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Hilltoppers stay at No.3 in AP Class 5A rankings

Hawks fall to No.9 in Class 8A

The Associated Press released their Illinois State Football Rankings Tuesday.

In Class 5A, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (2-0) replaced Rochester (2-0) as the No.1 team, moving up from No.2 after a 54-0 Central State 8 Conference romp over Decatur MacArthur.

Rochester (2-0) dropped down to Class 4A and took over No.1 after a 68-34 Central State 8 Conference shootout win over Springfield.

St. Rita (1-1), who was No. 4 in Class 5A in week one, moved to No. 2 in Class 5A after a 51-13 blow-out of previously No. 5 Montini.

St. Rita suffered a 7-3 loss in week one to this week's No.1 team in Class 8A - Loyola Academy (2-0).

That left Joliet Catholic (2-0) right where they were to start the week, even though they crushed week one Class 5A No. 9 Fenwick, 42-7 on Sunday night. Garnishing two first-place votes in week one, the Hilltoppers got one first-place vote this week. SHG got the other 10 first-place votes.

Maine South place kicker John Sassan's 37-yard, game-winning field goal helped the Hawks escape Evanston 10-7. Evidently, the razor-thin margin of victory didn't impress the Class 8A AP voters as the Hawks were demoted to No. 9 in Class 8A, dropping four spots from No. 5 in week one.

The Hilltoppers return home to Memorial Stadium, for their Thursday night home-opener against St.Ignatius (0-2) at 7:30 p.m, while the Hawks (2-0) play at 5:30 on Saturday evening in Park Ridge against Glenbrook North (1-1).

CLASS 5A (first place votes)

1. SHG 2-0 (10)

2. St. Rita 1-1

3. Joliet Catholic 2-0 (1)

4. Rockford Boylan 2-0

5. Sterling 2-0

6. Hillcrest 2-0

7. Mascoutah 2-0

8. Sycamore 2-0

9. Marion 2-0

10. St. Viator 2-0


1. Loyola Academy 2-0

2. Lincoln-Way East 2-0

3. Marist 2-0

4. Glenbard West 2-0

5. Naperville Central 2-0

6. Brother Rice 1-1

7. Warren 2-0

8. Edwardsville 2-0

9. Maine South 2-0

10. Hinsdale Central 2-0


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