Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Playoffs/Second Round

Edgy Tim

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on the IHSA quarterfinals.

1. Lincoln-Way East 11-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Notre Dame, 23-13
This Week: vs Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get to host Southwest Suburban rival H-F for the second time this year. East won the weather-postponed Week 5 game 28-14.

2. Mount Carmel 11-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 34-14
This Week: vs Phillips
EDGY's Take: The Chicago Bowl is lurking. The Caravan will look to take care of business against their Public League foes on Saturday.

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3. Nazareth Academy 11-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Thornton, 49-21
This Week: vs Batavia
EDGY's Take: Huge game for Derrick Strongs against Thornton. The Roadrunners now square off against Bataiva, a team they beat in last year's 7A semifinals 47-28.

4. Warren Township 11-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 31-6
This Week: @ Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils' offense has kicked things into a higher gear in the postseason. On 'D, they've only given up 34 points all year.

5. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 38-22
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: And now, the rematch. Can the Vikings win on the road at Lincoln-Way East on Saturday?

6. Loyola 8-3 (8)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 28-27
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers simply refused to quit. A healthy Vaughn Pemberton helped matters. The Ramblers needed a power runner to bost the offense and he has certainly stepped up.

7. Minooka 11-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Edwardsville, 34-17
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Indians looked strong against Edwardsville; winning at Brother Rice in the quarterfinals will be a tall task.

8. Bolingbrook 8-3 (10)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 31-30 2-OT
This Week: vs Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Raiders get another big performance from RB Antonio King. His TD in the second overtime helped secure the win.

9. Glenbard West 10-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 28-27
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers gave Loyola everything they could handle on Saturday and simply fell short.

10. Neuqua Valley 9-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to H-F, 38-22
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The H-F power running game/offense kept the Wildcats' offensive playmakers on the sideline.

11. Batavia 9-2 (11)
Last Week: Beat Hononegah, 48-0
This Week: @ Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now look to get a win on the road. Can they figure out a way to get the Batavia Water Tower to LaGrange Park?

12. Hillcrest 10-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 28-7
This Week: vs St Rita
EDGY's Take: All of Hawks Nation is wondering just how injured RB Mar'Kiese Irving was in Saturday's win over Fenwick.

13. Willowbrook 10-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 33-24
This Week: @ Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Warriors will make their fourth straight quarterfinal appearance. Should be a great game against Lake Zurich.

14. Prairie Ridge 10-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Simeon, 49-0
This Week: vs Cary Grove
EDGY's Take: Well...well...well. Look at who the Wolves face next: Fox Valley Conference rival Cary-Grove. 

15. Rolling Meadows 11-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Prospect, 26-14
This Week: @ Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get the rematch win over Prospect. Chris Divito carried 22 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

16. St. Rita 8-3 (21)
Last Week: Beat Sterling, 32-0
This Week: @ Hillcrest
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get a huge road win against a previously-undefeated Sterling team to advance. Rita will stay on the road this week (at Hillcrest).

17. Brother Rice 7-4 (NR)
Last Week: Beat South Elgin, 25-7
This Week: vs Minooka
EDGY's Take: South Elgin's defense was the story going on, but Brother Rice's defense earned the spotlight in this one.

18. Marist 7-4 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Huntley, 14-7
This Week: @ Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks, who beat the Ramblers in Week 9 to get into the state playoff field, now get to take on Loyola in Wilmette for the second time in a month.

19. Huntley 9-2 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 14-7
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders went toe-to-toe with heavyweight Marist for four quarters on Saturday.

20. Maine South 7-3 (13)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed 

21. Phillips 9-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Normal Community, 20-0
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have been eyeing a big-time playoff game against the Caravan ever since moving "up" to Class 7A. They will get their wish.

22. Wheaton South 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 28-7
This Week: vs Rolling Meadows
EDGY's Take: The Tigers have now made back-to-back quarterfinal appearances after three straight two-win seasons.
23. Providence Catholic 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 61-37
This Week: vs Glenwood
EDGY's Take: The Celtics get a huge showing from the offense, led by sophomore RB Aaron Vaughn Jr. He ran for 366 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

24. Fremd 8-3 (20)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 31-6
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Vikings just couldn't get the offense on track against one of the state's top defenses.

25. Notre Dame 8-3 (22)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln Way East, 23-13
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Don wrap up a very strong 2019 season and will look to QB Anthony Sayles to led the way in 2020.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Playoffs/Second Round originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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