Prep football polls: How Kroner voted

 

On Thursday, The Associated Press will release results of the statewide media preseason football poll. Our Prep Sports Coordinator, Fred Kroner, gets a jump on the action by revealing his ballot for all eight classes. In reviewing his selections, Kroner said, “for the most part, the early-season polls are guesswork, especially in the smaller classes such as 1A where so much can change in a year’s time. The No. 1 picks I feel best about are Chicago Mount Carmel (7A), East St. Louis (6A), Lombard Montini (5A) and Maroa-Forsyth (2A).”

 

CLASS 8A

1) Lincolnshire Stevenson

2) Wilmette Loyola

3) Hinsdale Central

4) Chicago Marist

5) Naperville Neuqua Valley

6) Waubonsie Valley

7) O’Fallon

8) LaGrange Lyons

9) Naperville Central

10) Bolingbrook

KRONER’S COMMENT: Michigan State University recruit Matt Morrissey (receiver/safety) is one of many Stevenson seniors who played prominent roles as underclassmen and are ready to go out on top.

 

CLASS 7A

1) Chicago Mount Carmel

2) Glenbard West

3) Lincoln-Way East

4) Glenbard North

5) Maine South

6) Lake Zurich

7) Edwardsville

8) Downers Grove North

9) Rockton Hononegah

10) Wheaton North

KRONER’S COMMENT: Illini recruit Matt Domer will be the featured back for Mount Carmel’s defending state champions.

 

CLASS 6A

1) East St. Louis

2) Crete-Monee

3) New Lenox Providence

4) Danville

5) Bloomington

6) Rock Island

7) Cary-Grove

8) Oak Lawn Richards

9) Lemont

10) Lake Forest

KRONER’S COMMENT: The East St. Louis Flyers have athletes headed to Kansas (linebacker Kyron Watson), Missouri (defensive back Greg Taylor) and Western Michigan (receiver Travon Prater). This team is compared favorably to the 2008 state championship unit.

 

CLASS 5A

1) Lombard Montini

2) Joliet Catholic

3) Sacred Heart-Griffin

4) Peoria Richwoods

5) Washington

6) Metamora

7) Normal U-High

8) Sycamore

9) Maple Park Kaneland

10) Highland

KRONER’S COMMENT: When a school like Montini has won four consecutive Class 5A state championships, why would you make another pick in the preseason?

 

CLASS 4A

1) Belleville Althoff

2) Rochester

3) Columbia

4) Rock Island Alleman

5) Geneseo

6) Rockford Lutheran

7) Jacksonville

8) Olney East Richland

9) Coal City

10) Alton Marquette

KRONER’S COMMENT: After playing in the 2A title game last year, Althoff’s Crusaders will likely be bumped up two classes. If any school can handle that, it’s one with its entire backfield intact.

 

CLASS 3A

1) Erie-Prophetstown

2) Unity

3) Monmouth-Roseville

4) Carterville

5) St. Joseph-Ogden

6) Harrisburg

7) Sherrard

8) Mount Carmel

9) Aurora Christian

10) Monticello

KRONER’S COMMENT: OK, Erie-Prophetstown was 5-5 a year ago, but 18 starters return, nine on each platoon. Unity has as many lettermen, but not as many experienced starters.

 

CLASS 2A

1) Maroa-Forsyth

2) Sterling Newman

3) Mercer County

4) Carthage Illini West

5) Tremont

6) Eastland-Pearl City

7) Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement

8) Elmwood-Brimfield

9) Chester

10) DuQuoin

KRONER’S COMMENT: Maroa-Forsyth’s team is being compared favorably to the school’s 2006 unbeaten state champions. Junior quarterback Jack Hockaday had more than 3,000 yards total offense last fall.

 

CLASS 1A

1) Stark County

2) Stockton

3) Forreston

4) LeRoy

5) Salt Fork

6) Moweaqua Central A&M

7) Flanagan/Cornell

8) Argenta-Oreana

9) Casey-Westfield

10) Orion

KRONER’S COMMENT: A back-to-back semifinalist (2012 and 2011), Stark County (from Toulon) has most of its starters back, including four linemen, and is ready for a fourth straight year of double-figure wins.

 

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