1 Maine South (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Conant 27-13
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Glenbard North
PrepsTalk: No second-round slump this time around. The Hawks roll into the quarterfinals behind 244 total yards and three touchdowns from Northwestern-bound quarterback Matt Alviti.
2 Glenbard West (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Libertyville 38-10
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Wheaton North
PrepsTalk: The Hilltoppers sacked Libertyville quarterback Jack Deichl nine times, including 3 from Jack Wheeler. Devante Toney and Nathan Marcus also found the end zone for Glenbard West.
3 Lincoln-Way East (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Providence 24-14
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Edwardsville
PrepsTalk: The defense produced a safety and contained Celtics running back Brandon Price. Solid games on offense from running back Nick Colangelo and quarterback Tom Fuessel.
4 Loyola (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Bartlett 31-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Palatine
PrepsTalk: The Ramblers cruise after an early 7-0 deficit. Running back Julius Holley (22 carries, 113 yards, TD) and quarterback Peter Pujals (31-45, 266 yards, rushing TD) come through once again.
5 Marian Central Catholic (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Woodstock North 41-20
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Montini
PrepsTalk: The Hurricanes utilized three second-half turnovers and Chris Streveler (259 total yards, three TDs) took over from there. And look who comes to Woodstock for the quarterfinals
6 Mount Carmel (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated Simeon 41-6
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Lyons
PrepsTalk: The Caravan held the Wolverines to four total yards in the first half. Draco Smith, Matt Domer, Don Butkus and Vincent Speller all scored for Frank Lentis crew.
7 Crete-Monee (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Richwoods 35-32
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Ottawa
PrepsTalk: Laquon Treadwells interception return for a score and one-yard TD reception helped erase a dismal seven-turnover day by the Warriors; C-M avenges last years playoff loss to Richwoods.
8 Palatine (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Schaumburg 42-14
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Loyola
PrepsTalk: An opportunistic defense and an offense led by Ethan Olles, Cam Kuksa, Alex Nawrot and John Serio pace Palatine. The Pirates reach the 10-win mark for the first time since 1997.
9 Neuqua Valley (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Bolingbrook 44-33
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Waubonsie Valley
PrepsTalk: Another game, another signature win by Neuquas program. Joey Rhattigan: 27 carries, 27 carries, 344 yards, five touchdowns. And you thought the first Neuqua-Waubonsie game was big
10 Cary-Grove (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated St. Patrick 49-21
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Crystal Lake Central
PrepsTalk: The Trojans racked up 551 rushing yards, 205 of those from Kyle Norberg. The senior fullback also scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Quinn Baker rushed for 188 yards and a score.
11 Waubonsie Valley (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Oak Park-River Forest 28-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: Austin Guido (232 yards on 39 rushes) and quarterback Dylan Warden scored two touchdowns apiece. It sets up a very interesting rematch in Naperville.
12 Glenbard North (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Stevenson 23-14
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Maine South
PrepsTalk: Justin Jackson was Ironman against the Patriots. He piled up 216 yards on 48 carries with three touchdowns. Playing cornerback, he helped tame a very talented Stevenson offense.
13 Wheaton North (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Prospect 14-7
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Glenbard West
PrepsTalk: Quarterback John Peltz hooked up with Matt Biegalski on a 5-yard scoring toss in the fourth that proved to be the winning score. Clayton Thorson left the game with a collarbone injury.
14 Benet (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated Oswego 28-13
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Downers Grove North
PrepsTalk: Porter Ontko has helped cement the Redwings as a top defensive team (INT-TD against Oswego), but how about his skills on offense: 213 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
15 Lemont (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Richards 23-19
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Oak Forest
PrepsTalk: The defense, led by Connor OBriens two forced fumbles was clutch once again. Quarterback Zach Brosseau: 20-for-29, 231 yards, TD. A rematch and rivalry game await.
16 Oak Forest (10-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Shepard 69-29
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Lemont
PrepsTalk: The Bengals make a big splash en route to the quarterfinals, with Ben Santiago scoring four touchdowns against the Astros. Lemont beat Oak Forest 17-14 back on September 21.
17 Morris (10-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Urbana 65-20
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Washington
PrepsTalk: The Redskins, familiar faces in in November IHSA football, roll into the quarterfinals behind Reese Sobols 321 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Collin Grogan also had two scores.
18 Montini (9-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Sycamore 24-22
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Marian Central Catholic
PrepsTalk: Andrew Harte's 34-yard field goal with five seconds left gave the Broncos the victory. It sets up (what else is new) another dramatic showdown with their Suburban Christian Blue foes.
19 Lake Zurich (9-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Hononegah 17-6
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Boylan
PrepsTalk: The Bears overcame three consecutive second-half turnovers to get the victory. Lake Zurich sealed the game when Robert Rossdeutchers interception led to a six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sean Lynch.
20 Lyons (7-4)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated OFallon 42-27
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Mount Carmel
PrepsTalk: A big win for the Lions, traveling close to five hours to get the victory. Leonard Ross and Zach Mahoney each had two rushing touchdowns. Jake Elliott kicked four field goals.
Looming and Lurking: Lake Forest, Aurora Christian, Joliet Catholic, Notre Dame, Brooks, Evergreen Park, Downers Grove North, Lincoln-Way West, Crystal Lake Central, Kaneland, Bolingbrook, Providence, Lakes, Richards, Coal City.
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