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Edgy Tim's 16th annual IHSA football All-State team

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Edgy Tim's 16th annual IHSA football All-State team

The 16th annual EDGYTIM.com All-State team selects the top players from the 2015 season state-wide in the larger classes (5A through 8A).

Here is my 2015 IHSA Football season All-State team.

Quarterbacks

- Zach Oles, Palatine: A terrific junior season.
- Emmett Clifford, Loyola Academy: Great skills and overall game.
- Brendan Skalitzky, Marist: Wow. Just wow. Great season.
Riley Lees, Libertyville: Has weak FIFA game skills and that's about it.
Justin Blake, Montini Catholic: Big-time run and pass threat.
- Cam Miller, Brother Rice: Put up huge passing numbers in 2015.
- Bryce Gray, Homewood-Floosmoor: Unquestioned team leader.

Running backs

- Gabe Montalvo, Lincoln-Way West: Tough runner.
Sam Brodner, Glenbard West: Old school throwback type of player. 
Tyler Pennington, Cary-Grove: Seems like this junior has been on this team since 7th grade. Or not.
Ivory Kelly-Martin, Nazareth Academy: 2017 runner has big-time skills.
- Marcus Curry, Hinsdale South: One of the toughest runners I saw live in 2015.
Clint Ratkovich, Crete-Monee: Simply a football player. A great football player.

Wide receivers

Emmanuel Rugamba, Naperville Central: Manny has game.
Isaiah Robertson, Neuqua Valley: This junior could have also made this team at safety.
- Drew Slager, Lincoln-Way North: Great hands and tools.
Eric Eshoo, Loyola Academy: Northwestern commit has size length and big-time TE upside.
- Liam Keffer, Marist: As productive as productive can be in 2015.
Kendric Pryor, Homewood-Flossmoor: Two-way standout for the Vikings.
Ricky Smalling, Brother Rice: Class of 2017 recruit just gets better and better.

Offensive line

Tyler Witt, Joliet Catholic Academy: Hard nosed and strong inside linemen.
Justin Witt, Lincoln-Way West: NC State commit just gets better.
Jeff Scott Peoria: Leader on the Lions' offensive line in 2015.
Kevin Jarvis, Maine South: This junior had a very impressive 2015.
Austin Warner, Oswego: NIU commit just does it the hard way.
Sean Foster, Carmel: Minnesota commit just gets better.
Bryan Brokop, Lincoln-Way West: Love this Nebraska commit's overall game. 
Erik Swenson, Downers Grove South: Third straight year on this team.
Matt Allen, Hinsdale Central: Drew nothing but praise from opposing linemen. 

Special teams/athletes

- K/P Tucker McCann, O'Fallon: One of the state's top specialist in many years.
- KR/PR Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis: I'll take this junior on my team any day.
- ATH Sam Sergent, Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin: Grinder who did it all for SHG in 2015.
- ATH Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge: Only a sophomore. Be afraid...be very afraid.
- ATH Andrew Gregory, Normal Community: NIU commit just gets better.
- ATH Steven Wirtel, Mount Carmel: Multi-purpose player for the Caravan in 2015.

Defensive line

Ben Kimpler, Libertyville: Key defender for the Wildcats.
Ben Leroy, Loyola Academy: NIU commit can be dominant at times.
Ken Aguirre, Joliet Catholic: Western Michigan commit showed a terrific motor.
Mike Panasiuk, Lake Park: Michigan State is getting a mauler.
A.J. Epenesa, Edwardsville: One of the top 2017 names got better in 2015.
- Allen Stallings, Oak Park River Forest: Had a huge senior year for the Huskies.
- Ben Christensen, Lincoln-Way East: Had a big-time 2015 season for the Griffins.

Linebackers

Tuf Borland, Bolingbrook- Ohio State commit is a no-brainer on every All-State team.
- Nico Gagliano, Glenbard West- Great hitter and productive defender here.
- Max Ihry, Waubonsie Valley- one of the state's top two way starters in 2015.
Drake Spears, West Aurora- Illinois commit. Mr. Cool. Makes it look easy.
Nick Niemann, Sycamore: Iowa pledge has big-time upside.
Brendan O'Hara, Providence Catholic: Just a great inside linebacker.
- John Embrey, Montini Catholic: Heart and soul on the Broncos' defense.

Defensive backs

Palmer Graham, Conant: Has speed and is exceptionally versatile.
Julian Love Nazareth Academy: Notre Dame commit is simply one of the best overall players in this state. 
Juwuane Parchman, Rockford Auburn: Illinois commit had a big 2015 season.
Travion Banks, Evanston: Miami (OH) pledge easily was one of the best overall players I saw in 2015.
Jeremy Fejedelem, Lemont: Air Force commit had a huge 2015 season and is two-way standout. 
- Andrew Kamiensky, South Elgin: Pound-for-pound one of toughest kids in 2015.
Kenney Lyke, Fremd: Michigan State commit played at a top level at RB and DB in 2015.

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.