CSN Chicago’s High School Lites will have cameras across the city and suburbs Friday night, including an all-Naperville battle as Central hosts Neuqua Valley. Plus, “The Battle of Pulaski” adds another chapter to their storied history as Brother Rice travels to Marist. I’ll be in southwest suburban Minooka as the Indians look to tame a Providence team looking to bounce back after an opening week loss to Joliet Catholic. We’ll bring you highlights of the following games at 11:00 Friday night.
Andrew at Sandburg 7:15PM
EDGY's Take: District 230 battle will have even more on the line after Sandburg's opening week loss to Lincoln-Way Central. Andrew was able to put up a ton of offense in last week's win over Bremen and keep an eye on senior RB Jarvion Franklin (Western Michigan) along with senior QB Jacob Platt. Sandburg will look to get back on track this week behind senior OL Yanni Demogerontas who leads the Eagles offensive line. Also keep an eye on senior RB Bobby Krop for Sandburg and the last thing the Eagles want to do is go into conference play next week at 0-2.
Prediction: Sandburg 23 Andrew 21
Brother Rice at (19) Marist 7:30PM
EDGY's Take: The Battle of Pulaski is always fun, rowdy and look for a very close game. Brother Rice was able to get off to a good start beating Shepard 42-0. Marist is coming off a tough Week 1 loss to St. Rita 28-26 as the Redhawks defense allowed a ton of yards to the Mustangs. The biggest question heading into this one? Can Marist find some defense sooner rather than later? Expect another close game and a last score type of potential finish here.
Prediction: Marist 36 Brother Rice 35
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Oswego at (22) Waubonsie Valley 7:30PM
EDGY's Take: Mistakes hurt both Oswego and Waubonsie Valley in Week 1 games. Oswego sophomore QB Steven Frank leads an offense that has potential to be explosive while senior FB/LB Bryce Holm (Illinois State) is another name to watch. Waubonsie Valley also has potential on both sides of the ball and the Warriors will look towards senior WR Christian Gibbs (Illinois State) as a big time playmaker this fall. Who can clean up the turnovers this week wins this game.
Prediction: Waubonsie Valley 24 Oswego 17
(8) Neuqua Valley at (12) Naperville Central 7:30PM
EDGY's Take: Two highly ranked team and two big time offenses square off here between these two neighboring school both in Naperville. Neuqua Valley has a game breaker receiver in senior Mike Dudek (Illinois) who exploded for three first half touchdown catches in last week win. The Wildcats also found another big game back in RB TJ Scruggs. Naperville Central will put the football in the air with senior QB Jake Kolbe (Illinois State) and a very solid group of receivers. So who's defense comes to play on Friday here?
Prediction: Neuqua Valley 29 Naperville Central 24
Whitney Young at Hope 4:15PM
EDGY's Take: Hope wasn't able to generate much offense in last week's 6-0 loss to Manley and this week Hope faces a Whitney Young team that just beat a very good Payton team 40-0. Hope will need to find some offense this week and hope it's defense can slow down the Dolphins offense.
Prediction: Whitney Young 37 Hope 6
(20) Providence Catholic at Minooka 7:00PM
EDGY's Take: Providence was able to put up some points in its 42-35 win but the Celtics defense had issues with the JCA running game and allowing big running plays. Minooka, coming off a huge 21-14 win last week over rival Morris features an oversized offensive line led by senior OT Paul Stawarz (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) and a speedy big game-breaker type in junior RB Nate Gunn. Can Providence Catholic slow down Gunn and the Indians run offense this week? Can Minooka find someone to defend Providence junior standout WR Miles Boykin?
Prediction: Providence Catholic 21 Minooka 14
(10) Wheaton Warrneville South at (21) Maine South 7:00PM
EDGY's Take: Wheaton South got a huge 17-14 win over Glenbard West last week yet it doesn't get any easier here. The Tigers needed to score 14 4th quarter points in last week's win and can the Tigers offense, led by senior QB Ryan Graham get out of the gate quicker this week? Maine South lost a tough 21-19 game last week to Montini yet the Hawks showed well. Senior QB Alec Basso throw for 332 yards and as long as the Hawks are putting up numbers they will win a lot of ball games this season.
Prediction: Wheaton South 24 Maine South 17
(25) Homewood-Floosmoor at (24) Stevenson 7:30PM
EDGY's Take: Stevenson lost 15-14 to a team from Wisconsin (Indian Trail) and no one saw that coming. Seven Patriot second half turnovers last week also didn't help Stevenson, and ball security is job one this week. Homewood Floosmoor beat Simeon behind a strong passing game led by QB Isaac Cutrara and a big and physical offensive line. Can Stevenson's defense slow down the Vikings offense? Can H-F keep the Stevenson play makers in check for one more week? Lose this one and The Drive could take a very interesting turn to say the least in Lincolnshire.
Prediction: Stevenson 17 H-F 14
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Morgan Park vs (1) Mount Carmel at Gately Stadium 7:30PM
EDGY's Take: Morgan Park just couldn't get its offense on track last week in a 34-0 loss to Thornton. Mount Carmel started out a bit slow but finished strong as the Caravan beat St. Patrick 40-0 as senior WR/DB Christian Searles caught two touchdown passes in the win. Can the Mustangs offense get anything going against a top flight defense in Mount Carmel? Morgan Park is always up to play the Caravan and I expect a much better game from the Mustangs here. In the end the Caravan find a way to take the air out of the football, win time of possession and pound out the win here.
Prediction: Mount Carmel 34 Morgan Park 12
Plainfield Central at St. Charles North 7:00PM
EDGY's Take: Plainfield Central lost to Marmion last week 25-7 as the Wildcats defense allowed 386 yards on the ground while the offense turned the ball over six times. Ouch. St. Charles North lost a tough 23-22 overtime game to Elk Grove last week and the North Stars also turned the ball over five times in the loss. St. Charles North featured two D1 recruits in OL Chase Gianacakos (Michigan State) and senior TE Garrett Johnson (Ball State). Someone needs to clean up its act this week. I'll take the home team.
Prediction: St. Charles North 31 Plainfield Central 17
Lincoln-Way Central at (6) Lincoln-Way East 7:30PM
EDGY's Take: The Knights and head coach Hud Venerable got off to a poor start but finished strong, rallying from a 21-6 deficit to beat Sandburg 26-21. The Knights will look towards senior QB Cale Hayes and an experienced defense. East? The Griffins also needed to come from behind last week beating Carmel 17-7. The Griffins will need to shore up its own turnover issues after six fumbles last week. East has had entire seasons with less than six fumbles. If Central comes out of the gates early and East stumbles, this could be a tight game folks.
Prediction: Lincoln-Way East 22 Lincoln-Way Central 13
"Edgy" Tim O'Halloran is a contributor to csnchicago.com for IHSA football and recruiting information. Watch “Edgy” on HS Lites on Wednesdays (on-demand) and Friday/Saturdays (TV; on-demand). Also, visit edgytim.com for in-depth prep football information and analysis.