FOX Sports NEXT Week Five Illinois Top 25

Posted Sep 18, 2012

The Illinois High School football season is entering its dog days with various teams emerging as the state's best while others have climbed with the company of the elite. FOX Sports NEXT presents its week five Illinois Top 25 state rankings.

The season is heating up across the land of Lincoln, with several of the state's best cementing their place at the top of the rankings while others have climbed up the rankings.

Week five will be a pivotal week across the landscape of Illinois High School football, with some of the state's best competing against each other.

In order to take claim as one of Illinois' best high school programs, it takes a great coach, and there are many in the Prairie State. Who is the very best of the bunch? We put that question up to the FOX Sports NEXT Illinois experts.

Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst, FOX Sports NEXT
"There are a lot of great coaches out there, but Frank Lenti of Chicago Mt. Carmel's resume speaks for itself. That, and he has his squad rolling again this year."
Beth Long - Midwest Field Reporter, FOX Sports NEXT
I think that the best active coach is Mount Carmel's Frank Lenti -- he is the all time winningest coach in Illinois and he helps produce talent consistently.
Chris Emma - Publisher/Reporter,
"There is no dispute that Mount Carmel head coach Frank Lenti is the state of Illinois' greatest active coach, as he is a legend known for winning championships and producing talent."

Ryan Easterling - Reporter,
"Mount Carmel Head Coach Frank Lenti is one of the best coaches Illinois high school football has ever seen. He's fielded consistently successful teams at Mt. Carmel for years, and continues to today. Mt. Carmel has great tradition and Lenti is a big part of that."

(*) - See tiebreaker rules listed below

RankingVotes High School and City
Next Opponent Record
1 97 Bolingbrook
Bolingbrook, Ill.
vs. No. 20 Homewood-Flossmoor 4-0
2 96* Glenbard West
Lombard, Ill.
at Oak Park-River Forest 4-0
3 96* Maine South
Park Ridge, Ill.
vs. New Trier 4-0
4 86 Marist
Chicago, Ill.
vs. No. 12 Joliet Catholic 4-0
5 83 Crete-Monee
Crete, Ill.
vs. Kankakee 4-0
6 80-/span> Wheaton North
Wheaton, Ill.
at Glenbard East 4-0
7 77 Lincoln-Way East
Frankfort, Ill.
at Carl Sandburg 4-0
8 73 Mount Carmel
Chicago, Ill.
at No. 19 Brother Rice 4-0
9 66* Lemont
Lemont, Ill.
at Oak Forest 4-0
10 62 Loyola
Wilmette, Ill.
at Gordon Tech 3-1
11 55 Hinsdale Central
Hinsdale, Ill.
at Lyons Township 3-1
12 45 Joliet Catholic
Joliet, Ill.
at No. 4 Marist 3-1
13 42 Batavia
Batavia, Ill.
at Lake Park 4-0
14 40 Waubonsie Valley
Aurora, Ill.
at Barlett 4-0
15 34 Montini
Lombard, Ill.
vs. Marmion 3-1
16 33* Glenbard North
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
at West Aurora 3-1
17 33* St. Rita
Chicago, Ill.
at Providence Catholic 2-2
18 31 Simeon
Chicago, Ill.
at Curie 3-1
19 21 Brother Rice
Chicago, Ill.
vs. No. 8 Mount Carmel 4-0
20 20 Homewood-Flossmoor
Homewood, Ill.
at No. 1 Bolingbrook 4-0
21 17 Kaneland
Maple Park, Ill.
at Rochelle 4-0
22 16 Stevenson
Lincolnshire, Ill.
vs. Warren 3-1
23 16 Wheaton Warrenville South
Wheaton, Ill.
at Naperville Central 2-2
24 14 Marian Central Catholic
Huntley, Ill.
vs. Immaculate Conception 4-0
25 13 O'Fallon
O'Fallon, Ill.
at Granite City 4-0

Others Receiving Votes: East St. Louis, 11; Rockford Boylan, 9; Cary-Grove, 9; Sacred Heart Griffin, 6, Nequa Valley, 6, St. Francis, 3; De La Salle, 2; Plainfield Central, 1

Note: Votes tallied by four analysts in a descending point system. Tiebreaker is head-to-head; second tiebreaker is record (2011 record, for preseason rankings); third tiebreaker is season scoring total.

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