Hinsdale Central 49, Proviso West 0
No. 15 Nazareth 28, Joliet Catholic 6
No. 16 Huntley 42, West Aurora 14
No. 19 Batavia 49, Geneva 0
No. 21 Crete-Monee 47, Rich Central 28
No. 22 Neuqua Valley 31, Naperville North 28
No. 24 Providence 56, Hope Academy 14
Morris 19, No. 25 DeKalb 10

Thursday's Top 25 Scores

No. 5 Lake Zurich 27, Lake Forest 0
No. 11 Barrington 26, No. 18 Palatine 24
No. 12 Stevenson 24, Libertyville 10
No. 14 Hoffman Estates 28, Schaumburg 24

Other Highlights

Tinley Park, Neuqua Valley win thanks to field goals

Power Rankings: #7 - Glenbard West

Power Rankings: #7 - Glenbard West

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Glenbard West

Head coach: Chad Hetlet

Assistant coaches: John Sigmund, Jon Schweighardt, Joe Kish, Chris Van Dyke, Rick Heckman, Mike Hofland and Tad Keely

How they fared in 2017: 9-2 (6-0 West Suburban Silver Conference). Glenbard West made the 8A state playoff field, defeated Bloom Township and then lost to Oswego in second round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Maine South

Aug. 31 @ Proviso East

Sept. 8 vs Addison Trail

Sept. 14 @ York

Sept. 22 vs Downers Grove North

Sept. 29 vs Lyons Township

Oct. 5 @ Hinsdale Central

Oct. 13 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Oct. 19 @ Proviso West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hilltoppers get their swagger back in 2018?

Names to watch this season: RB Tyquan Cox and DE Mark Winters

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will be a bit green on the offensive side of the football. Only three starters return from a season ago. 

EDGY's Early Take: Whenever Glenbard West head coach Chad Hetlet welcomes back experience on defense, expect the Hilltoppers to be strong. As mentioned, West’s offense will be a bit inexperienced. But senior RB Tyquan Cox is back from a strong junior season. He is a big play threat with every carry. The defense brings back seven returning starters from a season ago; they were a unit that improved greatly as the season wore on last season. Senior DE Mark Winters is a name to watch along with four returning starting linebackers in the fold from a season ago. If the offense can develop sooner rather than later, expect Glenbard West to again challenge for a state title in 2018. 

Power Rankings: #8 - Naperville Central

Power Rankings: #8 - Naperville Central

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Naperville Central

Head coach: Mike Stein

Assistant Coaches: Mike Ulreich: (DC/Inside LB), Tim Boecker (DB) Marc Anderson (DB), Adam Pucylowski (Outside LB), Eric Novak (DL), Pat Watson (OC/OL), Phil Allen (OL), Ryan Clifford (TE/H-backs), Adam Freed (RB), Chad Bradley (QB), Josh McLeod (WR) and Kofi Hughes (WR)

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (7-1 DuPage Valley Conference). Naperville Central made the 8A state playoff field and defeated West Aurora and Homewood-Flossmoor. In the quarterfinal round, they lost to Maine South. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Hinsdale Central

Aug. 31 @ Lincoln-Way East

Sept. 7 vs Naperville North

Sept. 14 @ St. Matthews (Trinity) Kentucky

Sept. 21 @ Metea Valley

Sept. 28 vs Naperville North at NCC

Oct. 5 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 12 vs Waubonsie Valley

Oct. 19 @ Cary-Grove

[MORE: 12 Days to Kickoff - Hinsdale Central]

Biggest storyline: The schedule. Can the Redhawks survive a grueling regular season slate and go deep in the Class 8A playoffs?

Names to watch this season: QB Payton Thorne (Western Michigan) and OG Luke Hallstrom (Air Force)

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will need to reload upfront on both the offensive and defensive line this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Welcome to the new-look DuPage Valley, Naperville Central fans. The Redhawks will face a stiff test for all nine weeks of the regular season. It includes back-to-back games against fellow Class 8A state title contenders right out of the gate: Hinsdale Central and Lincoln-Way East. But Naperville Central features one of the state's top quarterbacks in senior Payton Thorne. He has capable targets in senior WR Cade McDonald and senior TE Jared Suchevits. As for the defense, they'll feature senior DB Jack Jopes along with senior LB Matt Oliver. A major plus to help Central's cause: they always have a deep roster and strong overall program numbers year in and year out.