Edgy Tim looks at the most important numbers of the Illinois high school football season so far.
Chicagoland-area teams that have clinched a state playoff spot with a 6-0 record:
— New Trier
— Loyola Academy
— Montini Catholic
— Joliet Catholic
— Oak Forest
— Lincoln-Way North
— Thornton Township
— Oak Park River Forest
— Glenbard West
Rockford Lutheran has scored the most points in the state this season. The top five scoring offenses in Illinois:
— Rockford Lutheran (6-0) 396 points
— Rochester (6-0) 362 points
— Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin (6-0) 350 points
— Arcola (6-0) 342 points
— Bismark (Bismark-Henning) (5-1) 322 points
Marshall has allowed the fewest points in the state this season. The top five scoring defenses in Illinois:
— Marshall (6-0) 7 points
— Polo (6-0) 14 points
— Arcola (6-0) 18 points
— Whitney Young (6-0) 20 points
— Eldorado (6-0) 25 points
Two ongoing teacher strikes have resulted in forfeit wins for both East St. Louis and McHenry.
East St. Louis (3-3) has been out on strike since last Thursday, and the Flyers suffered a forfeit loss to Edwardsville (6-0) last Friday and are scheduled to play against Belleville East (4-2).
McHenry (1-5) has also been out of school since last Thursday, and the Warriors were forced to forfeit to Cary-Grove (5-1), thus ending it's chance to gain a state playoff spot.
Both school districts are planning negotiation sessions later Monday evening.
Rockford Lutheran senior running back James Robinson is just 25 yards shy of setting a new IHSA career rushing record. Robinson has ran for 8,453 yards and will look to break the record set by Westville running back Caleb Pratt (8,477 yards between 2004 and 2007) this week when the Crusaders host Byron (5-1) on Friday night.
Hersey senior QB/S Jordan Hansen (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) has decided to give NIU his verbal commitment.
"I'm really excited about it (commitment to NIU)," Hansen said. "NIU started really recruiting me harder around the beginning of the season. The NIU coaches saw me earlier in the summer at one of the North Central College one day camps and we've been in regular contact ever since then."
Hansen, who was drawing fall recruiting attention from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, and Illinois State felt that NIU was the best overall fit for him.
"NIU has a lot to offer. They recruited me as a safety and I'm more of an athlete recruit for them. I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They are just great guys and they have a plan in place to keep the football program on top. NIU also has nice facilities and really everything at NIU is impressive. NIU is also close to home which is a plus. Distance from home was not a huge factor for me but it definitely works out great for my family."
Hansen is also happy and relieved to have made his college choice.
"It's a big relief for sure. I can just stay focused on my team and on my season without having to worry about recruiting."
Jordan Hansen is the 17th known verbal commitment to the NIU Huskies Class of 2020 and the 3rd known in-state pledge. Hansen joins Oswego OL Jack Hugunin and West Aurora DE Matt Johnson in the NIU 2020 in-state class.
Who wants it more?
NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school sports followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago.
This week, for the first time ever, our Wintrust “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week” will be a boys soccer match—and we have some pretty nice local rivalries on deck. Which game is the most worthy of coverage?
Plainfield Central at Plainfield North, 4:30 p.m.
Fenwick at Oak Park-River Forest, 5:30 p.m.
Mundelein at Carmel, 6:30 p.m.
To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:
**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.
**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.
**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday night.
**Spread the word!
The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday. 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, all season long.