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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (7-0 Southwest Suburban Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Evanston then lost to Glenbard West in second-round action.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 10 Palatine]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Michigan City, Indiana

Sept. 1 @ South Durham, North Carolina

Sept. 8 @ Stagg

Sept. 15 vs. Bolingbrook

Sept. 22 @ Lincoln-Way West

Sept. 28 vs. Lincoln-Way East

Oct. 6 vs. Bradley

Oct. 13 @ Andrew

Oct. 20 @ Sandburg

Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings get deep into the Class 8A state playoffs in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior RB/DB Justin Hall (NIU), senior DL Jeff Griffin (NIU), senior LB Mario Wright II (Western Kentucky)

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings will need to fill some important spots including the quarterback position this fall.

EDGY's early take: If any program can reload each year it's the Vikings under Buzea. The Vikings will look towards Hall, who can see action at any number of positions including returner. Griffin moved over from the offensive line, while Wright II is another name to watch along with junior defensive back Wynston Russell, a top Class of 2019 player who transferred in from De La Salle. Homewood-Flossmoor has the overall numbers, talent and depth to once again be a real threat in Class 8A this season.

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 11

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 11

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Bolingbrook (8) 21-0 107 1
2. Edwardsville (3) 20-1 100 2
3. Curie 21-2 89 3
4. Simeon 20-2 73 4
5. Fremd 21-0 65 5
6. Whitney Young 17-5 45 6
7. Wheaton Warrenville South 23-1 41 8
8. Evanston Township 20-3 19 9
9. Joliet West 19-3 17 10
10. Geneva 25-0 15 NR

Others receiving votes: East Moline United 14, Rockford Boylan 10, East St. Louis 4, Willowbrook 2, Quincy 2.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Springfield Lanphier (8) 18-2 116 2
2. Morgan Park (4) 15-4 108 1
3. Fenwick 19-4 92 5
4. Bloomington 18-4 73 3
5. North Lawndale 19-5 65 4
6. Benton 24-1 61 6
7. Breese Central 21-3 53 7
8. Bogan 15-6 35 9
9. Effingham 19-3 15 NR
10. Washington 18-5 13 NR
(tie) Farragut 8-6 13 10

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 9, Burlington Central 3, Centralia 1, Aurora Central Catholic 1, Rantoul 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chicago (Uplift) 20-4 128 1
2. Quincy Notre Dame (1) 20-2 107 2
(tie) Orr 14-4 107 3
4. Teutopolis 23-3 90 4
5. Alton Marquette 22-3 76 5
6. Tremont 20-2 43 6
7. Mt. Carmel 21-3 40 9
8. Pinckneyville 22-2 38 8
9. Hoopeston 20-2 18 7
10. Rockridge 16-5 17 NR
(tie) Eldorado 23-2 17 10

Others receiving votes: DePaul College Prep 14, Pittsfield 7, Waterloo Gibault 5, Chicago-University 4, Illini Bluffs 4.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Colfax Ridgeview (7) 23-1 119 3
2. Quest Academy (4) 23-2 102 1
3. Okawville (1) 21-3 101 4
4. East Dubuque 24-1  94 5
5. Annawan 23-2 71 7
6. Newark 20-3 68 6
7. Effingham St. Anthony 22-3 66 2
8. Chicago Hope Academy (1) 21-4 41 8
9. Mendon Unity 17-5 21 10
10. DePue 22-3 17 9

Others receiving votes: Harvest Christian Academy 6, Freeport (Aquin) 6, Patoka 6, Nokomis 1, Chrisman 1.