The Public League’s year-end football rankings

[wp_ad_camp_1][wp_ad_camp_2]

Simeon's Jayshon Jackson jukes a Mount Carmel defender during the Prep Bowl.

Simeon’s Jayshon Jackson jukes a Mount Carmel defender during the Prep Bowl.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   Nov. 26, 2016

First, a sincerest thank you to everybody who read thepublicleague.com during its first football season. It was truly a pleasure to cover CPS football this year.

The top line of the following rankings includes teams’ final records and their preseason rankings, which you can see here.

1. Phillips (11-2) 1

The best team in the Chicago Public League all season long. The Wildcats spent all but two weeks atop The Public League’s rankings.

2. Simeon (8-6) 3

From an 0-3 start to a Public League championship. The Wolverines kept fighting and fighting.

3. Curie (10-3) 2

The Condors won their first conference title since 2000. They turned in some of the most physically-dominating performances of the year.

4. Hubbard (8-4) 7

All-state running back Joshua Land has recorded his final carry at Hubbard, but the Greyhounds have a lot of young talent slated to return.

5. Morgan Park (8-3) 4

One of the city’s best defenses led the Mustangs to an Illini Prairie State title. Senior defensive end Jawon Denton was one of the best players in the Public League this season.

(more…)

The Public League’s Week 12 football rankings

[wp_ad_camp_1][wp_ad_camp_2]

Simeon running back Arkalius Howard vs. Morgan Park

Simeon running back Arkalius Howard follows the lead block by Fawaz Ayoola (53).

1. Phillips (10-1) 1

Last week: won 50-16 against No. 5 Aurora Central Catholic.

This week: The No. 4-seeded Wildcats will play at No. 1 Herscher in the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The game will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, per the Kankakee Daily Journal.

2. Curie (9-2) 2

Last week: won 49-12 against Perspectives.

This week: faces Hubbard (8-3) in the city semifinals. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Rockne Stadium.

3. Simeon (6-5) 5

Last week: won 34-0 against Morgan Park.

This week: faces Payton (8-2) in the city semifinals. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Lane Stadium.

(more…)

The Public League’s Week 11 football rankings

[wp_ad_camp_1][wp_ad_camp_2]

Phillips' Kenneth Sanders (5) and Malcolm Fox (54) celebrate against Kewanee. (Photo by Quinn Harris.)

Phillips’ Kenneth Sanders (5) and Malcolm Fox (54) celebrate against Kewanee. (Photo by Quinn Harris.)

1. Phillips (9-1) 1

Last week: won 46-7 vs. Kewanee.
Next week: hosts No. 5 Aurora Central Catholic (9-1) at 4 p.m., Saturday, at Gately.

2. Curie (8-2) 2

Last week: lost 56-14 at Oswego East.
Next week: faces Perspectives (7-3) at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Rockne.

3. Morgan Park (8-2) 3

Last week: lost 41-7 vs. Shepard.
Next week: faces Simeon (5-5) at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Gately.

4. Hubbard (7-3) 4

Last week: lost 35-21 at Galesburg.
Next week: at Solorio (7-3) at 6 p.m., Thursday.

(more…)