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Week 9 AP Illinois preps football rankings

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Week 9 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

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Homewood-Flossmoor (10) 8-0 100 1
2. Loyola 8-0 90 2
3. Edwardsville 8-0 68 3
4. Naperville Central 7-1 64 4
5. Hinsdale Central 7-1 56 5
6. Huntley 8-0 46 9
7. Brother Rice 7-1 42 6
8. Oak Park River Forest 7-1 34 7
9. Barrington 7-0 28 8
10. Maine South 6-2 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Niles Notre Dame 7, Naperville Neuqua Valley 3, Oswego 2, Palatine 1, New Trier 1

Class 7A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Glenbard West (12) 8-0 120 1
2. Libertyville 8-0 108 2
3. Chicago Mt. Carmel 6-1 89 3
4. Batavia 7-1 72 5
5. Normal Community 7-1 71 6
6. Simeon 6-2 50 T7
7. Lincoln-Way East 6-2 41 T7
(tie) Geneva 7-1 33 4
9. Rockford Auburn 7-1 27 9
10.  Glenbard North 6-2 19 10

Others receiving votes: Benet 16, Whitney Young 8, East St. Louis 5, Glenbrook North 1

Class 6A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) (10) 8-0 109 1
2. Montini (1) 8-0 100 2
3. Lincoln Way North 8-0 85 3
4. Cary-Grove 7-1 72 4
5. Prairie Ridge 7-1 60 5
6. Lemont 7-1 58 6
7. Crete-Monee 7-1 41 7
8. Harvey Thornton 7-1 37 9
9. DeKalb 7-1 11 NR
10. Normal West 5-3 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Riverside-Brookfield 7, Oak Forest 6, Belvidere North 5, Hinsdale South 4, Reavis 2, Oak Lawn Richards 1

Class 5A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (8) 8-0 112 4
2. Joliet Catholic (4) 7-1 106 1
3. Nazareth 6-2 80 5
4. Triad 8-0 80 6
5. Lincoln Way West 7-1 58 7
6. Peoria Notre Dame 7-1 54 3
7. Peoria Central 7-1 54 2
8. Woodstock Marian 6-2 33 8
9. Champaign Central 7-1 33 9
10. Highland 7-1 17 10

Others receiving votes: St. Laurence 13, Sterling 9, Westinghouse 6, Lindblom 2, Normal University 2, Centralia 1

Class 4A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (14) 8-0 165 1
2. Phillips 8-0 140 2
3. Rockford Lutheran (1) 8-0 121 3
4. Althoff Catholic (1) 8-0 115 4
5. Manteno 8-0 75 5
6. Geneseo 7-1 74 6
7. Marengo 8-0 68 7
8. Columbia 8-0 38 8
9. Taylorville 8-0 28 9
10. Murphysboro 7-1 16 10

Others receiving votes: Breese Mater Dei 8, Richmond-Burton 8, Quincy Notre Dame 6, Plano 4, Herrin 2

Class 3A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. St. Joseph-Ogden (4) 8-0 139 2
2. Wilmington (11) 8-0 137 1
3. Bloomington Central Catholic 7-1 107 3
4. Bishop McNamara 7-1 101 4
5. Princeton 8-0 85 5
6. Sterling Newman 7-1 75 6
7. North-Mac 8-0 70 7
8. Newton 8-0 51 8
9. Monticello 7-1 38 9
10. Paxton-Buckley-Loda 7-1 18 T10
         

Others receiving votes: Elmwood-Brimfield 3, Byron 1

Class 2A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Tuscola (14) 8-0 147 1
2. Downs Tri-Valley (1) 8-0 136 2
3. Pana 8-0 108 5
4. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 8-0 82 10
5. Maroa-Forsyth 6-2 71 6
6. Orion 7-1 64 8
7. Hall 7-1 63 3

8.

IC Catholic 7-1 49 9
9. Chester 7-1 45 4
10. Eldorado 8-0 23 NR

Others receiving votes: Fieldcrest 16, Bismarck-Henning 11, Rockridge 7, Nashville 2, Lawrenceville 1

Class 1A

  School W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow 8-0 139 1
2. Stark County 8-0 110 2
3. Arcola 8-0 109 3
4. Polo 8-0 92 5
5. Dakota 7-1 90 4
6. Mt. Sterling 8-0 65 6
7. Annawan/Wethersfield 7-1 61 7
8. Ottawa Marquette 8-0 42 8
9. Carrollton 7-1 31 9
10. Forreston 6-2 20 T10
         

Others receiving votes: Villa Grove 7, Galena 3, Pawnee 1

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles 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: St. Charles East

Head coach: Bryce Farquhar

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-2 Upstate 8 River Conference), St. Charles East made the 2017 IHSA state Class 8A playoff field. The Saints defeated Oswego East then lost to eventual 8A state champion Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Rock Island

Aug. 31 @ Carmel

Sept. 7 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 14 @ Wheaton South

Sept. 21 vs Geneva

Sept. 28 @ St. Charles North

Oct. 5 vs Batavia

Oct. 12 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 19 vs Lake Park

[MORE: 90 Days to Kickoff - Warren]

Biggest storyline: The Saints have had impressive campaigns the last two seasons. Can they continue to prosper in the newly-formed DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Justin Jett and OL Dylan Barrett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will look to reload at a few key spots including at quarterback, as Clayton Isbell has moved on to Illinois State. Replacing RB/LB Nick Garlisch (South Dakota St.) will be key as well.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Bryce Farquhar's Saints have produced playoff seasons in back-to-back years. Now, their regular season ramps up a bit with the newly-formed DuKane Conference. The new league features some former Upstate Eight conference foes in St. Charles North, Batavia and Geneva, plus former DuPage Valley members Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Glenbard North and Lake Park. Look for the Saints to rely on some experience up front. Three starters are back on the offensive line, including junior OG Dylan Barrett. He has already added several FBS level scholarship offers. 

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture.