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Edgy Tim's Week 4 analysis and picks

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Edgy Tim's Week 4 analysis and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 4 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Yorkville beat Joliet West and stay undefeated in the Southwest Prairie West conference? Southwest Suburban conference rivals Lincoln-Way East and Bolingbrook square off in another big matchup of top 10 teams. The last time IC Catholic Prep and Bishop McNamara squared off it was at the Class 4A state title game. Will this rematch serve as a preview for the 4A title game this November? This week we #SENDEDGY to cover Loyola playing at Mount Carmel. Can the Caravan remain undefeated at their new on campus facility, Carey Field? Also: Who do you have in this week's Viewers' Choice Game? CPL Illini Prairie State foes Payton and Clark do battle on the West Side.

Yorkville at Joliet West, 6:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Yorkville (3-0) is off to a strong start behind the arm of QB Josh Beetham. The senior has a great target in fellow upperclassman WR/S Cale Reeder (South Dakota) and a deep group of running backs. Don't overlook the Foxes' defense. The unit has allowed just 10 points in three games. Joliet West, coached by Bill Lech, stands at 0-3. That said, the Tigers have played the hardest Southwest Prairie crossover schedule so far in losses to Oswego, Minooka and Oswego East-- all undefeated. West will look to get the ground game going behind a big offensive line along and a running game led by junior RB Trenten Howland. Can the Tigers get the running game going this week? Can they find a way to derail the Yorkville offense?

EDGY's Pick: Yorkville 26 Joliet West 16

Schaumburg at Deerfield, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Schaumburg (2-1) has bounced back with two straight wins after a close 16-13 loss in the opening week to York. Coach Mark Stilling has a potent offense this fall, led by QB Luke Jessie and junior RB Mike DeGiola. Deerfield (2-1), with veteran head coach Steve Winiecki, is off to a strong start. They're coming off a 31-24 double-overtime loss to Rolling Meadows. The Warriors will rely on the arm of QB Ryan Nagelbach. RB/DE Colin Ward has been an impact player on both sides of the football. Can Deerfield limit the Saxons' big play abilities? Can Schaumburg get the job done on the road?

EDGY's Pick: Schaumburg 31 Deerfield 30 OT

(1) Lincoln-Way East at (9) Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Top-ranked Lincoln-Way East (3-0) is off and running. The Griffins boast another deep, talented roster. Senior QB Kyle Quinn runs the LWE offensive, a group that's stacked with skills and speed. They're highlighted by senior four star-ranked WR/RB AJ Henning (Michigan). They have a stable of quality running backs and an experienced offensive line. On defense, they have playmakers in senior DE Sean McLaughlin (Northwestern) and senior DE Adrain Wilson (Bowling Green). Bolingbrook (3-0) and head coach John Ivlow has the Raiders playing well. The Raiders will establish the run game with senior QB Devyn Suggs (Yale), with senior OL John Williams (Cincinnati) out in front. Don't overlook senior WR Antonio King plus and TE Trevor Borland (Buffalo). The 'Brook defense also hsa speed and playmakers. Junior S Justin Walters is already drawing major Power Five scholarship offers and recruiting attention. Can the East defense take away the Raiders running game? Can the Bolingbrook defense limit the big plays? Could the kicking game/special teams be a big factor here?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln Way East 28 Bolingbrook 21

IC Catholic Prep at Bishop McNamara, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Defending Class 4A state champion IC Catholic Prep, coached by Bill Krefft, has a certain familiarity with Metro Suburban Blue foe Bishop Mac. The Knights have relied on a one-two punch of senior QB Danny Cronin's running and passing abilities. Junior Kyle Franklin remains one of the top running backs in Chicagoland. Bishop McNamara and Hall of Fame head coach Rich Zinnani also boasts a one-two punch on offense with QB Ty Hiller along with RB/LB Owen Jackson. RB Manny Harris is another name to watch for the Fighting Irish. Last possession wins?
 
EDGY's Pick: IC Catholic Prep 35 Bishop McNamara 34

Raby at Phillips, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Raby is coming off a 35-2 loss to Solorio last week. Head coach DeAngelo DeReef and the Raiders will need to be able to get the offense going against CPL powerhouse Phillips at Mandrake Park Friday night. Phillips head coach Troy McAllister is looking to get another strong performance this season from his Wildcats. QB Terryon Thrower has been a key playmaker through the first three games. They feature a deep backfield that includes senior RB Rashaun Thompson and RB Tyler Clark. Senior ATH Ronald Pledger (Western Michigan) is another impact player with big play potential. 

