By: Eric Van Dril | Sept. 12
You can view up-to-date standings for every Chicago Public League team here. The rankings include each team’s record and last week’s ranking.
1. Phillips (2-1) 2
Last week: won 34-28 vs. Simeon.
This week: vs. Westinghouse (3-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Mandrake Park.
Phillips coach Troy McAllister said it best after the Wildcats beat Simeon with an 80-yard drive on Saturday night.
“We haven’t put together a whole game,” McAllister said, of his team’s offense. “But it’s like when we need to, we seem to get it rolling.”
Phillips’ offense ran the ball much more effectively in the second half against Simeon. The Wildcats also fixed the fumbling issues they were plagued by against Richards.
Phillips’ offense figures to get better and better as this season goes on. Expect senior running back Kamari Mosby to pile up a ton of yardage and touchdowns in conference play.
2. Morgan Park (3-0) 3
Last week: won 36-34 vs. Curie.
This week: vs. Perspectives (2-1) at 4:15 p.m. on Friday at Gately.
Lost in the madness of Morgan Park’s last-second win over Curie was just how good senior Jawon Denton was for the Mustangs on Thursday, Sept. 15.
The Northern Illinois recruit, who is slated to play defensive end in college, made several excellent plays against the powerful Curie rushing attack. He also came through with a huge, momentum-turning touchdown catch in the second quarter of a game the Condors led 21-0 at the time.
“He’s an athlete. He’s our best player,” Morgan Park coach Terry Atkins said, of the reigning Class 2A 110-meter hurdles champion. “Whenever you have a best player at the high-school level, you’re going to try to let him do as much as possible. He can get isolated and locked into one position once he gets out of my program and goes to the next level. For me, he’s going to do everything I need him to do.”
That includes play defensive end, tight end, wide receiver and even return kicks.
3. Curie (2-1) 1
Last week: lost 36-34 vs. Morgan Park.
This week: vs. Dunbar at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday at Gately.
Morgan Park rallied against Curie by attacking the Condors through the air.
The big question for the rest of the Public League, moving forward, is: can anybody else attack Curie’s defense like the Mustangs did?
Morgan Park’s wide receivers have a rather unique mixture of depth, speed and catching ability. The Mustangs also have a quarterback in junior Benjamin Little who proved he can consistently deliver the ball accurately.
Not many teams have both of those things in the Public League, however. Plus, Curie was just one incompletion away from beating Morgan Park.
Also, senior Anthony Watson was excellent throughout the Condors’ narrow defeat — both carrying the ball and at outside linebacker. Watson is on a shortlist for Player of the Year in the Public League right now. He might even be at the top of it.
4. Simeon (0-3) 4
Last week: lost 34-28 vs. Phillips.
This week: vs. Lane Tech (1-2) at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Gately.
The Wolverines are 0-3 for the first time since at least 1996 — the year the IHSA began posting football records online — but they aren’t panicking.
“I don’t think we have to change anything. I just think we have to execute better than we have executed these past weeks,” Simeon coach Dante Culbreath said. “Our guys, we’re right there. All three games, we were right there. Our guys, they’re fighting. It’s going to turn around. We’ve got six games before the state playoffs. We’re going to win them all.”