The Top 10 Illinois High School Football Dynasties?

The Top 10 Illinois High School Football Dynasties?

Even though summer vacation isn't over until mid-August, our student-athletes have been sacrificing parts of their summer break to get ready for the 2011-2012 Prep Football Season. Building a winning squad is never an easy endeavor. So many things have to fall into place to ensure that the team is ready to compete for a state championship.

First and foremost, teams must overcome the loss of their graduates. As an observer, that has to rank as the X-Factor. For some programs, that is an annual concern, yet for others, it isn's as big a problem because some coaches have the luxury of being able to distribute their talent pool. Thus, Varsity Squad's that do not have to rely on being overwhelmingly "senior", can be the best possible scenario for building and maintaining a winning tradition. Although, that isn't entirely true either. For instance, some programs have excellent "feeder programs" within their communities. And that becomes a big plus for the high school coaches in those areas.

Still, that is often easier said than done. too. Heck, where I went to high school, we were lucky to have a full squad every season let alone the ability to move underclassmen into leadership positions ahead of time. Then again, I went to an all-boys Vocational High School with a not so large enrollment. We used to be amazed whenever we scrimmaged with our neighbor school from down the street, the Red Horde of Weber, because they had a huge squad and they weren't much bigger than we were enrollment wise. Again, that X-Factor and luck of the draw, I guess.

Never the less, there some programs in Illinois that consistently win. Naturally, once a program has a reputation as being a "winner," getting the necessary talent to attend is quite a bit easier too. Of course, we must factor in the fact that many winning programs also have the luxury of being considered "all-city" type schools, which increases their talent pool significantly.

However, for whatever reasons, according to the Freeman Computer Rankings (as published by MaxPreps), the following programs have been identified as being the Top Ten Illinois Football Dynasties. Do You Agree?

1. Wheaton-Warrenville South
Classification: Division 7A
2010 record: 14-0
Record last five years: 48-4
Opponents' W-L: 371-209

2. Maine South (Park Ridge) **
Classification: Division 8A
2010 record: 12-2
Record last five years: 50-4
Opponents' W-L: 346-233

3. East St. Louis *
Classification: Division 7A
2010 record: 0-3
Record last five years: 43-7
Opponents' W-L: 317-216

4. Mount Carmel (Chicago)
Classification: Division 8A
2010 record: 11-3
Record last five years: 41-11
Opponents' W-L: 399-210

5. St. Rita (Chicago)
Classification: Division 7A
2010 record: 11-2
Record last five years: 42-11
Opponents' W-L: 411-218

6. Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet)
Classification: Division 5A
2010 record: 10-2
Record last five years: 42-9
Opponents' W-L: 353-202

7. Loyola Academy (Wilmette)
Classification: Division 8A
2010 record: 11-2
Record last five years: 42-11
Opponents' W-L: 374-233

8. Metamora
Classification: Division 4A
2010 record: 11-2
Record last five years: 42-11
Opponents' W-L: 374-233

9. Montini (Lombard)
Classification: Division 5A
2010 record: 12-2
Record last five years: 42-9
Opponents' W-L: 352-208

10. Naperville North
Classification: Division 8A
2010 record: 8-4
Record last five years: 36-11
Opponents' W-L: 289-209

10. Lake Zurich
Classification: Division 7A
2010 record: 12-2
Record last five years: 40-11
Opponents' W-L: 332-211

* East St. Louis were placed on probation by the IHSA this past year and have been forced to forfeit 5 Wins in the 2010/2011 Season, which reduced their overall record to 4-6; ESL also had to Forfeit 10 Wins in 2009/2010, which reduced their 10-3 record to 0-13 as well as being forced to Forfeit 2 Wins for the 2007/2008 Season Season reducing an 11-1 record to 9-3.

** Maine South was placed on a one-year probation but were not forced to forfeit any victories.

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