EDGY's Pick: Phillips 46 Raby 6

(25) Notre Dame at (10) Providence, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Notre Dame made a big statement last week in beating Marist 21-14. The Dons, with Hall of Fame head coach Mike Hennessey, utilized a strong defensive effort along with steady play from junior QB Anthony Sayles and senior RB Julian Schurr in the victory. Providence Catholic also pulled off an impressive 34-22 road win over Brother Rice last Friday. Junior QB Kevin Conway ran for three touchdowns and passed for. The Celtics also limited the Crusaders offense and made key stops when they were needed. Can the Notre Dame defense slow down a balanced Providence offense-- and also defend the very large Celtics receiving group? Can Providence get the football back from the Dons' ball control offense? 

EDGY's Pick: Providence Catholic 21 Notre Dame 13

(2) Loyola at (7) Mount Carmel, 7:30 p.m. #SENDEDGY 

EDGY's Take: Loyola was able to pull away last Saturday in beating St. Rita 24-7. The Ramblers offense got a big game from RB Vaughn Pemberton. Coach John Holocek's defense forced a handful of key turnovers in the win. Mount Carmel is coming off a solid 27-20 win over Montini. Junior QB Justin Lynch continues to impress this season running the Caravan's offense. Junior RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga and senior OL/DL Jalen Grant are names to watch for the guys in brown and white. Can the Loyola offense get on track early and often? Can Mount Carmel's spread offense dent the always tough Loyola defense? Should be a good one on the South Side.

EDGY's Pick: Loyola 27 Mount Carmel 21

Marist at (13) Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Forget the fact that both teams are coming off tough Week 3 losses. Nothing gets the blood boiling more on either sideline than the annual South Side Super Bowl when Marist takes on Brother Rice in the Battle of Pulaski Road. Marist (2-1) and head coach Ron Dawczak will utilize the Redhawks' dual quarterback system with senior Hayden Mikesell and sophomore QB Dontrell Jackson Jr. Senior WR AJ Markett should make play and junior OL Pat Coogan anchors the line. Brother Rice (2-1) has a big time game breaker in junior RB Willie Shaw. The Crusaders have struggled to get the play-action passing game in gear. The Rice defense has been a strength. Senior DT Justin Jefferson, senior S Giacomo Iraci and junior ILB Myles Jones will make the tackle sheet often. Can Brother Rice get its passing game in gear? Can the Marist offense kick things into a higher gear?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 21 Marist 20

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Payton vs Clark at Rockne Stadium, Thursday 4:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Clark head coach Kevin Simmons has the Eagles (2-1) playing well so far this season. Their only loss came in Week 2 to suburban St. Viator. Payton (3-0) is also rolling. The Grizzles have a deep and experienced roster, led by senior QB Sage Schlinder along with RB/DB Damien Goodman. Can Clark's defense slow down an explosive Payton offense? A win here is big for either side. It's shaping up to be a four team race (Back of the Yards and Kenwood are the others) in the CPL Illini Prairie State conference this season.  

EDGY's Pick: Payton 35 Clark 27

Illinois AP football rankings: week one

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Illinois AP football rankings: week one

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (13) 1-0 120 2
2. Homewood-Flossmoor 1-0 98 5
3. Loyola 0-1 88 1
4. Warren 1-0 72 7
5. Marist 1-0 69 6
6. Edwardsville 1-0 49 8
7. Hinsdale Central 1-0 43 NR
8. Minooka 1-0 37 9
9. Maine South 0-1 35 3
10. Oswego 1-0 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Naperville Central 10, Fremd 9, Bolingbrook 7, Neuqua Valley 7, Barrington 1, Huntley 1 

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (5)  1-0 97 3
2. Glenbard West (1) 1-0 96 6
3. Nazareth (5)  0-1 95 1
4.  Brother Rice (1) 1-0 85 5
5.  St. Charles North 1-0 78 4
6. Batavia 0-1 77 2
7. Wheaton Warrenville South 1-0 36 7
8. Moline 1-0 27 NR
9. Hononegah 1-0 14 NR
T-10. Rolling Meadosws & DeKalb 1-0 13 NR/NR

