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AP Illinois preps football rankings: Week 3

AP Illinois preps football rankings: Week 3

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

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Loyola (13) 3-0 130 1
2 Homewood-Flossmoor 3-0 107 4
3 Glenbard West 3-0 104 3
4 Brother Rice 3-0 88 5
5 Edwardsville 3-0 58 6
6 Lincoln-Way East 2-1 57 2
7 Palatine 3-0 49 8
8 Neuqua Valley 3-0 46 10
9 Barrington 3-0 27 NR
10 Oak Park River Forest 3-0 10 NR

Other receiving votes: Glenbard North 7, Hinsdale Central 7, Oswego East 5, Marist 5, Waubonsie Valley 4, Niles Notre Dame 4, Stevenson 3, Bolingbrook 2, Lyons 1, Maine South 1

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 East St. Louis (11) 3-0 137 2
2 Chicago Mt. Carmel (3) 2-1 113 1
3 Batavia 3-0 108 3
4 Fenwick 3-0 98 6
5 Libertyville 2-1 72 5
6 Bradley-Bourbonnais 3-0 71 7
7 St. Charles North 3-0 68 8
8 Machesney Park Harlem 3-0 29 10
9 Normal Community 2-1 23 4
10 Lincoln Way West 3-0 13 NR

Other receiving votes: Benet 12, Rolling Meadows 10, St. Patrick 6, Wheaton North 6, Lake Zurich 3, Hoffman Estates 1

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Sacred Heart-Griffin (10) 3-0 127 1
2 Prairie Ridge (3) 3-0 120 2
3 Cary-Grove 2-1 96 5
4 Lemont 2-1 83 4
5 Rockford Boylan 3-0 66 8
6 Danville 3-0 54 9
7 Rockford Auburn 2-1 33 10
8 Montini 1-2 25 3
9 DeKalb 2-1 24 T6
10 St. Laurence 2-1 21 NR

Other receiving votes: Riverside-Brookfield 20, Crete-Monee 19, Galesburg 11, Providence 5, Bloomington 5, Quincy 3, De La Salle 2, Reavis 1

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Peoria Central (13) 3-0 147 2
2 Sterling (1) 3-0 126 3
3 Nazareth (1) 2-1 101 1
4 Metamora 3-0 92 5
5 Centralia 3-0 79 6
6 Peoria Notre Dame 3-0 74 10
7 Triad 3-0 61 7
8 Morris 3-0 60 9
9 Washington 2-1 37 8
10 Woodstock Marian 2-1 31 4

Other receiving votes: Decatur Eisenhower 6, Morgan Park 5, Woodstock North 3, Cahokia 1, Champaign Central 1, Limestone 1

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Althoff Catholic (14) 3-0 158 1
2 Rochester (1) 3-0 142 2
3 Phillips 2-1 124 T3
4 Geneseo 3-0 111 5
5 Johnsburg (1) 3-0 101 6
6 Marengo 3-0 77 7
7 Columbia 3-0 50 8
8 Taylorville 3-0 47 9
9 Breese Mater Dei 2-1 36 T3
10 Coal City 3-0 21 NR

Other receiving votes: Aurora Central Catholic 5, Dixon 2, Genoa 2, St. Edward 1, Manteno 1

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 IC Catholic (16) 3-0 160 1
2 Wilmington 3-0 144 2
3 Monticello 3-0 122 3
4 Newton 3-0 98 4
5 Byron 3-0 79 6
6 North-Mac 3-0 69 5
7 Pana 3-0 51 7
8 Williamsville 3-0 48 9
9 Tolono Unity 2-1 46 8
10 Herscher 3-0 35 10

Other receiving votes: Elmwood-Brimfield 10, Breese Central 8, Bloomington Central Catholic 4, Carlinville 3, St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Westville 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Downs Tri-Valley (13) 3-0 147 1
2 Deer Creek-Mackinaw (2) 3-0 136 3
3 Sterling Newman 3-0 120 4
4 Mendon Unity 3-0 88 6
5 Eastland-Pearl City 3-0 69 8
6 Auburn  2-1 62 7
7 El Paso-Gridley 3-0 61 9
8 Maroa-Forsyth 2-1 60 2
T-9 Fulton 2-1 18 NR
T-9 Orion 2-1 18 5

