A new top five for Week 4’s Super 25 football rankings

Naperville Central's Payton Thorne (1) calls a play. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.
Naperville Central's Payton Thorne (1) calls a play. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Plenty of changes in the Super 25 this week. Simeon made the biggest jump, leaping 10 spots after beating Phillips 21-8 at Gately on Saturday. The Wildcats drop from No. 4 to No. 18.

It’s a new-look top five, with Batavia taking the No. 2 spot followed by Nazareth, Homewood-Flossmoor and Oswego. Lincoln-Way East holds steady at the top after beating Andrew 42-0 in Frankfort.

Despite all the shakeups in Super 25 positioning, no team in the rankings lost to an unranked team. So there are no new teams this week. There are several teams knocking on the door and making a strong case to step in when someone loses.

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One of those teams to keep an eye on is Stevenson (3-0), which is allowing just seven points a game and has wins against Palatine, Neuqua Valley and Libertyville. Others just on the outskirts of the Super 25 include Benet (3-0), Providence (3-0), Wheaton-Warrenville South (3-0), Evanston (3-0), and Cary-Grove (3-0).

Three teams have the opportunity to pick up signature wins this week. No. 6 Barrington takes on the Wildkits, No. 22 St. Charles East travels to Wheaton-Warrenville South and No. 19 Huntley takes on Cary-Grove. Those games provide the potential for all kinds of changes next week.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Lincoln-Way East (3-0) 1
Friday at Sandburg

2. Batavia (3-0) 5
Friday at Glenbard North

3. Nazareth (3-0) 6
Friday vs St. Patrick

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0) 7
Friday at No. 23 Bolingbrook

5. Oswego (3-0) 8
Saturday at Joliet West

6. Barrington (3-0) 11
Friday vs. Evanston

7. Lake Zurich (2-1) 10
Friday vs. Lake Forest

8. Maine South (2-1) 3
Friday at Conant

9. Glenbard West (2-1) 9
Friday at York

10. Simeon (3-0) 20
Friday vs. Solorio

11. Mount Carmel (2-1) 18
Saturday vs. De La Salle

12. Loyola (2-1) 2
Friday at No. 14 Brother Rice

13. Richards (3-0) 13
Friday at Oak Lawn

14. Brother Rice (3-0) 14
Friday vs. No. 12 Loyola

15. Marist (2-1) 15
Friday vs. St. Viator

16. Montini (3-0) 16
Friday vs. St. Joseph

17. Willowbrook (3-0) 17
Friday at Addison Trail

18. Phillips (1-2) 4
Friday vs. Lincoln Park

19. Huntley (3-0) 22
Friday vs. Cary-Grove

20. Prairie Ridge (2-1) 12
Friday at Dundee-Crown

21. Hinsdale Central (2-1) 19
Friday at Downers Grove North

22. St. Charles East (3-0) 21
Friday at Wheaton-Warrenville South

23. Bolingbrook (3-0) 23
Friday vs. No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor

24. Naperville Central (1-2) 24
Friday at Trinity, Ky.

25. IC Catholic (3-0) 25
Friday vs. McNamara

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  • learyone

    Unreal that Cary Grove was left out these past weeks. Beth Long you need to explain yourself. I have followed CG and Fox Valley football for years and you have always treated CG with disdain…..I sense a grudge from you toward CG. They’re only ranked #1 in 6A

  • Zuluman

    Simeon goes from #20 to #10 by beating an overrated Phillips team who was given a gift #4 ranking after gettting blown out in Week 1.Ain’t no way does a 1-2 team deserve to be in the Top 25. Maine South loses and goes from goes from #3 to #8. Loyola loses and goes to #2 to #12??? Typical no respect to Loyola and their opponents. Or maybe Beth Long is

  • Just a Fan

    I would be a little upset at these rankings if I’m a Maine South fan. Why does Lake Zurich’s two wins and one loss stack up better than Maine South’s two wins and one loss? Zurich got whipped in their one loss and their two wins are against two teams with one win combined. Let’s get real…

  • Just the Facts

    Raiders should have moved up by now but no dropping them if they lose according to your comments on the video! They won’t lose though.

  • Roxman

    How can Cary Grove not be here. Prairie Ridge lost Superman and have almost no returning starters. Everyone in McHenry County realizes that the Samson Evans era is over and the FVC is back to Cary Grove being the dominant team. How can you be so ignorant Beth Long?

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