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

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

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after two weeks of play on the IHSA slate.

1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 31-10
This Week: vs Bradley
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a big night from senior RB Devon Williams in beating Naperville Central last Friday.
2. Loyola Academy 1-1 (2)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 34-3
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers bounce back from their opening week loss and beat their next door neighbors on the North Shore. 
3. Nazareth Academy 1-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Curie, 35-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners also bounce back with a shutout win over Curie on Friday night.
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Penn, 35-7
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: The Vikings are getting a big season so far from senior RB Sean Allen.

5. Batavia 1-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 35-7
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Batavia backfield with Art Taylor and Quinn Urwiler get rolling in beating Naperville North last Friday night.
6. Warren Township 2-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 26-6
This Week: @ Waukegan
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has allowed just six points per game so far this season.

7. Brother Rice 2-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 45-6
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a big test on Friday hosting Providence Catholic.

8. Glenbard West 2-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leyden, 55-8
This Week: vs Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hitters' power running game/offense has been on fire so far this season. 

9. Mount Carmel 2-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 21-14
This Week: vs Montini
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get two passing touchdowns from junior QB Justin Lynch in beating Maine South.

10. Bolingbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 21-6
This Week: vs Stagg
EDGY's Take: The Raiders, once again, stun St. Charles North for the upset win. 

11. Phillips 2-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Mary Mo., 28-26
This Week: vs Taft
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats return home from their successful World Tour. They host Taft at Mandrake Park this week.
12. Montini 2-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Collins, 55-0
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will now see the schedule ramp up. It starts this week at Carey Field as they battle the Caravan.
13. Hinsdale Central 2-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 48-10
This Week: @ Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: Time for the Doings Cup. The Red Devils will take on district rival Hinsdale South.

14. Hersey 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 35-14
This Week: vs Maine East
EDGY's Take: The Huskies are getting a huge season from first year QB Jordan Hansen.

15. Minooka 2-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 46-7
This Week: vs Plainfield East
EDGY's Take: The Indians' offense has been on fire through two games. 

16. Prairie Ridge 2-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 59-0
This Week: @ Huntley
EDGY's Take: The Wolves have actually brought the forward pass into the equation this season. Be afraid...be very afraid.

17. Oswego 2-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 23-14
This Week: vs Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers break open a 14-14 game in the second half for the 23-14 win over an improved Joliet West squad.

18. St. Charles North 1-1 (4)
Last Week: Lost to Bolingbrook, 21-6
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The North Stars will need to forget about the Bolingbrook loss. An upset-minded Wheaton North team (2-0) is on deck.
19. Neuqua Valley 2-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 28-21
This Week: vs East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a strong 28-21 road win over Stevenson last Friday. 

20. Barrington 1-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-0
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Broncos notch their 500th win in school history as the take care of Buffalo Grove.

21. Waubonsie Valley 2-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 40-20
This Week: @ Trinity High School, Kentucky
EDGY's Take: The Warriors also get an impressive 40-20 win last Friday in Libertyville. Ethan Nelson threw a trio of TD passes.

22. Richards 2-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 35-28
This Week: @ Hillcrest
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs have a major impact player in RB Leshon Williams. QB Javon Robinson is also a big key to the Bulldogs' success this fall.
23. Marist 2-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-17 OT
This Week: vs Niles Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks needed overtime but get the road win over the Bears. Winning at Lake Zurich is never an easy task.

24. Providence Catholic 2-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 42-8
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: Should be a good one Friday night. The Celtics travel to the South Side and battle the 7th-ranked Crusaders.

25. Maine South 0-2 (18)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 21-14
This Week: @ Fremd
EDGY's Take: The Hawks keep fighting and are hoping to heal up soon from an early rash of injuries. How will they fare at Fremd?

79 Days to Kickoff: Hersey

79 Days to Kickoff: Hersey

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.

School: Hersey

Head coach: Joe Pardun

Assistant coaches: Defense: Mike Donatucci, Offense: Tom Nelson

How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (4-1 Mid Suburban East Conference). Hersey made the Class 7A state playoff field and defeated Lincoln-Way Central before losing to Nazareth Academy in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug 30 vs Lincoln-Way West
Sept 6 vs Fremd
Sept 13 vs Maine East
Sept 20 @ Glenbrook North
Sept. 27 @ Wheeling
Oct. 4 vs Prospect
Oct. 11 @ Buffalo Grove
Oct. 18 @ Elk Grove
Oct. 25 vs Rolling Meadows

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Biggest storyline: Can the Huskies replace a ton of graduated offensive production from a season ago with the loss of QB Ryan Justice and WR Kasper Rutkiewicz?

Names to watch this season: QB/DB Jordan Hansen (Sr.) and WR/TE Jimmy Matanovic (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Huskies will welcome back 14 returning starters (five offense, nine defense) but as mentioned above will need to find replacements at a few key spots on offense.

EDGY's Early Take: The Huskies won 12 games and a state championship back in 1987. This current stretch (18-4 over the last two years) could be the best in quite some time at the Arlington Heights school, rivaling the momentum in the late-80s. Head coach Joe Pardun will welcome back a ton on defense come August. If they can retool the offense and find a way to generate some early production, they will challenge for the Mid-Suburban East conference title. 

High School Lites Week 8 football capsules and picks


High School Lites Week 8 football capsules and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 8 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11 p.m. Who wins the Southwest Prairie showdown when Minooka travels up Ridge Road to take on Oswego East? Can Jacobs pull off the upset at Prairie Ridge? Who wins the Mid-Suburban East battle when Hersey travels to Rolling Meadows? And can Loyola Academy go on the road and beat Providence Catholic on the Emerald Isle?

