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

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

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

1. Lincoln-Way East 1-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 30-7
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Griffins take care of business and beat Stevenson. Another big test awaits this week on the road in Naperville.

2. Loyola Academy 0-1 (1)
Last Week: Lost to St. Ignatius Ohio, 27-10
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers lose to one of the top programs in Ohio; next is the War on The North Shore Saturday afternoon.
 
3. Nazareth Academy 0-1 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Cardinal Ritter, 32-21
This Week: vs Curie
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners rallied but came up short against Cardinal Ritter.
 
4. St. Charles North 1-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Palatine, 24-14
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The North Stars needed a second half rally to beat Palatine on Friday night. 
  
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 1-0 (7)

Last Week: Beat TF North, 54-20
This Week: @ Penn (Indiana)
EDGY's Take: The Vikings take care of T.F. North and cross the border this week in taking on Penn.

6. Batavia 1-0 (5)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 31-17
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs found themselves down 19-0 in the middle of the first quarter against East St. Louis. Getting back in the game was an uphill battle.
 
7. Warren Township 1-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 16-6
This Week: vs Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense is still nasty.

8. Brother Rice 1-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Hillcrest, 26-20
This Week: vs Perspectives
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a big performance from junior QB Ben Somers in beating Hillcrest.

9. Glenbard West 1-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 45-28
This Week: vs Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Hitters looks like a state title contending teams at times during the win over Maine South on Saturday. West showed an impressive power running game led by junior RB Jalen Moore. 

10. Mount Carmel 1-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Calumet New Tech, 42-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Caravan break in their new on campus stadium on Friday with a win over Calumet.
 
11. Phillips 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Detroit Cass Tech, 26-9
This Week: vs St. Mary (Mo.) @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice win over Cass Tech on Saturday; they were one of the few in-state teams to show well against out of state opponents this weekend. 
  
12. Montini 1-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Hudson (WI), 22-7
This Week: vs Corliss
EDGY's Take: The Broncos also get a road win out of state on Saturday. Now they head home to host Corliss.
 
13. Hinsdale Central 1-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 14-6
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense was evil in locking down the Naperville Central offense Friday night.

14. Naperville Central 0-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale Central, 14-6
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier. This week they host top-ranked Lincoln-Way East.

15. Minooka 1-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 48-7
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Indians get off to a strong start on their new field turf surface. Next up is the Battle of Ridge Road.

16. Prairie Ridge 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Grayslake Central, 40-0
This Week: vs Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Wolves take care of business in handling Grayslake Central.

17. Oswego 1-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield Central, 42-3
This Week: @ Joliet West
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense forced several turnovers in their win over Plainfield Central.

18. Maine South 0-1 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 45-28
This Week: vs Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Hawks lost some momentum when junior QB Luke Leongas went down with an injury against Glenbard West.

19. Neuqua Valley 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 27-10
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice performance from RB Armani Moreno in the win over Glenbard North on Friday. 

20. Fremd 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-6
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Vikings stun Lake Zurich as junior QB Ryan Saxe goes off in the win.

21. Barrington 0-1 (19)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 16-6
This Week: vs Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Broncos lost to Warren Township but also showed some flashes of better days ahead. Iowa commit DE Lukas VanNess was as advertised. 

22. Waubonsie Valley 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 23-14
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Warriors defense got after it. They limited Oak Park-River Forest in an upset win on Friday night. QB Ethan Nelson is a name to watch.
 
23. Richards 1-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 14-7
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs get a big win on the road against Lincoln-Way Central and now host another hot team in St. Rita on Friday.

24. Marist 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Dunbar, 42-0
This Week: @ Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks get a nice win over Dunbar. They'll have to ramp up their game as they hit the road against Lake Zurich.

25. Providence Catholic 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Willowbrook, 14-7
This Week: vs Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Celtics hang on and get a 14-7 win over Willowbrook. Next up is Morgan Park as the Mustangs make the trip to the Emerald Isle.

7 Days to Kickoff: Homewood-Flossmoor

7 Days to Kickoff: Homewood-Flossmoor

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: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Zac Wells, Alexander Pratt, Terrance Terry, Josh Ling, Matt Ramos, Josh Forney, David James, Eric Schreiber Sr., Eric Schreiber Jr. and Bart Czachor

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference). H-F made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Fremd and Barrington. They advanced to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Marist.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs T.F. North

Sept. 6 @ Penn (IN)

Sept. 13 vs Andrew

Sept. 20 @ Lockport

Sept. 27 @ Lincoln-Way East

Oct. 4 vs Sandburg

Oct. 11 @ Lincoln-Way West

Oct. 18 vs Bolingbrook

Oct. 25 vs Lincoln-Way Central

Biggest storyline: The Vikings, who have won a minimum of 10 games in four of the past five seasons, are looking to make another deep run in Class 8A playoffs this fall.

Names to watch this season: OL Marcus Harper II (Sr., Oregon) OL/DL Michael Ford (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, five defense). Program numbers and overall depth are seldom an issue at H-F, so addressing some of the open spots on the defensive shouldn’t be that big of a concern. 

EDGY's Early Take: H-F, under head coach Craig Buzea, has built the football program into one of the most consistent winners in Chicago’s south suburbs. Don't look for a downturn anytime soon. The Vikings will rely on senior three-year starting QB Dominick Jones. The offensive line has size and talent and includes Marcus Harper II (Oregon), senior OL/DL Michael Ford and senior OC Denzel Bryant. The defense has speed and the back seven on defense are a big strength. Everything is pointing upwards heading into the season for the Vikings. 

 

Breaking: Marcus Harper II commits to Oregon

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Breaking: Marcus Harper II commits to Oregon

Talk about an early birthday present.

Homewood-Flossmoor’s three star-ranked offensive guard Marcus Harper II (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) announced his college decision on Thursday --his birthday—in committing to the Oregon Ducks. 

"People are asking me why Oregon? I say why not Oregon," Harper II said. "Oregon has everything I was looking for in a school and after my official visit I knew I was ready to commit. I've been committed to Oregon for the last two weeks and it was a lot of work to keep it quiet but I was able to pull it off."

Harper II, who is back at Homewood-Flossmoor this summer after spending the spring semester at Simeon, pointed to several factors in his selection to play in Eugene. 

"Oregon is, first of all, a great school and it's also a great situation for me. They have seven senior offensive linemen on the roster so the coaches expect me to come in ready to compete right away. The official visit was big for me in a lot of ways. The school really lived up to the hype and I was able to see and experience a lot about Oregon that you don't see unless you visit. Everyone that I met from Oregon seem to be really genuine people and kind. The coaches at Oregon made me feel very welcomed and at home right away and the official visit made a big impact on my decision. Family is always my biggest priority and Oregon feels like family."

Harper had narrowed down his final three schools to Oregon, Iowa State and Purdue and made official visits this summer to both Eugene and West Lafayette