Other receiving votes: Wethersfield 16, Hamilton West Hancock 6, Red Bud 5, Rockridge 4, Carmi White County 4, Johnston City 3, Champaign St. Thomas More 3, Chicago (Hope) Academy 2, St. Bede 1, Sangamon Valley 1, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 1

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1 Decatur St. Teresa (16) 3-0 160 1
2 Ottawa Marquette 3-0 128 2
3 Tuscola 3-0 124 3
4 Forreston 3-0 119 4
5 Stockdown 3-0 79 9
6 Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 3-0 78 6
7 Athens 3-0 74 8
8 Dakota 2-0 30 5
9 Bureau Valley 2-1 27 7
10 Lena-Winslow 2-1 21 NR

Other receiving votes: Pawnee 14, Camp Point Central 12, Argenta-Oreana 7, LeRoy 2, Aquin 2, Amboy-LaMoille 2, Arcola 1

72 Days To Kickoff: West Aurora

72 Days To Kickoff: West Aurora

NBCSportsChicago.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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: West Aurora

Head coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori (DC), Patrick Stremel (LB), Bob Fowler (DL), Charlie Graves (DB), Tim Phelps (OL/DL), Mike Runge (OL), Ron Murphy (QB), Alex Shaw (WR) and Joe Howell (RB).

How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (8-1 Upstate Eight Conference). West Aurora made the 8A state football playoff and beat South Elgin in the opening round. They lost to Edwardsville in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Plainfield South
Sept. 6 @ Plainfield East
Sept. 13 vs Joliet Central
Sept. 20 @ Romeoville
Sept. 27 @ Yorkville
Oct. 4 vs Oswego
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield North
Oct. 18 @ Minooka  
Oct. 25 vs Oswego East

[MORE: 93 Days to Kickoff - Oswego East]

Biggest storyline: A new home in the Southwest Prairie Conference. Can the Blackhawks fare well and keep up their winning ways with a step up in competition?

Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru (Sr.) and DE Matt Johnson (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, six defense) and feature several multi-year starters. Standout defensive lineman Denver Warren has transferred to Brother Rice. How will roster depth play a role? Overall numbers can be better for every high school program-- including West Aurora.
 
EDGY's Early Take: Coach Nate Eimer's Blackhawks depart the Upstate Eight and enter the Southwest Prairie. The program has had great success the last four seasons (all playoff berths), with 30 wins to their credit. The program had 30 wins total between 2005-14. West Aurora is pretty stacked with talent and is expected to challenge the upper tier of the newly-realigned league. They look to get back into the state playoff field for the fifth straight season and make a deeper run come November.
 

73 Days To Kickoff: Fenwick

73 Days To Kickoff: Fenwick

NBCSportsChicago.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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Fenwick

Head coach: Gene Nudo

Assistant coaches: Dick Eufrasio, Titcus Pettigrew, Tim Rooney, Brien Rooney, Craig Schneider, Joe Bauers, Mike Herman and Joe Hajek

How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (2-2 Chicago Catholic League/Green Conference). Fenwick failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Curie
Sept. 6 vs Dunbar
Sept. 13 @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 20 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 27 vs. Marist
Oct. 4 vs Marmion Academy
Oct. 11 vs. St. Patrick
Oct. 18 @ Leo  
Oct. 25 @ St. Ignatius

[MORE: 75 Days to Kickoff - St. Ignatius]

Biggest storyline: The new conference. Can the Friars bounce back from last season while playing a new and challenging league?

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Sean Carpenter (Sr.) QB Kaden Cobb (Soph.) and WR Bryce Legan (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Friars welcome back several starters from last fall but will also need to find six new replacements on the defensive side of the football.

EDGY's Early Take: Fenwick struggled last season. The Friars played several underclassmen starters and they're hoping that experience will pay off come August. The new CCL/ESCC mega conference also brings new challenges. It includes a tough path in the middle of the season with games at Nazareth, at Joliet Catholic and then at home vs. Marist. If the Friars can get out of the gate quickly, they have a good shot at earning a state playoff spot in 2019.