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.
6. Perspectives (7-4) NR
The Warriors were among the city’s largest surprises this season. Their win over Morgan Park in Week 4 held up as the biggest upset of this year.
7. Solorio (7-4) 6
The Sun Warriors continued their ascent in head coach Matt Erlenbaugh’s first season.
8. Taft (8-2) NR
A Week 1 blowout loss to Mount Carmel was followed by eight-straight wins. The Eagles were the best team in any Chicago conference this season.
9. Lincoln Park (8-2) 13
The Lions had their most-successful regular season since at least 1980.
10. Payton (8-3) 8
Another year, another Illini Heartland conference championship. The Grizzlies thrived in close games.
11. South Shore (7-3) NR
Quite remarkably, Rudy Ramsey became the Tars’ head coach in August and then led a talented, motivated, senior-laden group to a Chicago Windy City title.
12. Westinghouse (5-5) 12
The Warriors had the craziest comeback of the season, which ended up being the difference between making the playoffs and missing them.
13. Mather (7-2) NR
The hard-working Rangers deserved to make it to the state playoffs, but fell just short against Lincoln Park in Week 9. Almost their entire team is slated to return.
14. Kenwood (4-5) 9
The Broncos were a playoff-caliber team, but they were ultimately victims of the Illini Prairie State’s depth. Sinque Turner is Kenwood’s new head coach.
T-15 Clark (7-3) NR
The Eagles’ future is very, very bright. They will move up to the Illini next season after going 7-0 in the Chicago Second City.
T-15 Goode STEM Academy (9-1) NR
The Knights had an unforgettable regular season that featured a series of tight wins — including this one — and an unblemished 9-0 record.
Nine teams on the verge (no particular order): Urban Prep-Bronzeville (6-4), Corliss (6-4), Marine Military (6-4), Noble-Comer (8-1), Sullivan (9-0), Back of the Yards (9-0), Uplift (5-4), Orr (6-3), Raby (2-7).