By Michael O'Brien

The Super 25 playoff edition through Week 11

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Guess which area conference has been perfect in the state playoffs through two weeks.

No, it's not the Catholic League Blue, though 9-1 pretty impressive.

It's the Suburban Catholic, which is 8-0 with Montini, St. Francis, Driscoll and Immaculate Conception all still going.

Montini and St. Francis will face off Saturday in a Class 5A quarterfinal. Driscoll, which is shooting for an eighth consecutive state title, will play at Aurora Christian and record-setting quarterback Jordan Roberts in Class 4A, and I.C. will play at home in Class 2A.
Bolingbrook and Naperville North fell from the ranks of the unbeaten is the second round.
Bolingbrook's loss at Hinsdale Central shouldn't have been a shock. If you go back to the season opener, the Raiders beat Downers Grove South at home when a two-point conversion was intercepted in the last monute. In the playoff opener, the Red Devils pounded Downers South on the road.
Naperville North's loss was a lot harder to figure. It took two touchdowns in the closing minutes by Marist to send the game to overtime, where a field goal won it.
The DuPage Valley, which had a lot of good things happen to it in 2007 with three teams in the state championship games, had no luck in this post season. When is the last time the DVC was out of the state playoffs before the quarterfinals?

Better than advertised? -- My fave five are Bartlett, Lemont, Montini, Antioch and Aurora Christian. And they are all 11-0.

Here's a look at this week's Chicago Sun-Times Super 25:

1 Maine South (11-0) 1
At No. 16 Barrington
Loyola win showed that the ground game, and junior Matt Perez, makes this a whole different Maine South team

2 Glenbard West (11-0) 4
At No. 17 Downers Grove North
Chad Hetlet's team is firing on all cylanders. A potential semifinal against the St. Rita-East St. Louis winner will be in Glen Ellyn

3 Geneva (11-0) 5
Hosts No. 8 Carmel
This will be the Vikings' toughest test to date. So far, no one has had an answer for RB Michael Ratay. And the defense is stronger than people think.

4 Bartlett (11-0) 6
At No. 23 Schaumburg
Hawks just keep winning. The defense was the difference against Fremd as Bartlett continues it journey through the Mid-Suburban West.

5 St. Rita (10-1) 8
At East St.Louis
Mustangs and the Flyers played back-to-back games to open the season in Ohio. You can bet that both coaches were paying attention.

6 Mount Carmel (9-2) 9
No.15 Marist Friday at Gately
Jordan Lynch is on a mission, and since the Week 5 turnaround, it looks like anything but mission impossible. Adonis Filer (yeah, Steve's brother) is a sophomore linebacker building an impressive resume.

7 Brother Rice (9-2) 10
Hosts No. 10 Hinsdale Central
Survived a road trip to Belleville. Now a rematch of a 2007 playoff game against a Hinsdale Central team that opened a lot of eyes against Bolingbrook.

8 Carmel (10-1) 12
At No. 3 Geneva
I keep hearing about how beat up coach Andy Bitto's Corsairs are. But they keep finding ways to win football games.

9 Cary-Grove (11-0) 13
At No. 24 Crystal Lake South
Can coach Bruce Kay's Trojans earn a second trip to the state finals? A field goal was the difference against St. Charles East.

10 Hinsdale Central (9-2) 14
At No. 7 Brother Rice
Rich Zajeski ran wild against Bolingbrook, and QB John Whitelaw might be the best of all the juniors at his position. But it was the defense that made the loudest statemment against Bolingbrook.

11 Lemont (11-0) 16
Hosts Grant
This team is loaded with talent and linebacker Ryan Fejedelem and the defense is playing with confidence gained from last year's state final appearance. The job that coach Eric Michaelsen has done is underrated.

12 Montini (11-0) 18
Hosts No. 25 St. Francis
All four Suburban Catholic playoff qualifiers are still alive. The Broncos have home field advantage for Saturday's quarterfinal matchup .

13 Antioch (11-0) 20
At Glenbard South
When the Sequoits were 4-0, they had played teams that had combined for zero wins. Now people need to take Cameron White & Co. seriously.

14 Providence (7-4) 20
Hosts Rock Island
From 2-4, the Celtics have come on like gangbusters and ended the season for Joliet Catholic, who many thought would win another state title. Unbeaten Rock Island comes to New Lenox this week.

15 Marist (9-2) 24
No. 6 Mount Carmel Friday at Gately
The RedHawks have been hard to figure. They looked like world beaters against Carmel, and were never really in the games against Joliet Catholic and Nazareth. A fourth quarter rally to knock off defending 8A champion Naperville North had them looking like the team that beat Carmel

16 Barrington (9-2) 22
Hosts No. 1 Maine South
Two close losses to Palatine and Fremd are all the separate the Broncos from a perfect season. They'll need more than the seven points they scored at New Trier to have a chance against the high-scoring Hawks.

17 Downers Grove North (7-4) 24
Hosts No. 2 Glenbard West
The last time the West Suburban Silver rivals met, the score wasn't close, but the game was a lot more even than the result. The Trojans beat Wheaton Warrenville South in the playoff opener so anything is possible.

18 Naperville North (10-1) 2
Season is over
Would a healthy Nick Mlady have made a difference down the stretch? A tough loss to Marist ended another great season for the DuPage Valley champions?

19 Wheaton Warrenville South (8-2) 19
Season is over

20 Bolingbrook (10-1) 3
Season is over
The Raiders made a living off turnovers all season. But Hinsdale turned the table with a 3-0 advantage in take aways.

21 Lincoln-Way East (9-2) 7
Season is over
Another fine season for coach Rob Zvonar's Griffins ends at home against Mount Carmel. Exra Thompson turned in a great performance of defense.

22 Loyola (9-2) 11
Regular season is over
The Ramblers were better than expected all season, and were unbeatable at home.

23 Schaumburg (7-4) NR
Hosts No. 4 Bartlett
Saxons' first-half offensive explosion was too much for Warren. The team puts up a lot of points and will be a dangerous opponent.

24 Crystal Lake South (9-2) NR
Hosts No. 9 Cary-Grove
Blowout win over Boylan in Rockford has the fans excited for a quarterfinal against an old rival.

25 St. Francis (10-1) NR
At No. 12 Montini
Spartans can avenge the only blemish on their record. Not too mant people expected St. Francis to handle Nazreth they way they did, roaring to a 28-0 halftime lead.

On the bubble: Glenbard South, Morris, Driscoll. Aurora Christian, Grant, Kankakee, Immaculate Comception, Hubbard, Lane, Warren, St. Charles East, Thornton, Joliet Catholic, De La Salle, Glenbrook South.

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I'm glad to see you finally put Marist in your top 25! In my opinion, this was way past due. Their wins have been the same or better than other teams listed up to this week. The REDHAWKS are in it to win it!

Also, did you notice all 4 teams in the 8A lower bracket are 7-2? Thought that was interesting...

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