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Week 4: Top 25 Power Rankings

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Week 4: Top 25 Power Rankings

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Stagg, 67-6
This Week: vs. Joliet Central
EDGY's Take: The Vikings now prepare for what looks to be a very challenging latter half of the conference slate.

2. Mount Carmel (3-0) (2)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 13-0
This Week: vs. St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Caravan defense has been great this season. The offense? Hey how about that defense!

3. Glenbard West (3-0) (3)
Last Week: Beat York, 41-14
This Week: @ Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense will need to go old school this week in preparing for the Downers Grove North option offense.

4. Naperville Central (3-0) (4)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 27-7
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks took about a half or so before they took care of business against Metea Valley last Friday. That can't happen this week.

5. Loyola Academy (3-0) (9)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 28-0
This Week: @ Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers might have one of the state's biggest, strongest and most physical teams in the state this season.

6. Nazareth Academy (3-0) (6)
Last Week: Beat St. Patrick, 56-28
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners will get a big road test this week in Woodstock.

7. Libertyville (3-0) (7)
Last Week: Beat Zion-Benton, 41-0
This Week: vs. Lake Forest
EDGY's Take: Libertyville will also face its biggest challenge so far this season hosting Lake Forest.

8. Phillips (3-0) (8)
Last Week: Beat Simeon, 29-18
This Week: @ Julian
EDGY's Take: QB Quayvon Skanes (UConn) is just special.

9. Stevenson (2-1) (9)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 38-35
This Week: vs. Wauconda
EDGY's Take: The Patriots defense will need to shore things up starting this week against Wauconda.

10. Joliet Catholic Academy (3-0) (10)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 41-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers has one of its best teams over the past handful of seasons. Unfortunately this is also one of its least deep teams as well.

11. Montini Catholic (3-0) (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 38-7
This Week: vs. DeLaSalle
EDGY's Take: The Broncos have been just quicker on offense so far this season. Any win in any sport over St. Rita is huge.

12. Hinsdale Central (3-0 )(12)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 43-0
This Week: @ York
EDGY's Take: Senior QB Michael Sessa (6-foot-7, 200 pounds) is a name to watch for the Red Devils.

13. Oak Park-River Forest (3-0) (13)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 42-12
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Huskies defense has been drawing raves from opposing coaches so far this season.

14. Lincoln-Way East (2-1) (14)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 35-12
This Week: vs. Stagg
EDGY's Take: Griffins QB Brandon Bauer is quickly becoming a big time key for East this season.

15. Batavia (3-0) (16)
Last Week: Beat Larkin, 49-20
This Week: vs. St. Charles East
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs started a bit slow but finished strong over Larkin last Friday.

16. Lincoln-Way West (3-0 )(17)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 28-0
This Week: vs. Andrew
EDGY's Take: Warriors RB Gabe Montalvo is primed to put up big, big numbers this season.

17. Barrington (3-0) (18)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 42-18
This Week: @ Wheeling
EDGY's Take: The Broncos have big play abilities and used that last Friday in beating the Elk Grove.

18. Cary-Grove (3-0) (22)
Last Week: Beat Grayslake North, 68-12
This Week: @ Woodstock North
EDGY's Take: Remember way back in the preseason when we all wondered aloud of the Trojans could reload?

19. Neuqua Valley (2-1) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 28-7
This Week: @ Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: Expect more DVC teams to knock each other off the rest of the regular season, and Neuqua Valley remains one of the best to watch in the DuPage Valley Conference race.

20. Oswego (2-1) (20)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield Central, 46-13
This Week: vs. Minooka
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense will need to have a big game this week against the never say quit Indians and junior QB Johnny Carnagio.

21. Simeon (1-2) (15)
Last Week: Lost to Phillips, 29-18
This Week: @ Lane Tech
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines will go back to work this week and try to find some answers especially on the offensive side of the football. Mark my words, this team will still be very dangerous come state playoff time.

22. Fremd (3-0) (25)
Last Week: Beat Prospect, 42-35
This Week: vs. Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: No question senior ATH Cordell Finley is a big time player and a major sleeper recruit for the Vikings.

23. New Trier (3-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Maine West, 29-14
This Week: vs. Highland Park
EDGY's Take: The Trevians and head coach Brian Doll look to be on path for another huge season. Junior QB Clay Czyzynski leads the offense.

24. Huntley (3-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Gary West Side, 47-6
This Week: @ Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders have a terrific senior QB in Anthony Binetti and the Huntley offense is as explosive as any in the Fox Valley Conference.

25. Brother Rice (2-1) (19)
Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 28-0
This Week: vs. St. Francis
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders just had issues generating much offense in its loss on Saturday to Loyola. The Crusaders also better not overlook St. Francis at home on Friday night.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

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NBC Sports Chicago

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 9 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Perspectives beat Solorio and get a shot at the state playoff field? Can Bolingbrook upset the Big Cobalt Blue Machine at Lincoln-Way East? Can Marist post a perfect ESCC season and beat Benet Academy in Lisle? Can Wheaton North upset Batavia and sneak into the state playoffs with a win? And who wins the CCL Blue championship game? Brother Rice? Montini?

Solorio vs. Perspectives, 3:45 p.m. at Stagg Stadium

EDGY's Take: Both Solorio (5-3, 2-2) and Perspectives (4-4, 0-4) are in must-win mode. They are both seeking a Week 9 win. Solorio is in with a win. Should Perspectives win, both teams will then await their state playoff fate on Saturday night when the IHSA pairings are released. Solorio head coach Bill Ziemba has playmakers in NIU commit WR/DB Messian Travis and with QB Tyrell Williams. Will the Sun Warriors be ready for an equally-hungry Perspectives team? The Warriors, with head coach Terry Jones at the helm, also have talent this season. It includes senior OL/DL Dominic Moore (6-foot-7, 290 pounds). He is one of the state's top uncommitted names. Can the Perspectives defense slow down and contain Solorio's skills department and overall big play ability?

EDGY's Pick: Solorio 28 Perspectives 16 

Dundee-Crown at Huntley, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Dundee-Crown (4-4, 3-4) is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win by the Chargers would get them, at least, in the postseason conversation. Head coach Michael Steinhaus has a strong passing attack this fall led by under-the-radar QB Joshua Raby. TE/DE Justin Prusko is a name to watch as well. Huntley (5-3, 5-2) head coach Matt Zimolzak has also gotten a big season from his quarterback. Chris Raffin and the Red Raiders have several weapons on offense including WR Connor Fitzgerald. Can the Huntley defense get a consistent pass rush against the Dundee-Crown line? Can Dundee-Crown keep their offense on the field and win in a shootout?

EDGY's Pick: Huntley 34 Dundee-Crown 24

Lisle at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lisle (8-0, 4-0) is having a terrific season under Hall of Fame head coach Paul Parpet. They are conference champs for the first time since 1981. Coach Parpet will rely on a very productive offense led by QB Jay McGrath and top receiver Jake Kowal. This is an Interstate Eight crossover against Coal City (7-1, 4-0), who will be going to the postseason for the eighth year in a row. Head coach Dan Hutchings has a balanced offensive attack led by junior QB Payton Hutchings, RB Connor Skubc and RB Dan Jezic. On defense, the Coalers defense have allowed just 42 points on the season. Can the Lisle offense consistently move the chains against the Coal City defense?

EDGY's Pick: Coal City 31 Lisle 27

Payton vs Kenwood, 7:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: Payton (8-0, 4-0) and Kenwood (8-0, 4-0) are playing for the Chicago Public League Illini Prairie State conference title. Head coach George Klupchak has his Grizzles rolling behind QB Sage Shindler and RB Damien Goodman. The Payton defense has also been strong all season. Kenwood and head coach Sinque Turner has also an All-State caliber playmaker in senior WR/DB Mark Aitken (NIU). He is joined by a ton of speed on both sides of the football. Last possession wins?
 
