Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 5-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 38-0
This Week: vs H-F
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get quarterback A.J. Henning back in the lineup. The rich get richer. 

2. Nazareth Academy 5-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 45-7
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners dismantled a pretty decent Benet Academy defense last Friday. 

3. Batavia 5-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 41-20
This Week: vs Geneva
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are a big, strong and very physical team with multiple ball carriers. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor 5-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 28-14
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Vikings get their much anticipated showdown with Lincoln-Way (B)East this week in Frankfort. Be there. 

5. Brother Rice 5-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 20-0
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders defense locked down a potent Providence running game last Friday.

6. Mount Carmel 4-1 (7)
Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 28-7
This Week: vs St. Ignatius
EDGY's Take: The Caravan keep rolling and can St. Ignatius become a thorn in Mount Carmel's side this week?

7. Cary-Grove 5-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 55-15
This Week: @ McHenry
EDGY's Take: As always, the Trojans pound the running game right at you; that said, they've discovered the forward pass this season. QB Ben McDonald has been a difference maker.

8. Simeon 5-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 48-13
This Week: vs Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines get a nice win over Perspectives. Simeon has a real shot at a deep playoff run if they can stay healthy. 

9. Marist 4-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense made a big statement in slowing down the JCA power run game last Friday.

10. Maine South 4-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Evanston, 21-13
This Week: vs Niles North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are still the "Kings of the CSL South" until someone can take the crown away. 

11. Oswego 5-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 49-0
This Week: @ Romeoville
EDGY's Take: On Friday, the Panthers rolled over Plainfield East. Oswego is in need of a bigger test sooner rather than later. 

12. Glenbard West 4-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 35-14
This Week: vs Lyons
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers had a big second quarter and rolled over the Trojans on Saturday. 

13. Richards 5-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Shepard, 50-14
This Week: vs Argo
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs also are making things look really easy. 

14. Phillips 3-2 (17)
Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 49-0
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are looking to finish strong the remainder of the regular season.

15. Willowbrook 5-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 20-10
This Week: @ York
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a nice win on Friday over Hinsdale South. Is quarterback Sam Tumilty a Chicagoland Player of the Year candidate?

16. Naperville Central 3-2 (20)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 56-13
This Week: vs Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks staff gets to game plan to face rival Naperville North for the second time in three weeks. 

17. Bolingbrook 4-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 35-13
This Week: @ Lockport
EDGY's Take: The Raiders get a nice bounce-back win on the road Friday against Bradley. 

18. Montini 5-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 29-13
This Week: @ Loyola 
EDGY's Take: The Broncos got a nice win last Friday over St. Rita. Is the timing right for the Broncos to take on the reeling Ramblers this Saturday?

19. Hinsdale Central 4-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-13
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils get another big day from QB Matt Rush on Saturday, but they announced that RB Luke Skokna is lost for the season because of an injury. 

20. Stevenson 4-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Lake Zurich, 23-20 OT
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to bounce back after an OT loss to Lake Zurich. The North Suburban conference is wide open, kids.

21. Loyola Academy 3-2 (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 21-14 OT
This Week: vs Montini 
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers hang on for dear life and beat St. Ignatius in OT. Will Loyola right the ship?

22. Evanston 4-1 (16)
Last Week: Lost to Maine South, 21-13
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Wildkits get another big test this week as they take on their bitter rivals in the Trevians. 

23. New Trier 4-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat Niles West, 57-0
This Week: vs Evanston
EDGY's Take: The Trevians have been rolling since a Week Two loss to Loyola, but this week will also be another big step up against the Wildkits.

24. Hillcrest 5-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 27-7
This Week: @ Tinley Park
EDGY's Take: The Hawks win over Lemont is a big deal...trust me on that one. 

25. Waubonsie Valley 5-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 31-24
This Week: @ Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get to take on rival Neuqua Valley for the second time this season. They're looking for a sweep after beating the Wildcats 17-10 in Week 3.

