North Lawndale 33 Rich East 16
If it wasn't for an interception return for a touchdown by Rich East, the score of this game would have been more lopsided. As it turned out North Lawndale won by a comfortable 17 points against a Rich East team which knocked North Lawndale out of the first round of the state playoffs last year.
This is a great sign for a North Lawndale team that has decided to move to the Illini Red Bird conference this year. They will need as many win as they can during the regular season if North Lawndale even wants to make the state playoffs. They are in class 4A based on this unofficial 2015-16 IHSA classifications guide. North Lawndale is the smallest school the Red Bird which features behemoths Simeon and Curie, what looks like an improved Lane Tech team that beat Oak Lawn, Dunbar, and Taft.
North Lawndale plays at Sycamore and at Quincy before opening Red Bird Conference play against Taft in Week 4.