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The Super 25 Countdown, Part 1

08/29/2013, 6:11pm CDT
By Mike Clark | mclark@suntimes.com | @mikeclarkpreps

We are releasing two teams per day until kickoff on Aug. 30. Read all the stories and watch all the videos for teams 11-25 here.

To check out stories and videos for teams 1-10 of Mike Clark's Super 25 countdown, click here.

No. 11 Hinsdale Central

Hinsdale Central surged out of the gate last fall, beating four eventual playoff qualifiers in the first six weeks and almost knocking off Glenbard West. But the Red Devils faded down the stretch, losing twice in a four-week stretch to West Suburban Silver rival Oak Park-River Forest — including in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs. Read more...

No. 12 Neuqua Valley

There wasn’t much reason for Neuqua Valley to hit the 7-on-7 circuit hard in 2012. The Wildcats knew going into last year that Joey Rhattigan would be running the ball, Dylan Andrew would be throwing it and Mike Dudek would be catching it. Read more...

No. 13 Marist

The bar is higher at Marist than it used to be. Before Pat Dunne took over as coach in 2008, the RedHawks had just one playoff berth in the previous 11 years and weren’t on the radar of big-time recruiters. Read more...

No. 14 Crete-Monee

It's not the same old, same old at Crete-Monee this fall. The defending Class 6A champion Warriors have a new head coach in John Konecki, promoted after Jerry Verde left to return to his alma mater, Marian Catholic. And the team's big names on offense — Sun-Times Football Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year Laquon Treadwell, fellow receiver Lance Lenoir and quarterback Marcus Terrell — all have graduated. Read more...

No. 15 Maine South

Players come and players go in high school football, it’s the nature of the game. But it isn’t every day a team has to replace someone like Matt Alviti. Read more...

No. 16 Waubonsie Valley

There is good news and bad news at Waubonsie Valley this fall. The bad news is whom the Warriors must replace from last year's 10-2 team, whose only losses were to district rival Neuqua Valley (35-34 in double overtime and 23-20). Read more...

No. 17 Benet

What Marist and Joliet Catholic have is what Nick Surges wants: respect from opponents. The RedHawks and Hilltoppers are usual suspects when the talk turns to the favorites in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. It’s been a while since Benet, where Surges is a senior linebacker and tight end, has been a consistent part of that conversation. Read more...

No. 18 Providence

A year ago, Providence was in serious improv mode. The Celtics had turned to Dominic Lagone to be their starting quarterback when a variety of circumstances turned the depth chart upside down. Read more...

No. 19 Batavia

You might not think a team that hasn't lost a non-playoff game since 2010 doesn't have much to prove. But Batavia would be the exception to that rule. Read more...

No. 20 Richards

For the past four years, Richards has been one of the better teams in the south suburbs, reaching the second round of the IHSA playoffs every season. But coach Tony Sheehan and the Bulldogs won’t be happy with that level of success this fall. Read more...

No. 21 St. Rita

Matt Byrne isn’t going to make any guarantees about victories, losses or playoff success. But the St. Rita senior has no trouble predicting one thing: This group of Mustangs isn’t going to take winning for granted. Read more...

No. 22 Joliet Catholic

Anyone wondering about the level of commitment at Joliet Catholic this fall is advised to look at Michael Ivlow — and Kevin Jensen’s car. Read more...

No. 23 Bolingbrook

Two years ago, Bolingbrook was coming off a 5-5 season and not
attracting much attention outside Will County. 
The Raiders were giving playing time to a bunch of younger players, including junior quarterback Aaron Bailey and several sophomores. Coach John Ivlow had a feeling that would turn out to be a special team, but he kept his opinion to himself. Read more...

No. 24 Naperville Central

Jake Kolbe and Ben Andreas make it look easy when Naperville Central’s passing game is clicking, which is most of the time. Read more...

No. 25 Wheaton Warrenville South

Jake Schultz saw something last fall he doesn’t want to see again: a Wheaton Warrenville South football season that ended before the playoffs. Read more...

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