High School Lites: Round 2 Playoff Preview


High School Lites: Round 2 Playoff Preview

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
9:30 PM

By Joe Collins

Comcast SportsNet is your home for the IHSA football playoffs! Check out High School Lites at 10:30 Friday night, just after the Bulls take on the Celtics. We will be at every high school football game in the Chicagoland area, which includes state and Chicago Public League playoff games. What schools will make it one step closer to Champaign? Our spotlight will include:


3 Mt. Carmel (8-2) at 11 Neuqua Valley (7-3), 7:00pm
Now that the kids in the Caravan got coach Frank Lenti his 300th career win, what will be done as an encore? Theres no room for a letdown Friday night in Naperville, as they play a Neuqua Valley team that trounced Downers Grove South last week 36-22. Trent Snyder is a beast in the Wildcats backfield. He carried the ball 39 times for 217 yards and four TDs in last weeks win. Mt. Carmels offense has been clicking, too. Senior quarterback and Catholic League co-MVP Chris Sujka tallied 229 yards, 171 of them on the ground, in last weeks victory over Bolingbrook. Fun fact: Mt. Carmel has either won state or finished second in 13 of the past 24 seasons.
5 Waubonsie Valley (8-2) at 4 Homewood-Flossmoor (8-2), 7:00pm
H-Fs dramatic one-season turnaround continued last week in a 41-14 win over Curie. The Vikings were 1-8 last season and look to get to the nine win plateau Friday for the first time since their state title year in 1994, when they went 13-1. The matchup with Upstate Eight conference foe Waubonsie Valley figures to be a great one. The Warriors took it to Brother Rice last week 33-7. Running back Austin Guido ran for 204 yards, helping secure the first playoff victory for W-V in nine years. The winner of this game plays the winner of
1 York (9-1) at 9 Naperville North (7-3), 7:30pm
It makes you wonder what Naperville Norths record would be if they were in any other conference than the rugged DuPage Valley. All three of their losses were to eventual playoff teams. Maybe they could do a test run in the West Suburban Silver? The road wouldnt be any easier there. Just ask York. Three teams from that conference currently stand at 9-1and that includes the Dukes. York survived a scare from Lockport last week 21-14, as quarterback Jim Nudera came through with two clutch drives late. Naperville North walked (or ran) away from Marist last week in a 27-14 victory, as backs Matt LaCosse and Antonio Owens set the rushing attack.
7 Sandburg (8-2) at 2 Lyons (9-1), 7:30pm
If youre a fan of blue, yellow and white jerseyscome out to 49th & Willow Springs Road in the western suburbs Friday night. Sandburg and Lyons might dress alike, but the host Lions might be tougher to keep track ofsimply because they are scoring at will. They have scored more than 30 points seven times this year, including last weeks 58-0 drubbing of Vocational. But Sandburg is also on a serious tear. They currently have a four game winning streak, the last three against playoff teamsincluding last weeks 24-20 win over Proviso West in the first round. The victor gets the Mt. Carmel-Neuqua Valley winner.


2 Rock Island (8-2) at 6 Crete-Monee (7-3), 7:00pm
Crete-Monee and Rock Island hook up for the second consecutive year. Last years game was a regular season tilt, which was won by the Rocks 14-0 in the Quad Cities. The Warriors look for home-cooked revenge this time around behind quarterback Jaylan Bailey, who was clutch last week in leading his team to a come-from-behind 35-28 victory over Normal West. He racked up 344 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Rock Island is no stranger to postseason play, having qualified 16 of the last 18 seasons. Their debut in the 2010 playoffs was a wild one. They beat DeKalb 42-41 in overtime last week.
3 Rock Island Alleman (10-0) at 11 CICSLongwood (7-3), 7:00pm at St. Rita High School
Chicago International Charter School Longwood made school history last Saturday, winning their first playoff game ever in a 42-8 victory over Carver at Gately Stadium. Anthony Garrison scored three touchdowns, one of them off a fumble recovery. The competition gets dramatically tougher this week as they take on an undefeated Pioneers team thats coming off a 31-0 win over Genoa-Kingston. Alleman is no stranger to the state football playoffs. They have made it downstate three times since 1986.
Dunbar (5-5) vs. Harper (6-4), 3:30pm at Gately Stadium
The Mightymen and the Cardinals got tripped up in their quest for a state title. Both teams now shift their focus on the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field. Dunbar has already claimed a victory over Harper this season: a 30win on September 11th and Stagg Field.

Curie (5-5) vs. Hubbard (8-2), 7:00pm at Gately Stadium
Hubbard lost a heartbreaker to Cary-Grove last week, while Curie got tripped up against Homewood-Flossmoor. Quarterback Quincy Skanes engineers the attack for the 8-2 Greyhounds. Note: the Prep Bowl will be Friday November 26th at Soldier Field, pitting Chicagos Public League champions against the top team from the Catholic League.

