As we head down to the state semifinals this week, plenty of teams are jockeying for that No. 1 position at the top of the High School Football America Illinois Top 10. It’s a spot that has been held since the first week of the season by defending 8A champ Lincoln-Way East.
This week, the Griffins will play Loyola Academy in a rematch of last year’s title game. The Ramblers move back into the rankings since early in the season after beating former No. 6 Maine South 17-0. On the other side of the 8A bracket, No. 2 Brother Rice will face No. 4 Marist in a rematch of the season opener between the two that Brother Rice won 20-16.
Nazareth Academy moves up four spots to No. 5 after knocking off former No. 2 Simeon in the Class 7A quarterfinals. This week, the Roadrunners will face defending 7A champ Batavia, which breaks into the Top 10 at No. 7.
Also new to the rankings created with our proprietary algorithm is Cary-Grove at No. 8 after knocking-off former No. 5 Phillips Academy in the 6A quarters.
High School Football America Illinois Top 10
No. 1 Lincoln-Way East (12-0), LW: #1
No. 2 Brother Rice (12-0), LW: #3
No. 3 Mount Carmel (11-1), LW: #7
No. 4 Marist (11-1), LW: #8
No. 5 Nazareth Academy (11-1), LW: #9
No. 6 Loyola Academy (9-3), LW: NR
No. 7 Batavia (12-0), LW: NR
No. 8 Cary-Grove (12-0), LW: NR
No. 9 Simeon (11-1), LW: #2
No. 10 Immaculate Conception (11-0), LW: #10
Dropped-out: No. 4 East St. Louis, No. No. 5 Phillips Academy, 6 Maine South
Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.