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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.  

Hersey ATH Jordan Hansen pledges to NIU

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Hersey ATH Jordan Hansen pledges to NIU

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.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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.