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High School Lites Week 2 football capsules and picks

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High School Lites Week 2 football capsules and picks

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 2 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11 p.m. Can Prairie Ridge stay unbeaten in the Fox Valley against the always-tough Red Raiders in Huntley? Can Richards catch Phillips napping after the Wildcats’ win over Loyola? Who wins the battle of first year head coaches when Montini Catholic travels to Lake Zurich? And who comes away with a win when No. 3 Lincoln-Way East takes on top-ranked Maine South? Watch the show on CSN or live stream at csnchicago.com/watchlive.

No. 2 Prairie Ridge @ No. 19 Huntley, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The road doesn't get any easier for Prairie Ridge. The Wolves will look to get a bit more offensive production from the option game, led by Iowa commit QB Samson Evans. Huntley needed a late, come from behind touchdown to beat Jacobs last Friday 30-27. Can the Red Raiders and standout QB Eric Mooney dent a very strong Prairie Ridge defense? The top matchup to watch here will be the Prairie Ridge offensive line versus the Huntley defensive line. Think power versus power here. 

EDGY's Pick: Prairie Ridge 21, Huntley 14

No. 6 Phillips @ Richards, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Phillips came away with a huge 20-14 win last Saturday night over Loyola. Senior QB J'Bore Gibbs leads the Wildcats offense while senior RB Craig Elmore is a battering ram. The Wildcats also have a roster loaded with talent including NIU commit DT Queneil Morrison and senior DE Terrance Taylor. Richards features a potent 1-2 on offense with junior QB/S Sebastian Castro plus junior RB Derek Flowers. Can the Richards defense find an answer to the Wildcats multiple weapons? Can the Phillips defense contain QB Castro and make the Bulldogs offense more one dimensional? 

EDGY's Pick: Phillips 28, Richards 20

Riverside-Brookfield @ Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take:  It's Bulldogs versus Bulldogs this week. Riverside-Brookfield had very little issue last Friday beating Morton 33-0. Wauconda is coming off a Week 1 loss to Richmond-Burton 27-14. The Bulldogs got off to an early lead but couldn't slow down the Richmond-Burton running game. Can Riverside-Brookfield run the ball against the Wauconda defense? Can Wauconda and QB Andrew Saccameno get the offense on back track this week?

EDGY's Pick: Riverside-Brookfield 31, Wauconda 21

St. Laurence @ IC Prep, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: St. Laurence took one on the chin in last week's 49-28 loss to Benet Academy. The Vikings look to rebound against another powerhouse, this time against defending Class 3A state champion Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst. The Knights beat Bishop McNamara 43-7 last Friday and senior QB Luke Ricobene is back again this fall. He leads a potent and athletic offense. Can the Vikings slow down the Knights offense? Can St. Laurence offense get the Knights defense back on its heels?

EDGY's Pick: Immaculate Conception 43, St. Laurence 27

No. 16 Montini @ No. 5 Lake Zurich, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Montini Catholic rolled to a 51-8 win over Hyde Park last week as longtime assistant and first-year head coach Mike Bukovsky won his first game at the helm. Lake Zurich was able to lock down Fremd for a 21-3 win. The Bears defense held the Vikings to just seven yards rushing in the game. Can the Montini Catholic spread offense move the football consistently against the Lake Zurich defense? Can the Lake Zurich offense wear down the Broncos defense with extended drives and also finish with points?

EDGY's Pick: Lake Zurich 27, Montini Catholic 17

No. 3 Lincoln-Way East @ No. 1 Maine South, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: These two highly-ranked Class 8A powers will square off in this rematch from the 2016 Class 8A quarterfinal round, a Maine South 34-31 win. The Hawks couldn't have drawn it up any better in Week One. They trounced Glenbard West 62-34 on Saturday as RB Fotis Kokosioulis (NIU) ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns while senior QB John O'Sullivan was a perfect 13-of-13 passing for 169 yards in his starting varsity debut. Lincoln-Way East and head coach Rob Zvonar posted a strong 27-7 win over Crete-Monee to start the season. Senior QB Brendan Morrissey leads the East offense and is a true dual-threat option. Can the East defense limit the Hawks’ touches on offense and force several three-and-outs this week? Can the Maine South defense slow down the East running game and make the Griffins offense one dimensional?

EDGY's Pick: Maine South 27, Lincoln-Way East 20

VIEWERS' CHOICE: Libertyville @ Batavia, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This is easily one of the more intriguing matchups for the second straight season, featuring two Class 7A power programs. Batavia posted an impressive 21-0 win last Friday over Lemont as the Bulldogs got a big night from QB Riley Cooper. The Batavia defense held Lemont to just seven first downs in the game. Libertyville also played well in its 27-14 win over Highland Park last week as the Wildcats ran the football behind its big offensive line and RB Brendan Bazar. Can the Batavia defense lock down Libertyville as well this week? Can the Wildcats defense contain a balanced Batavia offensive attack?

