Losses cost Alleman, Rockridge, Mercer County in state rankings


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Originally Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 8:55 pm
Last Updated: Sept. 04, 2014, 9:24 am
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com

A shoe-string tackle prevented Rockridge from scoring a late game-winning touchdown in last weekend's season-opening, state-ranked showdown with Sterling Newman.

However, despite that game-saving stop, the Rockets still earned the only No. 1 vote outside of those Comets in Class 2A in the latest Associated Press state football rankings.

Defending state champ Newman retained the No. 1 spot overall, picking up 14 of the 15 top nods cast by sportswriters and broadcasters around Illinois. However, one voter still backed Rockridge for outplaying the Comets on the stat sheet.

Still, Rockridge slipped from third to fourth in the latest media rankings, and 2A's 2012 state champ, Mercer County, slid even further, from second to sixth with a 28-0 loss last weekend to Elmwood-Brimfield, the fifth-rated team in 3A.

Elsewhere in the poll, Geneseo (1-0) moved up a spot in 5A to No. 5, Rock Island (1-0) remained seventh in 6A and Alleman (0-1) tumbled from third to ninth in 4A after a 50-7 loss to 5A-ranked Peoria High in last weekend's debut.

Erie-Prophetstown (3A) and Annawan-Wethersfield (2A) also stayed in the others receiving votes category with victories.

From local leagues, Quincy (10th in 7A) and Stark County (7th in 1A) ranked among the Top 10s in their enrollment classifications while Rochelle (5A) and Illini West (2A) were among those receiving votes.

Joining Newman in retaining top spots statewide were Wilmette Loyola (8A), Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (6A), Lombard Montini (5A), Rochester (4A), St. Joseph-Ogden (3A) and Lena-Winslow (1A). Cary-Grove was the only new No. 1, inheriting the top spot in 7A with Chicago Mount Carmel losing in last weekend's opener.

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Illinois Associated Press state football rankings

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. This vote was taken Sept. 3: 

Class 8A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Wilmette Loyola (13) (1-0) 130 1
2. Lincolnshire Stevenson (1-0) 116 2
3. Homewood-Flossmoor (1-0) 85 7
(tie)Edwardsville (1-0) 85 5
5. Glenbard West (1-0) 79 8
6. Maine South (1-0) 52 9
7. Hinsdale Central (1-0) 37 NR
8. Aurora Waubonsie Valley (1-0) 28 NR
9. Oak Park River Forest (1-0) 25 NR
10. Naperville North (1-0) 22 NR
-- Others receiving votes: Chicago Marist 17, Bolingbrook 16, Naperville Central 9, O'Fallon 8, Naperville Neuqua Valley 4, Palatine Fremd 1, Oswego 1.

Class 7A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Cary-Grove (5) (1-0) 121 3
2. Chicago Mt. Carmel (7) (0-1) 120 1
3. Lake Zurich (1-0) 98 4
4. Chicago St. Rita (1-0) 94 5
5. Lincoln-Way East (0-1) 70 2
6. New Lenox Providence (1) (1-0) 63 7
7. Wheaton Warrenville South (0-1) 53 6
8. Batavia (0-1) 28 9
9. Geneva (1-0) 17 NR
10. Quincy (1-0) 16 NR
-- Others receiving votes: Belleville West 9, Wheaton North 8, Downers North 7, Oak Park Fenwick 4, St. Charles North 3, Normal Community 2.

Class 6A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (12) (1-0) 145 1
2. Oak Lawn Richards (3) (1-0) 136 2
3. Rockford Boylan (1-0) 111 4
4. LaGrange Nazareth (1-0) 97 5
5. East St. Louis (0-1) 92 3
6. Champaign Centennial (1-0) 79 6
7. Rock Island (1-0) 39 T7
8. Belvidere North (1-0) 38 T7
9. Crete-Monee (1-0) 24 9
10. Maple Park Kaneland (1-0) 17 10
-- Others receiving votes: Normal West 16, Peoria Notre Dame 12, Lincoln-Way West 6, Lincoln Way North 5, Lake Forest 5, Lakes Community 2, DeKalb 1.

