High School Lites Preview: Week Four


NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week Four edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Huntley beat 6A's top-ranked team, Fox Valley rival Cary-Grove? Can Bishop McNamara, featuring Hall of Fame head coach Rich Zinnani, win on the road against Class 4A power IC Catholic Prep? Who wins the Battle of the Upstate Eight's undefeated teams: West Aurora or Glenbard East? Can Loyola go on the road and beat Brother Rice on the South Side? Which Southwest Suburban power can take a big step with a win this week between H-F and Bolingbrook? We also had a record number of votes in our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week. Who wins the rivalry game?

Rankings reflect the latest Power Rankings.

(11) Cary-Grove at (25) Huntley, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Cary-Grove (3-0, 3-0) and head coach Brad Seaburg will rely on the power running game; that said, the addition of senior QB Ben McDonald has given the Trojans a very strong play-action passing threat. Cary-Grove's former starting quarterback/baseball standout senior Quinn Priester, who is now playing receiver, adds another impressive weapon to the Trojans arsenal.  Keep an eye on junior RB Blake Skol and senior OL/DL Addison West (Western Michigan), a key two-way starter and team leader. Huntley and head coach Matt Zimzolak is coming off a huge 35-28 win last Friday over Prairie Ridge, snapping the Wolves 30-game consecutive winning streak. Huntley has been able to reload this season behind dual-threat senior QB Chris Raffin plus RB Ronel Noll and an always-big and physical Red Raiders line play. Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: Cary-Grove 34 Huntley 31

(4) Homewood-Flossmoor at (16) Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0, 1-0), under coach Craig Buzea, has been getting it done behind a strong running game. They are deep and very quick on both sides of the football. The Vikings will look towards junior QB Dominick Jones and senior RB Leon Tanna to carry the load on offense. The Vikings offensive line is stacked and includes junior D11 recruit Marcus Harper. The H-F defense? They're star-studded as well. Watch for senior DL Isaiah Coe, senior DE Charlies Brooks and Oregon State commit DB Wynston Russell. Bolingbrook (3-0, 1-0) and head coach John Ivlow always has talent on the roster. They might have the state's best 1-2 tandem at running back in Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) and senior Quentin Pringle (eastern Kentucky). Another intriguing storyline: junior QB Devyn Suggs transferred to Bolingbrook from H-F this past summer. The Raiders can play some serious defense. They are led by senior DE Elisha Armstrong and senior DB Cam Mitchell (Northwestern). Can the Vikings get the passing game going against the Bolingbrook defense? Can Bolingbrook run the football consistently against a very strong Vikings defensive front?

EDGY's Pick: Bolingbrook 22 Homewood-Flossmoor 21

Bishop McNamara at IC Catholic Prep, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Bishop McNamara (3-0, 1-0), featuring Hall of Fame head coach Rich Zinanni, is off to a good start this season. They have an explosive offense led by RB Tyshon King and QB Tyler Hiller. IC Catholic Prep (3-0, 1-0) and had coach Bill Krefft has an equally-impressive offense this fall. They're led by senior QB Khalil Saunders, sophomore RB Kyle Franklin and senior WR/OLB Khali Saunders (Purdue). Which team can outscore the other this week? Will someone's defense show up in this terrific shootout?

EDGY's Pick: IC Catholic Prep 42 Bishop McNamara 28

(9) Simeon vs Solorio at Gately Stadium, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Simeon (3-0) is coming off a huge 21-8 win last Saturday over Phillips 21-8. The Wolverines have plenty of talent and firepower, led by senior QB/ATH Alante Brown (Michigan State) along with plenty of playmakers on both sides of the football this season. Solorio (2-1) has a new head coach in Bill Ziemba. They're off to a good start as well. The Sun Warriors also have talent, which includes NIU commit senior WR/DB Messiah Travis. Can the Sun Warriors defense slow down/contain the multiple Simeon offensive weapons? 

EDGY's Pick: Simeon 41 Solorio 20

West Aurora at Glenbard East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both West Aurora (3-0, 3-0) and Glenbard East (3-0, 3-0) are off to a strong start this season. Could this game eventually determine the Upstate Eight Conference title? West Aurora and head coach Nate Eimer will lean on a very experienced squad. Keep an eye on junior QB Will Tammaru, senior WR Mosche Rogers, senior RB/LB JaQuan Buchanan and junior DL Denver Warren (Michigan). Coach John Walters' Glenbard East Rams also have a ton of veteran varsity players back this fall. The offense is led by senior QB Brett Bushka while senior TE/LB Anthony Shockey is a leader on the defense and is always around the football. Can West Aurora win on the road against a Rams program that is on the rise? Can Glenbard East win against a very talent-heavy Blackhawks team this week? 

