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Homewood-Flossmoor schedule roundup: Week 6

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Homewood-Flossmoor schedule roundup: Week 6

Here's how the rest of the Vikings' upcoming opponents fared in Week 6:

Week 1: @ Downers Grove South (W, 56-15)

Quarterback Bryce Gray opens the year with an ultra-efficient evening, completing 8 of 9 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings score five touchdowns on their first 11 plays from scrimmage and never look back. The Harley-Hampton twins record five touchdowns, Kendric Pryor catches four passes for 152 yards and two scores and defensive end Tyler Newkirk records a team-high 13 tackles.

Week 2: @ No. 5 Stevenson (W, 43-29)

Deante Harley-Hampton exacts his revenge on the Patriots from last year's state title game, rushing for 212 yards on 20 carries and four rushing touchdowns, including the final score with 1:15 to play. Devonte Harley-Hampton added 237 yards and two scores from scrimmage. Kendric Pryor, who committed to Wisconsin two days earlier, recorded an interception and caught four passes for 109 yards in the win.

Week 3: @ Stagg (W, 67-6)

Devonte Harley-Hampton jumps on the Chargers early, scoring from 73 yards on the game's first play to set the tone in a rout. He scores twice more in the win, with his brother, Deante, adding a trio of scores. Quarterback Bryce Gray throws as many touchdowns (three) as incompletions, including the first of the year for Tryice Richie. The win gives the Vikings a 1-0 start in conference play.

Week 4: vs. Joliet Central (W, 60-0)

The defense, led by Percy Walters and Tyler Newkirk, pitches its first shutout of the season and the offense scores on nine straight drives in the team's second straight game with 60+ points. Bryce Gray throws four touchdowns, including two to Kendric Pryor, as the team battles a weather delay, constant rain in the first half and a power outage at halftime to improve to 2-0 in conference play.

Week 5: @ Lockport (W, 48-0)

The Vikings score 28 points in the second quarter to shake off a slow start, with quarterback Bryce Gray throwing for 401 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win. The game turns early in the second quarter with the HF defense holding three times at the goal line. The offense responds with an 11-play, 98-yard drive to get the scoring going. It's the defense's second straight shutout, and gives the Vikings a cumulative score of 175-6 in the past three games.

Week 6: @ Joliet West (W, 44-6)

The Vikings' lone Saturday afternoon start of the regular season results in six straight scoring drives in the first half. Bryce Gray throws three touchdowns while the Harley-Hampton twins each run in a score. The Vikings' defense allows a single score late in the third quarter with the game out of reach. The sixth win of the year automatically qualifies HF for the playoffs, marking the sixth straight season Craig Buzea has led the Vikings to the postseason.

Week 7: vs. No. 13 Lincoln-Way East (5-1; Week 6: 48-6 win vs. Lockport)

The Griffins win their fifth straight game behind four total touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) from quarterback Brandon Bauer.

Week 8: @ Sandburg (5-1; Week 6: 55-19 win at Joliet Central)

Ernest Grant tallies 117 of his 142 rushing yards in the second half as the Eagles run away from the Steelmen.

Week 9: vs. Bolingbrook (3-3; Week 6: 37-7 win at Stagg)

The Raiders will coast in Weeks 7 and 8 before a Week 9 showdown at Homewood-Flossmoor to decide the Alec Anderson trophy.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

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Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.