Monday, September 29, 2014

I've now seen an even dozen...

...teams in eight games this year.

On Friday I watched Providence beat St. Rita, 41-27. This week I'll either drive up to Wilmette to see the Celtics take on Loyola or go out to Glen Ellyn to see if Oak Park and River Forest can upset Glenbard West.

But first, here are the Top Twelve from the three news services followed by my own.


1. Providence
2. St. Rita
3. Stevenson
4. Loyola
5. Sacred Heart-Griffin
6. Cary-Grove
7. Joliet Catholic
8. Maine South
9. Edwardsville
10. Brother Rice
11. Notre Dame (Peoria)
12. Waubonsie Valley

Chicago Tribune

1. Stevenson
2. Glenbard West
3. Providence
4. Cary-Grove
5. Maine South
6. Nazareth
7. Oak Park and River Forest
8. Loyola
9. St. Rita
10. Waubonsie Valley
11. Bolingbrook
12. Naperville Central


1. Stevenson
2. Glenbard West
3. Providence
4. Cary-Grove
5. Maine South
6. Oak Park and River Forest
7. Waubonsie Valley
8. Bolingbrook
9. Lincoln-Way East
10. Nazareth
11. Naperville Central
12. Homewood-Flossmoor


1. Providence (5-0)

Easily the best team I've seen this year. Loyola (4-1) had better bring its "A" game this Saturday. 

2. St. Rita (4-1)

Mustangs should get back on track this week at Aurora Christian (4-1). Will Rita meet up with Providence again in the postseason?

3. Mount Carmel (2-3)

If the Caravan can beat Brother Rice (4-1) at home this Friday they should end the season at least 5-4 assuring a playoff bid. If not, they'll have to defeat Loyola in Week Eight.

4. Oak Park and River Forest (5-0)

This is the week I've been looking forward to for a long time. The Huskies haven't beaten Glenbard West (5-0) since 2007. Will this year be different?

5. Glenbard West (5-0)

Hilltoppers haven't lost to OPRF at home since the bad old days of 2006 when the Hitters went 1-8. You can be sure Coach Chad Hetlet will have his team ready.

6. Lincoln-Way East (4-1)

Griffins were impressive in their thrilling 43-40 come-from-behind victory over Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2). East can't let up this week against Joliet West (3-2).

7. Phillips (4-1)

Wildcats beat Brooks (1-4), 21-6. Phillips will now take on King (4-1) this week. Phillips could enter the playoffs with an 8-1 record.

8. Nazareth (5-0)

Roadrunners continue to roll, easily dispatching Marian Catholic (1-4), 56-17. The LaGrange Park squad should defeat Benet (4-1) before its big showdown in Week Seven with Joliet Catholic (4-1). Can these guys finish the regular season undefeated?

9. Carmel (3-2)

The Corsairs move up in my rankings! (Actually, I had to move Wheaton Warrenville South down.) But Carmel took care of business against St. Patrick (2-3), 28-20, on Friday and now face St. Viator (3-2), which is coming off a victory over Notre Dame (2-3). Corsairs should improve to 4-2.

10. Wheaton Warrenville South (1-4)

The Tigers are 1-4 and could conceivably be eliminated from the postseason this week against a surprisingly strong Lake Park (4-1). Wheaton South missed the playoffs in 2012, too. What would Red Grange (Class of '22) think?

11. (Tie) St. Patrick (2-3) and Naperville North (2-3)

Nothing should change here this week. Shamrocks have to host a resurgent Marist (2-3) while Huskies play defending 8A champ and crosstown rival Naperville Central (4-1).

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