Others receiving votes: Willowbrook 9, Normal Community6, Machesney Park Harlem 4, Hersey 4, Benet 3, Bradley-Bourbonnais 1, Belleville West 1, Plainfield North 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Richards (7) 1-0 104 1
T-2.  Cary-Grove (3) 1-0 90 2
T-2. Phillips (1) 1-0 90 3
4. Prairie Ridge 1-0 76 6
5. Crete-Monee 1-0 61 5
6. Providence 1-0 56 9
7. Chatham Glenwood 1-0 33 9
8. Normal West 1-0 30 10
9. Simeon 0-1 29 4
10.  Peoria Central 1-0 20 NR


Others receiving votes: Lake Forest 4, Kaneland 3, Antioch 3, Quincy 2, Yorkville 2, Springfield 1, Washington 1.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (12) 1-0 127 2
2. Montini (1) 1-0 117 3
3. Sacred Heart-Griffin 1-0 92 4
4.  St. Rita 1-0 88 9
5.  Sycamore 1-0 81 6
T-6.  Sterling 1-0 51 7
T-6. Joliet Catholic 0-1 51 1
8. Rockford Boylan 1-0 40 8
9.  Metamora 1-0 23 5
10.  Hillcrest 0-1 22 5

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 17, Kankakee 2, St. Laurence 2, Carbondale 1, Marion 1


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (8) 1-0 105 1
2. Bishop McNamara (1) 1-0 97 2
3. Rochester (2) 1-0 88 3
4. Coal City 1-0 81 4
5. Richmond-Burton 1-0 67 5
6.  Columbia 1-0 54 7
7.  Taylorville 1-0 29 8
8. Effingham 1-0 26 T-9
9. Genoa-Kingston 1-0 20 T-9
10. Stillman Valley 1-0 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Pontiac 7, Marian Central Catholic 6, Herscher 6, Marengo 2, Mt. Zion 2, St. Francis 1, Johnsburg 1, Prairie Central 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (11) 1-0 128 1
2. Eureka (2) 1-0 103 3
3. Williamsville 1-0 91 4
4. Monticello 1-0 85 2
5. Wilmington 1-0 69 6
6. Carlinville 1-0 62 5
7. Princeton 1-0 59 7
8. Lisle 1-0 27 9
9. Beardstown 1-0 26 10
10. Fairfield 1-0 24 8

Others receiving votes: Nashville 17, Quincy Notre Dame 11, Farmington 7, Pana 2, Peotone 2, Vandalia 1, Greenville 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (9) 1-0 107 1
2. Maroa-Forsyth (1) 1-0 94 2
3. Clifton Central 1-0 87 3
4. Decatur St. Teresa (1) 1-0 81 4
5. Newman Central Catholic 1-0 65 5
6. Bismarck-Henning 1-0 48 7
7. Orion 1-0 40 8
8. Fieldcrest 1-0 32 10
9. Eastland-Pearl City 1-0 18 6
10. Rockridge 1-0 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Knoxville 8, Auburn 7, Illini West 2, Downs-Tri Valley 2.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Forreston (10) 1-0 115 1
2. Lena-Winslow (2) 1-0 104 T-2
3. Tuscola 1-0 95 T-2
4. Moweaqua Central A&M 1-0 77 4
5.  Camp Point Central 1-0 69 5
6. Aurora Christian  1-0 57 7
7. Annawan-Wethersfield 1-0 42 10
8. Arcola 1-0 37 NR
9. Ottawa Marquette 1-0 19 NR
10. Carrollton 1-0 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Brown County 9, Athens 5, Fisher 5, Princeville 4, Dakota 3, Hope Academy 1, Morrison 1.

Illinois AP preps preseason football rankings

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Illinois AP preps preseason football rankings

The preseason AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team Pts
1. Loyola (10) 127
2. Lincoln-Way East (3) 119
3. Maine South 93
4. Naperville Central 85
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 73
6. Marist 44
7. Warren 42
8. Edwardsville 33
9. Minooka 27
10. Barrington 21

Others receiving votes:  Oswego 18, Stevenson 8, Bolingbrook 7, Hinsdale Central 6, Oak Park-River Forest 4, Neuqua Valley 3, Niles Notre Dame 3, Huntley 2.

