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AP preps football rankings: Week 4

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AP preps football rankings: Week 4

By Associated Press

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. Homewood-Flossmoor (9) 3-0 99 1
2. Loyola (1)  3-0  90 
3. Naperville Central  3-0  78 
4. Stevenson  2-1  63 
5. Barrington  3-0  56  T5 
6. Edwardsville  3-0  54 
7. Hinsdale Central  3-0  39 
8. Oak Park River Forest  3-0  31 
9. New Trier  3-0  17  10 
10. Lyons  3-0  NR 

Other receiving votes: Naperville Neuqua Valley (6), Niles Notre Dame (5), Maine South (3), Brother Rice (1), Oswego (1)

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Glenbard West (8) 3-0 107 1
2. Chicago Mt. Carmel (3)  3-0  101 
3. Libertyville  3-0  86 
4. East St. Louis  2-1  72 
5. Normal Community  3-0  62
6. Batavia  3-0  50 
6. (tie) Lincoln-Way East 2-1  50 
8. Simeon  1-2  22 
9. Machesney Park Harlem  3-0  13  NR 
9. (tie) Geneva  3-0  13  NR 

Other receiving votes: Glenbard North (6), Benet (50, Glenbrook North (4), Jacobs (4), Hononegah (3), Rockford Auburn (3), St. Charles North (2), Wheaton Warrenville South (1), Bradley-Bourbonnais (1)

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) (9) 3-0 108 1
2. Montini (2)  3-0  101 
3. Cary-Grove 3-0  88 
4. Hinsdale South 2-1 66 
5. Belvidere North  3-0 52  NR 
6. Prairie Ridge  2-1  44  NR 
7. Lincoln Way North  3-0  32  NR
8. Oak Lawn Richards  1-2  22  NR 
9. Providence  0-3  15 
9. (tie) Lemont  2-1  15 

Others receiving votes: Lake Forest (14), Chatham Glenwood (11), Oak Forest (6), Crete-Monee (5), Rock Island (5), Reavis (4), Crystal Lake South (3), Quincy (3), Champaign Centennial (2), Riverside-Brookfield (2), Grayslake North (2), Crystal Lake Central (1), Ottawa (1)

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Nazareth (10) 3-0 9 1
2. Joliet Catholic (1)  3-0  100 
3. St. Francis  3-0  83 
4. Peoria Central  3-0  69 
5. Metamora  3-0  66 
6. Peoria Notre Dame  3-0  53 
7. Lincoln Way West  3-0  38 
8. Sterling  3-0  27 
9. Triad  3-0  15 
10. Highland  3-0  12  NR 

Others receiving votes: Washington (10), Centralia (7), Belvidere (5), Sycamore (5), Normal University (4), Woodstock Marian (2)

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (13) 3-0 147 1
2. Phillips  3-0  132 
3. Rockford Lutheran (1)  3-0  122 
4. Althoff Catholic (1)  3-0  105 
5. Geneseo  3-0  90 
6. Murphysboro  3-0  54 
7. Herrin  3-0  53 
8. Columbia  3-0  42 
9. Manteno  3-0  32  10 
10. Mt. Zion  3-0  12  NR 

Others receiving votes: Richmond-Burton (6), Rock Island Alleman (6), Breese Central (5), Morris (5), Johnsburg (4), Coal City (3), Taylorville (2), Canton (1), Marengo (1), Breese Mater Dei (1), Quincy Notre Dame (1), Plano (1)

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Sterling Newman (10) 3-0 126 1
2. Wilmington (3)  3-0 118 
3. Bishop McNamara  3-0 101 
4. St. Joseph-Ogden  3-0  87 
5. Tolono Unity  3-0  78 
6. Monticello  3-0  45 
7. Bloomington Central Catholic  2-1  44 
8. North-Mac  3-0  34  NR 
9. Aurora Christian  3-0  31 
10. Erie-Prophetstown  2-1  19  10 

Others receiving votes: Williamsville (13), Newton (12), Marshall (4), Byron (3)

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Tuscola (11) 3-0 122 1
2. Hall (2)  3-0  114 
3. Downs Tri-Valley  3-0  106 
4. Maroa-Forsyth  3-0  95 
5. Nashville  3-0  71 
6. Orion  3-0  50 
7. Rockridge  1-2  49 
8. Chester  3-0  44 
9. Fieldcrest  2-1  13  NR 
10. Auburn 1-2  11  NR 
10. (tie) Pana 3-0 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (6), Athens (5), El Paso-Gridley (5), Shelbyville (4), Sparta (3), IC Catholic (2), Johnston City (2), Lawrenceville (1), Sullivan (1)

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (12) 3-0 128 1
2. Dakota (1)  3-0  115 
3. Arcola  3-0  100  T3 
4. Stark County  3-0  90 
5. Annawan Wethersfield  3-0 63 
6. Polo  3-0  53 
7. Mt. Sterling (Brown County)  3-0  47 
8. Galena  2-1  47 
9. Forreston  2-1 32 
10. Winchester West Central  3-0  16  NR 

Others receiving votes: Ottawa Marquette (13), Decatur St. Teresa (4), Carrollton (4), Chicago Hope Academy (1), South Fulton (1), Stockton (1)

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

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 July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time. 
 

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Back of the Yards

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Will Johnson, Marty McNamara, Tim McNamara and Nick Teich

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (6-0 CPL Great Lakes Conference). Back of the Yards made the Class 5A state playoff field. They lost to Solorio in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: @ Kelly

Week 2: vs. Goode

Week 3: @ Brooks

Week 4: vs. Schurz

Week 5: vs. Kenwood

Week 6: vs. North Lawndale

Week 7: @ Steinmetz

Week 8: vs. Payton Prep

Week 9: @ Clark

Biggest storyline: The Bobcats were a true feel-good story last season. Can the Bobcats build on its momentum and success going into the 2018 campaign?

Names to watch this season: OL/Dl Kevin Pacheco, WR/DB Carl McNickles, OL Armando Resendiz

Biggest holes to fill: The Bobcats bring back several returning starters from last season; however, can they find a new signal caller to replace the graduation loss of 2017 standout QB Jeremiah Harris (McKendree College)? 

EDGY's Early Take: One of the top stories from the 2017 season was the rise of this young program. The Bobcats made the IHSA state playoff field in just their third season of varsity football. As for 2018? The expectations have risen for this South Side school. A move to the CPL Illini Prairie State conference ramps up the overall competition level. If the Bobcats can find a steady signal caller, they have solid chance at competing for a potential IHSA state playoff spot come October.