Monday, September 8, 2014

My Top Seven teams...

...this week don't include Stevenson, Homewood-Flossmoor, Loyola or Edwardsville.  

I drove down to Flossmoor on Friday but the game was postponed until Saturday night. The next day, instead of driving up to Wilmette I rode my bike over to Mandrake Park in Bronzeville (above) to see Phillips host Carmel, in which the Corsairs prevailed, 20-13.

I came primarily to see if Phillips and its star quarterback, Dewayne Collins, could compete with a 7A team like Carmel, but the Mundelein squad found a way to contain him. (It was the second week in a row that the Corsairs faced a first-rate QB; they had just finished with Fenwick's Jack Beneventi.) If Phillips had defeated Carmel I would have gone to see them this week against Naperville North. But now I'm considering Nazareth (2-0) vs. St. Patrick (2-0) at Hanson Stadium instead. (More on that later.)

It was a gorgeous September day in Chicago and a pretty good game and I rode my bike home along the lakefront, which was also really pleasant.

Here are the Top Seven from the news services followed by my own:


1. Loyola
2. Sacred Heart-Griffin
3. Mount Carmel
4. Stevenson
5. Providence
6. Maine South
7. Cary-Grove

Chicago Tribune

1. Stevenson
2. Loyola
3. Glenbard West
4. Mount Carmel
5. Cary-Grove
6. Nazareth
7. Maine South


1. Loyola
2. Stevenson
3. Homewood-Flossmoor
4. Glenbard West
5. Cary-Grove
6. Maine South
7. Mount Carmel


1. Mount Carmel (1-1)
The Caravan travels to Providence (2-0) Friday night. Are the Celtics for real?

2. Oak Park and River Forest (2-0)
Huskies can't let down at home against Proviso West (1-1).

3. Glenbard West (2-0)
Hilltoppers host Downers Grove North (1-1) who were shut out last week by Hinsdale South (2-0).

4. Lincoln-Way East (1-1)
Griffins travel to undefeated Stagg (2-0). Can't be looking ahead to Bolingbrook (1-1).

5. Wheaton Warrenville South (0-2)
Tigers should notch their first victory at Morgan Park (0-2).

6. Carmel (1-1)
Corsairs face biggest test so far at home against Joliet Catholic (1-1).

7. Phillips (1-1)
Can the Wildcats handle big, bad 8A Naperville North (2-0)?

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