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Highland now fourth in 5A state football poll. Columbia, East St. Louis also ranked

Highland quarterback Jack Etter completed 8 of 9 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Belleville East Friday. Etter returned an intercepted pass for a score.
Highland quarterback Jack Etter completed 8 of 9 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Belleville East Friday. Etter returned an intercepted pass for a score.

Fresh off a third straight lopsided win, the Highland Bulldogs moved up in the Associated Press Class 5A IHSA state football poll for the second straight week.

Led by three touchdown passes and 272 yards in the air from senior quarterback Jack Etter along with a 114-yard rushing effort from senior Brady Feldmann, the Bulldogs routed Marion 49-14 and moved from fifth to a tie with Hillcrest for fourth in the Class 5A poll. One of only three local teams to be ranked in the top 10, Highland (3-0) and Hillcrest (3-0) each collected 53 points in a voting conducted by a panel of sportswriters from throughout the state.

Undefeated Washington (3-0) was the unanimous choice as the top-ranked Class 5A team for the third consecutive week.

Two other local teams, East St. Louis and Columbia, also remain in the top in their respective classes.

East St. Louis is now third in Class 7A after winning its Southwestern Conference showdown with Class 8A power Edwardsville. Thanks to a 34-21 win, the Flyers (2-1) collected two first place votes and 67 points to edge Chicago Brother Rice for the third spot. Batavia (3-0) collected five first place votes and 86 points to earn the top spot in Class 7A

Columbia (3-0) dropped a spot in Class 4A despite defeating Salem 35-6 in a Cahokia Conference game. The Eagles, tied for fifth a week ago, are now sixth with 56 points.. Defending state champion Rochester is the top ranked team in Class 4A.

Edwardsville (1-2), ranked fifth in Class 8A a week ago, dropped out of the top 10 following its home loss to East St. Louis, but was one of several local teams to earn votes in their respective classes.

Also earning votes were Belleville West (3-0) in Class 7A, Mater Dei (3-0) and Cahokia (2-1) in Class 4A, Nashville (3-0) and Red Bud (2-1) in Class 2A and Madison (3-0) and Dupo (2-1) in Class 1A..

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Lincoln-Way East (8)3-0801
2.Homewood-Flossmoor3-0664
3.Maine South2-1513
4.Loyola2-1432
5.Barrington3-042NR
6.Bollingbrook3-0406
7.Oswego3-0318
8.Marist2-1297
9.Glenbard West 2-11310
10.Hinsdale Central 2-1129

Others receiving votes: Edwardsville 11, Huntley 9, Stevenson 9, St. Charles East 3, Oswego East 1.

Class 7A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Batavia (5)3-0861
2.Nazareth (2)3-0803
3.East St. Louis (2)2-1674
4.Brother Rice3-0595
5.Chicago Mt. Carmel2-1512
6.Normal Community3-04510
7.Simeon3-0337
8.Lake Zurich 2-1248
9.Benet3-0239
10.Hononegah3-0 15NR

Others receiving votes: Belleville West 6, Lincoln Way West 4, Lincoln-Way Central 1, Moline 1.

Class 6A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Cary Grove (5) 3-0913
2.Oak Lawn Richards (3)3-0894
3.Prairie Ridge (1)2-1691
4.Willowbrook3-0675
5.Phillips (1)1-2612
6.DeKalb3-0526
7.Providence3-0368
8.Chatham Glenwood3-0319
9.Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield)2-1307
10.Normal West 2-11710



Others receiving votes: Bloomington 7.

Class 5A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Washington (8)3-0801
2.Dunlap3-0622
3.Montini 3-0613
4.Highland3-0535
5.(tie) Hillcrest3-0534
6.Sterling3-0506
7.Antioch3-0309
8.Joliet Catholic2-118NR
9.Peoria Central2-1117
10.Decatur MacArthur3-06

NR

Others receiving votes: Woodstock Marian 5, Sycamore 5, Kaneland 4, Carbondale 2.

Class 4A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Rochester (8)3-01151
2.IC Catholic (4)3-01122
3.Rockford Boylan3-0923
4.Morris2-177T5
5.Taylorville3-0764
6.Columbia3-056T5
7.Richmond-Burton3-0438
8.Coal City 2-1389
9.Geneseo2-112NR
T-10.Herrin2-1127

Others receiving votes: De La Salle 6, Breese Mater Dei 5, Johnsburg 4, Cahokia 3, Pontiac 3, Wheaton Academy 2, Raby 2, Samdwich 2.

Class 3A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Byron (9)3-01341
2.Williamsville (4)3-01212
3.Farmington3-01013
4.Carlinville (1)3-0924
5.Monticello3-0696
6.Bishop McNamara3-0687
7.Vandalia 3-0605
8.Rock Island Alleman2-13710
9.Beardstown3-0328
10.North Boone2-126NR

Others receiving votes: DuQuoin 17, Elmwood-Brimfield 9, Pleasant Plains 8, Lisle 4, St. Joseph-Ogden 3.

Class 2A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Maroa-Forsyth (10)3-01251
2.(tie) Orion (3)3-0125T3
3.Rockridge3-0985
4.Sterling Newman (1)2-1962
5.Decatur St. Teresa3-091T3
6.Illini West (Carthage)3-0726
7.Pana3-0617
8.Mercer County2-1369
9.Eastland-Pearl City 3-028T10
10.Chicago (Hope) Academy2-115NR

Others receiving votes: Bismarck-Henning 5, Nashville 5, Downs Tri-Valley 3, Auburn 3, Red Bud 2, Hamilton West Hancock 2, Marshall 2, El Paso-Gridley 1.

Class 1A

No.TeamW-LPtsPrv
1.Lena-Winslow (11)3-01451
2.Tuscola (1)3-01272
3.Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (3)3-01233
4.Camp Point Central3-0984
5.Ottawa Marquette3-0835
6.Princeville3-0666
7.Aurora Christian 3-0627
8.Forreston 2-1429
9.Argenta-Oreana3-0358
10.Concord (Triopia)3-027NR

Others receiving votes: Dakota 5, Fisher 4, Madison 3, Milledgeville 1, Athens 1, Dupo 1, Red Hill 1, Annawan/Wethersfield 1.

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