Here are some numbers, factoids and surprises from the first three weeks of the IHSA football season:
Point Taken: Top 10 IHSA Scoring Offenses
Shelbyville: 174 points
Fithian (Oakwood): 162
Ottawa Marquette: 153
Naperville North: 152
Making Stops: Top 10 IHSA Scoring Defenses
St. Ignatius & North Chicago: 0 points allowed
West Aurora: 3
T.F. South: 6
Coal City: 7
Lanark (Eastland): 7
North Lawndale: 8
Lake Zurich: 10
Familiar Names, Unfamiliar Records
Peoria (1-2): Defending 5A state champs are scoring points in bunches but the defense has been a work in progress.
Highland Park (0-3): The Giants have played a strong non-conference slate and still have a chance to right the ship in the Central Suburban North.
New Trier (1-2): Not many saw this coming. I didn't. The strong schedule, along with early season injuries, have slowed the Trevians.
Vernon Hills (1-2): Last year's 5A runner-ups in have struggled on defense the past two weeks.
Brother Rice (1-2): The Crusaders' schedule won't get any easier with Montini, Providence Catholic and Mount Carmel lurking the next three weeks.
Providence Catholic (1-2): A huge last-second, come-from-behind win last Friday over St. Rita 28-21 gives the Celtics hope.
Joliet Catholic (1-2): The Hilltoppers look better this fall compared to last year's 1-8 team, but they're still a work in progress.
Simeon (0-3): A rough schedule and turnovers have done in the Wolverines in so far this season.
Glenbard North (1-2): The Panthers offense struggled the first two weeks. Hopefully they're back on track after last week's crucial 28-21 win over Wheaton South.
Waubonsie Valley (1-2): The Warriors play Naperville Central (3-0) this week. They still have to deal with Naperville North and Lincoln-Way Central (both 3-0) on the remaining schedule.
Carmel (0-3): The Corsairs' schedule has been brutal so far (Richards, DeKalb and Marist). And now, Carmel hosts Nazareth Academy (3-0) on Friday.
Glenbard South (1-2): The Raiders picked up a key win last Friday over Aurora Central Catholic. GBS is capable of getting on a roll.
Metamora (0-3): One of the state's top 4A/5A-sized powers is now in very unfamiliar territory. Up next: a date with rival Washington (2-1) on Friday.
Fremd (0-3): The Vikings' schedule has been rough so far.
Libertyville (1-2): The Wildcats have dropped two straight games. The always-tough North Suburban slate looms ahead.
Joliet West (1-2): Many felt the Tigers could be a preseason Top 25 team but so far turnovers have plagued West. The Tigers still have time to right the ship but the clock is ticking.
Bradley (1-2): The Boilermakers graduated a ton of key players from the 2016 state playoff team, plus the remaining schedule is stacked.
Edwardsville (0-3): Very strange to see the Tigers at 0-3 in any sport.
O'Fallon (0-3): Graduation losses along with having several lost transfers is not helping the Panthers in 2017.
Geneva (1-2): The Vikings two losses have been tight and the Vikings still have a good shot at challenging for a state playoff spot yet challenges still remain on the schedule.
From 0-3 To…Playoffs?!?
Simeon: The Wolverines have lost to Oak Park-River Forest (2-1), Detroit's Cass Tech (2-1) and Phillips (3-0). They played all three teams tough. Turnovers have been Simeon's biggest issue in 2017, but once they get that corrected this team is very capable of winning six straight regular season games and a possible IHSA playoff berth