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Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters, with four teams in The News-Gazette coverage area among the top 10 teams in their respective class.

After suffering a 96-14 home loss to Big 12 foe Peoria in Week 1, Centennial returns to the turf at Tommy Stewart Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday against Unit 4 rival Champaign Central.

More than 70 area high school students worked alongside N-G Media engineer Ed Bond to produce 10-second promotions for local programming, from “Penny For Your Thoughts” to “ServPro Prep Football Confidential.” They sounded terrific.

Unfazed, the two-time defending Class 2A state champions shook off a slow first half en route to a 32-8 home victory over Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda.