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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.

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Back of the Yards

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Will Johnson, Marty McNamara, Tim McNamara and Nick Teich

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (6-0 CPL Great Lakes Conference). Back of the Yards made the Class 5A state playoff field. They lost to Solorio in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: @ Kelly

Week 2: vs. Goode

Week 3: @ Brooks

Week 4: vs. Schurz

Week 5: vs. Kenwood

Week 6: vs. North Lawndale

Week 7: @ Steinmetz

Week 8: vs. Payton Prep

Week 9: @ Clark

Biggest storyline: The Bobcats were a true feel-good story last season. Can the Bobcats build on its momentum and success going into the 2018 campaign?

Names to watch this season: OL/Dl Kevin Pacheco, WR/DB Carl McNickles, OL Armando Resendiz

Biggest holes to fill: The Bobcats bring back several returning starters from last season; however, can they find a new signal caller to replace the graduation loss of 2017 standout QB Jeremiah Harris (McKendree College)? 

EDGY's Early Take: One of the top stories from the 2017 season was the rise of this young program. The Bobcats made the IHSA state playoff field in just their third season of varsity football. As for 2018? The expectations have risen for this South Side school. A move to the CPL Illini Prairie State conference ramps up the overall competition level. If the Bobcats can find a steady signal caller, they have solid chance at competing for a potential IHSA state playoff spot come October. 

98 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

98 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Eisenhower

Head coach: Travis Moore

Assistant coaches: Vince Holmes, Justin Harris, Billy Viero, Mike Russell, Jeremey Rodrigues, Joe Groff and Terrance Streater

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Red Conference), Eisenhower made the Class 6A state playoff field. The Cardinals lost to Normal West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Rich South

Aug. 31 vs. Bishop McNamara

Sept 7 @ Reavis

Sept. 14 vs. Shepard

Sept. 21 @ Oak Forest

Sept. 28 @ Evergreen Park

Oct. 5 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 12 vs. Argo

Oct. 19 vs. Richards

Biggest storyline: The new faces. The Cardinals graduated a whopping 21 starters from a season ago. Can head coach Travis Moore rely on his juniors to step up this fall?

Name to watch this season: WR Daylen Wilson

Biggest holes to fill: The Cardinals graduated 10 starters on offense and all 11 starters on defense from their playoff team last season. 

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Moore and his staff have done a great job in leading the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of the past three seasons. However, with just one returning starter back, this will undoubtedly be a young and inexperienced team this fall. They will need to find their A-game in a hurry against a front-loaded schedule.