CSN's Top 20 Preps rankings - Week 4


CSN's Top 20 Preps rankings - Week 4

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 10:00 p.m.
By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell

1 - Maine South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Niles North 42-6

Next Game: Friday at New Trier, 7:30pm

QB Matt Alviti racked up another four touchdowns (three passing) in the victory. The Hawks, who enter conference action next week, will play three of their next four games on the road. Will that even matter? Maine South continues to be a football machine.

2 - Glenbard West (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Hinsdale Central 45-14
Next Game: Saturday at Oak Park-River Forest, 1:00pm

The Hilltoppers scored on seven of their first eight possessions, which included the first play from scrimmage: a 75-yard touchdown from Justice Odom to Avery Balogh. Penn State-bound defensive lineman Tommy Schutt even got in on the act, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.

3 - Mount Carmel (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated St. Joseph 62-8

Next Game: Friday vs. Brother Rice, 7:00pm at Gately Stadium

Head coach Frank Lenti becomes the states all-time winningest coach in Illinois (307), passing former Richards coach Gary Korhonen. Don Butkus threw three touchdowns as the Caravan put the game away early. Now the fun begins: back-to-back Catholic Blue showdowns with Brother Rice, then Loyola.

4 - Lincoln-Way East (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 38-21

Next Game: Friday vs. Sandburg, 7:30pm

Illinois-bound wide receiver J.J. Robertson helped the Griffins carve up the Vikings defense. He had 230 yards on five receptionstwo of them went for touchdowns. LWE cant afford to coast, as a tilt against undefeated Sandburg awaits. Bolinbgrook (4-0) lurks the following week.

5 - Joliet Catholic (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated St. Viator 63-3

Next Game: Saturday at Benet Academy, 7:30pm

For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers put 63 on the scoreboard. Mailn Jones and Tyler Reitz chipped in with two rushing touchdowns apiece. Ty Isaac also rushed for a touchdown and added another on a punt return. JCA is averaging 50 points per game.

6 - Glenbard North (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Glenbard East 49-0

Next Game: Friday vs. West Aurora, 7:30pm

A five-touchdown second quarter lifted the Panthers in the western suburbs Friday night. QB Brian Murphy accounted for three touchdowns, while running back Phil Jackson tallied two more. The Panthers have now shutout three straight opponents.

7 - Loyola (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 8): Defeated Providence 32-6

Next Game: Saturday vs. Gordon Tech, 1:30pm

Quarterback Malcolm Weaver and running back William Palivos rushed for two touchdowns each as the Ramblers earn their first Catholic Blue victory. Loyola has to take care of business this week against Gordon Tech before the October 1st showdown against Mt. Carmel.
8 - Downers Grove South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Leyden 49-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Downers Grove North, 7:30pm

Can anybody stop running back Josh Williams? he Mustang senior running back was menacing Friday night, scoring six touchdowns on 282 yards. He is averaging 12.5 yards per carry on the season. Like Glenbard North, DGS has shutout three straight opponents.
9 - Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 6): Lost To Lincoln-Way East 38-21
Next Game: Friday vs. Bolingbrook, 7:30pm

The Vikings could not overcome five turnovers, including four interceptions by quarterback Tim Williams. H-F cant stew over the loss for too long, as another ranked team (13 Bolingbrook) comes into town Friday night.

10 - Carmel (3-1)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Marian Catholic 44-20

Next Game: Friday vs. Wayzata (MN), 6:30pm at the University of Dubuque

Who needs a passing game? Not the Corsairs, who rolled up 332 yards of offense against Marian Catholicall of it on the ground. Running backs Jordan Kos and Mike Panico had 131 yards apiece.
11 - St. Rita (3-1)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Brother Rice 21-17

Next Game: Friday vs. Providence, 7:30pm

The Mustangs get a nice win on the road in the Catholic Blue, thanks in part to Charles Elmore. The senior DB intercepted a pass in the final minute to preserve the St. Rita victory. Kenny Golladay had a nice night, tallying 137 yards receiving with a touchdown.
12 - Prairie Ridge (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Dundee-Crown 55-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Crystal Lake Central, 7:15pm

Jordan Getzelman ran wild against the Chargers, scoring four touchdowns in the victory. The Wolves defense let up a mere three yards in the first half. Prairie Ridges opponents have only scored 14 points on them this season.
13 - Bolingbrook (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Joliet West 49-12

Next Game: Friday at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30pm

Junior quarterback Aaron Bailey accounted for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) as the Raiders triumphed. They face a challenge in going for 5-0, as a date with Homewood-Flossmoor awaits.

