POWER RANKINGS: Wilmington atop the football throne

August 29, 2018

Did I mention how happy I am that football is back?

I’m sure I did, but allow me to say it again. I’m not just happy it’s back, I’m ecstatic to once again send my Friday nights on the sidelines watching some of the area’s most talents student athletes compete.

Very few things in life bring out the raw emotions in people like high school football does.

One week is in the books, at least eight more to go. Here are this week’s ‘Power Rankings’:

1). Wilmington (1-0)

The system and the standard of area football are top dogs this week following an impressive 39-20 over Manteno. The running attack gained 285 total yards, led by Conner Dempsay’s 168 yards and two touchdown effort. After a tough season opener, its home opener doesn’t get any easier with Coal City coming to town.

2). Peotone (1-0)

While its week one opposition was a bit of a cakewalk, it still doesn’t take away from what the Blue Devils did. Over 250 total rushing yards and six touchdowns among three different players. The defense got in on the action with a 75-yard pick-six by Hunter Brunke. Now they’ll get to see how they far against playoff competition at Tinley Park.

3). Coal City (0-1)

Even though the Coalers lost, they’re still one of the top three teams in the area. Morris is a top school who they could see again in the Class 4A playoffs. Not many teams have a tougher first two games than the Coalers do. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they travel to Wilmington for an I-8 showdown. You won’t want to miss this.

4). Herscher (1-0)

After much mystery about what direction the Tigers’ offense will go in, Matt Dorsey answered those questions with 248 yards rushing and three scores against Momence. Dorsey’s stock is on the rise and expect the Tigers to ride his legs again against Central.

5). Bishop McNamara (1-0)

No player had a more explosive week than running back Tyshon King. His 246 yards and five touchdowns by himself accounted him for 30 points, which was more than 10 teams scored in totality. Although Eisenhower is a different animal than Bloom, the Irish game plan will probably remain the same with King running wild like Hulkamania.

6). Bradley-Bourbonnais (1-0)

That near three-hour bus ride to Fox Lake didn’t prevent the Boilers from claiming the victory. Logan Meyer nabbed an interception and went for a touchdown while the offense compiled 246 rushing yards and three scores. Kankakee could be in the wrong place at the wrong time, especially after beating the Boilers last season.

7). Watseka (1-0)

When they needed it the most, the Warriors’ defense came through with a huge interception with four minutes left in the game. Although Oakwood still had its chance, the Warriors held firm. It may have been ugly, but a win is a win. They’ll need to keep that confidence heading into a tough Salt Fork game.

8). Manteno (0-1)

Friday’s loss to Wilmington has the potential to be its only loss of the season. Manteno is massive up front and weapons on the outside with Shane Warren letting it fly. Warren finished with 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Once the running game catches up, watch out.

9). Reed-Custer (0-1)

If it wasn’t for the string of turnovers, the Comets just might have pulled out the upset on the road. But even with that, they played highly competitive and hung in for about three quarters. It’s a good first step and with Chicago Brooks coming to town, another step could be taken.

10). Dwight (0-1)

Simply put, the Trojans just ran out of gas in Friday’s loss. It was a 14-7 game going into the fourth quarter before Ottawa Marquette got two touchdowns to put the game away. One bright spot though, quarterback Colton Holm was a perfect 5-for-5. With the weapons they have, they should pass the ball more. Especially with Westville on the horizon.

11). Momence (0-1)

Momence’s path to its first victory doesn’t get any easier with Bismarck-Henning on Friday. There are questions about the overall health of Momence and with a running attack like Bismarck’s coming, it doesn’t look good. But if Kobey Mazur can get time to throw, there’s a chance.

12). Kankakee (0-1)

There just no other way to saw it, Kankakee simply got blitzed in Yorkville. That new offensive system started on a sour note, not scoring until the final quarter. But that was last week and with cross-town rival Bradley-Bourbonnais on Friday, there’s only one way to go.

13). Central (0-1)

The Comets are in retooling phase and relying on a roster of namely sophomores to pick up the slack. Quarterback Jay Lemenager connected with receiver Jacob Shoven on a 24-yard touchdown for the Comets only score of the game. Those sophomores will have to make a big jump if they are to take down Herscher on Friday.

14). Iroquois West (0-1)

Although the Raiders are at the bottom of the rankings this week, it’s hard not to be impressed by their outing against Bismarck-Henning. The Raiders are moving in the right direction and showing to be more than just a running team. Hoopeston should be their first win, but that’s why you play the game.

15). Milford-Cissna Park (0-0)

Unfortunately for the Bearcats, they didn’t play on opening week due to a last-minute cancellation. Maybe it works in their favor though as they have an extra week to prepare and sharpen themselves before a trip to Lake Forest on Saturday.

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