After a long offseason, it’s once again time to bask in the glow of the Friday night lights. We’re ready for another season of football...but we need your help!
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. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive 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, it’s the football equivalent of the “City-Suburban Showdown.” We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps). Which one is the most worthy of our coverage?
Hillcrest at Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m.
Curie at Fenwick, 7:30 p.m.
Joliet Catholic at St. Rita, 7:30 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. Monday. 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.
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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.
Head coach: Gene Nudo
Assistant coaches: Dick Eufrasio, Titcus Pettigrew, Tim Rooney, Brien Rooney, Craig Schneider, Joe Bauers, Mike Herman and Joe Hajek
How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (2-2 Chicago Catholic League/Green Conference). Fenwick failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Curie
Sept. 6 vs Dunbar
Sept. 13 @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 20 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 27 vs. Marist
Oct. 4 vs Marmion Academy
Oct. 11 vs. St. Patrick
Oct. 18 @ Leo
Oct. 25 @ St. Ignatius
[MORE: 75 Days to Kickoff - St. Ignatius]
Biggest storyline: The new conference. Can the Friars bounce back from last season while playing a new and challenging league?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Sean Carpenter (Sr.) QB Kaden Cobb (Soph.) and WR Bryce Legan (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Friars welcome back several starters from last fall but will also need to find six new replacements on the defensive side of the football.
EDGY's Early Take: Fenwick struggled last season. The Friars played several underclassmen starters and they're hoping that experience will pay off come August. The new CCL/ESCC mega conference also brings new challenges. It includes a tough path in the middle of the season with games at Nazareth, at Joliet Catholic and then at home vs. Marist. If the Friars can get out of the gate quickly, they have a good shot at earning a state playoff spot in 2019.
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.
Head coach: Gene Nudo
Assistant Coaches: Alex Holmberg (DC), Brien Rooney (OC), Dick Eufrasio, Arthur Porter, Butch Navarro and Craig Schneider
How they fared in 2017: 7-5 (3-1 Chicago Catholic League Green Conference), Fenwick made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost in opening round action to Wheaton North. The Friars then entered the Chicago Catholic League Playoffs and defeated Leo. Then, they lost to St. Ignatius in the CCL championship.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Kenwood
Aug. 31 vs St. Ignatius
Sept. 7 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 14 @ Leo
Sept. 21 @ De La Salle
Sept. 28 vs St. Laurence
Oct. 5 vs Montini Catholic
Oct. 12 vs Marmion Academy
Oct. 19 @ Mount Carmel
[MORE: 100 Days to Kickoff - De La Salle]
Biggest storyline: Can the Friars get back into the state playoff field and make a run this fall?
Names to watch this season: QB Danny Cronin and DE Jacob Kaminsky
Biggest holes to fill: The Friars will need to reload upfront on the offensive line this summer with just one returning starter back in junior OL Sean Carpenter.
EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Gene Nudo and his staff have done a very impressive job at Fenwick. They have guided the Friars into the state playoff field in five of Nudo's first six seasons leading the football program (including a 10-win and an 11-win season). If Fenwick can find some answers up front on the offensive line, they have plenty of returning starters/experience back to make a state playoff run this fall.