Most of the Week 4 IHSA high school football action happened on Friday night, but Saturday features a few games to watch. Phillips will try to stay unbeaten again Westinghouse while Downers North travels to No. 15 Hinsdale Central.
Our own Edgy Tim also breaks down a clash between Shepard and Reavis while there are multiple other top 25 teams to keep an eye on.
Watch all of Friday's highlights from Week 4 on High School Lites.
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Downers Grove North at No. 15 Hinsdale Central, 12 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Downers Grove North (2-1, 1-0), coached by John Wander, will look to get the running game going with quarterback Jack Carr and running back Drew Shelly. The Trojans will want to control time of possession. Hinsdale Central (2-1/1-0) will rely on its passing game, led by quarterback Matt Rush. He will have several targets including senior tight end Matt Bjorson (Indiana) and wide receiver Garrett Oakey. Can the Hinsdale Central defense get the football away from the power-running Downers Grove North offense?
EDGY's Pick: Hinsdale Central 27, Downers Grove North 14
Shepard at Reavis, 1 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Shepard (2-1, 0-1) is looking to bounce back after a tough 27-21 Week 3 loss to rival Richards. The Astros will also be missing a handful of key players this week. Reavis and head coach Tim Zasada have won two straight games after a Week 1 loss to Hammond. Can Shepard rally the troops this week and have some new faces step up?
EDGY's Pick: Shepard 29, Reavis 21
Other Saturday Games of Note
No. 6 Phillips at Westinghouse -- Unbeaten Phillips gets one of its toughest tests in the Public League Land of Lincoln when they face 3-0 Westinghouse. The Wildcats will be big favorites, but the Warriors have only allowed 15 points this season.
Proviso West at No. 9 Lyons -- The Lions will look to keep their offense rolling in this West Suburban Silver clash. Lyons (3-0) has 30-plus points in all three wins as they'll be heavy favorites to beat Proviso West (1-2). The Panthers dropped a tough one to Downers North in Week 3.
DePaul Prep at No. 17 Mount Carmel -- Both of these teams are trying to bounce back after Week 3 losses. The Caravan (2-1) lost to Loyola Academy as they try to get back on track before big games with St. Rita and Brother Rice. DePaul Prep (2-1) is coming off of a shutout loss to St. Ignatius in Week 3.
York at No. 22 Glenbard West -- Glenbard West (2-1) pulled away from Addison Trail in the second half last week as they get another winnable game against York (0-3). The Dukes (0-3) have struggled to score on the season as they look to make strides on offense.
NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras across Chicagoland covering the biggest high school football on the Week Five edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Notre Dame keep rolling and beat Marian Central Catholic in ESCC play? Can Benet Academy slow Nazareth's high flying offense? Can Wheaton South detour Batavia's drive to the DuKane Conference title? Will Maine South remain the kings of the Central Suburban South or will Evanston have other ideas? And which side of the bitter rivalry are you on...the (Lincoln-Way) East side or the (Lincoln-Way) Central side?
All games are Friday unless otherwise noted. Numbers in parantheses reflect the latest @NBCSPreps Power Rankings.
Thursday: Curie vs Hubbard at Gately Stadium, 7:15 p.m.
EDGY's Take: First-year head coach Arthur Ray Jr. was able to get his Condors (1-3) in the win column with a victory over Taft last week. Curie has played a very difficult non-conference slate. They will feature senior big back AJ Sanya and QB Damarius Johns. As for Hubbard and veteran head coach Elton Harris, they boast a standout, two-way lineman in senior D-1 recruit Kenny Givens. Keep an eye on senior WR/DB Montrell Edmonds as well. Can the Hubbard defense slow down AJ Sanya and the Condors? Can Curie prevent Hubbard from breaking open big plays?
EDGY's Pick: Curie 22 Hubbard 20
Kenwood at Back of the Yards, 4:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Both Kenwood (4-0, 1-0) and Back of the Yards (4-0, 1-0) are looking to get a leg up in the CPL Illini Prairie State conference race with a win this week. Coach Sinque Turner of Kenwood will rely on several key names including senior WR/DB Mark Aitken (NIU). As for Back of the Yards, head coach Sheamus Murphy features a loaded roster. Keep an eye out on OL/DL Kevin Pacheco. Can Back of the Yards slow down Kenwood's speed and big play potential?