EDGY's Pick: Kenwood 35 Payton 21

(16) Bolingbrook at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (8-0, 6-0) hasn't lost a regular season game since September 9, 2016. The 2018 Griffins are --once again-- stacked on both sides of the football. Keep an eye on QB Jack Baltz (Illinois State), RB Devon Williams, WR Jackson Ritter and WR Matt Judd. Bolingbrook (7-1, 5-1) have won four straight after a Week 4 loss to H-F. The Raiders, under head coach John Ivlow, have talent in the backfield with senior RB Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) along with senior RB Quentin Pringle (Eastern Kentucky). The Bolingbrook defense has allowed just 80 points in 2018. Can Bolingbrook run the football consistently against the Lincoln-Way East defense?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28 Bolingbrook 20

(4) Marist at Benet, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Marist (7-1, 6-0) has won the East Suburban Catholic Conference. They are looking to finish with a win and earn a high seed in Class 8A. Marist head coach Ron Dawczak has received a huge season from senior QB Mike Markett. He has several weapons including WR Billy Skalitzky and WR Jadon Thompson. The Redhawks defense has been a strength as well. Keep an eye on senior S Kendric Nowling (Easter Michigan). Benet Academy (6-2, 4-2) and head coach Pat New will look towards QB Collin Gillespie and RB Ben Hickey as the keys on offense. The Redwings defense is also a strength. Watch for DL Jacob Snell and DE Jack Benish to make plays. Can the Benet defense limit the amount of Marist offensive touches? 

EDGY's Pick: Marist 34 Benet Academy 21

(2) Batavia at Wheaton North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Batavia (8-0, 6-0) has locked up the DuKane Conference title, but they still have plenty to play for here including a high seed in the 7A playoff field. That, and a perfect 9-0 regular season, of course. Batavia last earned such a mark in 2015. The Bulldogs and head coach Dennis Piron will rely on a balanced offense with QB Jack Meyers and RB Art Taylor. The defense is anchored by LB Michael Jansey (Northwestern) and LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State). Wheaton North (4-4, 3-3) and head coach Joe Wardynski are in must-win mode. The Falcons will look to the offense to be a catalyst. The unit is led by RB Antowon Tolbert and QB Nathan Love. On defense, the Falcons will need to slow down a very balanced Batavia offense. Can Wheaton North's defense force Batavia into turnovers? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 41 Wheaton North 20

(3) Brother Rice at (17) Montini, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Chicago Catholic Blue conference championship game features Brother Rice (8-0, 3-0) taking on Montini Catholic (8-0, 3-0). Crusaders head coach Brian Badke features an offense led by QB John Bean, RB Jessi Plunkett and WR Dylan Summers. They have big and physical offensive line as well. On the other side of the ball, Rice's defense has allowed just 52 points all season. Montini Catholic and second year head coach Mike Bukovsky feature a two quarterback system. Deontay Brown and Robert Brazziel have shared the position quite well. RB Nick Fedanzo (Illinois) and WR Nate Muersch are names to watch. The Montini defense has also been strong this season, allowing just 46 points in eight games. Can the Montini defense slow down the Crusaders running game? Can the Rice defense limit the Broncos' multiple offensive weapons?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 21 Montini Catholic 14

Viewers' Choice Game 

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Schaumburg (4-4, 1-3) and Fremd (4-4, 3-1) are playing for their IHSA playoff lives. Head coach Lou Sponsel and the Vikings got out of the gates slow (0-3 record) but the Vikings found a spark behind RB-converted-to-QB Nick Rattin. That, along with a big and physical offensive and defensive lines could help reverse a 1-8 season quite nicely should Fremd win. Schaumburg, under head coach Mark Stilling, will be trying to get the Saxons on track. They have dropped three of their last four games. The Saxons have lots of speed and big play potential with senior WR/DB Heze Trotter along with sophomore RB Michael DiGioia. Can the Fremd defense limit the big play ability of Schaumburg?

EDGY's Pick: Fremd 24 Schaumburg 17