Team of the Week

In our Team of the Week segment, we profile St. Edward High School in Elgin. The Green Wave secured their first playoff win in school history last weekend. And how about their reward: they will now get to host their first football playoff game ever. Our Luke Stuckmeyer takes a look at a team that is enjoying postseason success for the first time in almost 70 years. In our Flashback segment, we will profile an unsung hero from Wheaton Warrenville South in the 2006 state playoffs. He had the game of his life and helped the Tigers win a state championship. Find out who he is on High School Lites.

We also have plenty of games on Saturdays calendar for coverage. They include:

Bartlett @ Maine South (8A)
Loyola @ Fremd (8A)
Simeon @ Schaumburg (7A)
Lake Zurich @ Prospect (7A)
Glenbard West @ Lincoln-Way East (7A)
Lake Forest @ Crystal Lake South (6A)
Morgan Park @ Prairie Ridge (6A)
Robeson @ Cary-Grove (6A)
Vernon Hills @ Tinley Park (5A)
Mendota @ St. Edward (4A)

Tune in to CSN at 10:30 Friday night! We are your source for playoff highlights, scores and more. We will be streaming the show live at CSNChicago.com.

High School Lites Week 9 capsules and picks

High School Lites Week 9 capsules and picks

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 9 edition of High School Lites. Can Loyola beat Brother Rice on the South Side in the Chicago Catholic Blue title game? Can Oak Park-River Forest upset Hinsdale Central in the West Suburban Silver title game? A playoff spot is on the line in the DuPage Valley: can Wheaton North win on the road at Waubonsie Valley? And can either Thornwood or Thornridge win and remain eligible for a state playoff spot?

Lincoln Park vs. Mather, 4:15 p.m. at Winnemac Stadium

EDGY's Take: The winner between Lincoln Park (7-1, 5-1) and Mather (7-1, 5-1) will head to the IHSA state playoffs while the loser will prepare for the CPL Prep Bowl playoffs. Lincoln Park will look to establish the running game behind senior RB Charles Dale Jr. while Mather will also rely on its backfield and solid offensive line. Can either team stop the run?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln Park 28, Mather 27

Thornwood at Thornridge, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This Battle of District 205 schools is always a big rivalry game. Throw in a potential state playoff spot and that makes this game even bigger. Thornwood (4-4, 1-4) and head coach Bill Bundy features senior QB Jamar Howard while. Thornridge (5-3, 2-3), under head coach Pat Jennings, has posted five wins; however, they do not have a guaranteed state playoff spot yet due to their low IHSA playoff point total (31). Can Thornwood win and get in? Can Thornridge win-- and then sweat out a state playoff bid on Saturday?

EDGY's Pick: Thornwood 34, Thornridge 28

(1) Loyola at (3) Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The winner here captures the CCL Blue conference crown along with a high seed in the 8A playoff field. Brother Rice (8-0, 3-0) features one of Chicagoland’s top offenses behind senior QB Dino Borrelli and an assortment of playmakers, including senior WR Ricky Smalling (Illinois) and senior RB Xazavian Valladay (Wyoming). Loyola (8-0, 3-0) has been the state's top ranked team since the preseason. The Ramblers will look to their passing game, led by senior QB Tommy Herion and senior WR Jake Marwede (Duke). Loyola's offensive line has also been a strength all season. Can the Loyola defense slow down the Crusaders’ weapons? Can the Rice defense get the football back — early and often — from the Loyola offense?

EDGY's Pick: Loyola 34, Brother Rice 31

Lockport at (12) Lincoln-Way East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lockport (6-2, 4-2) has been a terrific story this year as the Porters are state playoff-bound. Will Lockport's starting QB Ben Davis, who sat out with an illness in last week’s 35-0 win over Stagg, return to the field? Lincoln-Way East (6-2, 4-2) is in need of a win this week after dropping a 38-21 game to Bradley last Friday. The Griffins counter with dual QBs in seniors Jake Arthur and Max Shafer. Can Lockport move the football against the East defense, minus Ben Davis? Can the Porters defense slow down the East offense?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 34, Lockport 14

Mt. Carmel at Providence, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Mount Carmel (4-4, 0-3) is in a rare position of needing a win this week to become eligible for the IHSA state playoff field. Providence Catholic (3-5, 0-3) is out of the state playoffs for the second straight season. Can the Caravan win on the road and beat Providence Catholic in New Lenox? Will Providence show up and play this game like it’s a state playoff game? If Providence wins, it will result in Mount Carmel missing the state playoffs for the first time since 1985.

