CSN Chicago’s High School Lites will have cameras across the city and suburbs Friday night, including one at of the up and coming rivalry games in Illinois as No. 19-ranked Waubonsie Valley battles No. 12-ranked Neuqua Valley from North Central College in Naperville. Plus, we'll head south for a huge Southwestern Suburban Blue showdown between No. 6 Bolingbrook at No. 7 Homewood-Floosmoor. And, can Muscle Milk Team of the Week Schaumburg (6-0) stay perfect this season against Hoffman Estates? Here is a rundown of this weekend’s top games and the highlights you will see Friday night at 11 p.m. on High School Lites.
Palatine at Fremd, 7 p.m.
EDGY's Take: The Battle of Palatine here has both Fremd and Palatine with identical 4-2 records. Fremd has gone heavily to the running game with an injury to standout four-year varsity starting quarterback Sam Beutler. Senior running back Jeff McGlade is a name to watch along with an extra-large offensive line for Fremd. Palatine has been up and down on the defensive side of the ball this season. The Pirates offense has got a boost this year from junior quarterback Nick Orlando. Can Fremd play smash-mouth against the Palatine defense? Can Fremd get off to a good start and maintain that fast start this week?
Prediction: Fremd 34, Palatine 27
Hoffman Estates at No. 25 Schaumburg, 7 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Hoffman Estates (2-4) continues to be a work in progress under veteran head coach Mike Donatucci. Schaumburg (6-0) might have one of the state's most dangerous game breakers in senior quarterback Stacey Smith Jr. this season. Can the Hawks avoid the penalty bug this week? Can anyone shut down Stacey Smith Jr. and the Saxons running game?
Prediction: Schaumburg 38, Hoffman Estates 16
No. 16 Richards at Argo, 7 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Argo (5-1) remains one of the best success stories in all of Illinois this season. The Argonauts gave state-ranked Evergreen Park (6-0) a battle last week. Argo has some key playmakers this season in quarterback Jason Noel, wide receiver Diamond Malloy and running back D'Ken Jones. Richards (5-1) has weapons all over the field but none as dangerous as junior quarterback Hasan Muhammed-Rogers. Can the depleted Argonauts hold up? Can Richards win a big game on the road this week?
Prediction: Richards 28, Argo 20
Lincoln-Way West at Lincoln-Way North, 7:15 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Look for these two relatively new schools to develop a serious rivalry sooner rather than later. Lincoln-Way North (6-0) is led by Illinois verbal commit running back/defensive back Julian Hylton, and the Phoenix play hard-nosed defense week in and week out. Lincoln-Way West (5-1) and head coach Dave Ernst have a terrific offense, and the defense is nasty led by the Gray twins (senior outside linebacker Alex and defensive back Andrew). Expect a very close game here, literally a coin-flip/pick-em type of game.
Prediction: Lincoln-Way West 31, Lincoln-Way North 29
Grayslake Central at Grayslake North, 7:15 p.m.
EDGY's Take: The Battle of Grayslake should be a fun one. Could this be a must-win for both? Grayslake North (5-1) suffered it's first loss last week as the high-flying offense was locked down. Junior running back Titus Booker is a key for the Knights. Grayslake Central (3-3) is no question in must-win mode. The Rams have lost three straight games, and Central's offense has slipped since starting the season 3-0. Can North and/or Central get its offense in gear this week?
Prediction: Grayslake North 31, Grayslake Central 21
Stevenson at Mundelein, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Stevenson (4-2) has turned around its season and has now won four straight games. The Patriots defense came to play in last week's 21-7 win over Warren. Stevenson's defense is led by senior safety/wide receiver Matt Morrissey (Michigan State) along with junior defensive tackle Nick Dillon. Mundelein (1-5) hasn't been able to get much going since a Week 1 win over Wheeling, yet the Mustangs have a potentially bright future with sophomore quarterback Gavin Graves.
Prediction: Stevenson 40, Mundelein 13
Marian Central Catholic at No. 4 Montini Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Just take the rankings out of the equation and throw them out whenever these two long-time Suburban Christian Blue rivals meet. Marian Central Catholic (5-1) is always dangerous and always capable of putting up points. Keep an eye on junior quarterback Billy Bahl along with senior running back Ephraim Lee. Montini (6-0) counters with senior quarterback Alex Wills along with a defense led by standout Ohio State commit defensive lineman Dylan Thompson and Nile Sykes. Can Montini break the Hurricanes' two-game regular-season winning streak? Can the Hurricanes dent the Broncos defense?
Prediction: Montini Catholic 35, Marian Central Catholic 29 (OT)
No. 19 Waubonsie Valley vs. No. 12 Neuqua Valley at North Central College, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: The Big One is here. Expect 12,000-to-15,000-plus fans at North Central College and one of the best gameday atmospheres in the state. Can Neuqua Valley just outscore all comers in 2013? Neuqua Valley has one of the state's top receivers in Illinois commit Mike Dudek. Waubonsie Valley counters with senior running back Jon Fizer and Illinois State commit wide receiver Christian Gibbs. Can Waubonsie Valley slow down the Wildcats offense? Can the Neuqua Valley defense play big in the Big One? This is always a wild game, and this year looks no different.
Prediction: Neuqua Valley 41, Waubonsie Valley 40 (2OT)
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No. 14 Glenbard North at No. 11 Naperville Central, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Both teams have been very strong this season. Glenbard North (5-1) features two-time All-State and Northwestern verbal commit running back Justin Jackson. Naperville Central (5-1) has been strong on offense behind Illinois State commit quarterback Jake Kolbe, but did Wheaton Warrenville South show the rest of the DuPage Valley Conference how to defend the Redhawks last week? Can the Panthers defense come to play this week? Can anyone slow down Jackson?
Prediction: Glenbard North 28, Naperville Central 21
No. 6 Bolingbrook at No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30 p.m.
EDGY's Take: Major tell-all game here in the Southwest Suburban Blue. Bolingbrook (6-0) and head coach John Ivlow will run the veer option and rely on a tough-as-nails defense. Bolingbrook senior defensive back Parrker Westphal is a big-time recruit. Also keep an eye on junior defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadwell and sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland. Homewood-Flossmoor has been explosive on offense, with senior running back Vashon Nutt leading a deep and talented group of offensive skills. The Vikings also counter with speed and size on defense. Could special teams play and/or a turnover be the difference here?
Prediction: Bolingbrook 21, Homewood-Flossmoor 14