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 28, Libertyville 21

High School Lites Week 5 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 5 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as CSN had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. No. 1 Lincoln-Way East hits the road to face Lincoln-Way Central while No. 2 Prairie Ridge hosts Bartlett during homecoming week. Staying in the Fox Valley, we also have highlights of a battle between top-25 teams as No. 17 Cary-Grove travels to No. 20 Huntley. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Also be sure to read a preview of Saturday's big Week 5 matchups as Edgy Tim breaks down Notre Dame battling St. Patrick and West Aurora traveling to South Elgin.


DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 6

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week: Marmion uses late touchdown to upset No. 24 Montini

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Homewood-Flossmoor's Justin Hall

St. Xavier Team of the Week: Eisenhower Cardinals

Faith in Football: Old school film stories

Friday's Top 25 Scores

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 28, Lincoln-Way Central 14

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 63, Bartlett 7

No. 3 Maine South 56, Evanston 14

No. 4 Marist 63, Marian Catholic 6

No. 5 Lake Zurich 41, Warren 35, 2 OT

No. 6 Phillips 68, Vocational 0

No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 28, Lincoln-Way West 9

No. 8 Naperville Central 31, Wheaton-Warrenville South 17

No. 9 Lyons 31, Leyden 0

No. 11 Barrington 26, Fremd 14

No. 12 Stevenson 41, Zion-Benton 7

No. 13 Hinsdale Central 31, York 7

No. 14 Hoffman Estates 20, Conant 0

St. Rita 38, No. 15 Mount Carmel 21

No. 16 Nazareth 24, Benet 14

No. 20 Huntley 41, No. 17 Cary-Grove 32

No. 18 Palatine 28, Schaumburg 21

No. 19 Batavia 7, St. Charles East 0

No. 21 Glenbard West 35, Downers North 14

No. 23 Neuqua Valley 41, Thornwood 8

Marmion 28, No. 24 Montini 27

Glenbard North 20, No. 25 Naperville North 7

Other Highlights

Payton outlasts Lindblom

Oswego East holds off Plainfield North

St. Ignatius takes down St. Joseph

Herscher beats Coal City

Saturday's Week 5 Football Games to Watch

Saturday's Week 5 Football Games to Watch

While Friday night had a majority of the Week 5 IHSA high school football action, Saturday features a few games to watch. 

Edgy Tim also breaks down a clash between rivals Notre Dame and St. Pat's as well as unbeaten West Aurora going on the road to face South Elgin.

Catch all of Friday's highlights from Week 5 on High School Lites.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


Notre Dame at St. Patrick 

EDGY's Take: Notre Dame (3-1, 1-1) is looking to get a win on the road this week. Look for the Dons to get the football into the hands of junior running back Ty Gavin early and often. St. Patrick (2-2, 1-1), coached by first-year head coach Adam Guerra, will look to his offense as a strength. It’s paced by senior quarterback Brett Rosenbusch and senior wide receiver Joey Lombardi. Can the St. Pats’ defense slow down the Notre Dame running game?

EDGY's Pick: Notre Dame 35, St. Patrick 28 

West Aurora at South Elgin

EDGY's Take: West Aurora (4-0) and head coach Nate Eimer will look to get back into the Class 8A state playoff field again this fall. The Blackhawks have another talented team led by junior running back JaQuan Buchanan, sophomore quarterback Will Tammaru and sophomore defensive tackle Denver Warren. South Elgin (4-0) and head coach Pat Pistorio will look towards senior quarterback Nate Gomez, who's a major threat with both the run and the pass. Can the West Aurora defense lock down Gomez? Can the South Elgin defense contain the multiple weapons of the West Aurora offense?

EDGY's Pick: West Aurora 36, South Elgin 27

Other Saturday Games of Note

Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola -- The Ramblers (3-1, 1-0) have won three straight games following a season-opening loss to No. 6 Phillips as they once again look like a major factor. Loyola will face a Fenwick (3-1, 1-0) group that is coming off of a 28-0 win over Leo last week.  

No. 22 Crete-Monee at Rich East -- The Warriors (3-1, 1-0) have won three straight after dropping their season opener to No. 1 Lincoln-Way East as they're coming off of an impressive 71-0 win over Bloom. Rich East (1-3, 0-0) is playing its first Southland game of the season after falling in a high-scoring game to Thornton in Week 4.