“CSN Chicago’s High School Lites will have cameras across the city and suburbs Friday night, including a DuPage Valley showdown in as the high flying Naperville Central Redhawks travel to Wheaton to take on the Red Grange Tigers. Plus, another key Chicago Catholic League Blue divisional battle goes down as St. Rita looks to bounce back on the road against Providence Catholic at the Emerald Isle. I'll be in Hoffman Estates as Schaumburg travels to take on Conant in a key Mid Suburban West conference clash. We’ll bring you highlights of the following games at 11:00 Friday night: ”
Marmion Academy (4-1/2-1) @ Aurora Christian (5-0/3-0) 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Terrific Suburban Christian Blue showdown here. Marmion is coming off a 27-3 loss to Montini, and the Cadets will need to get plenty of offense this week behind senior QB Brock Krueger along with senior RB Jordan Glasgow. Aurora Christian passed it's biggest test of the season in last week's 24-14 win over St. Francis. The Eagles have plenty of weapons on offense with sophomore QB Austin Bray and senior WR Noah Roberts, yet the Eagles defense has also been solid all season. Can the Cadets slow down the Eagles high flying offense? Can the Eagles match up on the lines with the Cadets?
Prediction: Aurora Christian 34 Marmion Academy 24
Naperville Central (5-0/3-0) at Wheaton Warrenville South (4-1/2-1) 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Naperville Central has been as explosive as ever this season with Illinois State verbal commit senior QB Jake Kolbe and the Redhawks defense has pitched two straight shutouts. Wheaton South dropped a 21-14 decision to Naperville North last week. Can the Tigers defense slow down the Redhawks offense? Can Central get the football back from the ball control Tigers offense? Time of possession is crucial here for Wheaton South.
Prediction: Naperville Central 35 Wheaton South 27
Bremen (4-1/3-0) @ Oak Forest (4-1/3-0) 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: The top two teams in the South Suburban Blue and longtime neighborhood rivals get after in this week. Can the ground happy Bengals keep it's running game clicking and not give the ball back to Bremen? Senior RB Matt Barry along with QB Nick Ciufla are keys for Oak Forest. Bremen? Head coach Dan Stell will also rely on a strong running game with RB Darius Tolbert. Could this be a potential last possession type of game here?
Prediction: Oak Forest 21 Bremen 14
St. Rita (4-1/0-1) @ Providence Catholic (3-2/0-1) 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: St. Rita will need to get it's offense on track this week after being held to a field goal last week in it's 24-3 loss to Mount Carmel. The Mustangs offense has serious potential led by senior QB Tommy Mister (Iowa State) and a speedy backfield and receiver group. Providence Catholic can also score points this season. Senior RB Dom Lagone is a great compliment to the Celtics passing attack that features junior standout WR Miles Boykin. Can the Mustangs offense get back on track? Can the Providence defense contain the Mustangs weapons? Can the Mustangs defense slow down the Providence offense?
Prediction: Providence Catholic 24 St. Rita 21
Harlan (2-3/1-1) vs Raby (4-1/2-0) @ Hanson Stadium 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Raby has one of the CPL's top players and recruiting prospects in senior QB Chris Covington, who is a dual threat as well as a standout defender. Harlan also has some speed and athletes including senior QB/DN Daniel Johnson, yet the Falcons will need to find a way to slow down a Raby offense that has been just lighting up all comers in CPL play so far in 2013.
Prediction: Raby 41 Harlan 21
Glenbard West (4-1/3-0) @ Oak Park-River Forest (5-0/3-0) 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: This is a big time match up and should tell us more about who's the top dog in the West Suburban Silver. OPRF has several weapons on offense with senior RB/DB Jamal Baggett, senior WR/LB Simmie Cobbs and junior QB Lloyd Yates. Yet Glenbard West also has speed and senior RB Scott Andrews is an electric game breaker type. West also has a very impressive defense led by senior DB Hayden Carlson. Can the Hilltoppers defense slow down the OPRF offense? Can the OPRF defense win first and second down against the run first Hilltopper offense? If OPRF pulls off the upset here winning first and second down on defense will be a major key.
Prediction: Glenbard West 24 OPRF 21
Morgan Park (3-2/2-0) vs Robeson (3-2/1-1) @ Gately Stadium 4:15 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Two of the three top teams in the CPL Illini Prairie State conference square off here. Morgan Park has been shutting out all comers so far in CPL play, posting three straight shutouts. Robeson and head coach Fabray Collins always has speed and the Raiders are looking to bounce back here after a 21-6 loss last week to Hubbard (3-2).
Prediction: Morgan Park 26 Robeson 12
Schaumburg (5-0/1-0) @ Conant (1-4/1-2) 7:00 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Schaumburg and head coach Mark Stilling has the most experienced team in the Mid Suburban West this year with senior QB Stacey Smith leading a very solid senior class for the Saxons. Conant and veteran head coach Bill Modelski will rely on his son senior QB Danny Modelski, yet the Cougars also found a new weapon last week in junior RB Elias Gardener which allows the Conant passing game to open up. Fully expect a shoot-out here and this also could potentially be another last possession/overtime type of finish.
Prediction: Schaumburg 34 Conant 27
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Lake Forest (4-1/1-1) @ Zion-Benton (1-4/1-2) 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Lake Forest lost last week to Lake Zurich 21-10 yet the Scouts also showed that they can compete with anyone this season. Senior RB Hub Cirame leads the Lake Forest offense this fall and the Scouts defense is also very solid. Zion-Benton posted it's first win last week over Mundelein and the Zee-Bees will rely on junior RB Tristan Wright along with junior QB Doug Gates. Can the Zee-Bees get a hold of Hub Cirame this week?
Prediction: Lake Forest 36 Zion-Benton 17
Stevenson (3-2/2-0) @ Warren (4-1/2-1) 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Despite suffering several key injuries, the Stevenson Patriots have bounced back for a 0-2 start behind junior QB Willie Bourbon and senior WR/S Matt Morrissey (Michigan State). Warren has quietly put together a nice season behind an explosive offense led by QB Andrew Nickell and the Blue Devils also have a group of very capable receivers. Can anyone slow down the other here? I'm expecting a wild one here folks.
Prediction: Warren 46 Stevenson 43
Mount Carmel (5-0/2-0) @ Loyola Academy (5-0/2-0) 1:30 p.m. Saturday
EDGY's Take: Once again these two will hook up with a lot on the line. Mount Carmel has been dominant on defense and the Caravan locked down St. Rita 24-3. Loyola has also been playing well and the Ramblers defense is as good as ever. Keys here? Can the Loyola offense score against the MC defense? Can the Loyola defense get the football back from the MC defense? MC QB Marko Boricich will need to throw the ball effectively here for the Caravan to pull out the win. Loyola has won two straight against the Caravan and two of the last three meetings have gone into overtime.
Prediction: Loyola 17 Mount Carmel 14