High School Lites Preview: Week Five

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High School Lites Preview: Week Five

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras across Chicagoland covering the biggest high school football on the Week Five edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Notre Dame keep rolling and beat Marian Central Catholic in ESCC play? Can Benet Academy slow Nazareth's high flying offense? Can Wheaton South detour Batavia's drive to the DuKane Conference title? Will Maine South remain the kings of the Central Suburban South or will Evanston have other ideas? And which side of the bitter rivalry are you on...the (Lincoln-Way) East side or the (Lincoln-Way) Central side?

All games are Friday unless otherwise noted. Numbers in parantheses reflect the latest @NBCSPreps Power Rankings.

Thursday: Curie vs Hubbard at Gately Stadium, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: First-year head coach Arthur Ray Jr. was able to get his Condors (1-3) in the win column with a victory over Taft last week. Curie has played a very difficult non-conference slate. They will feature senior big back AJ Sanya and QB Damarius Johns. As for Hubbard and veteran head coach Elton Harris, they boast a standout, two-way lineman in senior D-1 recruit Kenny Givens. Keep an eye on senior WR/DB Montrell Edmonds as well. Can the Hubbard defense slow down AJ Sanya and the Condors? Can Curie prevent Hubbard from breaking open big plays? 

EDGY's Pick: Curie 22 Hubbard 20

Kenwood at Back of the Yards, 4:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Kenwood (4-0, 1-0) and Back of the Yards (4-0, 1-0) are looking to get a leg up in the CPL Illini Prairie State conference race with a win this week. Coach Sinque Turner of Kenwood will rely on several key names including senior WR/DB Mark Aitken (NIU). As for Back of the Yards, head coach Sheamus Murphy features a loaded roster. Keep an eye out on OL/DL Kevin Pacheco. Can Back of the Yards slow down Kenwood's speed and big play potential?

EDGY's Pick: Kenwood 27 Back of the Yards 12

Lincoln-Way Central at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:00 p.m.


EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (4-0, 2-0) has been piling up the points (178) so far this season. Coach Rob Zvonar has the Griffins offense clicking; they're led by Illinois State commit QB Jack Baltz. The first team offense hasn't played a full four quarters yet in 2018. East's defense is also a strength. Don't be surprised if LB Gus Christensen and junior DE Adrian Wilson make some plays. Lincoln-Way Central (3-1, 3-0), under head coach Jeremy Cordell, will look to establish the running game. They'll get the football into the hands of RB Conner McWilliams and RB Justin Ellis as much as possible. Can Central's offense run the football against the East's defense?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 37 Lincoln-Way Central 21

Marian Central Catholic at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Marian Central Catholic (3-1, 1-1), coached by Mike Maloney, has been getting a big season so far from QB Patsy Ricciardi and RB Luke Rogers. The Hurricanes defense will be tested this week. Notre Dame (3-1, 1-1), under veteran coach in Mike Hennessey, has some weapons on offense led by senior RB Ty Gavin and sophomore QB Anthony Sales. Whose defense comes ready to play for four quarters this Friday? 

EDGY's Pick: Notre Dame 28 Marian Central Catholic 21

Benet at (2) Nazareth, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Benet Academy (3-1, 1-1) is coming off a loss last week to Notre Dame. The Redwings will go back to work on Friday with a major task: trying to slow down one of the state's most explosive offenses in Nazareth Academy (4-0, 2-0). Benet's offense is anchored by junior QB Colin Gillespie and a strong running game with RB Ben Hickey. Their defense is also a strength. Watch for senior DL Jack Benish to make some plays. As for the Roadrunners, head coach Tim Racki has gotten a big year so far from sophomore QB JJ McCarthy. Nazareth also hase a couple of big time playmakers in the likes of senior WR Michael Love and senior WR/DB Diamond Evans. The defense has experience. Keep an eye on senior linemen Cameron Leach and Nathan Lugo. Can the Benet defense limit Nazareth's big play ability?

