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Ironmen keep top spot in 6A; Saints No. 3 in Class 4A

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Normal Community High School remained No. 1 in Class 6A in this week's Associated Press football rankings.

The Ironmen (8-0) are coming off a 45-6 victory over Decatur MacArthur, running their win streak to 22. The Ironmen will try for their second consecutive undefeated season in the Big 12 Conference on Friday against visiting Danville.

Four other Pantagraph area teams remain in the rankings.

In Class 5A, Pontiac (6-2) is No. 9. In Class 4A, Central Catholic (8-0) and Mahomet-Seymour (7-1) are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. In Class 1A, Flanagan-Woodland (8-0) stayed in the No. 10 spot.

One class, 7A, has a new No. 1 in the final regular-season rankings.

Lake Zurich (7-1) resumed the top spot after a 33-0 victory over Lake Forest. Lake Zurich, ranked first at the start of the season, hasn't allowed more than seven points in a game since a first-week 27-20 loss to still-undefeated 8A No. 5 Palatine Fremd.

Previous No. 1 Rolling Meadows (7-1) fell to No. 8 after 12-10 Mid-Suburban-East loss to Buffalo Grove.

East St. Louis (7-1) moved up one spot to No. 2 after a 53-14 victory over previously unbeaten Belleville East. The Flyers have averaged 47.5 points over the last six games.

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No. 4 Rockford Boylan and No. 5 Geneva each stayed undefeated and moved up a spot, while Northbrook Glenbrook North (7-1) joined the 7A ranks at No. 9 after its seventh straight win, 41-6 over Deerfield. Moline (7-1) debuted at No. 10 after a 28-0 win over Quincy.

In Class 8A, No. 1 Chicago Mount Carmel (8-0) is coming off its most lopsided win of the season, 64-0 over Chicago St. Francis de Sales.

No. 2 Naperville North (8-0) and No. 3 Wheaton Warrenville South (8-0) will play for the DuPage Valley title on Friday. No. 4 Downers Grove South and No. 5 Fremd also remain undefeated.

Chicago Brother Rice (6-2) joined the 8A ranks at No. 10 after a 14-13 victory over St. Rita. Frankfort Lincoln-Way East (6-2) fell off the list after its second loss in three games.

In Class 6A, No. 2 Joliet Catholic defeated West Chester St. Joseph, 63-7. Joliet Catholic (7-1, 6-0) will host 7A No. 7 Mundelein Carmel (7-1, 6-0) in the championship game of the East Suburban Catholic on Friday.

No. 3 Oak Lawn Richards remained undefeated with a 44-7 victory over Oak Lawn. No. 5 Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge and No. 7 Fox Lake Grant also are undefeated.

Previous No. 4 Lemont (6-2) fell to No. 9 after a 14-7 loss to Oak Forest.

The top-ranked teams in 4A and 5A will play Friday, when six-time defending state champion Addison Driscoll (4A) and Lombard Montini (5A) meet for the Suburban Catholic championship.

Also in 5A, No. 2 Metamora (8-0) finished undefeated in the Mid-Illini with 49-7 victory over Morton. One time No. 1 Woodstock (6-2) fell another spot to No. 4 after a 21-7 loss to Driscoll. No. 5 Effingham (8-0) finished undefeated in the Apollo with a 26-19 win over Salem.

In 4A, Mount Carmel stayed No. 2 and Corn Belt champion Central Catholic No. 3 after each won to stay undefeated.

In 3A, No. 1 St. Joseph-Ogden remained No. 1 after receiveing a forfeit victory over Tri-Point.

No. 3 Anna-Jonesboro (8-0) won the River-to-River-Mississippi outright with a 48-28 victory over Pinckneyville. No. 4 Greenville (8-0) finished off an undefeated season in the South Central-East with a 48-14 victory over Litchfield.

No. 6 PORTA/Greenview (8-0, 6-0) will host unranked Carthage Illini West (7-1, 6-0) for the championship in the West Prairie Trail-Southwest, and No. 7 Aurora Christian (8-0) and No. 8 Carterville (8-0) each rolled to easy victories.

Joining the 3A ranks at No. 10 was Columbia (8-0), which won the Cahokia with a 28-22 win over previously undefeated Red Bud.

In 2A, Morrison stayed No. 1 after a 49-28 win over Fulton.

Westville (8-0) stayed No. 2 following a 51-39 win over Hoopston. Defending state champions and No. 3 Maroa-Forsyth won for the 22nd consecutive time, 27-20 over Moweaqua A & M.

