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IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Playoff Edition

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IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Playoff Edition

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) 9-0 99 1
2. Maine South 8-1 78 2
3. Oswego 9-0 71 4
4. Marist 8-1 67 3
5. Brother Rice (1) 9-0 65 2 (in 7A)
6. Homewood-Flossmoor 8-1 64 5
7. Warren 8-1 40 8
8. Glenbard West 7-2 20 9
9. Bolingbrook 7-2 19 6
10. Hinsdale Central 7-2 16 10

Others receiving votes:  West Aurora 5, Plainfield South 3, Minooka 3, Naperville Central 3, Oak Park-River Forest 3, Oswego East 1, Edwardsville 1, Evanston 1.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (6) 9-0 102 1
2. East St. Louis (3) 7-2 85 3
3. Nazareth 8-1 81 4
4. Simeon (1) 9-0 69 6
5. Mt. Carmel 8-1 66 5
6. Hononegah 9-0 49 7
7. Willowbrook 9-0 48 3 (in 6A)
8. Glenbard East (1) 9-0 36 9
9. Normal Community 8-1 31 8
10. DeKalb 8-1 14 9 (in 6A)

Others receiving votes: Rolling Meadows 10, Moline 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 3, Hersey 2, Belleville West 2.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary-Grove (9)  9-0 108 1
2. Richards (2) 9-0 101 2
T-3. Phillips 7-2 76 4
T-3. Washington (1) 9-0 76 1 (in 5A)
5. Prairie Ridge 7-2 60 6
6. Normal West 8-1 47 8
7. Antioch 9-0 39 6 (in 5A)
8. Chatham Glenwood 8-1 37 5
9. Sacred Heart-Griffin 7-2 23 T-10
10.  Niles Notre Dame 7-2 19 NR


Others receiving votes: Bloomington 6, Kenwood 4, Belvidere North 3, Kaneland 2, Providence 1, Quincy 1, Shepard 1

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Hillcrest (4) 9-0 90 4
2. Montini (5) 8-1 87 2
3. Highland 9-0 67 5
4.  Rockford Boylan 8-1 56 3 (in 4A) 
5.  Sterling 8-1 52 3
6. Metamora 8-1 47 8
7. Payton 9-0 44 9
8. Sycamore 7-2 31 NR
9.  Cahokia 8-1 30 5 (in 4A)
10.  Carbondale 7-2 11 NR

Others receiving votes: St. Francis 10, Decatur MacArthur 9, Joliet Catholic 7, Marion 2, Mattoon 2.


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (11) 9-0 128 1
2. Rochester (2) 8-1 114 2
T-3. Taylorville 9-0 83 4
T-3. Coal City 8-1 83 6
5. Bishop McNamara 8-1 70 2 (in 3A)
6.  Richmond-Burton 8-1 64 7
7.  Pontiac 8-1 50 9
8. Marengo 7-2 48 10
9. Paris 9-0 20 5
10. Columbia 7-2 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Murphysboro 8, Urban Prep/Bronzeville 5, Breese Mater Dei 4, Fairbury Prairie Central 3, Herrin 2, Genoa-Kingston 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (11) 9-0 134 1
2. Carlinville (2) 9-0 120 3
3. Monticello (1) 9-0 119 4
4. Farmington  9-0 84 5
5. Williamsville 8-1 81 6
6. Beardstown 8-1 54 8
7. Lisle 8-1 43 7
8. Fairfield 9-0 39 NR
9. Anna-Jonesboro 7-2 21 NR
10. Eureka 8-1 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Dunbar 16, Rock Island Alleman 8, North Boone 8, West Frankfort 3, Monmouth-Roseville 3, Princeton 1, Vandalia 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (5) 9-0 129 1
2. GCMS (8) 9-0 115 1 (in 1A)
3. Orion (1) 9-0 106 2
4. Decatur St. Teresa 9-0 103 3
5. Sterling Newman 8-1 81 4
6. Eastland-Pearl City 9-0 73 5
7. Illini West (Carthage) 9-0 60 6
8. Hope Academy 7-2 36 8
9. Tuscola 8-1 32 T-3 (1A)
10. Pana 8-1 25 7

Others receiving votes: Nashville 15, Athens 4, Eldorado 3, Clifton Central 1, Collins 1, Rockridge 1


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (10) 8-1 133 2
2. Princeville (1) 9-0 113 T-3
3.  Ottawa Marquette 9-0 108 5
4. Argenta-Oreana (1) 9-0 87 7
5. Camp Point Central 8-1 84 6
6. Concord (Triopia) 8-1 59 8
7. Milledgeville 9-0 56 9
8. Aurora Christian 6-3 45 10
9. Forreston 7-2 19 NR
10. Red Hill 8-1 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Madison 10, Sesser-Valier 9, Orr 3, Arcola 3.

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

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: Providence Catholic

Head coach: Mark Coglianese

Assistant coaches: Mike Hryn (D-Coordinator), Matt Hunniford O-Coordinator)

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (1-3 CCL Blue Conference). Providence made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Washington in first round action.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 6 vs Morgan Park
Sept. 13 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 20 vs Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 27 vs Carmel
Oct. 4 vs St. Rita
Oct. 11 @ DePaul Prep
Oct. 18 vs St Laurence
Oct. 25 @ Montini Catholic

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence] 

Biggest storyline: Feeling green. How will the Celtics fare in the new CCL/ESCC Green conference in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Jake Renfro (Senior, Cincinnati) and TE Jameson Geers (Junior)

Biggest holes to fill: The Celtics played several underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 16 starters (nine offense, seven defense); that said, overall numbers and depth can always be better.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Celtics suffered through various injuries last season and found themselves playing several underclassmen. Coule that pay off come August? Look for the Celtics to challenge for the CCL/ESCC Green title. Keep an eye on the Providence offense, which features four starters on the offensive line. The overall group is stacked in the skills department and they boast an experienced backfield. The opener against Willowbrook should be one of the more-interesting games in the state, as Willowbrook is coming off a 7A quarterfinal appearance.

40 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

40 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

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: De La Salle

Head coach: Mike Boehm

Assistant coaches: Bill Green, John Grubisich, Jim Brinkley, Nick Henton, Rich Blake, Bob Garrett and Terrence Young

How they fared in 2018: 8-5 (2-2 CCL Green Conference). De La Salle failed to make the IHSA state football playoff field, but entered the Chicago Catholic League playoffs and defeated St. Joseph, St. Ignatius and St. Laurence. They lost to St. Rita in the CCL championship. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Niles West 

Sept. 6 vs Kenwood 

Sept. 13 vs Marmion Academy 

Sept. 20 vs Benet Academy 

Sept. 27 vs St. Joseph 

Oct. 4 @ Nazareth Academy 

Oct. 11 @ Mount Carmel 

Oct. 18 @ Montini

Oct. 25 vs St. Laurence

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence

Biggest storyline: A tale of two conferences. How will the Meteors fare in the newly-realigned CCL/ESCC Orange conference in 2019? 

Names to watch this season: TE Matt Byrne (Sr.) and RB/WR/DB Jason Moore (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Meteors will need to reload at several positions, especially on offense with just two starters back from last year's squad. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Meteors are now in the same league with the likes of St. Laurence, Nazareth Academy and Benet Academy. De La Salle has a handful of key names back this season, but several new faces will need to step up and provide production. De La Salle will also need to come out and take care of business in August and September, as the regular season slate is stacked with traditional power programs from Week 5 thru 9. Five straight home games to start the season should provide a nice boost.