EDGY's Pick: West Aurora 28 Glenbard East 21

(8) Loyola at (5) Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Loyola Academy (2-1) will be looking to bounce back this week after a tough 17-12 loss last Saturday to Mount Carmel. It was a game that featured several turnovers and (at times) a stagnant Ramblers offense. The Ramblers will feature senior QB Matt Schlitz along with a deep group of receivers and backs, led by senior WR Rory Boos. As far as the defense, it's a year-to-year strength. Keep an eye on senior ILB Armoni Dixon and senior S Jake Gonzales (Penn). Head coach Brian Badke's Crusaders (3-0) have already won more games this season than all last year (2-7). Look for Brother Rice to rely on a very experienced roster, including senior TE David O'Keeffe (Harvard), senior OL Evan Kirts and senior WR Dylan Summers. The Rice defense is stacked and includes junior DE Justin Jefferson. Can the Crusaders offense generate points and win time of possession against the Ramblers defense? Can Loyola limit the turnovers this week on the South Side?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 14 Loyola 13

(3) Batavia at Glenbard North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Batavia (3-0, 1-0) is off and running as the Bulldogs ground game and defense has taken center stage. As far as the running game, Batavia got a big boost last week with the return of junior RB Art Taylor while the passing game, led by QB Jack Meyers, continues to develop and improve each week. Glenbard North (0-3, 0-1) is in search of their first win. The Panthers are coming off their best performance of the season in last week's 26-23 loss to St. Charles East. Coach Ryan Wilkens' offense has gotten a big boost from junior QB Michael Vazquez. Junior RB Jordan McQuarters is another key name to watch for Glenbard North. Can the Batavia offense generate points against an always-tough Glenbard North defense? Can the Glenbard North offense move the ball against the Batavia front seven?

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 31 Glenbard North 14

Maine West at Hersey, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Head Coach Jason Kradman has Maine West (3-0) playing well. The Warriors haven't been 3-0 since the 1979 season. The Warriors will rely on the 6-foot, 225-pound senior RB/LB Jake Belizzi. He is having a standout season thus far. West also has a steady dose of a play-action passing game, led by junior QB Danny Kentgen. Hersey (3-0) is on top of the Mid-Suburban East. Coach Joe Pardun has been able to reload despite losing some top names from a season ago due to graduation. The Huskies are getting a big season so far from senior QB Ryan Justice and senior RB Luke Picchiotti. Their defense has a habit of creating turnovers at key points in the game. Can the Maine West defense slow down the high-flying Hersey offense? 

EDGY's Pick: Hersey 28 Maine West 21

Viewers' Choice Game 

Ottawa at LaSalle-Peru, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Ottawa Pirates (0-3) and the LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers (2-1) will meet for the 119th time on Friday at historic Howard Fellows Stadium in Peru, easily one of the best high school football stadiums in the State of Illinois. LaSalle-Peru and head coach Jose Medina is off to a good start this season having won two straight games and the Cavaliers will look to get the ground game going behind RB Nick Korlak, RB Justin Story as well as the occasional play action pass from QB Jacob Kupperschmid. Ottawa and head coach Chad Gross is looking to snap a 10 game losing streak on Friday and the Pirates will also look to run the football with RB Tray Fisher. Win the line of scrimmage and win the game this week. 

EDGY's Pick: LaSalle-Peru 28 Ottawa 14

Viewers' Choice Game 

DeKalb vs Sycamore at NIU's Huskie Stadium, 8:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: DeKalb (3-0) and Sycamore (3-0) has been one of the top rivalry games in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference. This game always draws a huge crowd and is played at Huskie Stadium to accommodate the overflow amount of fans. DeKalb and head coach Matt Weckler will look towards a more diverse offense with RB Jayden Hobson leading the ground game. Sophomore QB Trenton Kyler has played well in leading the Barbs' passing attack this season. Sycamore, under head coach Joe Ryan, will want to run the football. Keep an eye on RB Logan Egler and slot back Manny Dominguez to lead the Spartans' ground attack. Can Sycamore establish the running game and win time of possession this week? Can the DeKalb offense keep the Sycamore defense off balanced on Friday night?

EDGY's Pick: DeKalb 28 Sycamore 27

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