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Saturday's Week 4 Football Games to Watch

Saturday's Week 4 Football Games to Watch


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.

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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.

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

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: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Leyden

Sept. 1 @ Stagg

Sept 7 vs Hillcrest

Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower

Sept. 21 @ Richards

Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 5 vs Reavis

Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park

Oct. 19 @ Argo

Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.  

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

[MORE: 86 Days to Kickoff - Reavis]

Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race.