14 - Crete-Monee (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Glenbard South 64-19

Next Game: Friday at Kankakee, 6:00pm

The Warriors finally had a chance to show their home crowd why they deserve to be ranked. Quarterback Marcus Terrell threw for 317 yards and five touchdowns in C-Ms first home game of the season.
15 - Lake Zurich (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Lakes 28-0
Next Game: Friday at Mundelein, 7:30pm

Quarterback Zach Till and running back Mike Shield had two touchdowns apiece as the Bears cruised. Till went 9-12 for 168 yards and also rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries.

16 - Crystal Lake South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Huntley 48-12

Next Game: Friday at McHenry, 7:15pm

The Gators tallied 229 yards on the ground in the first half, en route to a 42-6 lead and never looked back. Austin Fowler also threw three touchdowns. CLS cannot afford to look past McHenry to the Prairie Ridge game on September 30th.
17 - Morris (4-0)
Last Week (Ranked 18): Defeated Ottawa 34-14
Next Game: Friday at Yorkville, 7:30pm

Running back Collin Grogan and QB Austin Feeney helped guide the Redskins to their 20th straight win over Ottawa, a streak that dates back to 1973. They face a big challenge Friday night in 4-0 Yorkville.
18 - Cary-Grove (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Hampshire 35-6

Next Game: Friday at Jacobs, 7:15pm

Junior quarterback Quinn Baker came off the bench to spark the Trojans, scoring four touchdowns in the victory. Baker finished with 193 yards on 12 carries. An intriguing opponent (4-0 Jacobs) awaits.
19 - Lemont (4-0)
Last Week (Unranked): Defeated T.F. South 30-0
Next Game: Friday vs. Tinley Park, 7:00pm

Another game, another shutout. The Indians cruise past the Rebels thanks in large part to capitalizing off turnovers. Something has to give next week: Lemont has given up only six points on the season, while Tinley Park (also 4-0) is averaging over 48 points per game.

20 - Geneva (4-0)

Last Week (Unranked): Defeated Elgin 45-14
Next Game: Friday at St. Charles North, 7:30pm

Senior quarterback Matt Williams went 9 for 15 for 221 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Parker Woodworth found the end zone twice as well as Geneva gets their first taste of the Top 20.

Looming and Lurking: Brother Rice, Stevenson, Addison Trail, Antioch, Wheaton North, Naperville Central, Simeon, Streamwood, Sandburg, Marian Central, Bremen, Conant, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Oak Forest.

In Game 1, Jon Lester doesn't quite live up to his World Series reputation: 'We got a long ways to go'

In Game 1, Jon Lester doesn't quite live up to his World Series reputation: 'We got a long ways to go'

CLEVELAND – While the Cubs came into this World Series as the heavy favorites, the team with the global following and baseball’s best roster on paper, Jon Lester understood the challenge ahead. The Cleveland Indians would counter with their own Game 1 ace, a dynamic reliever changing the way we think about bullpens and a future Hall of Fame manager.

That’s how it played out in a 6-0 game that felt a lot closer, Corey Kluber pitching like a Cy Young Award winner, Andrew Miller handling the seventh and eighth innings and Terry Francona improving his record to 9-0 in World Series games.     

Welcome to “Believeland,” where the Fourth Street bars on Tuesday were buzzing more than seven hours before first pitch. That night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers would get their championship rings and watch the banner-raising ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena, just up the street from Progressive Field.

By the first inning – when pitching coach Chris Bosio had to walk out to the mound to talk to Lester – the red video ribbons lining the stadium said: “CLEVELAND AGAINST THE WORLD.” With the bases loaded, Lester had just drilled Brandon Guyer with a pitch, forcing in a second run, a sequence set in motion by walks to Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez’s soft infield single up the third-base line.

It didn’t matter that Lester would eventually settle down and pretty much control this Cleveland lineup. (Except for that rocket Roberto Perez launched off the left-field railing for a solo homer and a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.) Or that the Indians didn’t run all over the bases, with Francisco Lindor going 1-for-2 in stolen bases. (“Whatever, it’s happened all year," Lester said.)

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This is Cleveland’s blueprint for October, maybe its only chance to win its first World Series since 1948.

“It’s always important (to get a lead), no matter what time of year it is,” Lester said. “It makes a manager’s job a lot easier. It makes your job a lot easier. When you give a guy like Kluber – who’s locked in from pitch one – two runs in the first, it makes his job a lot easier. I know the feeling on the other side. You’re just able to attack differently.

“With the bullpens and all that stuff that they’re setting up nowadays, all you got to do is get through six.”

