(Last week's rankings in parentheses; NR -- not ranked)
1. Andrean (1) 6-0
A better-than-record Kankakee Valley squad comes to town tonight for what should be a tester. The Kougars have no one who can match Matt DeSomer. Who does? And these 59ers are like a sesame seed. They are on a roll.
2. Merrillville (2) 5-1
Since the tight win against Slinky-like Crown Point, the Bucs have been as cool as the other side of the pillow. Have to guard against looking ahead tonight at Valparaiso before next week's game at Lake Central. Drum roll...
3. Lake Central (3) 5-1
The legs feed the wolf, gentlemen. Gotta give some love to City's Wolves last Friday, scoring 10 against L.C.'s D. Granted, their touchdown was scored by their defense, but they were still the first squad in a month to get to double digits. This unit should be illegal.
4. Munster (6) 4-2
The Mustangs are an a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma. But they're also a pretty good football team. How good? See prior quote from JFK. A Texas-sized trip to Hobart tonight will give some insight.
5. Rensselaer (4) 5-1
A tough loss to 3A West Lafayette didn't move the Bombers too far down in the 2A poll, sitting at No. 6. The ultra-tough Hoosier Conference schedule will certainly prepare the lads for the upcoming postseason.
6. Lowell (10) 4-2
Four in a row for the Devils will likely be five after tonight's home game against Hammond. Then, Munster and Andrean to cap off the regular season. It's money time now. Cha-ching. Stand up or go home.
7. Hobart (5) 4-2
The Brickies have lost two straight. Tonight's game against Munster is bigger than Pavarotti in Speedos. You don't want to lose three in a row with Morton in the on-deck circle. Cha-ching. What time is it?
8. Morton (7) 5-1
Will tonight's game at West Side be table tennis or pong? Govs coach Roy Richards is hoping for the '70s video game while Justin Johnson is hoping for sore necks. Don't be surprised if the Cougars shock some folks.
9. Whiting (8) 6-0
Oiler Nation. Here they are again, just like grandma's apple pie. Always around at the start of fall and always pretty good. No. 4 in the Class A poll, This team is not there yet. But should be a tough out in November.
10. Portage (NR) 3-3
The Indians throttled Chesterton, getting back to break even, and have a chance to build a strong head of steam heading into the playoffs. Hashim Simpson gives the offense a needed big-play element.
On the bubble: Bishop Noll 3-3, Boone Grove 5-1, Chesterton 3-3, Crown Point 3-3, E.C. Central 4-2, Kankakee Valley 3-3, River Forest 4-2, Valparaiso 3-3, West Side 3-3.