Minooka at Oswego East, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Minooka (6-1, 6-1), coached by Terry McCombs, has gotten the Indians off to their best start in years. They’re paced by a steady running game featuting RB Owen Kappel and QB Zach Gessner. They also have a stingy, hard-hitting defense. Tyson LeBlanc’s Oswego East (6-1, 6-1) squad has some serious athletes to watch. Keep an eye on Illinois verbal commit senior WR/DB Antwain Walker, RB Ian Kroemer and junior QB/S Justin Clark. Note that Clark missed last week's win over Plainfield Central with an injury. So Oswego East is now on its third quarterback this fall — converted junior RB Jordan Williams. Can Oswego East get healthy by Friday? Can the Minooka defense continue to lock down the Wolves’ offense?

EDGY's Pick: Minooka 17, Oswego East 14

Maine West at Highland Park, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Maine West (6-1, 3-0) qualified for the IHSA state playoff field last Friday for the first time since 2002. Coach Jason Kradman and company feature a strong offense with RB Jake Bellizzi and TE/QB Matt Kentgen. Highland Park (4-3, 3-0) struggled early in the season against a killer nonconference schedule; that said, they have now won four straight games. Highland Park will look to junior QB John Sakos and junior WR/S Giancarlo Volpentesta. Last possession wins? 

EDGY's Pick: Maine West 28, Highland Park 27

Jacobs at (2) Prairie Ridge, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take:  Jacobs (5-2, 4-2) and veteran head coach Bill Mitz has the Golden Eagles playing well. Their leaders include QB Anthony Williams, FB Stephen Kavanaugh and a very strong offensive line anchored by senior Jimmy Wormsley (SIU commit). Prairie Ridge (7-0, 6-0) have been rolling along, but the main storyline is will Superman play this week? Prairie Ridge senior QB Samson Evans (Iowa) sat out with an injury in last Friday's win over Hampshire 55-14. Prairie Ridge will continue to focus on its running game with senior RB Zach Gulbransen and RB Jackson Willis. Can Jacobs beat Prairie Ridge if Superman doesn't dress again this week?

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 34, Jacobs 21

(24) St. Rita at Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: St. Rita (5-2, 1-2) will look to improve their overall IHSA playoff seeding with a win over the Crusaders on Friday night. Coach Todd Kuska has benefitted from a nice backfield combination of seniors Jake Zlyman and Chris Childers (Indiana State). Brother Rice (2-5/0-2) will look to finish out the regular season on a strong note. Keep an eye on senior OL Nick Marozas (Indiana) and with senior DB Arthur Veal. Can the Crusaders defense slow down the St. Rita running game? 

EDGY's Pick: St. Rita 37, Brother Rice 20

Hersey at Rolling Meadows, 7:30 p.m. **#SendEdgy**

EDGY's Take: Hersey (6-1, 3-0) has been a big turnaround story this fall after posting a 3-6 record a season ago. Head coach Joe Pardun will look to senior QB Owen Goldsberry and RB Luke Cecala to get points on the board. Rolling Meadows (6-1, 3-0) just keeps on winning. The Mustangs, coached by Matt Mishler, also feature a strong running game. They’re led by RB Tim Szylak and a strong offensive line. The defensive line has stepped up as well. Can Rolling Meadows slow down the Hersey run game? And can the Hersey defense contain Meadows’ speedster Szylak?

EDGY's Pick: Hersey 35, Rolling Meadows 32

(7) Loyola at (20) Providence, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Loyola Academy (6-1, 2-0) and head coach John Holocek feature QB Quinn Boyle and an always-tough defense. Can they win on the road this week at Providence? The Celtics (5-2, 2-0) lost their first two games of the season but have recovered nicely. They’ve posted five straight wins behind senior RB De'Shon Gavin (WIU commit) and a very strong defense led by senior LB Mariano Sori-Marin (Minnesota). Can the Loyola defense slow down the Providence running game this week? Can the Providence defense find an answer for Boyle? 

EDGY's Pick: Loyola 27, Providence Catholic 21

(17) Lyons Township at (14) Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lyons Township (6-1, 3-1) features one of Chicagoland's top quarterbacks in senior Ben Bryant (Cincinnati). The Lions also feature a big, experienced offensive and defensive line. Hinsdale Central (5-2, 4-1) and head coach Dan Hartman also have a ton of weapons on offense with senior TE Matt Bjorson (Indiana), RB Luke Skokna and senior athlete Garrett Oakey. The Red Devils played last week without junior QB Matt Rush. Can Central’s offense get back into high gear this week? Can the Lyons’ offense consistently finish drives with points? This one could be a potential thriller. 

EDGY's Pick: Hinsdale Central 34, Lyons Township 31

VIEWERS' CHOICE: (3) Maine South at New Trier, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Defending 8A state champion Maine South (6-1, 3-0) is near the top of the polls once again behind the always-explosive offense and stingy defense. Keep an eye on senior RB Fotis Kokosioulis (NIU), senior QB John O'Sullivan and a strong core of receivers. Coach Brian Doll’s New Trier Trevians (5-2, 3-0) have survived various key injuries this fall. They will look to their balanced offensive game plan with QB Carson Ochsenhirt and RB Brian Sitzer. Junior TE/LB Luke Olges is a force on both sides of the ball for the Trevians. Can lightning strike twice for New Trier? Will they shock Maine South for the second straight season? 

EDGY's Pick: Maine South 35, New Trier 28