Wednesday, January 22, 2020
US flag

39 IL football teams go into final week undefeated

After the penultimate week of the regular season in Illinois high school football, 39 teams are undefeated and as many as 37 could end the regular season undefeated this year.

In the list here, the first team listed in each game is undefeated. Two games will be played in the final week games tomorrow between undefeated teams, so since one will lose each game, at least two teams will be eliminated from the list of teams that finish the regular season undefeated.

  1. Antioch 58, at North Chicago (2-6) 12
  2. Argenta (A.-Oreana) 64, vs Oblong [Coop] (3-5) 10
  3. Batavia 24, at Wheaton (North) (4-4) 13
  4. Byron 55, vs Dixon (6-2) 21
  5. Carlinville 66, vs Greenville (6-2) 0
  6. Carthage (Illini West) 28, at Elmwood [E.-Brimfield Coop] (6-2) 16
  7. Cary (C.-Grove) 55, vs Naperville (Central) (6-2) 41
  8. Chatham (Glenwood) 14, at Rochester (7-1) 31
  9. Chicago (Brother Rice) 31, at Lombard (Montini) (8-0) 0
  10. Chicago (Kenwood) 42, vs Chicago (Payton) (8-0) 43
  11. Chicago (Payton) 43, at Chicago (Kenwood) (8-0) 42
  12. Chicago (Simeon) 40, at Chicago (Curie) (3-5) 0
  13. Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) 43, vs Midlothian (Bremen) (3-5) 6
  14. Decatur (St. Teresa) 63, vs Shelbyville (3-5) 8
  15. Elmhurst (IC Catholic) 49, vs Riverside (R.-Brookfield) (2-6) 0
  16. Fairfield 32, at Sesser (S.-Valier) [Coop] (7-1) 16
  17. Farmington 38, vs Knoxville (6-2) 26
  18. Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) 31, at Bolingbrook (7-1) 0
  19. Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) 59, vs Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.) (3-5) 0
  20. Highland 54, vs Charleston (0-8) 7
  21. Lanark (Eastland) [E.-Pearl City Coop] 42, vs Polo (5-3) 14
  22. Lisle (Sr.) 14, at Coal City (7-1) 43
  23. Lombard (Glenbard East) 42, at Elgin (Larkin) (4-4) 14
  24. Lombard (Montini) 0, vs Chicago (Brother Rice) (8-0) 31
  25. Maroa (M.-Forsyth) 45, at Auburn (4-4) 13
  26. Milledgeville 36, vs Freeport (Aquin) (4-4) 28
  27. Monticello 50, at St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) (5-3) 7
  28. Oak Lawn (Richards) 41, vs Blue Island (Eisenhower) (4-4) 6
  29. Orion 31, vs Taylor Ridge (Rockridge) (6-2) 0
  30. Oswego (H.S.) 22, at Plainfield (South) (7-1) 15
  31. Ottawa (Marquette) 48, at South Beloit (3-5) 0
  32. Paris 58, at Flora (1-7) 16
  33. Princeville 42, at Cambridge [Ridgewood Coop] (5-3) 12
  34. Rockton (Hononegah) 24, vs Machesney Park (Harlem) (7-1) 17
  35. Rolling Meadows 34, at Buffalo Grove (5-3) 7
  36. Sterling (H.S.) 7, at Sycamore (H.S.) (6-2) 35
  37. Taylorville 42, vs Bethalto (Civic Memorial) (3-5) 12
  38. Villa Park (Willowbrook) 42, at Downers Grove (South) (4-4) 20
  39. Washington 55, vs East Peoria (1-7) 7

Student reporters have been writing about these top-class teams this fall, including Mike Fornelli at Cary-Grove High School, who wondered in The Trojan Times, the student newspaper at the school, if the team would finish the season 9-0:

It’s not playoff time yet. There is still one more week of regular season football, and if the Trojans want to have an undefeated nine, they’re going to have to work as hard as they have the first eight weeks.

“Beating Prairie Ridge last week was a great accomplishment,” senior Harry Heinisch said. “Everyone else on the team knows that, too. But as of right now, we are focused and locked in on Naperville Central.”

By far the most mysterious team the Trojans have played all year, out-of-conference Naperville Central can be best compared to Huntley as an 8A division team with a 6-2 record.

However, the comparison stops there. Huntley is ranked 58th in state, nearly 50 spots back from the Naperville Central Redhawks, who sit at 11th. The Trojans are just behind the redhawks at 14th.

Noting that Cary-Grove has never played Naperville Central in the long history of both schools, Mr Fornelli addressed the uncertainty players and coaches feel about what Naperville Central has in store to try to stop the undefeated Trojans.

Two teams on the “undefeated after eight weeks” list played other undefeated teams in the final game, so the maximum possible number of undefeated teams after a nine-week season this fall was 37. Then, three other undefeated teams lost their games, bringing the number of undefeated teams for the 2018 regular season to 34.
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

Recent posts

Feds boost Bay funding

Restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed received a boost in federal funding in the budget Congress passed last month.

Md. & IL bands perform on New Year’s in...

Bands from IL and Md. once again entertained thousands of people who lined the streets of London and Rome on New Year's Day.

Howard Co. sounds an under-staffing alarm

Teachers in a Md. district have filed a grievance over missing planning and lunch periods and, as a result, putting the most vulnerable students at risk.

Top 11 school stories of 2019

We find these 11 stories to have the greatest potential for influencing activity and direction in schools for the near future.

Girls’ volleyball champs in Illinois

We congratulate the Illinois state champions in girls' volleyball: Newark, St Teresa, Sterling, & Benet Academy.

A weekend of ‘band geeks’ across America

The musical Band Geeks was in performance at a MD high school, just as marching bands from across America named a national champion.

2 dead, 3 wounded in Calif. school shooting

Another school shooting has resulted in the death of 2 California high school students. The suspect shot himself and is in custody.

Mercury makes a transit; next in 2032

A transit of Mercury occurred today and was visible from the US, provided you had sunny skies. It was one of longest possible transits.

On the Naperville BWW racist incident

A racist incident at a Naperville, IL, sports bar indicates that the threads of racism are strong, perhaps as strong as ever.

IL bill could excuse absences to vote

A proposed law in IL could give students up to two hours during the school day so they could vote in the upcoming election.

Loan forgiveness gains some bipartisan support

One Republican from GA, who used to work under Betsy DeVos at the US Education Dept, offers a plan to forgive some student loan debt.