Class 5A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Lombard Montini (12) (0-1) 145 1
2. Joliet Catholic (1) (0-1) 111 2
2. Highland (2) (1-0) 111 3
4. Washington (1-0) 101 4
5. Geneseo (1-0) 88 6
6. Woodstock Marian (1-0) 74 10
7. Normal University (1-0) 57 7
8. Metamora (1-0) 46 9
9. Sycamore (0-1) 45 5
10. Peoria Central (1-0) 18 NR
-- Others receiving votes: Rochelle 11, Hillcrest 7, Morris 4, Wheaton Academy 2, Centralia 2, Bartonville Limestone 1, Decatur MacArthur 1, Mahomet-Seymour 1.

Class 4A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Rochester (13) (1-0) 139 1
2. Rockford Lutheran (1) (1-0) 124 2
3. Chicago Phillips (1-0) 102 NR
4. Belleville Althoff (1-0) 98 4
5. Kankakee Bishop McNamara (1-0) 89 6
6. Coal City (1-0) 58 7
7. Columbia (1-0) 54 10
8. Greenville (1-0) 21 NR
9. Rock Island Alleman (0-1) 17 3
10. Mt. Zion (1-0) 16 NR
-- Others receiving votes: Quincy Notre Dame 15, Evergreen Park 14, Herrin 5, Breese Mater Dei 5, Stillman Valley 5, Plano 3, Harvard 2, Bloomington Central Catholic 2, Manteno 1.

Class 3A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. St. Joseph-Ogden (12) (1-0) 138 1
2. Tolono Unity (1) (1-0) 125 2
3. Williamsville (1-0) 111 3
4. Wilmington (1-0) 88 4
5. Elmwood-Brimfield (1-0) 81 5
6. Aurora Christian (1) (1-0) 50 6
7. Mt. Carmel (1-0) 49 7
8. Monticello (1-0) 35 NR
9. Carlinville (1-0) 33 NR
10. Chicago Leo (1-0) 30 NR
-- Others receiving votes: Erie-Prophetstown 13, Elmhurst IC Catholic 4, Nashville 4, Pana 3, Robinson 3, New Berlin-Franklin 1, Seneca 1, Winnebago 1.

Class 2A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Sterling Newman (14) (1-0) 149 1
2. Momence (1-0) 124 4
3. Maroa-Forsyth (1-0) 105 6
4. Rockridge (1) (0-1) 101 3
5. Eastland-Pearl City (1-0) 83 7
6. Mercer County (0-1) 57 2
7. Bismarck-Henning (1-0) 47 T8
8. Carthage Illini West (1-0) 41 10
(tie) Clifton Central (1-0) 41 T8
10. Auburn (0-1) 34 5
-- Others receiving votes: Fieldcrest 17, Tuscola 12, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 6, Athens 4, Cerro Gordo-Bement 2, Downs Tri-Valley 1, Annawan-Wethersfield 1.

Class 1A
School W-L Pts Prv

1. Lena-Winslow (12) (1-0) 137 1
2. Stockton (1-0) 120 2
3. Forreston (2) (1-0) 118 3
4. Casey-Westfield (1-0) 101 4
5. Camp Point Central (1-0) 78 5
6. Carrollton (1-0) 69 6
7. Stark County (1-0) 55 7
8. Freeport Aquin (1-0) 47 9
9. Greenfield-Northwestern (1-0) 15 NR
10. Abingdon-Avon (1-0) 8 NR
-- Others receiving votes: Galena 6, Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland 4, LeRoy 4, Brown County 2, Rockford Christian Life 2, Heyworth 1, Milford 1, Oblong 1, Pawnee 1. 
















 




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