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2006 Team of the Week

Comeback heroics?
Underdog victories?
Stone-cold defenses?

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Week
Team
Results
1
Geneva (1-0) Beat previously ranked Morris 37-0. The Vikings, lit up the score board and shut out the defending 6A State Champs, after falling to them 41-19 in previous years' opening game.
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Palatine (Fremd) (1-1) The Vikings took down #5 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (1-1) in a 17-13 shocker. Fremd put up 250 plus yards on the ground & forced 5 turnovers to stun the 7A defending State Champion Knights.
3
Lake Zurich (3-0) The Bears came out of nowhere after going 5-5 last season. Surprising the then #20 Blue Devils of Warren, beating them 28-6 on their home field. A handful of turnovers, including 3 INTs helped keep Lake Zurich undefeated.
4
Blue Island (Eisenhower) (4-0) The Cardinals played with their hearts on their sleeves against Tinley Park. Winning 21-14 in overtime in an emotionally filled game dedicated to one of their team mates, Jock Wormack, who lost his life in a car accident earlier in the week.
5
#16 Bolingbrook & #13 Naperville (Neuqua Valley) Both Neuqua Valley & Bolingbrook won very close games against other BIG 30 ranked teams, while The Brook was missing early in the season from many local rankings, except ours. By beating #23 Homewood-Flossmoor 21-18 you can bet there won't be a top 20 that they aren't in now. The Wildcats played host to #19 Boylan Catholic and their highly touted defense. The Cats weren't good hosts as they beat the Titans 27-25 and showed why we've had them ranked since the preseason even though they lost a game early in the season.
6
Alton (Sr.)

'The Redbirds came into week 6 after falling to top ranked East St. Louis 35-14. Looking at what could have most likely have been their 2 loss in a row the Redbirds pull it together to edge the Tigers 17-14 saving hope for a possible share of the Southwestern Conference Title. It was Edwardsville's first regular season loss since the 2004 season.

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Bloomington (Central Catholic) When a team suffers from a tough loss, sometimes that can kill momentum, especially late in the season. But after loosing to Prairie Central 17-13 in week #8, the Saints played in an epic struggle with previously undefeated Tolono (Unity) (8-1), that lasted into 4 overtimes before Central came out on top 42-39.
10
Hinsdale (Central) The Red Devils were one of several teams that were major underdogs, but still managed to knock off, not only a higher seeded team, but one that was ranked in the BIG 30. Central shut down any chances that then #10 ranked Neuqua Valley had at going to the finals, as the Devils won 11-7.
11
Rolling Meadows The Mustangs made it to the quarterfinals in 7A after going 7-2 in the regular season. While that might not be a major accomplishment, the fact that they beat #6 Libertyville 16-15 to do it, when some didn't even see them getting out of the 1st round, makes them our team of the week as well as one of the newest teams in the BIG 30.
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Past Team of the Week
2005 / 2004

 

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