POWER RANKINGS: New team on top the food chain

September 6, 2018

Dear Mother Nature,

Please do not bring the thunder and lightning on a football Friday night. Any other night is perfectly fine, just not Friday for the next 10-11 weeks or so. I don’t ask for much, so doing this for me along with area fans would mean a lot.


Brock A. Netter

Here are this week’s Power Rankings:

1). Coal City (1-1)

Last Week: No. 3

This was a no-brainer. A victory is one thing, but a shutout victory on the road against one of the best in the conference and in 3A? That’s another level. But then again, Coal City is stacked unlike any other team in the area. Nearly unfair to play against the Coalers, but Herscher will put up a tough fight.

2). Herscher (2-0)

Last Week: No. 4

A much tougher game Saturday, but the results remained the same, as another win was tallied. Now, the Tigers go from playing Central to facing Coal City. Talk about to turnaround. Area fans will learn a lot about Herscher after this one.

3). Peotone (1-1)

Last Week: No. 2

A rough two-day stretch for Peotone. Traveling Friday only to play for 10 minutes then go back the next day to Tinley Park and finish. The team battled but fell 1 point short. Can’t fault the Blue Devils too much for that.

4). Bishop McNamara (2-0)

Last Week: No. 5

Tyshon King continues to be unstoppable, and Bishop McNamara continues to win. Ride that train until the wheels fall completely off. But at the rate he’s going, he might not fall off at all. More to be seen against Brookfield.

5). Wilmington (1-1)

Last Week: No. 1

A very unWilmington-like performance drops last week’s top dog four spots. The Wildcats mustered less than 100 yards of total offense and had no answers for Coal City. While the Wildcats probably will bounce back, it remains to be seen.

6). Bradley-Bourbonnais (2-0)

Last Week: No. 6

The Boilers stay at sixth after a narrow victory against Kankakee. That type of outing might be necessary as they hit the road against Lincoln-Way West. Keep the score low, and maintain time of possession.

7). Watseka (1-1)

Last Week: No. 7

The Warriors’ defense gave the offense a chance, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, Watseka stays out after a low-scoring affair showed the type of grit and grind this Warrior team has.

8). Reed-Custer (1-1)

Last Week: No. 9

Impressive is an understatement for how Reed-Custer looked Friday. But that was Brooks; this week is Peotone. And a ticked off Peotone team at that. Now, we’ll get a better look at what this Reed-Custer team is all about.

9). Milford-Cissna Park (1-0)

Last Week: No. 10

All that frustration about not playing on opening week finally was let out for the Bearcats. The season is off to a good start; the question is: Can they kick it up in Week 3?

10). Manteno (0-2)

Last Week: No. 8

It’s desperation time in Manteno because the Panthers absolutely need a victory. Shane Warren is out, and Caleb Borkenhagen is in. Another loss, and playoffs might be out of the question.

11). Dwight (1-1)

Last Week: No. 11

The Trojans stay put at the 11 spot despite a victory against Westville. They looked solid, rushing for more than 200 yards and getting confidence before SVC action starts. Let’s see if the momentum continues.

12). Kankakee (0-2)

Last Week: No. 13

A solid defensive outing allows the Kays to move up a spot. The key for them is maintaining that level of play all season. It’s one thing to do it against a rival; it’s another thing to do it next week against a nonrival.

13). Central (0-2)

Last Week: No. 14

The signs of improvement are beginning to show for the Comets. Although they only have scored 14 points all season, their defense gave them a shot against Herscher. Westville will be much easier to handle.

14). Momence (0-2)

Last Week: No. 12

Momence’s defense was absolutely gashed last week. Now, it’s a must-win situation against Watseka. It’s up to the defense to make a statement.

15). Iroquois West (0-2)

Last Week: No. 15

One step forward, two steps back. The Raiders couldn’t muster any offense against Hoopeston, and with a trip to Paxton ahead, hopefully they bring some type of offense.

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