High School Football: Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 Rankings for Week 14

On the drive home from St. Rita last night, I assumed Joliet Catholic would rise to first place in this week’s Super 25. This morning I was leaning towards Maine South.

My ranking philosophy values ​​quality wins over everything else. The Hawks have the best record of victories. Maine South has won at Warren, Glenbrook South, Neuqua Valley and Marist. The problem is that the Hawks also lost on Palatine.

Lockport’s only loss was at home to Lincoln-Way East. But starting quarterback Hayden Timosciek didn’t play. The Porters have made several quality gains, although they are not as impressive as Maine South’s list. Lockport won in Bolingbrook, vs. Glenbard West, in Glenbard North and in Loyola.

Which brings us to Joliet Catholic, the only undefeated team in the pack. The Hilltoppers also have the weakest resume. They won against Crete-Monee, against Brother Rice and against Cardinal Ritter.

Frankly, Wheaton North’s resume is stronger than Joliet Catholic’s at the moment. The Falcons won at Glenbard North, at Wheaton Warrenville South, at Willowbrook and vs. Brother Rice. Their only loss at Batavia was in overtime. That’s the best loss of any team under consideration.

A case can also be made for the undefeated Cary-Grove. But I’ll stick to my philosophy and pick the team with the strongest overall resume. That’s Maine South.

Super 25 from week 14

With last week’s record and ranking

1. Maine South (12-1) 4

8A: vs. No. 2 Lockport

2. Lock Port (12-1) 8

8A: vs. #1 Maine South

3. Joliet Catholic (13-0) 2

4A: vs. Sacred Heart Griffin

4. Cary Grove (13-0) 5

6A: vs. East St. Louis

5. Wheaton North (12-1) 6

7A: vs. no. 6 St. Rita

6. Saint Rita (11-2) 7

7A: vs. No. 5 Wheaton North

7. Loyola (12-1) 1

Season Complete

8. Brother Rice (10-3) 3

Season Complete

9. Fenwick (11-2) 9

5A: vs. No. 15 Kankakee

10. Neuqua Valley (10-2) 11

Season Complete

11. Lincoln-Way East (9-3) 12

Season Complete

12. Mount Carmel (8-4) 13

Season Complete

13. Batavia (10-1) 24

Season Complete

14. Marist (9-4) 10

Season Complete

15. Kankakee (13-0) 15

5A: vs. No. 9 Fenwick

16. Glenbard North (8-4) 14

Season Complete

17. Warren (9-2) 25

Season Complete

18. Crete-Monee (9-3) 16

Season Complete

19. Forest Lake (10-2) 18

Season Complete

20. Lemon (11-1) 23

Season Complete

21. Prospect (10-3) 17

Season Complete

22. Wilmington (13-0) 22

2A: vs. Nashville

23. Glenbrook South (9-3) NR

Season Complete

24. Hinsdale Central (9-2) NR

Season Complete

25. Ignatius (9-2) NR

Season Complete

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