With records by means of Wednesday and earlier rankings in parentheses.

1. Lake Zurich 9-1 (1)

Running clock in 7A playoff opener helped Bears set fresh and wholesome for game in opposition to defending insist champion Wheaton North.

2. Warren 9-1 (2)

Blue Devils made five interceptions in come by in opposition to Stevenson in 8A playoff opener.

3. Grayslake North 9-1 (3)

All three of DeAndre “DJ” Neely’s catches went for touchdowns in lopsided come by in opposition to Senn in 6A playoff opener.

4. Wauconda 9-1 (4)

Bulldogs figure to salvage mighty more challenging test from Notre Dame than in rout of Schurz in 6A playoff opener.

5. Carmel 7-3 (7)

Same goes for Corsairs, who will play unbeaten Sycamore in 2d spherical of 5A playoffs.

6. Grayslake Central 7-3 (8)

Rams command grit in overcoming 21-0 deficit to beat Belvidere North in 6A playoff opener.

7. Antioch 6-4 (5)

Martin Cohen and Nick Day blended for 1,935 yards from scrimmage and will return for Sequoits.

8. Stevenson 6-4 (6)

Dominant protection helped Patriots originate first playoff berth since 2018.

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9. Deerfield 6-4 (9)

Warriors are neatly-equipped for 2023 transfer to Central Suburban South with 15 key contributors returning.

10. Libertyville 5-5 (10)

Sophomore quarterback Quinn Schambow done nearly 60% of his passes and threw for 16 touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Jacob Donohue done 6 of 8 passes for 226 yards and five touchdowns in Grayslake North’s 55-0 come by in opposition to Senn in the first spherical of the 6A playoffs, atmosphere the college chronicle for most occupation TD passes with 64.

Senior kicker Danny Vuckovic made both of his field-draw makes an try, converted all six of his further-level tries and booted touchbacks on all eight kickoffs in Lake Zurich’s 48-6 come by in opposition to Larkin in the first spherical of the 7A playoffs.

Steve Reaven is a freelance reporter for the News-Solar.