By Michael O'Brien

Football's Super 25 with Week 9 in the books

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Score one for the stripes.
The lightening delay of nearly on hour at Hinsdale Central Friday night was not uncommon around the area
But the delay came with less than two minutes to play in the half.
When the teams returned, the officials got the coaches to agree to no halftime.

The rain didn't stop an enthusiastic :White Out" by the students from visiting Glenbard West. Despite the rain and lightening, the white-clad Hilltoppers wouldn't let it be a wash out and stayed until the end.

A twist to Niles North's victory over Glenbrook North Saturday, Both teams came in 4-4. But neither made the state playoffs. Niles North was eliminated by playoff points, a lack of them, and Glenbrook North, which had the points after nonconference games against Maine South and Glenbrook South, didn't get to five wins.


1 MAINE SOUTH (9-0) 1
Hosts Stevenson on Saturday
The Hawks got a break as a No. 2 seed when Lane Tech edged Glenbrook South for the No. 3. If the defense can stop big plays, look for the Hawks in Champaign

2 NAPERVILLE NORTH (9-0) 2
Hosts Simeon
No one else had the Huskies ahead of WW South. A tough field in the bottom half of Class 8A with Bolingbrook, Brother Rice, Lincoln-Way East, Mount Carmel, Downers Grove South and Hinsdale Central.

3 BOLINGBROOK (9-0) 4
Hosts Curie
Is this the year for "The Brook" to go all the way? Bolingbrook's defense is as good or better than anyone in Class 8A. I'm with Edgy Tim -- John Ivlow is my Coach of the Week nominee.

4 GLENBARD WEST (9-0) 5
Hosts Wheaton North on Saturday
The Hilltoppers are 9-0 for the first time since 1991. This team can run the blow, throw it and has as good a defense as I've seen. The offensive line, even minus Notre Dame recruit Chris Watt, impressed.

5 GENEVA (9-0) 6
Hosts Rolling Meadows
After watching the Vikes against Batavia, Edgy called RB Michael Ratay this year's John Dergo (the former Morris star and Sun-Times Player of the Year. Close to 2,000 yards and 32 TDs so far.

6 WHEATON WARRENVILLE SOUTH (8-1) 3
Hosts Downers Grove North
Like Naperville North a year ago, don't be surprised if a Week 9 loss is this team's last. When is the last time the Tigers lost when they scored at least seven points?

7 BARTLETT (9-0) 7
Hosts Notre Dame
The Hawks will try to end several years of playoff frustration for Upstate Eight teams. Notre Dame gave Joliet Catholic a tough game in Week 9.

8 LINCOLN-WAY EAST (8-1) 9
Hosts Waubonsie Valley
Turnovers against Bolingbrook was the culprit in the Griffins only loss. The reward for a win in the playoff opener is a second-round game against Mount Carmel or Naperville Central.

9 GLENBROOK SOUTH (8-1) 10
Hosts Schaumburg
Remember the Titans? This is one of those teams that no one is anxious to tackle in the state playoffs. Is a semifinal rematch against Maine South in the cards?

10 ST. RITA (8-1) 11
Hosts Bradley
Some banged up Mustangs got to week to recover. The question is, can St. Rita return to the form it showed in Week 4 against Mount Carmel.

11 MOUNT CARMEL (7-2) 12
No. 23 Naperville Central Friday at Gately
This isn't the same team that played the first month of the regular season. QB Jordan Lynch can be a difference maker in the post season.

12 BROTHER RICE (7-2) 13
Hosts Sandburg
I came away more impressed with the Crusaders when they lost at St. Rita than when I watched them beat Loyola in the mud. QB Tom Gibson makes things happen.


13 LOYOLA (7-2) 14
Hosts No. 18 Glenbard North Saturday
Loyola is a different team at home and that is where they will open the playoffs. The defense is big and fast and will be ready for RB Tyler Doll and QB Evan Watkins.

14 CARMEL (8-1) 15
Hosts Wheeling
Whatever happened at Marist was more than six weeks ago. The Corsairs and their tough running game are looking for a long tournament run.

15 CARY-GROVE (9-0) 16
Hosts Rockford Guilford
The Trojans have won 33 conference games in a row. Does this team have the magic that Bruce Kay's 2004 Class 7A runnerup had in the postseason


16 HINSDALE CENTRAL (7-2) 8
At No. 25 Downers Grove South
The weather really limited QB John Whitelaw's ability to throw on Friday night. There may not be a better playoff opener than Hinsdale-Downers South in the state.

17 JOLIET CATHOLIC (7-2) 18
Hosts Crete-Monee
The Hilltoppers can't look ahead, but Providence could be next if JCA wins and the Celtics get by Oak Forest.

18 GLENBARD NORTH (6-3) 19
At No. 13 Loyola on Saturday
One of two first-round battles between the Catholic League Blue and SDuPage Valley. Winning in Wilmette won't be easy for the Panthers.

19 LEMONT (9-0) 20
Hosts Lake Forest
The Indians are on the opposite side of the bracket from Joliet Catholic and Providence, two of the three top teams in terms of state titles. And Lemont got a taste of Champaign last year.

20 WARREN (8-1) 21
Hosts York on Saturday
The Blue Devils won a close game against New Trier, lost one to Maine South and then ran the table in the North Suburban Lake. The offense can pile up points in a hurry

21 ANTIOCH (9-0) 22
Hosts Harlan
Cameron White has monster stats. The Sequoits running back is averaging more than 18 yards a carry.

22 MONTINI (9-0) 23
Hosts Clark on Saturday
A lot of people in the western suburbs are hoping for a Montini-Nazareth matchup down the line. The Broncos capped a perfect regular season with a 14-13 win over rival Driscoll on Saturday.

23 NAPERVILLE CENTRAL (6-3) NR
No. 11 Mount Carmel Fri. at Gately
Another Catholic League-DVC classic. The Redhawks have exceeded preseason predictions and could easily by 8-1.

24 PALATINE (7-2) NR
At Fremd on Friday
A first-round matchup of district rivals figures to be a shootout. The Pirates have been the surprise of the MSL after knocking off Fremd and Barrington.

25 DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH (7-2) NR
Hosts No. 16 Hinsdale Central
Close losses to Bolingbrook and York are in the distant pass. The Mustangs have waited a year after getting upset in the first round in 2007 after a 9-0 regular season.


On the bubble: Robeson, Fremd, Plainfield Central, Prospect, Morgan Park,
St. Francis, Lane, Driscoll, Barrington, Nazareth, Thornton


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