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|West Prairie Trail Conference Stands Out in AP High School Football Poll
|POSTED 11:51am 10/7/9 The West Prairie Trail conference continues to have a strong presence in the weekly Associated Press high school football poll.
Undefeated United, a member of the West Prairie Trail's Northwest Division, holds on to its #5 ranking in Class 1-A. The Red Storm has its most difficult match-up to date on Friday at Aledo against Mercer County before wrapping up the last two weeks of the regular season at home against struggling teams Peoria Heights and Elmwood-Brimfield. A win by United would most likely sew up the division title.
Princeville (5-1) of the West Prairie Trail Northeast Division cracked the top ten this week. The Princes - ranked 10th - have won three straight games after suffering their only loss during the third week of the season against Annawan-Wethersfield (5-1). Lewistown (5-1), also of the West Prairie Trail Northeast, got a vote for top ten consideration. The top-ranked team in 1-A again this week is Dakota (6-0).
Orion remains at #3 in Class 2-A. The undefeated Chargers of the Olympic Conference got a scare last Friday at Monmouth-Roseville. The conference title is on the line Friday night when Orion hosts undefeated Sherrard, which is ranked #8 this week in the Class 3-A poll after holding off Macomb 13-7 last week. Mercer County (5-1) moved up a spot to #4 in 2-A after beating North Fulton 40-15 last week. Annawan-Wethersfield received one vote for top ten consideration.
Stark County of the West Prairie Trail Northwest moved up to #8 in the 2-A poll. The Rebels (5-1) have won three straight after losing by a point (22-21) at United in week three. Undefeated Knoxville, which moved from the Olympic Conference to the West Prairie Trail Southeast Division this season, clinched its first playoff berth since the 2005 season with last week's victory against West Prairie. The Blue Bullets just missed out on being ranked after collecting six votes for top ten consideration in Class 2-A.
Illini West (6-0) of the West Prairie Trail Southwest has a stranglehold on the #1 ranking in Class 3A. The defending state champions have outscored opponents 328-45 this season ahead of Friday night's clash with #5 ranked Pittsfield-Griggsville-Perry (6-0) in Carthage.
Rock Island Alleman (4-2) stays at #7 in Class 4A after last week's loss against conference rival Rock Island. Geneseo (5-1) moved up one spot to #5. Bloomington Central Catholic (6-0) remains the top-ranked team in Class 4-A.
Unbeaten Washington and Metamora (5-1) are ranked #3 and #4 in Class 5-A. Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin (6-0) is the unanimous #1 ranked team.
Rock Island (5-1) rolled off its fifth straight win last week against Alleman and stays at #4 in Class 6-A. The Rocks will clinch a playoff spot and likely win the Western Big Six again this season with a victory against unbeaten Quincy Friday night in Rock Island. The Blue Devils received four votes for top ten consideration after beating Galesburg last week and clinching a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Peoria Richwoods (6-0) is ranked 7th in Class 6-A. Cary-Grove (6-0) retains its #1 ranking.
There are no changes at the top in 7A and 8A, with Chicago St. Rita (6-0) and Main South (6-0) holding on to those spots.