Prep football insider
A look at area high school football:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Mahomet-Seymour (4-0) at Bloomington Central Catholic (4-0). Winner takes the Corn Belt Conference title – and No. 1 playoff seed.
Normal Community (4-0) at Centennial (3-1). If Mikel Leshoure's healthy, Chargers have a chance to end Ironmen's 18-game win streak.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (3-1) at El Paso-Gridley (3-1). Winner stays in second place in the Heart of Illinois.
MAKING A LIST
This week: State's career extra-point leaders, according to the IHSA:
158 – Clayton Meyer, Tuscola, 2004-07. At his rate, senior might end up with more than 200.
156 – Rick Albreski, Addison Driscoll, 2001-03
150 – Jim Dougherty, Edwardsville, 1994-96
150 – Jeffery Tubbs, Rock Island, 1996-98
149 – Joel Dodson, Pontiac, 1995-98
Our team doesn't come out until December, but here are three players who could be on it:
JACE TENNANT, Champaign Central. Undersized but gritty lineman trying to get Maroons in playoffs for first time since 2005.
WILL LINDSEY, St. Joseph-Ogden. Spunky Spartan is more than halfway to 1,000 rushing yards.
LAMAR BRIGGS, Danville. Diminutive noseguard (5-foot-3) has spent the first four weeks in opponents' backfield.
Our team doesn't come out until November, but here are three players who might be on it:
ERIK SMITH, Bolingbrook. Wisconsin recruit ran like P.J. Hill on Friday, finishing with 227 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries against Bradley.
WIL LUNT, Rochester. Mahomet-Seymour discovered how good of a quarterback he is (348 yards passing, four touchdowns).
GRAHAM POCIC, Lemont. The new polls won't be kind to the Illinois recruit's Indians after Friday's 23-22 loss to No. 4 Oak Lawn Richards (Class 6A). Lemont was No. 3 entering the game.
NEWS-GAZETTE TOP 10
SCHOOL (PREVIOUS), RECORD
1. Tuscola (2), 4-0, Warriors on roll entering conference play
2. Westville (3), 4-0, Tigers poised for another undefeated regular season
3. St. Joseph-Ogden (4), 4-0, Spartans have no shortage of offensive weapons
4. Mahomet-Seymour (5), 4-0, Bulldogs can't let down with another unbeaten team upcoming
5. Watseka (6), 4-0, Warriors lead all SVC schools in points (190)
6. Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon (10), 4-0, Broncos effective with the pass or with the run
7. Centennial (1), 3-1, Chargers look to bounce back vs. top-rated team
8. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (–), 3-1, Falcons enter three-week stretch of tough games
9. Villa Grove (–), 3-1, Blue Devils' final four opponents are currently 15-1
10. Iroquois West/C-I (–), 3-1, Raiders led by third-year varsity quarterback Trace Coleman
JIM'S RANDOM THOUGHTS
Crowded at the top
With a little help from Centennial and Champaign Central this week, the Big 12 race could be a wild one. If the Chargers beat Normal Community and the Maroons upset Bloomington, six conference teams will have one or two losses with four weeks to play. Wouldn't it be great if the Week 9 matchup between the Champaign rivals included Big 12 title ramifications?
Delay of game
Jud Wienke, son of Tuscola coach Stan Wienke and brother of Tuscola quarterback John Wienke, injured a knee during a freshman game last week. The younger Wienke said he hopes to be ready for the 2008 season when the Warriors will need someone to replace John, who's headed to Michigan.
Lights, camera ...
No action in Illinois. I love the way ESPN is giving high school football so much attention. But I can't figure out why Illinois teams aren't making the cut. Friday's showdown between Chicago Mount Carmel and St. Rita got plenty of newspaper ink, but ESPNU showed two Pennsylvania teams instead. Next weekend two Louisiana teams go at it. After that it's New Jersey, Alabama, California, Colorado, Texas and even New Mexico. Someone help ESPN find Chicago on a map. Or better yet, Mahomet.