Opponent Records: 6-14
Key Win: Cardinal Ritter (57-0)
The Titans have yet to surrender a point and had to sit out a week after DuBourg forfeited their game against them. This week they travel to Lutheran St. Charles and will do their best to maintain their perfect record as a team and on defense.
2. Lutheran North
Opponent Records: 12-13
Key Wins: Evansville-Mater Dei (39-18), Westminster (59-17), & MICDS (56-7)
Looking back it’s kinda amazing how Evansville (Mater Dei) limited Lutheran North to 39 points five weeks ago. The Crusaders set a school record scoring 82 points against John Burroughs 82-14 last week. North scored 79 points against Orchard in Week Two, thus breaking a three-week-old record. Between Canaan Brooks, Donovan Marshall, and Nick Lotts the trio has racked up 1,722 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 186 points. As a team, the Crusaders have scored 315 points and average 63 points per contest. A win over their Lutheran rivals from the south will give the Crusaders their first Metro League conference championship since 2002.
3. McCluer South-Berkeley
Opponent Records: 6-14
Key Win: Lift For Life (46-0)
It’s a shame we’ll only get to see the Bulldogs play three more games and seven total for the season, which will hurt them in some way shape or form come districts. On the field they’ve showcases one of the best defenses in small school football. In the four games Berkeley has played, they’ve shutout three of their opponents and allowed 16 against Orchard Farm in Week Two.
4. Miller Career
Opponent Records: 13-11
Key Wins: Carnahan (36-8), Soldan (14-0)
The Phoenix are in a good spot right now, even with another gigantic game ahead with undefeated Hogan Prep. Last week, Miller Career got by their PHL rivals, Soldan 14-0. The offense has slowed down since the opening weeks, but the defense has stepped up with a solid outing against Soldan by shutting out the team that averaged 35 points going into the contest. Their playoff credentials are looking strong at this rate with one of the toughest schedules a Class 3 team has faced anywhere in the state.
5. St. Mary's
Opponent Records: 10-15
Key Win: Westminster (31-22)
A tough 37-7 loss against Borgia took St. Mary's out of the ranks of the unbeaten at home last Saturday. I managed to catch the first half, and I saw a Dragons offense that was so hard to stop when the receivers got open for Gus Dattoli to throw to. Even if they didn’t Dattoli would buy time and make plays, or he’d be sacked. It’s hard to figure out how the Dragons managed seven points, but one thing they had a tough time executing plays in the red zone. They always seemed to commit a penalty at the worst time that would kill a drive. If they can fix these mental mistakes, then they’ll run the table.
6. Cardinal Ritter
Opponent Records: 11-5
Key Win: Lutheran St. Charles (60-28)
By now it’s clear the Lions can put vast amounts of points on the board. Not including their shutout to Trinity, Cardinal Ritter is averaging 49 points per game and had their first real shootout of the season against Duchesne last week. A late touchdown followed by a safety was enough to hold off Duchesne 48-42. This week they host Marquette High School from Ottawa, IL who is ranked No. 4 in the AP Class 1A Illinois State football rankings. This won’t be an easy test at all for the Lions. As someone who roams around the Illinois high school football forums, this Marquette side is very organized and loves to run the ball. However, the Lions will have superior athletes, but it all starts up front in the trenches.
Opponent Records: 16-9
Key Win: Lutheran South (18-13)
A 3-2 record going into Week Six against rivals John Burroughs again? Coincidence I think not. The two teams the Rams have lost to are still undefeated, which is nothing to be ashamed about. However, MICDS did get a scare from Priory last week. The 34-12 final score doesn’t at all reflect the story of the game because it was the Rams trailing the 1-4 Rebels 12-6 after three-quarters. That’s when the Rams exploded and reeled off four touchdowns in the final frame. With the hated Bombers strolling into Holtman Stadium this Saturday, they’ll love nothing more than to jeopardize the Rams homecoming party at their new stadium.
8. Lutheran South
Opponent Records: 9-16
Key Win: Westminster (42-3)
Fresh hope is upon Lutheran South. I would’ve taken a close win on the road at Westminster, but the Lancers surprised everyone with a 42-3 walloping of the Wildcats. The offense gained 495 yards, while the defense surrendered a first-quarter field goal and 176 total yards. I’ll go out on a limb and say Vito Orlando is the best quarterback in the Metro League and he has the stats to back it up. Through five games he's thrown 1,143 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, four interceptions, and has completed 62 percent of his passes. If the Lancers don’t get running clocked by Lutheran North, then that says something, even though they won’t be satisfied and will be gunning for more.
9. Lutheran St. Charles
Opponent Records: 10-13
Key Win: Tolton Catholic (22-2)
There’s no time to panic even though you’re going through a rough patch and will probably allow a lot of points this week against Trinity. There is plenty to learn for the Cougars, who need to suffer a bit and they have with two straight games allowing over 60 points. Remember, this is a young, talented team who will be a tough out come playoff time. The run duo of Bryce French and Arcullous Heard is still going strong.
10. St. Charles West
Opponent Records: 15-10
Key Win: Warrenton (34-28)
I’m shaking things up here. As you can tell by their opponent record, the Warriors have played a tough schedule, and I’ve wanted to rank them, but at 0-2, 0-3, and 1-3 I couldn’t do it. Now with a win over previously unbeaten Warrenton, St. Charles West deserves their ranking. However, I must say that the parity in the 8-10 spots continues to play on, which also played a factor in their newfound ranking.