Every week throughout the high school football regular season, we’ll release our 13 WREX FNF Top 13 Teams Poll, in which we rank the top teams in our area regardless of class. Here’s how we see things shaping up after one game.
13. Stockton Blackhawks (1-0) – Stockton picked up a nice win over defending conference champion Milledgeville, as the Blackhawks look to contend in a realigned NUIC.
12. Hiawatha Hawks (1-0) – Hiawatha dropped 60+ points on Madison this past Saturday afternoon, as Jason Keneway’s team continues to make strides in his 4th season as the head coach at his alma mater. Kyle Thompson accounted for 5 TDs in the Hawks’ win.
11. Freeport Pretzels (1-0) – Freeport beat Belvidere by 40 points to get off to a fast start to the new season. Anthony Dedmond always has his team ready to play and believing they can win.
10. Auburn Knights (1-0) – After falling in an early 6-0 hole, Auburn ripped off 45 straight points to beat Guilford in week 1, with quarterback Khamani Sanders tossing 4 TD passes in the win. The Knights look to keep building in J.P. Toldo’s 2nd season as head coach.
9. Rochelle Hubs (1-0) – Rochelle picked up a nice road win over Pekin in week 1, and Kyle Kissack’s team is poised for another strong season in a new conference.
8. Boylan Titans (1-0) – Boylan knocked off Jefferson in week 1, showing off their prowess on both sides of the football for the win.
7. Genoa-Kingston Cogs (1-0) – Genoa-Kingston picked up right where it left off last year, with a dominating week 1 win. Chad Wilmarth’s hard-nosed team will be a factor in the Big Northern Conference.
6. Belvidere North Blue Thunder (1-0) – Belvidere North blew out East to start the season in emphatic fashion. The Blue Thunder rushing attack looked as good as ever, with the defense putting the clamps on the E-Rabs’ rushing attack until the final minutes of the game.
5. Stillman Valley Cardinals (1-0) – Mike Lalor’s team returned to the playoffs last year after a few years missing out, and the Cardinals continued the upward trend in 2019 with a big win over Dixon. They should they could throw the ball in addition to their usual power running game, and the defense kept the Dukes under wraps.
4. Hononegah Indians (1-0) – The two-time defending NIC-10 champs showed Harlem that if you want to be the man, you have to beat the man, and Hononegah was not willing to relinquish their crown just yet, jumping out to the inside track in the race for a NIC-10 title.
3. Forreston Cardinals (1-0) – Forreston looked poised to defend its 1-A state championship, as the Cardinals came out with a big win over rival Dakota in week 1. Kyle Zick’s team should contend for a conference championship.
2. Lena-Winslow Panthers (1-0) – Lena-Winslow dominated E/PC in week 1, showing they can do it in all facets of the game. Sean Ormiston and Isaiah Bruce had big nights running the football, and the Le-Win defense is a force to be reckoned with.
- Byron Tigers (1-0) – Byron looked the part of a team hungry for a state championship. They took care of business, scoring 50 points and keeping Winnebago out of the endzone in week 1. The Tigers fell just short of a state title last year, and this year’s group wants to fix that.