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Week 6 AP Illinois preps football rankings

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Week 6 AP Illinois preps football rankings

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 (11) 5-0 119 1
2. Loyola (1) 5-0 109
3. Hinsdale Central 5-0 83 5
4. Barrington 5-0 73 4
5. Oak Park River Forest 5-0 62 7
6. Naperville Central 4-1 56 8
7. Edwardsville 5-0 50 6
8. New Trier 5-0 26 10
9. Neuqua Valley 4-1 25 NR
10. Huntley 5-0 17 NR

Other receiving votes: Stevenson 13, Brother Rice 12, Maine South 5, Oswego 4, Niles Notre Dame 3, Conant 2, Lyons 1

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Glenbard West (11) 5-0 128 1
2. Chicago Mt. Carmel (2) 5-0 117 2
3. Libertyville 5-0 104 3
4. Normal Community 5-0 78 5
5. Batavia 5-0 73 7
6. Lincoln-Way East 4-1 66 6
7. East St. Louis 3-2 38 4
8. Geneva 5-0 34 9
9. Simeon 3-2 31 8
10. Machesney Park Harlem 5-0 24 10

Other receiving votes: Glenbard North 6, Belleville West 5, Rockford Auburn 4, Jacobs 4, Wheaton North 3

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) (9) 5-0 108 1
2. Montini (2) 5-0 101 2
3. Lincoln-Way North 5-0 81 4
T-4. Cary-Grove 4-1 60 3
T-4. Prairie Ridge 4-1 60 5
6. Lemont 4-1 41 7
7. Harvey Thornton 5-0 39 NR
8. Oak Lawn Richards 3-2 36 6
9. Crete-Monee 4-1 25 T-10
10. Providence 2-3 22 9
         

Others receiving votes: Oak Forest 21, Belvidere North 4, Riverside-Brookfield 3, Hinsdale South 3, Quincy 1

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Joliet Catholic (15) 5-0 150 1
2. Peoria Central 5-0 126 2
3. Peoria Notre Dame 5-0 113 3
4. Nazareth 4-1 96 4
5. Washington 5-0 92 7
6. St. Francis 4-1 56 8
7. Woodstock Marian 4-1 52 5
8. Triad 5-0 50 9
9. Highland 5-0 34 10
10. Lincoln-Way West 4-1 22 6

Others receiving votes: Metamora 11, Champaign Central 7, Vernon Hills 6, Belvidere 3, Eisenhower 3, Normal University 2, Sterling 2

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (14) 5-0 158 1
2. Phillips (1) 5-0 143 2
3. Rockford Lutheran (1) 5-0 129 3
4. Althoff Catholic 5-0 101 4
5. Geneseo 5-0 95 5
6. Murphysboro 5-0 71 6
7. Manteno 5-0 65 T-7
8. Columbia 5-0 37 9
9. Marengo 5-0 30 NR
10. Taylorville 5-0 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Quincy Notre Dame 11, Herrin 6, Bethalto Civic Memorial 4, Plano 4, Richmond-Burton 2, Wheaton Academy 2, Breese Mater Dei 2

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Sterling Newman (8) 5-0 140 1
2. Wilmington (4) 5-0 138 2
3. St. Joseph-Ogden (3) 5-0 126 3
4. Bloomington Central Catholic 4-1 90 5
5. North-Mac 5-0 79 6
6. Bishop McNamara 4-1 78 7
7. Newton 5-0 48 10
8. Monticello 4-1 38 4
9. Princeton 5-0 29 NR
10. Erie-Prophetstown 3-2 22 9

Others receiving votes: Marshall 19, Byron 7, Tolono Unity 7, Elmwood-Brimfield 3, Aurora Christian 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Tuscola (13) 5-0 147 1
2. Maroa-Forsyth (1) 5-0 127 3
3. Downs Tri-Valley (1) 5-0 125 2
4. Orion 5-0 99 4
5. Nashville 5-0 79 5
6. Hall 4-1 62 6
7. Chester 5-0 46 8
8. Pana 5-0 40 9
9. Fieldcrest 4-1 28 10
10. IC Catholic 4-1 27 NR

Others receiving votes: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 18, Rockridge 12, Sangamon Valley 8, Eldorado 3, Rushville-Industry 3, Athens 1

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (13) 5-0 139 1
2. Stark County (1) 5-0 111 T-3
3. Dakota 4-1 106 2
4. Arcola 5-0 101 T-3
5. Polo 5-0 85 5
6. Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 5-0 59 6
7. Annawan/Wethersfield 4-1 51 7
8. Forreston 4-1 37 8
9. Ottawa Marquette 5-0 29 10
10. Galena 3-2 15 9

Others receiving votes: Princeville 11, Carrollton 10, Chicago (Hope) 7, Stockton 5, Milledgeville 2, Pawnee 2

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.