Sandburg/Bolingbrook rematch highlights Round 1
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org October 22, 2012 8:36PM
Sandburg's Lemonte Booker (1) and Bolingbrook's Julian Huff could run into each other again next weekend, when their teams meet in the first round of the playoff — three weeks after playing in the regular season. | File photo
STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Bolingbrook at Sandburg, 7 p.m.
Bloom vs. Simeon at Gately, 7:30 p.m.
Lyons at Marist 7:30 p.m.
O’Fallon at Homewood-Flossmoor 7:30 p.m.
Bradley at Providence 7 p.m.
Plainfield Central at Lincoln-Way East 7 p.m.
Thornton at T.F. South 7 p.m.
Andrew vs. Benet (at Benedictine University) 7:30 p.m.
Shepard vs. Perspectives/Leadership (at Gately Stadium) 4:15 p.m.
Hinsdale S. at Oak Forest 7 p.m.
Lincoln-Way North at Richards 7 p.m.
Lincoln-Way West at Rochelle 7 p.m.
Brother Rice vs. Mount Carmel (at Gately Stadium) 11 a.m.
Morgan Park at Lemont 6 p.m.
Springfield at Crete-Monee 6 p.m.
Bremen at Montini 1 p.m.
Rich East at Morris 1 p.m.
Tinley Park vs. Westinghouse Prep (at Lane) 7:30 p.m.
Evergreen Park at North Chicago 3 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2012 6:11AM
It’s not yet certain whether Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey is going to play Friday in the Raiders’ Class 8A first-round game against Sandburg in Orland Park. Bailey, a University of Illinois recruit, has been out since suffering a knee injury in Week 6 against Lincoln-Way East.
Sandburg coach Dave Wierzal, however, will prepare his team as if Bailey will be lining up behind center.
“We’re going with the mindset that he’s going to play,” Wierzal said. “The other quarterback (Quincy Woods) is very good. But it’s the playoffs and they’re the defending state champions. If there’s any way he (Bailey) can play, I think he’ll be in there.”
The Eagles (7-2) will meet the Raiders (7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Orland Park, one of 12 Friday playoff games involving Southland schools. Seven more games featuring local squads will kick off on Saturday.
The Eagles beat the Raiders in Week 7 in overtime 13-6, with Bailey on the sideline and Woods, a sophomore, starting his first game on the varsity.
What Wierzal would like to see from his team, regardless of Bailey’s status, is to play with a little chip on its shoulder.
“We told the kids to prove to people that we’re a top-20 type school,” Wierzal said. “that if you play quality level football, you can play with anybody. The one thing, coming off the H-F game (a 21-8 loss in Week 9), is we still feel like we’re a very good team. Now we have to go out and show that.”