Preseason Super 25 football rankings countdown

Homewood-Flossmoor's PAT line practices during a preseason practice. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.
Aug. 9, 2018 4:40 p.m.

The countdown continues over the next two weeks as the top ten teams are unveiled. Here’s the schedule for all of the preseason coverage and a look at the Super 25 so far…

Beth Long’s preseason Super 25
1. Lincoln-Way East: AJ Henning, offensive line lead the way 
2. Phillips may be the most talented team in Public League history
3. Loyola poised for run at fourth consecutive state title game
4. Maine South: Special father and son season on tap for Hawks
5. Marist: High-flying offense has Redhawks thinking about a title
6. Batavia: Loose, loaded and ready to defend 7A title
7. Nazareth: Roadrunners aren’t young anymore, just talented and experienced
8. Homewood-Flossmoor: The Vikings defense is out to change minds, raise standards
9. Glenbard West: Explosive Tyquan Cox ready to carry the load
10. Lake Zurich: Bears move on from title game heartbreak, reload
11. Oswego
12. Barrington
13. Naperville Central
14. Prairie Ridge
15. Richards
16. Minooka
17. Hinsdale Central
18. St. Rita
19. Mount Carmel
20. Lincoln-Way West
21. Montini
22. Simeon
23. St. Charles East
24. Bolingbrook
25. Raby

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  • Kim Miller

    While its true that P.R. Is not the team it was last year it continues to showwhy it is led by the IHSA coach of the year. They are fast and run the triple option with precision and skill. They are facing the most balanced fox valley conference in years and more than likely will have stiff competition from Huntley(8a), Jacobs(7a), Crystal Lake South(7a) and perrenial powerhouse, 7a Cary Grove. My prediction, Prairie Ridge finishes at 6-3 and gets to the quarterfinals of the 6a playoffs

  • John Reeves

    Its a Shame that Beth Long does not mention East St Louis in the Preseason poll…..since they are ranked # 2 this year. They went to the Quarter Finals last season….much further than most of the 25 teams that are listed. I know that they are not from Chicago…..but they are ranked # 2 in the state…. which should at least be mentioned in the polls.

    • Pirate Sleeved Jersey

      John, you should know better.

      ESL is in the AP poll, but as mentioned almost every year for the past million years (in both hoops and football) the Sun Times poll/Super 25 is specific to the Sun Times coverage area. They’ll talk about ESL come playoff time.

  • Brad Thompson

    Once again Beth Long shows no ability to do any homework. All you have to do is look at Prairie Ridge at # 14. This team was depleted by graduation, top 2 players both left for Iowa, along with a slew of other starters graduating. Not a clue!

    • mikenike

      Mike Clark at the Trib has PR ranked number 20. Maybe she (they) know something you don’t? Could that possibly be true since you are obviously the only one who’s clued in on these matters?

  • Tim

    No love for Hillcrest huh? You’ll see by the end of the year.

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