Illinois high school varsity football teams played in a total of 294 games in Week 1, which ended Sunday, 11 of which were decided by 1 point. One game, however, was decided by 73 points.
Note that four of the 15 games reported as having a victory margin of 1 point in the graph were won by forfeit—the IHSA reports a score of 1-0 on those games.
A total of 12 Week 1 games (4.1 percent) were played against out-of-state opponents. Of the 579 varsity football teams in our database this season, 43 (7.4 percent) are scheduled to play at least one game against an out-of-state opponent. Two teams will play more than one game against opponents from outside Illinois:
- West Hancock Coop, based in Hamilton, will play two games against Missouri schools
- Chicago’s Mt Carmel High School will play six games against Indiana opponents
Illinois teams were 9-3 against out-of-state opponents in Week 1, with victory margins ranging from 6 to 46 points among the wins (mean 26, median 28) and from 12 to 37 among the losses.