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 two weeks.
13. Du-Pec Rivermen (2-0) – The Rivermen picked up a big OT win at E/PC last week, improving to 2-0, as they try to contend for a playoff spot for the first time as a co-op.
12. Aquin Bulldogs (2-0) – Aquin has strong wins over Orangeville and Stockton in the first two weeks of the season, showing they’re a prime contender in the realigned NUIC.
11. Hiawatha Hawks (2-0) – Jason Keneway’s team is putting up a lot of points through the first two weeks of the season. They get a tough test as Marquette comes to Kirkland this Friday.
10. Harlem Huskies (1-1) – Harlem bounced back from a week one loss to Hononegah, putting up 63 points against Jefferson. The Huskies’ high-powered offense will be tough to slow down all season.
9. North Boone Vikings (2-0) – After a slow start against Mendota in week one, the Vikings exploded for a 47-7 win in week two against Rockford Lutheran. Logan Emanuel and Cooper Baden form a dynamic duo on offense, while the defense hopes to make a name for itself this season.
8. Auburn Knights (2-0) – The Knights continue to build under 2nd year head coach J.P. Toldo, beating Freeport 14-2 last week. They have a tough battle with East coming up this Friday night.
7. Boylan Titans (2-0) – Boylan’s defense proved to be as stout as ever in a 13-7 win over Belvidere North. The Titans tallied a timely touchdown midway through the 4th quarter to take the lead, then held the Blue Thunder to seal up the win and remain in the ranks of the unbeaten.
6. Genoa-Kingston Cogs (2-0) – Chad Wilmarth’s team has not allowed a point this season, and the Cogs’ Wing-T offense brings a physical style that a lot of opponents can’t handle.
5. Byron Tigers (1-1) – The Tigers fall out of our top spot after suffering their first conference loss since 2015, an 18-16 thriller to rival Stillman Valley. Still, Byron will be a formidable team as the season progresses.
4. Hononegah Indians (2-0) – Hononegah followed up its week one win over Harlem with a blowout win over Guilford in week two. The Indians combine a strong ground game with a respectable aerial attack, with a defense that Brian Zimmerman always has ready to play.
3. Forreston Cardinals (2-0) – The defending 1-A state champs are picking up where they left off, winning their first two games of the season as they look to contend for a conference title.
2. Lena-Winslow Panthers (2-0) – The Panthers have dominated their first two opponents of the season, and Ric Arand’s team is capable of dominating in all three phases of the game. With Isaiah Bruce and Sean Ormiston leading the way, Le-Win hopes to dethrone Forreston and avenge last year’s playoff loss.
1. Stillman Valley Cardinals (2-0) – Stillman Valley earned probably the most impressive win of the young season for any team, a victory over then 3-A no. 1 ranked Byron. The Cardinals’ defense kept Byron’s strong ground game in check, and the Cardinals were able to do just enough offensively to beat their rivals. With wins over Dixon and Byron to start the season, the Cardinals look to contend for a Big Northern Conference title.