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17. Willowbrook (10-0, 15): Willowbrook will have to run through a true Cinderella in Maine West to keep its hopes alive in 7A. Maine West won the school’s first ever playoff game last week. Up next: at Maine West.
16. Hillcrest (10-0, 17): The third shutout of the season for the Hawks last week, and they haven’t allowed more than seven points to any opponent for the last nine weeks. Up next: at Decatur MacArthur.
15. Gurnee Warren (9-1, 16): If there is a defense playing much better than Warren’s is right now, kudos to that unit. Warren has allowed 23 points over the last nine weeks. Up next: vs. Hinsdale Central.
14. Phillips (8-2, 14): The Wildcats have been doing some tinkering on offense including inserting Alabama recruit Jahleel Billingsley at quarterback, but they likely won’t have the luxury of tinkering this week. Up next: vs. Prairie Ridge.
13. Richards (10-0, 13): Smash. Crush. Destroy. All are apt descriptions of what Richards has been doing to opponents as of late. Up next: vs. Yorkville.