FOX Sports NEXT Illinois Top 25 - Week Six

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Several of Illinois' power programs have solidified their places at the top of the new FOX Sports NEXT rankings.

The new FOX Sports NEXT Illinois Top 25 rankings reflect how several of the state's best have cemented their places at the top of the polls.

Some of Illinois' power programs such as Maine South, Glenbard West, Mount Carmel, and Lemont have solidified their places in the top ten, while some rising programs like Bolingbrook, Marist, and Wheaton North show promise for the future.

This week, the FOX Sports NEXT Illinois experts were asked the tough question, which school has the state's greatest power program?

Allen Trieu - National Recruiting Analyst, FOX Sports NEXT
"Hard not to pick East St. Louis. The Flyers have the most wins of any school in the state with 752, six state titles and two mythical national championships. "

Beth Long - Midwest Field Reporter, FOX Sports NEXT
This is a tough question because there are several teams that could fill this role. Two that come to mind are Wheaton-Warrenville South and East St. Louis. Wheaton Warrenvillle South is reguraly making appearances in Champaign at the state championship games and has ammassed a 48-4 record from 2006-2011. East St. Louis is a traditional power, always turning out talent and has a 43-7 record over the same span.

Chris Emma - Publisher/Reporter,
"Joliet Catholic has traditionally been one of Illinois' greatest powers in high school football. The program puts out elite high school talent each season and is a contender for the state title every November.

Ryan Easterling - Reporter,
"The Chicago Catholic League is full of historic programs, probably none more historic than Joliet Catholic. Known in pop culture as the school of Notre Dame legend Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, Joliet Catholic is a power year-in, year-out, and continues that today."

(*) - See tiebreaker rules listed below

RankingVotes High School and City
Next Opponent Record
1 98 Bolingbrook
Bolingbrook, Ill.
at No. 7 Lincoln-Way East 5-0
2 96 Maine South
Park Ridge, Ill.
vs. New Trier 5-0
3 94 Glenbard West
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
at Proviso West 5-0
4 87 Marist
Chicago, Ill.
at Carmel 5-0
5 80 Wheaton North
Wheaton, Ill.
vs. West Aurora 5-0
6 79 Crete-Monee
Crete, Ill.
at Bloom 5-0
7 78 Lincoln-Way East
Frankfort, Ill.
vs. No. 1 Bolingbrook 5-0
8 77 Mount Carmel
Chicago, Ill.
at No. 9 Loyola 5-0
9 65 Loyola
Wilmette, Ill.
at No. 8 Mount Carmel 5-0
10 63 Lemont
Lemont, Ill.
vs. Thornton 5-0
11 59 Hinsdale Central
Hinsdale, Ill.
vs. Hinsdale South 4-1
12 55 Batavia
Batavia, Ill.
vs. Larkin 5-0
13 54 Waubonsie Valley
Aurora, Ill.
vs. South Elgin 5-0
14 37 Kaneland
Maple Park, Ill.
vs. DeKalb 5-0
15 31 Montini
Lisle, Ill.
at Immaculate Conception 4-1
16 31 Joliet Catholic
Joliet, Ill.
at St. Patrick 3-2
17 28 Glenbard North
Lombard, Ill.
vs. Naperville Central 4-1
18 23 Providence Catholic
New Lenox, Ill.
at Brother Rice 4-1
19 21 Neuqua Valley
Naperville, Ill.
vs. Matea Valley 5-0
20 18 Marian Central Catholic
Woodstock, Ill.
at St. Francis 5-0
21 18 O'Fallon
O'Fallon, Ill.
vs. East St. Louis 5-0
22 17 Palatine
Palatine, Ill.
vs. Fremd 4-1
23 16 Rockford Boylan
Rockford, Ill.
at Rockford Jefferson 5-0
24 15* Morris
Morris, Ill.
at Sycamore 5-0
25 15* Stevenson
Lincolnshire, Ill.
at Mundelein 4-1

Others receiving votes: Cary-Grove, 12; Aurora Christian, 10; Simeon, 9; Brother Rice, 8; Homewood-Flossmoor, 5; Chatham Glenwood, 3

Note: Votes tallied by four analysts in a descending point system. Tiebreaker is head-to-head; second tiebreaker is record; third tiebreaker is season scoring total.

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