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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

1. Loyola Academy (14-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 41-0

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers finish the season as the top-ranked team in Illinois.

2. Glenbard West (14-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 34-28

EDGY's Take: Running back Sam Brodner just put the Hilltoppers on his back in crunch time for the Class 7A state-title win.

3. Libertyville (13-1) (3)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 35-28

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats come up just short of a state-title win.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) (4)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Bryce Gray (Notre Dame baseball).

5. Montini Catholic (14-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 38-15

EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense stepped up all season long, while the offense was just special in 2015.

6. Nazareth Academy (12-2) (6)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 42-21

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners had just too much speed in beating Lincoln-Way West in the 5A state title game.

7. Phillips (14-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Belleville Althoff, 51-7

EDGY's Take: Many openly questioned the high preseason ranking of the Wildcats. Those same voices seem pretty quiet these days.

8. Marist (9-5) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 41-0

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks made a deep run and welcome back nine starters for the 2016 season.

9. Cary-Grove (11-2) (9)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Tight end/defensive end Erik Norberg.

10. Palatine (10-3) (10)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Wide receiver Matt Lamm.

11. Waubonsie Valley (8-5) (11)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Running back/linebacker Max Ihry.

12. Prairie Ridge (11-2) (12)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Running back Nathan Griffin.

13. Naperville Central (10-2) (13)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba.

14. Brother Rice (10-2) (14)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take:  Top graduation loss? Quarterback Cam Miller.

15. Joliet Catholic (10-2) (15)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Ze'veyon Furcron.

16. Batavia (10-2) (16)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Kyle Niemiec.

17. Mount Carmel (9-3) (17)

Last Week: Beat Curie, 49-15

EDGY's Take: The Caravan won the annual Prep Bowl, 49-15, over Curie last Friday.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (18)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Defensive end Ben Christensen.

19. Crete-Monee (11-2) (21)

Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 38-15

EDGY's Take: The Warriors will be back in 2016 with a team loaded with returning starters.

20. Bradley (9-4) (20)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Owen Starr.

21. Hinsdale South (9-4) (21)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Sean McCormack.

22. Lincoln-Way West (12-2) (22)

Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 42-21

EDGY's Take: The Warriors will need to reload a bit for 2016, yet Lincoln-Way West also has a ton of underclassmen on the rise.

23. Oswego (9-3) (23)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Quarterback Steven Frank.

24. Lincoln-Way North (11-1) (24)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Wide receiver Drew Slager.

25. Oak Park-River Forest (9-2) (25)

Last Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Top graduation loss? Running back Antonio Cannon.

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 9

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 9

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. Lincoln-Way East (9) 8-0 98 1
2. Maine South 7-1 87 2
3. Marist (1) 7-1 79 3
4. Oswego 8-0 74 4
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 60 5
6. Bolingbrook 7-1 43 7
7. Naperville Central 6-2 25 8
8. Warren 7-1 23 NR
9. Glenbard West 6-2 21 6
10. Hinsdale Central 6-2 15 10

Others receiving votes:  Oswego East 8, Oak Park-River Forest 5, Neuqua Valley 4, Edwardsville 3, Plainfield South 3, West Aurora 2.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (6) 8-0 102 1
2. Brother Rice (2) 8-0 96 2
3. East St. Louis (3) 6-2 81 3
4. Nazareth  7-1 77 T-4
5. Mt. Carmel 7-1 64 T-4
6. Simeon 8-0 63 6
7. Hononegah 8-0 43 7
8. Normal Community 7-1 31 8
9. Glenbard East 8-0 23 NR
10. St. Charles North 6-2 7 10

Others receiving votes: Rolling Meadows 6, Belleville West 4, Moline 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 2, Lincoln-Way West 1, Hoffman Estates 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary-Grove (7)  8-0 106 T-1
2. Richards (4) 8-0 102 T-1
3. Willowbrook 8-0 76 3
4. Phillips 6-2 73 5
5. Glenwood 8-0 62 6
6. Prairie Ridge 6-2 48 4
7. Niles Notre Dame 7-1 47 7
8. Normal West 7-1 38 8
9. DeKalb 7-1 33 9
10.  Providence 5-3 8 10


Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart-Griffin 8, Kenwood 3, Bloomington 1.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (9) 8-0 107 1
2. Montini (1) 8-0 98 2
3. Sterling (1) 8-0 89 3
4.  Hillcrest 8-0 75 4
5.  Highland 8-0 63 5
6. Antioch 8-0 58 6
7. Decatur MacArthur 6-2 39 8
8. Metamora 7-1 31 7
9.  Payton 8-0 21 10
10.  Kaneland 6-2 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Marion 4, Sycamore 3, St. Francis 2, Carbondale 1.


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (12) 8-0 147 1
2. Rochester (3) 7-1 136 2
3. Rockford Boylan 7-1 111 4
4. Taylorville 8-0 109 3
5. Cahokia 7-1 76 6
6.  Coal City 7-1 69 5
7.  Richmond-Burton 7-1 50 7
8. Columbia 7-1 48 8
9. Pontiac 7-1 42 9
10. Marengo 6-2 23 NR

Others receiving votes: Freeburg 4, Breese Mater Dei 3, Fairbury Prairie Central 3, Urban Prep Charter/Bronzeville 2, Herrin 1, Murphysboro 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (6) 8-0 144 1
2. Bishop McNamara (7) 7-1 137 2
3. Carlinville (2) 8-0 130 3
4. Monticello (1) 8-0 125 4
5. Farmington 8-0 96 5
6. Williamsville 7-1 78 6
7. Lisle 8-0 55 7
8. Beardstown 7-1 44 9
9. West Frankfort 7-1 30 10
10. Paris 8-0 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Fairfield 9, Anna-Jonesboro 2, Monmouth-Roseville 2, North Boone 1, Rock Island Alleman 1, Vandalia 1, Breese Central 1, Dunbar 1, Elmwood-Brimfield 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (10) 8-0 145 1
2. Orion (4) 8-0 133 2
3. Decatur St. Teresa (1) 8-0 118 3
4. Sterling Newman 7-1 98 4
5. Eastland-Pearl City 8-0 93 5
6. Illini West (Carthage) 8-0 72 6
7. Pana  7-1 53 7
8. Hope Academy 6-2 51 8
9. Nashville 7-1 39 10
10. Eldorado 6-2 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Rockridge 5, Knoxville 4, Bismarck-Henning 4, Collins 2, Clifton Central 1, Mercer County 1


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (15) 8-0 168 1
2. Lena-Winslow 7-1 142 2
T-3. Tuscola 7-1 114 3
T-3. Princeville 8-0 114 T-4
5. Ottawa Marquette (1)  8-0 113 T-4
6. Camp Point Central 7-1 75 6
7. Argenta-Oreana 8-0 68 8
8. Concord (Triopia) 7-1 53 7
9. Milledgeville 8-0 39 9
10. Aurora Christian 5-3 19 10

Others receiving votes: Athens 10, Sesser-Valier 6, Madison 5, Fisher 4, Carrollton 2, Red Hill 2, Orr 1.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. 

Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:

Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.