EDGY's Pick: Nazareth 31 Benet 21

Wheaton Warrenville South at (3) Batavia, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Veteran head coach Ron Muhitch has his Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers (4-0, 2-0) playing well and clicking in all three phases. They will look to establish the run with junior RB Jake Arthurs and QB Noah Henkel. WR Jack Olson is also a top-notch kicker/punter. On defense, the Tigers have allowed just 17 points this season. Batavia (4-0, 2-0) also wants to run the football. Keep an eye out for RB Art Taylor and the play-action passing game. That area of their offense has improved each week under QB Jack Meyers. Batavia's defense features two D-1 names in senior LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State) and OLB Michael Jansey Jr. (Northwestern). Can the Tigers run the football against the Batavia defense? Can the Batavia offense keep the Wheaton South defense on their heels?

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 27 Wheaton South 17

Warren at Lake Forest, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lake Forest (2-2, 2-0) struggled a bit early out of the gates but has now won two straight North Suburban conference games, including a big win last week over Lake Zurich. The Scouts have a potent offense led by QB James Swartout and senior WR Ryan Cekay (Colgate). Junior DL Rylie Mills is already a nationally sought-after recruit in the Class of 2020. Warren Township (3-1, 2-0) lost their season opener to Barrington but has since put together three straight wins. On offense, the Blue Devils will get the football into the hands of RB Martin Walker Jr.  Warren's defensive line is a strength behind senior Zach Pelland and junior DT Willis Singleton, Jr. Can the Lake Forest offense move the football against the Blue Devils defense? 

EDGY's Pick: Warren Township 28 Lake Forest 27

(12) Maine South at (16) Evanston, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Maine South (3-1) and head coach Dave Inserra opens Central Suburban South conference play after a strong non-conference showing, including last week's win over Conant. Senior QB Cole Dow has been making more and more progress after filling in for injured starting QB Bobby Inserra. Also, take note of senior RB/LB Jimmy Bartell and junior D-1 recruit OL/DL Peter Skoronski. Evanston (4-0) has been on a roll. They raised a lot of eyebrows in last week's surprise 32-12 win over Barrington. Wildkits head coach Mike Burzawa has weapons on offense including senior QB Ben Tarpey and junior RB Quadre Nicholson. The defense has played well, allowing just 58 points in four weeks. Can Evanston's defense keep Maine South's offense in check? Will Hawks starting QB Bobby Inserra come back this week? Can the Maine South defense slow down the Kits' explosive offense?

EDGY's Pick: Maine South 35 Evanston 28

(5) Brother Rice at Providence, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Brother Rice (4-0, 1-0) is coming off a big 35-3 win over Loyola. The Crusaders have already doubled their win total from a season ago. They've received a big start to the season from senior QB John Bean. He's truly a dual threat in the Rice offense; their line play is also a strength. Providence Catholic (4-0, 1-0), under head coach Mark Coglianese, is off to a strong start as well this fall. The offense has been able to run the football behind a big and physical line, led by junior Jake Renfro. The Celtics have two quality running backs in senior Brenden Martus and freshman Aaron Vaughn. Can the Providence offense run the ball against the Crusader 'D? 

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 28 Providence Catholic 14

Viewers' Choice Game 

Oswego East at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Plainfield South (4-0, 4-0) is off to a terrific start this season. Head coach Bill Bicker and the Cougars will rely on a punishing ground game, led by senior RB/QB Cody Dieball. They boast a very fast/athletic defense which has allowed just 20 points so far this season. Oswego East (4-0, 4-0) has been rolling along. The Wolves, coached by Tyson LeBlanc, have talent this fall including senior WR/DB Justin Clark and a defense that's allowed just six points so far this season. But the schedule ramps up big time starting on Friday with Plainfield South. Can the Cougars run the football, move the chains and match speed against speed with Oswego East? Can the Wolves take away the Plainfield South option game and break some big plays against the Cougars defense?  

EDGY's Pick: Oswego East 14 Plainfield South 13

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 5

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 5

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 4-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 57-0
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way Central
EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way (B)East continues to roll. This week, it's rivalry time as the Knights come calling.  

2. Nazareth Academy 4-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Patrick, 47-16
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners continue to pile up the offensive yards points each week. 