EDGY's Pick: Kenwood 27 Back of the Yards 12
Lincoln-Way Central at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (4-0, 2-0) has been piling up the points (178) so far this season. Coach Rob Zvonar has the Griffins offense clicking; they're led by Illinois State commit QB Jack Baltz. The first team offense hasn't played a full four quarters yet in 2018. East's defense is also a strength. Don't be surprised if LB Gus Christensen and junior DE Adrian Wilson make some plays. Lincoln-Way Central (3-1, 3-0), under head coach Jeremy Cordell, will look to establish the running game. They'll get the football into the hands of RB Conner McWilliams and RB Justin Ellis as much as possible. Can Central's offense run the football against the East's defense?
EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 37 Lincoln-Way Central 21
Marian Central Catholic at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Marian Central Catholic (3-1, 1-1), coached by Mike Maloney, has been getting a big season so far from QB Patsy Ricciardi and RB Luke Rogers. The Hurricanes defense will be tested this week. Notre Dame (3-1, 1-1), under veteran coach in Mike Hennessey, has some weapons on offense led by senior RB Ty Gavin and sophomore QB Anthony Sales. Whose defense comes ready to play for four quarters this Friday?
EDGY's Pick: Notre Dame 28 Marian Central Catholic 21
Benet at (2) Nazareth, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Benet Academy (3-1, 1-1) is coming off a loss last week to Notre Dame. The Redwings will go back to work on Friday with a major task: trying to slow down one of the state's most explosive offenses in Nazareth Academy (4-0, 2-0). Benet's offense is anchored by junior QB Colin Gillespie and a strong running game with RB Ben Hickey. Their defense is also a strength. Watch for senior DL Jack Benish to make some plays. As for the Roadrunners, head coach Tim Racki has gotten a big year so far from sophomore QB JJ McCarthy. Nazareth also hase a couple of big time playmakers in the likes of senior WR Michael Love and senior WR/DB Diamond Evans. The defense has experience. Keep an eye on senior linemen Cameron Leach and Nathan Lugo. Can the Benet defense limit Nazareth's big play ability?
EDGY's Pick: Nazareth 31 Benet 21
Wheaton Warrenville South at (3) Batavia, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Veteran head coach Ron Muhitch has his Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers (4-0, 2-0) playing well and clicking in all three phases. They will look to establish the run with junior RB Jake Arthurs and QB Noah Henkel. WR Jack Olson is also a top-notch kicker/punter. On defense, the Tigers have allowed just 17 points this season. Batavia (4-0, 2-0) also wants to run the football. Keep an eye out for RB Art Taylor and the play-action passing game. That area of their offense has improved each week under QB Jack Meyers. Batavia's defense features two D-1 names in senior LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State) and OLB Michael Jansey Jr. (Northwestern). Can the Tigers run the football against the Batavia defense? Can the Batavia offense keep the Wheaton South defense on their heels?
EDGY's Pick: Batavia 27 Wheaton South 17
Warren at Lake Forest, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Lake Forest (2-2, 2-0) struggled a bit early out of the gates but has now won two straight North Suburban conference games, including a big win last week over Lake Zurich. The Scouts have a potent offense led by QB James Swartout and senior WR Ryan Cekay (Colgate). Junior DL Rylie Mills is already a nationally sought-after recruit in the Class of 2020. Warren Township (3-1, 2-0) lost their season opener to Barrington but has since put together three straight wins. On offense, the Blue Devils will get the football into the hands of RB Martin Walker Jr. Warren's defensive line is a strength behind senior Zach Pelland and junior DT Willis Singleton, Jr. Can the Lake Forest offense move the football against the Blue Devils defense?
