POWER RANKINGS: Irish on top, Central jumps three spots
We’re nearly 2/3 of the way through the season, and the action is only going to get more intense from here.
Playoffs are rounding the corner, and most teams are hoping to round a corner themselves this week, as they continue to make a playoff push.
This is where the season gets even more exciting. So grab your popcorn, or a concession stand hot dog, and watch everything unfold. Here are this week’s Power Rankings:
1. Bishop McNamara (4-1)
Last Week: No. 1
At this point, the Irish are just toying with teams. It’s clear how real they are and explosive they can be at the flip of a switch. Tyshon King and company are bull rushing through teams, and Wheaton Academy is the next team on the slate.
2. Coal City (4-1)
Last Week: No. 2
Coal City is banged up and hurt across the board. Yet it still finds ways to win close, ugly games. That’s what winners and champions are made of. Daniel Jezik’s legs have to be killing him after 38 rushes, but no doubt he’ll do it again if needed. Here’s hoping the Coalers get healthy soon.
3. Peotone (3-2)
Last Week: No. 3
WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart was as known as the “Excellence of Execution.” Peotone definitely took some pages from that book when it came to clock management. Controlling the ball for the final 8:56 of the game is unheard of, but it happened. Hopefully there’s no hangover effect with Plano paying a visit.
4. Herscher (3-2)
Last Week: No. 4
Although a field goal was all it could muster, Herscher stays put at the fourth spot. Lisle’s defense was no joke, and Herscher saw that firsthand.
Matt Dorsey still ran for nearly 170 yards behind that offensive line and that line might be its advantage on Friday against Wilmington.
5). Bradley-Bourbonnais (2-3)
Last Week: No. 7
It may have lost, but Bradley-Bourbonnais gave Bolingbrook everything it could handle. A change at quarterback seemed to have shot some life into this team, and with 0-5 Metea Valley coming in, this might just be the game the Boilers desperately need.
6). Watseka (3-2)
Last Week: No. 5
Needless to say, Watseka got worked. The running game was nullified, the passing game wasn’t there and the defense couldn’t stop Logan Graham. Maybe it was loss it needed to reset. However, that defense has a tough task ahead with Central’s high scoring offense coming to town. You won’t want to miss this one.
7). Wilmington (2-3)
Last Week: No. 6
It’s not often Wilmington loses at home, but it happened Friday. This team is trending towards the 2007 team that finished 5-5 after a 3-2 start. It’s desperation time and if it doesn’t win Friday, the playoff streak might end.
8). Central (3-2)
Last Week: No. 11
There might not be a hotter team outside of the top two teams than Central. It’s not that they’re just winning, it’s the fashion it’s winning in that more impressive. It blowing teams out left and right with no regard. Let’s see if this streak of 40 points scored continues Friday in Watseka.
9). Reed-Custer (2-3)
Last week: No. 10
No quarterback-receiver duo was as dangerous as Josh Loomis and A.J. Cherry were. Impressive is a huge understatement with the type of number they put up and they’ll need every bit of it with undefeated Lisle ahead. A huge statement can be made Friday.
10). Milford-Cissna Park (3-0)
Last Week: No. 9
The Bearcats only dropped because of how impressive Reed-Custer was. Taking nothing away from the Bearcats as they continue to impress in 8-man style. However, a long road trip to Wisconsin awaits them as does an undefeated Newman Catholic team. Now they’ll officially get tested.
11). Dwight (2-3)
Last Week: No. 12
Talk about a must-win game. Dwight looked dominant from start to finish in an impressive win over Watseka. The Trojans seem to be rounding the corner and with a favorable schedule ahead, they could crash the playoffs. But one game at a time.
12). Kankakee (2-3)
Last Week: No. 8
Kankakee falling for four sports has more to do with how everyone else looked. The Kays continue to struggle on the road and with two of their final three games on the road (Bloom and Crete-Monee), it doesn’t look good. However, they’ll be fine this week.
13). Momence (1-4)
Last Week: No. 13
After enjoying a victory, Momence was hit by a brick wall known as PBL. The Redskins’ run defense has a tough go once again and it doesn’t get any easier this week. They have to win out to make the playoffs. Friday is the start, anything is possible.
14). Manteno (0-5)
Last Week: No. 14
It’s official. For the first time in eight years, Manteno will not see a week 10 game. It’s running game seems to have been found, but just a little too late in the season. The Panthers are playing for pride and added experience for next season now but can still ruin playoff chances for other teams.
15). Iroquois West (0-5)
Last Week: No. 15
Much like Manteno, the Raiders’ playoffs hopes officially ended with their loss to Oakwood on Friday. Now is the time for them to play spoiler and potentially end someone else’s playoff chances. 2-3 Seneca would be a good start.