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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?

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.

Loyola, Valpo showdown in a big game early in the MVC schedule

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Loyola, Valpo showdown in a big game early in the MVC schedule

Loyola battles Valparaiso in a Missouri Valley Conference clash that airs on NBC Sports Chicago Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Ramblers (10-7, 3-1) are fighting for the top spot in the Valley with the Crusaders (11-6, 4-0) as the top two teams in the conference play an important early league game.

Coming off of an important home win over Illinois State on Saturday, the Ramblers are hoping to make another move by taking a crack at the Valley's only unbeaten team. Veterans Marques Townes, Clayton Custer and Cameron Krutwig are all having strong seasons for Loyola as the Ramblers attempt to position themselves for another potential NCAA tournament bid.

Valparaiso has put together a strong five-game winning streak, including a good road win at Southern Illinois over the weekend. The Crusaders have a balanced group of scorers, led by forward Ryan Fazekas, and center Derrik Smits -- the son of former Indiana Pacers center Rik Smits.

These two teams will also play on Feb. 10 as the Ramblers will make a trip to Valpo for the rematch. For now, this matchup could provide an indication of the team to beat in the Valley.