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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m., just after Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week we are putting the spotlight on some 4A powerhouses-- and one 2A team (Clifton Central) that is making serious strides in the rankings. We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps).

Which one is the most worthy of our coverage?

Bishop McNamara at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Herscher at Clifton Central, 7:00 p.m.

Plano at Marengo, 7:00 p.m. 

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.

59 Days to Kickoff: Bishop McNamara

59 Days to Kickoff: Bishop McNamara 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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Bishop McNamara

Head coach: Rich Zinanni

Assistant coaches: Jack Roney, Al Rood, Kurt Belisle, Mike Vickery, JJ Hollis, Mike Yarborough, Curt Crossley, Chris Lamore, Kurt Quick and Brent Dolliger

How they fared in 2018: 12-2 (4-1 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). Bishop McNamara made the Class 4A state playoff field. They defeated Richland County, Murphysboro, Effingham and Rochester. They lost to IC Catholic Prep in the state title game.
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Bloom 
Sept. 6 @ Coal City 
Sept. 13 @ Riverside Brookfield 
Sept. 20 vs IC Catholic Prep
Sept. 27 vs St. Francis 
Oct. 3 @ Wheaton Academy 
Oct. 11 vs Aurora Christian 
Oct. 18 @ Aurora Central Catholic
Oct. 25 vs Elmwood Park

[MORE: 86 Days to Kickoff - St. Francis]

Biggest storyline: Bishop Mac is one of the most consistent programs in the state as far as wins and postseason appearances are concerned. And they might have been an undefeated state champion if IC Catholic didn't come calling (Mac lost to them twice last year). Can the Fighting Irish get back into the state title game and win it all in 2019?

Names to watch this season: QB Tyler Hiller (Sr.) and OL Isaac Ruder (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Fighting Irish will welcome back 12 returning starters from a season ago but the overall numbers and depth can always be better.

EDGY's Early Take: Bishop McNamara's Hall of Fame head coach Rich Zinanni will enter his 45th season at the helm (353-140 record, five state titles) with a lot to look forward to in 2019. Senior QB Tyler Hiller is a multi-year starter and is surrounded by plenty of speed and skills. If the Fighting Irish can replace a handful of graduated linemen from a season ago this team can undoubtedly challenge for another state title this fall. 

81 Days to Kickoff: Bishop McNamara

81 Days to Kickoff: Bishop McNamara 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: Bishop McNamara

Head coach: Rich Zinanni

Assistant Coaches: Jack Roney, Kurt Belisle, Mike Yarborough, Mike Vickery, JJ Hollis, Chris Lamore and Brent Dolliger

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (1-2 Chicago Catholic League White  Conference). Bishop Mac failed to make the state football playoff field. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Bloom Township

Aug. 31 vs (Blue Island) Eisenhower

Sept. 7 vs Riverside-Brookfield

Sept. 14 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 21 @ St. Francis

Sept. 28 vs Wheaton Academy

Oct. 5 @ Aurora Christian

Oct. 12 vs Aurora Central Catholic

Oct. 19 @ Elmwood Park

[MORE: 98 Days to Kickoff - Eisenhower]

Biggest storyline: How will the Fightin' Irish handle their first season as part of the Metro Suburban conference?

Names to watch this season: QB Tyler Hiller and RB/LB Tyshon King

Biggest holes to fill: Bishop McNamara is stacked with returning starters this coming season (eight on offense, 10 defense); however, overall numbers and depth are always concerns.

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Rich Zinanni, who enters his 44th season coaching at the Kankakee school, took a few lumps last fall. They finished 3-6 after a 4-5 campaign in 2016 (they won the 3A title back in 2015). But with 18 starters back in the fold (including four starting offensive linemen), you will need to look out for Bishop Mac. While the Fightin' Irish will get some early tests on the schedule, this team --on paper-- has the makings of being a potential winner come the fall.