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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.

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