EDGY's Pick: Warren Township 28 Lake Forest 27
(12) Maine South at (16) Evanston, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Maine South (3-1) and head coach Dave Inserra opens Central Suburban South conference play after a strong non-conference showing, including last week's win over Conant. Senior QB Cole Dow has been making more and more progress after filling in for injured starting QB Bobby Inserra. Also, take note of senior RB/LB Jimmy Bartell and junior D-1 recruit OL/DL Peter Skoronski. Evanston (4-0) has been on a roll. They raised a lot of eyebrows in last week's surprise 32-12 win over Barrington. Wildkits head coach Mike Burzawa has weapons on offense including senior QB Ben Tarpey and junior RB Quadre Nicholson. The defense has played well, allowing just 58 points in four weeks. Can Evanston's defense keep Maine South's offense in check? Will Hawks starting QB Bobby Inserra come back this week? Can the Maine South defense slow down the Kits' explosive offense?
EDGY's Pick: Maine South 35 Evanston 28
(5) Brother Rice at Providence, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Brother Rice (4-0, 1-0) is coming off a big 35-3 win over Loyola. The Crusaders have already doubled their win total from a season ago. They've received a big start to the season from senior QB John Bean. He's truly a dual threat in the Rice offense; their line play is also a strength. Providence Catholic (4-0, 1-0), under head coach Mark Coglianese, is off to a strong start as well this fall. The offense has been able to run the football behind a big and physical line, led by junior Jake Renfro. The Celtics have two quality running backs in senior Brenden Martus and freshman Aaron Vaughn. Can the Providence offense run the ball against the Crusader 'D?
EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 28 Providence Catholic 14
Viewers' Choice Game
Oswego East at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Plainfield South (4-0, 4-0) is off to a terrific start this season. Head coach Bill Bicker and the Cougars will rely on a punishing ground game, led by senior RB/QB Cody Dieball. They boast a very fast/athletic defense which has allowed just 20 points so far this season. Oswego East (4-0, 4-0) has been rolling along. The Wolves, coached by Tyson LeBlanc, have talent this fall including senior WR/DB Justin Clark and a defense that's allowed just six points so far this season. But the schedule ramps up big time starting on Friday with Plainfield South. Can the Cougars run the football, move the chains and match speed against speed with Oswego East? Can the Wolves take away the Plainfield South option game and break some big plays against the Cougars defense?
EDGY's Pick: Oswego East 14 Plainfield South 13
Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:
|1.||Lincoln-Way East (9)||4-0||90||1|
Others receiving votes: Hinsdale Central 14, Loyola 10, Huntley 2, Neuqua Valley 1, Oswego East 1, Waubonsie Valley 1.
|3.||Brother Rice (1)||4-0||69||4|
|4.||East St. Louis (3)||3-1||68||3|
Others receiving votes: Wheaton Warrenville South 6, Benet 6, Machesney Park Harlem 5, Rolling Meadows 3, Moline 1, Lake Zurich 1.
|1.||Cary Grove (7)||4-0||97||1|
|2.||Oak Lawn Richards (3)||4-0||93||2|
|9.||Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield)||3-1||24||9|
Others receiving votes: Niles Notre Dame 6, Yorkville 2, Quincy 1
Others receiving votes: Decatur MacArthur 6, Mascoutah 3, St. Francis 3, Metamora 1, Sycamore 1.
|2.||IC Catholic (2)||4-0||110||2|
|10.||Breese Mater Dei||4-0||22||NR|
Others receiving votes: Cahokia 7, Johnsburg 5, Pontiac 5, Raby 5, Freeburg 1, Geneseo 1
Others receiving votes: Pleasant Plains 9, Rock Island Alleman 9, Elmwood-Brimfield 5, Breese Central 3, St. Joseph-Ogden 3, Genoa-Kingston 3, Lisle 3, West Frankfort 1.
|4.||Decatur St. Teresa||4-0||97||5|
|5.||Illini West (Carthage)||4-0||77||6|
|7.||Chicago Hope Academy||3-1||42||10|
Others receiving votes: Pana 10, Mercer County 6, Hamilton West Hancock 5, Downs Tri-Valley 4, Nashville 3, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 1, Collins 1, Eldorado 1, Red Bud 1
|2.||Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (2)||4-0||109||3|
|3.||Camp Point Central||4-0||93||4|
Others receiving votes: Madison, Concord (Triopia), Sesser-Valier 4, Annawan/Wethersfield 3, Forreston 3, Dakota 2, Athens 2