Lester kept it a 3-0 game, but didn’t finish the sixth inning, a rare October night where he didn’t seem to be automatic. Until Tuesday night, he had gone 3-0 in three World Series starts, allowing only one earned run in 21 innings.

Lester won his two World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, overlapping with Francona and Miller at different points. This is why the Cubs gave Lester a $155 million contract, to set the tone on the mound and within the clubhouse.

Near the end of a 103-win regular season – and even after winning the franchise’s first pennant in 71 years – Lester has offered colorful versions of: We haven’t done anything yet.

But Lester – the National League Championship Series co-MVP after putting up a 1.38 ERA against the Los Angeles Dodgers and watching the Cubs win both of those starts – also doesn’t do overreactions to losses.

“We got a long ways to go,” Lester said. “If we win tomorrow, we’re right back in it. Just like LA – everybody counted us out after Game 3. They said we were the worst best team in baseball. We’re here. We’re not giving up.

“I know my guys. I know my team. And I know that nobody in this clubhouse is giving anything up.”

Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason continues with escape to beat Cubs

Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason continues with escape to beat Cubs

CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller added another impressive chapter to an already legendary postseason performance on Tuesday night.

The Cleveland Indians reliever pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to preserve a three-run lead and help his team achieve a 6-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series in front of 38,091 at Progressive Field.

Despite putting four men on base, Miller added two more scoreless innings to his 2016 playoff résumé. Miller also struck out more three batters, giving him 24 in 13 2/3 innings this postseason, the second most by any reliever in playoff history. Critical to the effort was the strikeout of Cubs veteran David Ross with a checked swing on a 3-2 slider to strand the bases loaded in the seventh.

“You’re just trying to see the ball as long as you can and stay up the middle,” Ross said. “The 3-1, that’s the one that kinda messed me up. It didn’t break as much, so now you’re like ‘OK, let’s protect and just battle.’ ... Looking back at it, I wish I just stood there and not swung at all. If I could rewind. If it were that easy. I wish it was. And then he’d throw one right down the middle and America hates me.”

Ross has had his share of success against Miller before, though it all came when the left-hander was still a struggling starting pitcher. The veteran catcher is 3-for-5 with a walk against Miller in his career. But that wasn’t the reason Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to stay with Ross instead of pinch hit for him with either Jorge Soler or Albert Almora Jr. with two outs in the seventh inning and Miller struggling for the first time all postseason.

With a man on and nobody out, Miller took over for Corey Kluber and walked Kyle Schwarber — only Miller’s third free pass of the postseason. Javy Baez followed with a single to load the bases.

But Miller rebounded quickly and retired Willson Contreras on a fly out to shallow center before he struck out Addison Russell. Based on his experience, Maddon thought Ross was the right man for the spot.

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“I thought David could hit him or David would accept his walk more than the other guys,” Maddon said. “David works good at-bats in that moment. So I felt good about him, actually. I felt better about him.

“I think with Soler coming off the bench or Albert they had less of a chance than David because I thought there was a two-fold opportunity to either get the hit or draw the walk.”

Ross worked the count to his favor quickly as he took a fastball for a ball, and after swinging and missing a slider, took two more balls to get ahead 3-1. But Miller dropped a slider in for a called strike and then turned to it once again, getting Ross to commit just enough for the third strike. The strikeout improved the Indians’ chances of winning by 26.5 percent, up to 94.7, according to fangraphs.com.

“I was trying to throw a really good one because if he hits it, it goes a long way,” Miller said. “That’s David Ross. I think even he would say, you can pitch to him, but if you throw something in his wheelhouse it’s going to go a long way and do some damage. Fortunate that it worked out. I threw a good one that was in a spot that he went after in the situation.”

Miller struggled again in the eighth inning as he walked Kris Bryant and allowed a Ben Zobrist single with two outs. But Miller — who allowed two hits and two walks for the first time all season in 77 appearances — struck out Kyle Schwarber to strand the pair.

The Indians’ key acquisition before the July 31 trade deadline threw 46 pitches, the most he’s thrown in a game since Sept. 8, 2011, when he was still a starter.

Indians manager Terry Francona wouldn’t commit to whether or not he’d use Miller in Game 2 on Wednesday. Francona cited how Miller bounced back after throwing 40 pitches in a Game 1 victory over Boston in the American League Division Series and would have been ready if needed. But any number of factors could keep Miller from pitching, and Francona is happy to have a 1-0 series lead in his pocket.

“I don’t know,” Francona said. “He was ready to come back and pitch the next night. I just think there’s a lot that can happen.

“But we won tonight. I think when you have a lead, you try to win.”