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Illinois Central Eight Conference 2023 Preview With Coach Big Pete - Wide Open Challenge



We are back IHSA Football Family!!! 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, 2022 was mild to surprises and was calm predictable season. 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.


ILLINOIS CENTRAL EIGHT CONFERENCE 2023 Season Preview






This year's version of the Illinois Central Eight is more of a head scratcher than definite favorite. Lots of talent left for graduation this season. Again, the reason you are reading this article is for the picks. Wilmington, Coal City are my on my top dogs list of the conference. Wilmington will always be on top when Reents is Coach, and they graduate some key playmakers but have youth coming through this season. Coal City has a strong athletic backfield and an underrated passing attack. Coalers lose Reilly and Hennings but again Coal City has that next man up mentality. For the 2023 ICE Challengers, I have Reed Custer, Streator, Peotone. Blue Devils might be a huge challenger for this season for ICE teams this upcoming season with great athletic skill spots. Overall Coach Tolly has these Blue Devils dreaming big this season with nice big dose of Chase Rivera. Reed Custer lost some key players to graduation. Reed Custer program has grown leaps and bounds the past seasons and will be a top team. Streator has the talent, but I thought last season they would make a move up last season but didn't. So, I'm rolling the dice again and in Benning we trust. Manteno again is my surprise team for this season and if I'm wrong again, I will eat crow. I believe Manteno will be a huge surprise to everyone this season and I do not doubt the Panthers especially with Coach Haines offense. Lisle could be a surprise as well but again they lost some athletes and star OL Farrell to Kent State. Lisle Coach Dillard will sure be another great Lion football coach. Herscher looks strong this season but again it's a wait and see project with the Tigers, but Coach Mosier is building this program up. Very impressed with them at the Clifton Central 7on7 along with the Coalers.



ICE FANS RIGHT NOW






BEST BET: 4 Teams In the ICE will make the playoffs


TELL ME WHY: Manteno & Herscher could change their luck this season with nice dose of parity.


TELL ME WHY 2: I keep picking Streator to be good every season, and the Bulldogs keep kicking me in the ass.


TELL ME WHY 3: Reed Custer will be challenging again for State title next season.


WOULD LOVE TO SEE: ICE add teams and bring back two divisions like the old I8


TOP BET 2: Herscher will be a lot better this season with a passing attack.




ILLINOIS CENTRAL EIGHT CONFERENCE GAMES TO WATCH FOR 2023


Coal City vs Reed Custer


Wilmington vs Reed Custer


Coal City vs Wilmington


Peotone vs Wilmington


Peotone vs Coal City


Reed Custer vs Lisle


Streator vs Coal City


Manteno vs Herscher




TOP DOG TEAMS FOR THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL EIGHT CONFERENCE 2023



Wilmington, Coal City




Challenger Teams For The Illinois Central Eight Conference 2023



Streator, Reed-Custer, Peotone, Lisle






Surprise Team For The Illinois Central Eight Conference 2023



Manteno (Yes, I'm saying it again). Panthers don't let me down. I'm a madman.






COACH BIG PETE'S 5 TAKES FROM THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL EIGHT 2023



1. There is too much parity in this conference to begin with.


2. Wilmington is Wilmington with their ability to recovery quickly and disciplined.


3. Reed Custer will be good this season, but will show their green side


4. Streator please don't screw me over again


5. Coal City is Coal City look out for the defense of the Coalers.








Illinois Central Eight Conference Players You Must Know For 2023 Season



Christian Benning Streator

Landin Benson Coal City

Travis Bohac Reed Custer

Brendan Moran Wilmington

Aidan Stevens Streator

Porter Chandler Manteno

Drew Nigro Lisle

Kenneth Royal Herscher

Gavin Carpenter Coal City

Kyle Farrell Wilmington

Aidan Dotson Manteno

Chase Rivera Peotone

Landen Robinson Reed Custer

Brody Benson Wilmington

Adin Morrical Herscher

Joe Algood Wilmington

Peyton Bradley Reed Custer

Matt Williamson Streator

Tony DeWald Lisle









Remember Deep Dish Football Is Just Not About Recruiting

But About The Love Of The Game Of IHSA Football

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