EDGY's Pick: Mount Carmel 28, Providence Catholic 21

(14) Oak Park-River Forest at (6) Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The winner will become the West Suburban Silver conference champion — and they’ll also secure a high seed in the 8A playoff field. Hinsdale Central (8-0, 5-0) has been led by senior QB John Bean and a very solid defense all season long. Oak Park-River Forest (7-1, 4-1) bounced back last Friday with a huge 27-3 win over Lyons. The Huskies also feature a terrific quarterback in senior Jeremy Hunt, who utilizes several weapons all over the field. Can the Hinsdale Central defense slow down the OPRF offense? Will last week's OPRF defense show up again on Friday in Hinsdale?

EDGY's Pick: Hinsdale Central 28, Oak Park-River Forest 27

Wheaton North at Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Wheaton North (4-4, 3-4) and Waubonsie Valley (4-4, 3-4) are seeking a state playoff bid with a win on Friday. Wheaton North will look to a few senior leaders in QB Luke Anthony and LB Erik Mueller. Waubonsie Valley head coach Paul Murphy lost a heartbreaker last Friday to Naperville North. The Warriors have a balanced offense and keep an eye on junior QB Tanner Westwood. Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: Waubonsie Valley 28, Wheaton North 24

Hersey at Wheeling, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Wheeling (4-4, 3-1) is seeking a win and a state playoff berth for the first time since 2008. The Wildcats offense features a very good passing attack led by QB Jalen Dennis. Hersey (3-5, 2-2) will look towards QB Owen Goldsberry to lead the way for the Huskies. Can the Hersey defense slow down the Wheeling passing attack?

EDGY's Pick: Wheeling 31, Hersey 20

Notre Dame at St. Viator, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Notre Dame (5-3, 4-2) and St. Viator (5-3, 4-2) seem to be in line for a state playoff spot, win or lose. St. Viator and first year head coach David Archibald has the Lions playing well. They will look to their passing game, led by QB Bryce Hellgeth and senior TE Cole Kmet (Notre Dame recruit). Notre Dame and veteran head coach Mike Hennessey features QB Tom Drabik along with a strong running game. Can the Notre Dame defense slow down the St. Viator passing game? 

EDGY's Pick: St. Viator 27, Notre Dame 19

Viewers’ Choice: Elgin at Larkin, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: It's the annual battle for the Town Jug between these two U-46 district schools. Larkin (4-4, 2-3) and head coach Dragan Teonic are looking to secure a state playoff berth with a win. If so, it’ll be the program's first since 2006. Larkin will rely on QB David Hibbler. The Maroons (0-8, 0-5) will be in search of their first win since beating Larkin back in Week 8 of the 2014 season — a 31-13 win. Larkin leads the all-time series 34-20.

EDGY's Pick: Larkin 37, Elgin 14

NLCS: Cubs sticking with resurgent lineup for Game 5

NLCS: Cubs sticking with resurgent lineup for Game 5

LOS ANGELES - Joe Maddon preaches keeping things simple, especially this time of year.

The Cubs finally broke out on offense in Game 4, so why change anything up for Game 5?

Of course, the starting battery will change, with Jon Lester taking the mound and his personal catcher David Ross behind the plate for what could be the final time together with Ross still slated to retire after the season.

After a one-game stint in the cleanup spot, Anthony Rizzo moved back to the three-hole and wound up with three hits - including his first postseason homer.

Addison Russell also had a breakout performance (three hits and a homer) in the eight spot, but moves up one spot in the order with "Grandpa Rossy" taking over the eight hole.

Willson Contreras is 6-for-15 (.400 AVG) this postseason, but sits in favor of Ross at catcher and Jason Heyward in the outfield with right-hander Kenta Maeda on the mound for the Dodgers.

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Here's the way the Cubs will line up behind Lester:

1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Kris Bryant - 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Ben Zobrist - LF
5. Javy Baez - 2B
6. Jason Heyward - RF
7. Addison Russell - SS
8. David Ross - C
9. Jon Lester - P

The Dodgers are still insisting they're sending Maeda to the mound and not starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest.

The lefty-heavy Dodgers inserted their right-handed lineup against southpaw Jon Lester:

1. Kike Hernandez - 2B
2. Justin Turner - 3B
3. Corey Seager - SS
4. Carlos Ruiz - C
5. Howie Kendrick - LF
6. Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
7. Yasiel Puig - RF
8. Joc Pederson - CF
9. Kenta Maeda - P

These are the same guys (just in a different order) the Dodgers threw out in Game 1 when Lester gave up one run in six innings.

Game 6 will be Saturday evening at Wrigley Field and a marquee pitching matchup of Kershaw vs. Kyle Hendricks.