East St. Louis leads first High School Football America Illinois Top 10

east st. louis high school footballEast St. Louis won its 9th overall high school football state title in 2019. Twitter photo by @IHSAState
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The first Spring 2021 High School Football America Illinois Top 10 is well-stocked with 2019 state champs. Of course, none of the teams will be allowed to defend those titles, since the spring season is limited to six-regular season contests.

Defending 6A champ East St. Louis opens as the top team in our statewide rankings. The Flyers, who won their 9th overall state championship in 2019, finished that year ranked No. 51 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings.

Loyola Academy’s 7-3 win over state-ranked St. Rita puts the Ramblers at No. 2. They’ll be tested this week when they clash with 7A champ Mount Carmel (Chicago). After the close loss, St. Rita is ranked No. 8.

Two-time defending 8A champ Lincoln-Way East checks-in at No. 4 in the rankings that are created with our proprietary algorithm.

High School Football America Illinois Top 10

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

No. 2 Loyola Academy (1-0)

No. 3 Mount Carmel (Chicago) (1-0)

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

No. 5 Nazareth Academy (0-0)

No. 6 Marist (1-0)

No. 7 Warren Township (1-0)

No. 8 St. Rita (0-1)

No. 9 Joliet Catholic (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.