3. Batavia 4-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 42-12
This Week: vs Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs keep winning but still have a lot of work to do, including limiting turnovers. 4-0 Wheaton South comes to town Friday.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor 4-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 29-0
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way West
EDGY's Take: The Vikings get a big game from RB Leon Tanna (three touchdowns), while the defense pitches a shutout in Bolingbrook. 

5. Brother Rice 4-0 (5)

Last Week: Beat Loyola, 35-3
This Week: @ Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: Very few people predicted this kind of successful start for Brother Rice. That is, outside of the building at 100th & Pulaski.

6. Stevenson 4-0 (6)

Last Week: Beat Zion-Benton, 51-14
This Week: vs Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Patriots hope to get a bigger test this week against rival Lake Zurich.

7. Mount Carmel 3-1 (7)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 40-0
This Week: @ Marmion Academy
EDGY's Take: The Caravan are the favorite to win the new CCL Green. They get off to a good start in conference play by shutting out De La Salle on Saturday. 

8. Cary-Grove 4-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Huntley, 35-20
This Week: vs Dundee-Crown
EDGY's Take: The Trojans get a huge win over Huntley last Friday. Next up,  Dundee-Crown on Saturday for Homecoming. The Chargers scored 55 points against Prairie Ridge Friday in a losing effort. 

9. Simeon 4-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Solorio, 62-0
This Week: vs Perspectives
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines have a very good shot at winning out the remainder of the regular season. 

10. Marist 3-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 49-7
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks will need to limit the JCA running game, which features RB Hailey Keenan.

11. Loyola Academy 2-2 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Brother Rice, 35-3
This Week: @ St. Ignatius
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers have lost two straight games to Top 10-ranked teams, Can the Ramblers readjust?

12. Maine South 3-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Conant, 42-14
This Week: @ Evanston
EDGY's Take: The Hawks suddenly find themselves in a huge game this week at Evanston against the surging Wildkits. Also: when will QB Bobby Inserra return?

13. Oswego 4-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 49-14
This Week: vs Plainfield East
EDGY's Take: Panthers senior WR/S Jamal Fomby has been Oswego's best all-around player this season.

14. Glenbard West 3-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat York, 45-24
This Week: vs Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers are getting things in order since an opening week loss to Maine South. 

15. Richards 4-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Oak Lawn, 56-14
This Week: vs Shepard
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs also have a few challenges left on the slate. But like Simeon, they also have a strong chance at winning out the remainder of the regular season.

16. Evanston 4-0 (NR)

Last Week: Beat Barrington, 32-13
This Week: vs Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Wildkits offense has terrific balance with QB Ben Tarpley and RB Quadre Nicholson. 

17. Phillips 2-2 (17)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln Park, 39-6
This Week: vs Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats roll past Lincoln Park and set their aim towards the Mustangs this week.

18. Barrington 3-1 (13)

Last Week: Lost to Evanston, 32-13

This Week: @ Conant

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will need to reload after a tough loss against Evanston. 

19. Willowbrook 4-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 42-13
This Week: vs Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: The Warriors offense has been terrific this season. The defense has also been playing very well. Big test this week as they host the Hornets.

20. Naperville Central 2-2 (24)

Last Week: Beat Trinity Ky., 38-20
This Week: @ Metea Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks pull off a big road win against Trinity from St. Matthews in Kentucky.

21. Bolingbrook 3-1 (16)
Last Week: Lost to H-F, 29-0
This Week: @ Bradley
EDGY's Take: The Raiders just couldn't get their running game in gear in the loss to rival H-F last Friday. 

22. Montini 4-0 (22)

Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 55-0
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Broncos are in need of a big test and this week begins a run of some very tough games. 

23. Hinsdale Central 3-1 (23)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 34-6

This Week: vs York

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils win the Old Oaken Bucket from DGN last Friday. Now, they'll need to bring the defense against York.

24. NewTrier 3-1 (NR)

Last Week: Beat Palatine, 37-25
This Week: @ Niles West
EDGY's Take: The Trevians have played well since their Week 2 loss to Loyola. 

25. Hillcrest 4-0 (NR)

Last Week: Beat Oak Forest, 47-7
This Week: vs Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are rolling this season as senior transfer QB Basil Webber has a stable of weapons at his disposal.