No. 4 Casey-Westfield will host winless Lawrenceville in its bid for an undefeated season in the Little Illini. No. 6 Forreston (8-0, 6-0) will host Class 1A No. 1 Dakota (8-0, 6-0) for the championship of the Upstate Illini-Northwest.

No. 8 Orion and No. 10 Flanagan/Woodland also remained undefeated and wrapped up league championships. Red Bud stayed at No. 7 despite its first loss, to Columbia.

Dakota retained the No. 1 position in 1A with a 42-0 win over Pecatonica.

No. 3 Mount Olive (8-0) is coming off a 48-0 win over Virden. Western Illinois Valley-North champion and No. 4 Jacksonville Routt (8-0) is fresh off its third consecutive shutout, 41-0 over Carrollton.

No. 6 Lewistown (8-0) got a late touchdown in a 20-14 win over Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon in the title game of the West Prairie Trail-Southeast. No. 7 Greenfield/Palmyra Northwestern can complete an undefeated regular-season slate with a victory over winless Jacksonville ISD.


Complete rankings

Here are this week's Associated Press state rankings for Illinois high school football, compiled by a statewide panel of sportswriters:

CLASS 1A

1. Dakota (8-0)

2. Tuscola (7-1)

3. Mount Olive (8-0)

4. Jacksonville Routt (8-0)

5. Galena (8-0)

6. Lewistown (8-0)

7. Greenfield/Palmyra Northwestern (8-0)

8. Princeville (7-1)

9. Concord Triopia/Meredosia-Chambersburg (7-1)

10. Toulon Stark County (7-1)

CLASS 2A

1. Morrison (8-0)

2. Westville (8-0)

3. Maroa-Forsyth (8-0)

4. Casey-Westfield (8-0)

5. Bridgeport Red Hill (7-1)

6. Forreston (8-0)

7. Red Bud (7-1)

8. Orion (8-0)

9. Sterling Newman (7-1)

10. Flanagan-Woodland (8-0)

CLASS 3A

1. St. Joseph-Ogden (8-0)

2. Plano (7-1)

3. Anna-Jonesboro (8-0)

4. Greenville (8-0)

5. Newton (7-1)

6. PORTA/Greenview (8-0)

7. Aurora Christian (8-0)

8. Carterville (8-0)

9. Genoa-Kingston (7-1)

10. Columbia (8-0)

CLASS 4A

1. Addison Driscoll (8-0)

2. Mount Carmel (8-0)

3. Central Catholic (8-0)

4. Mahomet-Seymour (7-1)

5. Coal City (8-0)

6. Mascoutah (7-1)

7. Breese Mater Dei (7-1)

8. Decatur St. Teresa (7-1)

9. Harvard (7-1)

10. Herrin (7-1)

CLASS 5A

1. Lombard Montini (8-0)

2. Metamora (8-0)

3. Mattoon (7-1)

4. Woodstock Marian (6-2)

5. Effingham (8-0)

6. Peoria Richwoods (7-1)

7. Geneseo (6-2)

8. Marion (6-2)

9. Pontiac (6-2)

10. Cahokia (6-2)

CLASS 6A

1. Normal Community (8-0)

2. Joliet Catholic (7-1)

3. Oak Lawn Richards (8-0)

4. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (7-1)

5. Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge (8-0)

6. Oak Forest (7-1)

7. Fox Lake Grant (8-0)

8. Rock Island (7-1)

9. Lemont (6-2)

10. Chatham Glenwood (7-1)

CLASS 7A

1. Lake Zurich (7-1)

2. East St. Louis (7-1)

3. Chicago Morgan Park (7-1)

4. Rockford Boylan (8-0)

5. Geneva (8-0)

6. Cary-Grove (7-1)

7. Mundelein Carmel (7-1)

8. Rolling Meadows (7-1)

9. Northbrook Glenbrook North (7-1)

10. Moline (7-1)

CLASS 8A

1. Chicago Mount Carmel (8-0)

2. Naperville North (8-0)

3. Wheaton Warrenville South (8-0)

4. Downers Grove South (8-0)

5. Palatine Fremd (8-0)

6. Park Ridge Maine South (7-1)

7. Wilmette Loyola (6-2)

8. Glenview Glenbrook South (7-1)

9. Bolingbrook (6-2)

10. Chicago Brother Rice (6-2)

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