Week 8 rankings: Perfect weekend for top five

With just one week remaining in the regular season, most of the teams in the Top 10 of the POWERADE state rankings are starting to turn their attention to the playoffs. The top three teams all look ready for the postseason, as Maine South, Glenbard West and Lincoln-Way East all posted shutout victories over the weekend.

No. 5 St. Rita won the game of the week, turning back Mt. Carmel, 17-7. Rita showed a stiff defense in the second half, and the Mustangs have to be taken seriously as a threat once tournament play begins.

Aside from the results, the biggest story of the week will probably be Loyola Academy QB Malcolm Weaver. He was forced to leave the Ramblers' 20-13 win over Brother Rice with a head injury, and Loyola's offense wasn't nearly the same without Weaver at the controls. He's one of the best players in the state, so it's not hyperbole to say that he could change the entire course of the playoffs.

  1. Maine South (8-0) — Defeated Waukegan, 49-0 (last week: No. 1)

  2. Glenbard West (8-0) — Defeated York, 45-0 (last week: No. 2)

  3. Lincoln-Way East (8-0) — Defeated Joliet Central, 42-0 (last week: No. 3)

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