The "Hit List" is a quick look at numbers and stats from around the world of Illinois High school football.
That's our favorite number this week. That's the number of teams that are 4-4 and will be scratching and clawing for every last yard so they can finish 5-4 and have a chance of making the playoffs. Some schools will have the not so lucky match up against a state power house for that last regular season game. Evanston
will be facing #13 Park Ridge
(Maine South) on Saturday, River Grove (Guerin)
faces #9Chicago (St. Rita), previously ranked Gurnee (Warren)
will have to get through #6 Libertyville 8-0 if they want to make the playoffs, Manteno
plays top ranked small school Plano
& Sciota (West
finishes off their season at 8-0 Oneida
21 vs. 13
The total number of undefeated teams currently in 1A thru 4A vs. 5A thru 8A. What does it all mean? One thing it could mean is that there is more parity in the bigger classes than in previous years any just about any team has a shot at going to the semi finals, if not the finals. It could also mean that after the first 5 years of switching to 8 classes, teams are scheduling tougher opponents than they might have in the past, cutting down the number of 9-0 teams due to a weak schedule, but preparing 8-1 or 7-2 teams more for the playoffs than in the past.
That would be the new enrollment number forWilmette (Loyola Academy). The Ramblers had underreported their enrollment earlier this year and notified the IHSA about the mistake last week. Because of this, a handful of schools now have a new football enrollment number. Most notably affected was #25 Elmhurst
(York) (7-1), who now has a 2596.34 enrollment instead of 2533.87. The current cut off for 7A/8A is 2600.00, putting Hoffman Estates
(Conant) 6-2, as the first team to get bumped up to 8A. With a slew of 4-4 teams at the bottom of the 8A pile and most of them facing tough competition, York may be their worst enemy. With the above mentioned Evanston & Warren part of the 4-4 block at the end of 8A, a York victory over 8A Proviso West (4-4) would surely eliminate one more team from the bottom of 8A bracket and possibly forcing more than one 7A team to get bumped.
2006 Past Hit lists