We are officially at the halfway point.
Wow, that seemed quick.
And with the halfway point, the Friday Night Drive Top 25 poll is starting to show a fair amount of entrenchment among the top teams.
The top five teams remained unchanged from a week ago and while there was a little bit of re-stacking in the middle of the pack, there were no sweeping changes across the Top 25. And all of those top five teams continue to make strong cases that their perches shouldn’t be really be threatened at this time.
Top ranked East St. Louis dropped another massive day of offensive production on long-time rival Edwardsville. The Flyers dominance should be disconcerting for the remaining teams on the Flyers schedule as Edwardsville was likely the only team in East St. Louis’ Southwestern Conference slate that could be reasonably expected to post much resistance to the apparent run away train that is the Flyers.
Loyola’s dissection of a very good Brother Rice team, despite a now sub .500 record, was impressive as was yet another shutout performance from both the Lincoln-Way East’s and Warren’s defensive units.
This week is largely devoid of the Top 10 showdowns that have headlined the previous three weeks of the season. There is still one matchup between Top 10 teams set to be contested as No. 9 Marist continues its gauntlet by heading off to play No. 10 Nazareth.
There are four newcomers to the Top 25 this week. Sacred Heart Griffin debuts at No. 22 just in time for a showdown with fellow ranked foe Rochester (No. 17) in this year’s installment of the Leonard Bowl. Wheaton North enters at No. 23 after besting Wheaton Warrenville South in a showdown game. Prospect emerges at No. 24 as they’ve so far managed to emerge unscathed from a tough Mid-Suburban Conference schedule and fresh off its upset of Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake Central is the new No. 25.