East St. Louis begins the season ranked No. 1 in the Illinois Top 10 statewide rankings

2021 Illinois top 10 high school football rankings
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With the most difficult regular season schedule in Illinois, East St. Louis begins the season No. 1 in the High School Football America Illinois Top 10 powered by NFL Play Football. The Flyers, who are ranked No. 105 in the latest High School Football America 100 national rankings, opened with a thrilling 48-44 win over Christian Brothers College High School from Missouri. CBC entered the game ranked No. 117 in the nation.

ESL will face another Missouri power this week when it faces De Smet, ranked No. 113 in the nation this week.

No. 2 Mount Carmel (Chicago) opened with an impressive 16-9 win over No. 5 St. Rita.

This week’s big Top 10 game features No. 4 Lincoln-Way East facing No. 8 Naperville Central.

High School Football America Illinois Top 10

No. 1 East St. Louis (1-0)

No. 2 Mount Carmel (Chicago) (1-0)

No. 3 Loyola Academy (1-0)

No. 4 Lincoln-Way East (1-0)

No. 5 St. Rita (0-1)

No. 6 Joliet Catholic (1-0)

No. 7 Batavia (1-0)

No. 8 Naperville Central (1-0)

No. 9 Brother Rice (1-0)

No. 10 Glenbard West (1-0)

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.