St. Francis, Aurora Central Catholic and IC Catholic were announced as the newest members of the CCL/ESCC Football alliance and will begin play in the now 25-member league in the 2023 season.

Five years ago, Fenwick suffered a controversial overtime loss to Plainfield North in the state semifinals. Back in the semifinals for the first time since then, Kaden Cobb and the Friars look to lead the program to their first state championship game appearance. That, IC Catholic Prep back in a familiar position – against a familiar opponent – and Wheaton looking for a return to its heyday in Bob Narang's Suburban Life football notebook.