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High school football: Steve Soucie's Week 3 state power rankings

Joliet Herald-News sports editor Steve Soucie brings more than two decades of Illinois high school football knowledge to Shaw Media. Follow him on Twitter @thesouc and check out his Week 3 state power rankings here. (Previous record and ranking in parentheses)

1. Lincoln-Way East (3-0, 1): In a wild week, Griffins prove to be the only constant. Up next: vs. Sandburg

2. Nazareth (3-0, 4): It is hard to believe that Roadrunners quarterback JJ McCarthy is only a sophomore. Present and future looks bright for Nazareth. Up next: vs. St. Patrick

3. Batavia (3-0, 5): Quietly going about its business, schedule will take another step forward soon. Up next: vs. Glenbard North

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0, 7): The Vikings were not pressed in Week 3; it would be stunning if that were the case in Week 4. Up next: at No. 17 Bolingbrook

5. Brother Rice (3-0, 8): Not the most ideal time for the Crusaders to face a fired-up Loyola squad after a loss. But is there ever a good time? Up next: vs. No. 10 Loyola

6. Stevenson (3-0, 9): The Patriots are just being the Patriots, a solid all-around football team that’s going to be hard to topple. Up next: at Zion-Benton

7. Barrington  (3-0, 15): The Broncos copped an impressive win over Maine South but have to keep their eyes on the prize with a tricky Evanston team due in. Up next: vs. Evanston

8. Maine South  (2-1, 6): The loss was a bit of a surprise, but the injury status of quarterback Bobby Inserra is the more pressing immediate concern for the Hawks. Up next: at Conant

9. Chicago Mount Carmel (2-1, 18): It is coming together pretty quickly for Jordan Lynch’s group. The defense is ahead of the offense for the time being, but the Caravan have the talent to balance it out. Up next: vs. De La Salle

10. Loyola (2-1, 2): An uncharacteristically sloppy performance for the Ramblers in the loss to Mount Carmel. Odds are that won’t become the norm. Up next: at No. 5 Brother Rice

11. Simeon (3-0, 19): An impressive statement made by Simeon in its win over Phillips. Looked like the better team from the get-go. Up next: vs. Solorio Academy

12. Lake Zurich (2-1, 10): Bears toss a shutout for the first time this season. Would not bet against it being the last. Up next: vs. Lake Forest

13. Oswego (3-0, 11): Once again the Panthers have established themselves as the elite team in the Southwest Prairie. Will they even get pushed in regular season? Up next: at Joliet West

14. Richards (3-0, 12): The Bulldogs have outscored foes, 73-7, through three games. It is probably going to get worse for opponents before it gets better.  Up next: at Oak Lawn

15. Cary-Grove (3-0, 13): The Trojans have flattened their past two foes, but if you’ve been waiting for a test game for Cary-Grove, you’ll get your wish now. Up next: at Huntley

16. Phillips (1-2, 3): There is far too much talent to dismiss Phillips after two losses, but there definitely are some issues, particularly on offense, that the Wildcats need to rectify. Up next: vs. Lincoln Park

17. Bolingbrook (3-0, 17): The Raiders’ defense pitched its second shutout of the season in Week 3 but will need a herculean effort from that unit this week to stay unscathed. Up next: vs. No. 4 Homewood-Flossmoor

18. Marist (2-1, 14): The Redhawks really had to grind one out to beat Niles Notre Dame, but that appears to be life in the East Suburban Catholic Conference this season. Up next: at St. Viator

19. Willowbrook (3-0, 16): The Warriors stay a little incognito in a relatively easy win over Leyden. Staying focused in a less than pressing schedule will be key. Up next: at Addison Trail

20. IC Catholic (3-0, 20): Pop quiz: Last team to eliminate IC Catholic from the postseason? Bishop McNamara in the 2015 Class 3A semifinals. Up next: vs. Bishop McNamara

21. Glenbard West (2-1, 21): The Hilltoppers are looking to follow the same blueprint as last year after a Week 1 loss, which would be winning the remainder of their regular-season games. Up next: at York

22. Hinsdale Central (2-1, 23): Sort of a slog in a 7-0 win over OPRF, but a win is a win in the West Suburban Silver. Up next: at Downers Grove South

23. Benet (3-0, 25): Notre Dame’s Ty Gavin should provide an interesting challenge for a Benet defense that has been sturdy this season. Up next: vs. Niles Notre Dame

24. Naperville Central (1-2, 24): Don’t be fooled by Trinity’s 0-4 record. This is a really good team, and Naperville Central will have to play very well if it hopes to get back to .500. Up next: at Trinity St. Mathews (Kentucky)

25. Montini (3-0, NR): Still not sure how much we know about Montini because of its less-than-spectacular schedule to date, but the Catholic League will correct that pretty soon. Up next: vs. St. Joseph

– Steve Soucie

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