Class 7A

No. Team Pts
1. Nazareth (11) 123
2. Batavia (1) 113
3. Mount Carmel 92
4. St. Charles North 89
5. Brother Rice (1) 80
6. Glenbard West 48
7. Wheaton Warrenville South 35
8. Willowbrook 34
9. Lake Zurich 31
10. Harlem 15

Others receiving votes: Moline 10, Rolling Meadows 9, DeKalb 8, Hersey 7, Glenbard East 5, Hononegah 4, Normal Community 4, Benet 3, Maine West 2, Plainfield North 2, Lincoln-Way West 1. 

Class 6A

No. Team Pts
1. Richards (3) 112
2. Cary-Grove (7) 107
3. Phillips 93
4. Simeon (3) 90
5. Crete-Monee 81
6. Prairie Ridge (1) 67
7. Antioch 52
8. Washington 45
9. Providence 36
10. Normal West 29

Others receiving votes: Glenwood 26, Lemont 9, Springfield 7, Peoria Central 6, Kaneland 4, Lake Forest 4, Rock Island 1, Yorkville 1. 

Class 5A

No. Team Pts
1. Joliet Catholic (3) 114
2. East St. Louis (11) 110
3. Montini 107
4.  Sacred Heart-Griffin 77
5.  Hillcrest 66
6. Sycamore 44
7. Sterling 43
8. Boylan Catholic 42
9. St. Rita 38
10. Metamora 26

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 25, Highland 23, Mascoutah 14, MacArthur 12, Payton 5, St. Laurence 4, Solorio 3, Marion 3, Evergreen Park 3, Morris 3, Kankakee 2, Champaign Central 1, Springfield Southeast 1.


Class 4A

No. Team Pts
1. IC Catholic (10) 122
2. Bishop McNamara (2) 111
3. Rochester (1) 110
4. Coal City (1) 102
5. Richmond-Burton 62
6. Marengo 40
7. Columbia 31
8. Taylorville 30
T-9. Effingham 23
T-9. Genoa-Kingston 23

Others receiving votes: Johnsburg 22, Murphysboro 22, Stillman Valley 20, Pontiac 13, Herscher 9, Geneseo 7, Marian Central Catholic 7, Dixon 4, Fairbury Prairie Central 3, St. Francis 3, Paris 2, Mt. Zion 2, Tolono Unity 1, Breese Central 1.

Class 3A

No. Team Pts
1. Byron (8) 125
2. Monticello (2) 104
3. Eureka (2) 81
4. Williamsville 76
5. Carlinville 54
6. Wilmington (1) 53
7. Princeton 47
8. Fairfield 33
9. Lisle 26
10. Beardstown 21

Others receiving votes: Farmington 20, Nashville 14, Pana 10, Monmouth-Roseville 10, Greenville 10, Peotone 8, Quincy Notre Dame 7, Alleman Catholic 7, Breese Mater Dei 4, Anna-Jonesboro 2, Pleasant Plains 2, Vandalia 1.

Class 2A

No. Team Pts
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (6) 108
2. Maroa-Forsyth (4) 96
3. Clifton Central (1) 82
4. Decatur St. Teresa 65
5. Newman Central Catholic 54
6. Eastland-Pearl City (1) 52
7. Bismarck-Henning 48
8. Orion 45
9. Downs Tri-Valley 40
10. Fieldcrest 26

Others receiving votes: Illini West 15, Rockridge 9, Althoff Catholic 8, Mercer County 4, Orr 3, West Hancock 2, Auburn 2, Eldorado 1.


Class 1A

No. Team Pts
1. Forreston (4) 98
T-2. Lena-Winslow (5) 84
T-2. Tuscola (1) 84
4. Moweaqua Central A&M (1) 51
5. Camp Point Central 49
6. Argenta-Oreana 44
7. Aurora Christian  40
8. Dakota 37
9. Athens 33
10. Annawan-Wethersfield 24

Others receiving votes: Hope Academy 23, Arcola 19, Ottawa Marquette 17, Carrollton 14, Triopia 12, Brown County 8, Fisher 7, Fulton 6, Princeville 5, Milledgeville 2, Madison 2, Morrison 1.