By Michael O'Brien

Football's Super 25 with the state semifinals in the book

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With nine games remaining, including the Prep Bowl of Friday. here's a llok at the Super 25 for Week 14

1 Maine South 13-0 1
Hinsdale Central in Class 8A an Saturday night in Champaign
Charlie Goro, Matt Perez and the offense score a lot of points. But the unheraldded defense has set this team apart. The Hawks have allowed just 14 points in their last three playoff games, and Bartlett's touchdown Saturday came very late.


2 Geneva 13-0 (3)
East St. Louis in Class 7A on Saturday in Champaign
The Vikings will be looking to avenge a 24-26 quarterfinal loss to the Flyers last year. East St. Louis is big and fast and strong and skilled. But Geneva RB Michael Ratay has found a way to win.

3 Hinsdale Central 12-2 (6)
Maine South in Class 8A on Saturday night in Champaign
David Lutz has tried three field goals in his career. The first one was blocked, the next two won state playoff games against Brother Rice and Mount Carmel.

4 Lemont 13-0 7
Sacred Heart-Griffin in Class 6A on Saturday in Champaign
Last year, the Indians learned the routine. That team depended on some big-timers. This team all 22 starters depend on each other. Sounds like a formula for success.

5 Glenbard West 12-1 (2)
Season is over
The Hilltoppers did everything but ring the bell against East St. Louis. Coach Chad Hetlet has dome an amazing job.

6 Mount Carmel 10-3 (5)
Season is over
An uncharacteristic three turnovers hurt the Caravan in a semifinal loss at Hinsdale. After a 2-2 start, a revamped offensive line helped make this one of Frank Lenti's best coaching jobs

7 St. Rita 10-2 (14)
Season is over

8 Bartlett 12-1 (4)
Season is over
The Hawks set a standard that future Bartlett teams will strive to equal. An unhearalded defense separated this team

9 Brother Rice 9-3 (15)
Season is over

10 Naperville North 10-1 (16)
Season is over

11 St. Francis 12-1 (11)
Metamora in Class 5A on Saturday in Champaign
Tought draw with the reigning state champions who really have hardly had to break a sweat. The Spartans will need to control the ball and the clock.

12 Aurora Christian 13-0 (12)
Bloomington Central Catholic in Class 4A on Friday night in Champaign
The Eagles have a coach who was on theams thagt went to six Super Bowls and a quarterback who set state records for career touchdown passes and yardage.

13 Wheaton Warrenville South 8-2 (17)
Season is over

14 Bolingbrook 10-1 (18)
Season is over

15 Antioch 12-1 (8)
Season is over
Talk about miracles, the Sequoits were 0-9 in 2006 and in the semifinals in 2008.

16 Loyola 10-3 (20)
Lane Friday at 11 a.m. in the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field
The state series draw didn't do the Ramblers any favors, first Glenbard North and as a reward, a trip to Maine South.

17 Providence 8-5 (9)
Season is over
From 2-4, the Celtics came a long way against a brutal schedule. How many teams have beaten Mount Carmel and Joliet Catholic in ths same season?

18 Crystal Lake South 10-3 (10)
Season is over
Gators gave Geneva all it wanted in a Class 7A semifinal. "I give them props, They hit every single play," Geneva lineman Cory Hofstetter said.

19 Lincoln-Way East 9-2 (19)
Season is over

20 Cary Grove 11-1 (21)
Season is over

21 Carmel 10-2 (22)
Season is over

22 Marist 9-3 (23)
Season is over

23 Montini 11-1 (24)
Season is over

24 Immaculate Conception 9-4 (25)
Casey in Class 2A on Friday in Champaign
Diet of 4A and 5A opponents make IC a favorite over unbeaten Casey (unless a fast-pitch softball game breaks out)

25 Lane 11-2 (NR)
Loyola on Friday in the Prep Bowl at Soldier Field
Indians started the season at Soldier Field against Fenwick and will end it in the 75th Prep Bowl.

On the bubble: Kankakee, Barrington, Schaumburg, Downers Grove North,
Glenbard South, De La Salle, Hubbard, Simeon,Glenbrook South, Joliet
Catholic, Morris.


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