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Prep Football: Top 10 lists

the perfect 10

Staff writer Tony Bleill breaks down the best our state has to offer:
Why Illinois high school football is cool

Player to watch: Nathan Lawler

Cerro Gordo's Nathan Lawler, our Preseason Player to Watch

Top 10 teams

Our preseason Top 10

Polling Place

For the sixth consecutive year, we polled area high school football players on their likes and dislikes on and off the field. We have learned that area football players are as evenly divided on who should run the country as the rest of the nation. We also learned that hard rock reigns supreme in the locker room. This year’s pollsters were Unity’s Tyler Bates, Tuscola’s Zach Bosch, St. Joseph-Ogden’s Vaughn Duitsman, Mahomet-Seymour’s Ethan King, Champaign Central’s Edwind McGhee, Salt Fork’s Cody Nicholson, Urbana’s Shagun Pradhan, Centennial’s Joe Schilling, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s Tyler Smith and St. Thomas More’s Carson Woodworth.

Homecoming dates

Homecoming dates for area football teams:

Kroner: Friday nights are special

Friday nights remain one of the highlights of the high school athletic scene

Sangamon Valley preview

A preview of the Sangamon Valley Conference

Okaw Valley preview

A preview of the Okaw Valley Conference

Heart of Illinois preview

Heart of Illinois football preview

Preseason football polls

For the sixth consecutive year, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every football coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts on the upcoming season. Here they are, league by league: