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Week 7 AP Illinois preps football rankings

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Week 7 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 (9) 6-0 99 1
2. Loyola (1) 6-0 91
3. Barrington 6-0 62 4
4. Oak Park River Forest 6-0 54 5
5. Edwardsville 6-0 50 7
6. Naperville Central 5-1 49 6
7. Hinsdale Central 5-1 45 3
8. New Trier 6-0 25 8
9. Brother Rice 5-1 22 NR
10. Neuqua Valley 5-1 21 9

Other receiving votes: Huntley 19, Maine South 4, Lyons 3, Niles Notre Dame 3, Conant 2, Oswego 1. 

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Glenbard West (11) 6-0 110 1
2. Libertyville 6-0 99 3
3. Lincoln-Way East 5-1 79 6
4. Mount Carmel 5-1 72 2
5. Geneva 6-0 61 8
6. Batavia 5-1 45 5
7. Normal Community 5-1 38 4
8. Simeon 4-2 35 9
9. East St. Louis 3-3 26 7
10. Rockford Auburn 5-1 11 NR

Other receiving votes: Glenbard North 10, Whitney Young 6, Jacobs 5, Lincoln Park 3, Machesney Park Harlem 2, Glenbrook North 2, Belleville West 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) (9) 6-0 99 1
2. Montini (1) 6-0 91 2
3. Lincoln-Way North 6-0 73 3
4. Cary-Grove 5-1 60 T4
5. Prairie Ridge 5-1 57 T4
6. Harvey Thornton 6-0 41 7
7. Lemont 5-1 40 6
8. Oak Lawn Richards 4-2 32 8
9. Crete-Monee 5-1 26 9
10. Oak Forest 6-0 18 NR

Others receiving votes: Providence 4, Hinsdale South 3, Crystal Lake South 3, Belvidere North 1, Riverside-Brookfield 1, Lake Forest 1.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Joliet Catholic (15) 6-0 150 1
2. Peoria Central 6-0 132 2
3. Peoria Notre Dame 6-0 111 3
4. Nazareth 5-1 105 4
5. Washington 6-0 99 5
6. Triad 6-0 55 8
7. Highland 6-0 50 9
8. Lincoln-Way West 5-1 47 10
9. Champaign Central 5-1 15 NR
T10. Woodstock Marian and Metamora 4-2 and 5-1 13 and 13 7 and NR

Others receiving votes: St. Francis 12, Eisenhower 11, Belvidere 6, St. Laurence 5, Normal University 4, Sterling 2, Tinley Park 2, Galesburg 1, Chicago (Solorio Academy)1.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (13) 6-0 157 1
2. Phillips (2) 6-0 144 2
3. Rockford Lutheran (1) 6-0 128 3
4. Althoff Catholic 6-0 108 4
5. Geneseo 6-0 94 5
6. Murphysboro 6-0 70 6
7. Manteno 6-0 61 7
8. Columbia 6-0 43 8
9. Marengo 6-0 36 9
10. Taylorville 6-0 21 10

Others receiving votes: Breese Mater Dei 7, Quincy Notre Dame 5, Plano 3, Richmond-Burton 2, Herrin 1

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Wilmington (10) 6-0 134 2
2. St. Joseph-Ogden (2) 6-0 116 3
3. Bloomington Central Catholic 5-1 89 4
4. Princeton (2) 6-0 78 9
5. Bishop McNamara 5-1 77 6
6. Sterling Newman 5-1 76 1
7. North-Mac 6-0 70 5
8. Newton 6-0 47 7
9. Monticello 5-1 43 8
10. Marshall 6-0 26 NR

Others receiving votes: Byron 6, Tolono Unity 5, St. Bede 1, Elmwood-Brimfield 1, Erie-Prophetstown 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Tuscola (13) 6-0 130 1
2. Downs Tri-Valley 6-0 116 3
3. Orion 6-0 97 4
4. Maroa-Forsyth 5-1 78 2
5. Hall 5-1 72 6
6. Chester 6-0 60 7
7. Pana 6-0 53 8
8. Fieldcrest 5-1 33 9
9. IC Catholic 5-1 27 10
10. Nashville 1-1 19 5

Others receiving votes: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 13, Sangamon Valley 9, Eldorado 5, Rockridge 2, Monmouth United 1.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (12) 6-0 129 1
2. Stark County (1) 6-0 109 2
3. Arcola 6-0 93 4
4. Dakota 5-1 92 3
5. Polo 6-0 83 5
6. Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 6-0 60 6
7. Annawan/Wethersfield 5-1 49 7
8. Forreston 5-1 35 8
9. Ottawa Marquette 6-0 33 9
10. Carrollton 5-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Galena 9, Chicago (Hope) 4, Princeville 3, Decatur St. Teresa 3, Pawnee 1.  

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

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: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich Vince Patterson KJ Jones Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

[MORE: 41 Days to Kickoff - Bogan]

Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

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: Bogan

Head coach: Stacy Douglas

Assistant coaches: Yahya Mohammad, Shaun Edward and Kevin Moore

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (1-3 CPL Intra City 2 Conference). Bogan and the rest of the CPL Intra City conference schools were ineligible for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Solorio

Aug. 31 vs. Whitney Young (at Gately)

Sept 8 vs. DuSable (at Stagg)

Sept. 13 vs. UCCS Woodlawn (at Stagg)

Sept. 20 vs. Juarez (at Stagg)

Sept. 29 vs. North Grand (at Stagg)

Oct. 5 vs. Little Village (at Stagg)

Oct. 11 vs. Carver (at Gately)

Oct. 19 TBA CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: After a forfeited season in 2016 and a winning record last season, can the Bengals find success moving up to the CPL Chicago Madison Street conference this season?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Keondre White and TE/SS Mateo Foster

Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals will welcome back several returning starters but overall depth could be a potential issue this season.

EDGY's Early Take: Bogan, with third-year head coach Stacy Douglas, will be stepping up in a big way this fall. They will move from the Intra City conference to the Chicago Madison Street conference, which is IHSA state playoff eligible. While the schedule is a bit tougher this fall do not overlook the Bengals’ chances of competing for a conference title and a potential state playoff bid in 2018.