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Illinois Central Eight Conference 2022 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Big Questions & Big Answers

Welcome back IHSA Football!!! As is every summer conference previews and again please remember predictions and previews mean crap. High school football is the greatest thing because of pure parity. What is up last year could be down this year and what is down last year can up this year. ANYTHING AND I MEAN ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN IHSA FOOTBALL. Last year 2021 was pure anarchy and no one knew what was going on. Also, unlike some prep writers who take credit and copy and paste the coach's work off a crap team questionnaire I do my own work. Thank You, to the high school coaches that put the info up on HUDL and emailed me info as well. FULL CONFERENCE PREVIEW VIDEO ON THE BOTTOM


Illinois Central Eight again has those Wilmington Wildcats as state champs from last season. Like 2015, the main question is can Wilmington return to be back-to-back champs. Reed Custer is hungry for another shot against Wilmington and shot to win ICE title. Coal City is revamped and ready to pounce on the Wildcats and beat the rival Comets. Peotone is my huge surprise team this season, because for some reason people are counting out these Blue Devils as a 3A challenger. Streator and Herscher are my two other surprises that people are really counting out and need to be respected. Streator has secret weapon in their offense. Herscher had a down season and will be back this season. Lisle is Lisle, and with Parpet at the helm they will be a tough nosed team ready for anything. Manteno is another team that a lot of people think are going to be pushovers, but I have no doubt they will be ready and surprise some team. Again, I see no glaring strengths or weakness from all these teams. This is a Conference that will be heavily competitive and is anybody's game. I see no cupcakes in this conference for 2022.

BEST BET: 4 ICE Teams Make The IHSA Playoffs

BEST BET 2: 1 ICE Team will be playing football after Thanksgiving

TELL ME WHY: Streator, Herscher, Manteno can't have a season like Reed Custer did in 2021

TOP BET: ICE will be one of the strongest conferences in the IHSA

Illinois Central Eight Top Dog Teams For 2022

Wilmington, Reed-Custer, Coal City

Illinois Central Eight Contenders For 2022

Peotone, Lisle

Illinois Central Eight Surprises For 2022

Streator, Manteno, Herscher


1. There will be parity in this conference no doubt about.

2. Herscher & Manteno are not as weak as you think, and I never will bet against Coach Haines.

3. There is more pressure on Reed-Custer and Wilmington than any other team in the ICE to repeat success.

4. Lisle's Chris Farrell is a pure animal in the ICE, and the Lions have some young playmakers to look out for

5. Streator has to start off on fire this season

Illinois Central Eight Players You Must Know From The Class Of 2023

Chris Farrell Lisle

Aneefy Ford Streator

Braden Reilly Coal City

Dominic Nigro Lisle

Jace Christian Reed Custer

Ryder Meents Wilmington

Beau Frieden Manteno

Tyler Hennings Coal City

Justin Amaskane Peotone

Jake McPherson Reed Custer

Dawson Piper Peotone

Chase Rivera Peotone

Colin James Wilmington

Kody Marschner Reed Custer

Hunter Hayes Wilmington

Christian Benning Streator

Damian Alsup Manteno

Travis Jones Herscher

Remember Deep Dish Football Is Just Not About Recruiting

But About The Love Of The Game Of IHSA Football




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