This Week's Big Showdown
One of the hottest tickets last week involved the clash between Lincoln-Way East (1st in the power rankings) and Homewood-Flossmoor (3rd). Lincoln-Way East took its contest against Homewood-Flossmoor by a conclusive 29 - 7 score. Homewood-Flossmoor had come in flaunting an aggressive defense allowing an average of only 9.33 points per game, but that obviously didn't scare off Lincoln-Way East.
The battle between Barrington (ranked 17th in the state) and Palatine (ranked 48th) turned out to be a fierce competition. Barrington came out on top in a nail-biter against Palatine, sneaking past 26 - 24. Barrington was the clear favorite in this matchup, so the near-loss was an unusual surpise.
Movin on Up
Lincoln-Way Central will have a better view of things this week after its strong showing last week propelled it seven spots up the power rankings. That was the biggest rise of the week. It put the hurt on Stagg with a conclusive 57 - 14 victory. At 43 points, that marked Lincoln-Way Central's largest margin of victory so far this year.
Can't Touch This
Huntley got a 42 - 14 win over West Aurora last week, and a key reason for the win was senior Eric Mooney. Mooney earned four touchdowns and 208 yards rushing the ball. That performance made Mooney one of the best players in the power rankings last week.
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