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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.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after seven weeks of football.

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 45-7
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins continue to roll along. Will they face another serious challenges the remainder of the regular season?

2. Mount Carmel 7-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The last few wins for the Caravan haven't been pretty, but a win is a win. 

3. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 39-29
This Week: @ Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marist on Friday night. When the J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris connection is on, look out.

4. Loyola Academy 5-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 46-14
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers offense has started to make some noise while the defense remains a big strength. 
 
5. Warren Township 7-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-3
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils hold Lake Zurich to a field goal while RB Derrick McLaughlin carries the load on offense for The Township.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West,  35-0
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings offensive line, running game and speed on defense should play well in 8A this postseason.

7. Glenbard West 7-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lyons, 42-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: This Saturday's game against Hinsdale Central will be the most anticipated regular season game in quite a while on the shores of Lake Ellyn.

8. Notre Dame 7-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 40-8
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Dons' defense has been a strength all season. They get their biggest test on Friday as the Roadrunners come calling.

9. Hinsdale Central 7-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 49-6
This Week: @ Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: Can the Red Devils win on the road on Saturday at Glenbard West? 

10. Bolingbrook 6-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 34-13
This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders' triple-option run game and athletic defense could combine to make some big moments this postseason.
 
11. Neuqua Valley 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 43-21
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are now aiming to win out the remainder of the regular season. Can they earn a high seed in Class 8A?
  
12. Hersey 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-14
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will need to beat Elk Grove this week before locking in on a huge Week 9 showdown vs. Rolling Meadows.

13. Minooka 7-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 19-10
This Week: vs West Aurora
EDGY's Take: The Indians' defense has been rock-solid all season long. They limited a tough Yorkville offense. 

14. Oswego 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 14-3
This Week: @ Yorkville
EDGY's Take: The Panthers keep their winning streak alive (15-0) over district rival Oswego East. 

15. Maine South 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 40-10
This Week: vs Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are getting healthy at the right time of the year. 

16. St. Charles East 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 30-29
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Saints post back-to-back wins over St. Charles North and Batavia. Impressive. 

17. Batavia 5-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to St. Charles East, 30-29
This Week: @ St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now need to get back on track. Another DuKane rival looms in St. Charles North.

18. Hillcrest 6-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 41-0
This Week: @ Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will get a huge test on the road this Friday at Lemont.

19. Willowbrook 6-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-21
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got off to a quick 14-0 lead against York and never looked back. 

20. Huntley 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 56-0
This Week: vs Burlington Central
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are also rolling and are playing for a high seed in Class 8A.

21. Montini Catholic 5-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 2-0 (forfeit)
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: Will the forfeit win last week be a blessing for the Broncos?

22. Fremd 5-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 14-0
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Vikings' defense has been a strength all season; the run game pounded out enough yards in the win over Barrington.

23. Crete-Monee 7-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 44-12
This Week: vs Bloom 
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are also in line for a top seed in the postseason.

24. Andrew 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 33-21
This Week: vs Lockport
EDGY's Take: The T-Bolts enter the Top 25 aiming for a high seed in the postseason; however, they shouldn't overlook the Porters.

25. Cary-Grove 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 16-6
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The annual grudge match against rival Prairie Ridge should be a good one Friday night.

High School Lites Roundup Week 7

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High School Lites Roundup Week 7

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 7 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.

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Eisenhower 19, Evergreen Park 18

Oswego 14, Oswego East 3

(14) Minooka 19, Yorkville 10

(22) St. Charles East 30, (7) Batavia 29

Phillips 52, Lane Tech 0 

Warren 24, Lake Zurich 3

(19) Willowbrook 35, York 21

Nazareth Academy 39, Marist 29

Rolling Meadows 35, Prospect 14

Sullivan 18, Kennedy 13

Whitney Young 15, Von Steuben 14