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High School Football Round 1 Playoff Capsule Previews

Marist's Nic Weishar. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

Marist's Nic Weishar. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 26, 2012 6:57AM



(includes seeding)

CLASS 8A

NO. 15 LYONS (5-4) at NO. 2 MARIST (8-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Up next: Marist would host No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor or travel to No. 10 O’Fallon.

The breakdown: The Lions, behind QB Zachary Mahoney, provide quite a challenge for the RedHawks. If RB Trevon Woods returns from injury, it will make matters even more difficult for Marist. No time like now for the RedHawks offense to shift into high gear. RB Peter Andreotti (159 carries, 963 yards) has been the one constant all season. QB Ian Woodworth (202-of-337, 2,182 yards) and WRs Nic Weishar (76, 872), Flynn Nagel (46, 524) and Bryan Polak (42, 397) are game-breakers.

NO. 10 O’FALLON (7-2) at NO. 7 HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR (7-2)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Up next: Homewood-Flossmoor would travel to No. 15 Lyons or travel to No. 2 Marist.

The breakdown: Both squads boast an abundance of skill. H-F QB Ron Johnson (92-of-144, 1,374) has major targets in Patrick Sheehan (25, 396) and Willie Ross (22, 377). A solid game from RB Taje Smith (130-840) would allow the Vikings passing game to flourish.

NO. 14 BROTHER RICE (5-4) vs. NO. 3 MOUNT CARMEL (8-1)

Kickoff: 11 a.m. Saturday at Gately Stadium

Up next: Brother Rice would host No. 6 Simeon or travel to No. 11 Bloom; Mount Carmel would host Simeon or travel to Bloom.

The breakdown: If Rice is going to avenge an earlier beatdown by the Caravan, its passing game, behind QB Matt Page (171-of-320, 2,171), must be able to execute. It’s a difficult assignment against a stingy Mount Carmel defense, led by Enoch Smith and Steve Richardson.

NO. 11 BLOOM (6-3) vs. NO. 6 SIMEON (8-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gately Stadium

Up next: Bloom would host No. 14 Brother Rice or host No. 3 Mount Carmel.

The breakdown: The Blazing Trojans would love to run the ball behind Justus Brantley and keep the explosive Simeon offense on the sideline. And Bloom has the experience on the offensive line to possibly do it. If QB Kendall McGinnis can effectively throw the football, Bloom’s running game would become even more dangerous.

NO. 9 BOLINGBROOK (7-2) at NO. 8 SANDBURG (7-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Bolingbrook 34, Lockport 10; Homewood-Flossmoor 21, Sandburg 8

Up next: Bolingbrook would host No. 1 Neuqua Valley or No. 16 Naperville North; Sandburg would travel to Neuqua Valley or Naperville North.

The breakdown: Sandburg scored a thrilling 13-6 overtime win in the SouthWest Suburban Blue match-up in Week 7. Sandburg RB LeMonte Booker is one of the best in the south suburbs but managed only 37 yards in 22 carries in the first collision with Bolingbrook’s rugged defense. The Eagles are preparing as if All-State senior QB, Aaron Bailey, who led the Raiders to the 8A title in 2011, will play for the first time after suffering a knee sprain in Week 6. But even if he doesn’t, the Bolingbrook offense has begun to produce behind sophomore QB Quincy Woods.

CLASS 7A

NO. 5 THORNTON (7-2) at NO. 4 T.F. SOUTH (7-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Up next: Thornton would host No. 1 Batavia or travel to No. 8 Downers Grove South; T.F. South would travel to Downers Grove or travel to Batavia.

The breakdown: Thornton must get its running game, led by Jamal Towns (141, 956), established early. QB JoWahn Brown 135-of-194, 1,784) has multiple threats at receiver, led by Juan Wesley (39, 671) and the Wildcats would be wise to exploit them. T.F. South RBs Saleem Sanford (111, 851) and Joe Young key an offense heavy on the run. QB Peyton Padjen has a playmaker at WR in Drakkar Frazier.

NO. 7 ANDREW (6-3) at NO. 2 BENET (8-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Up next: Andrew would host No. 3 Oswego or travel to No. 6 Plainfield North.

The breakdown: No doubt Andrew is going to need impact performances from its big three: QB Jacob Platt (1,351 yards passing; 615 rushing), RB Jarvion Franklin (126 carries, 941 yards) and WR Dennis Vilimek (27, 547). The Thunderbolts defense must find a way to contain Benet QB Jack Beneventi, who is a threat with his arm and legs.

NO. 8 PLAINFIELD CENTRAL (6-3) at NO. 1 LINCOLN-WAY EAST (9-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Oswego 42, Plainfield Central 13; Lincoln-Way East 42, Joliet West 6

Up next: Plainfield Central would host No. 4 Providence or travel to No. 5 Bradley; Lincoln-Way East would host Providence or travel to Bradley.

The breakdown: Plainfield Central enters as a decided underdog against one of the state’s best teams. The Wildcats, after struggling offensively last week against Southwest Prairie champion Oswego, need to control the ball, with RB Jordan Ellingwood (165 rushes, 943 yards) a key. SouthWest Suburban Blue champ East features a strong defense to go with a potent spread offense led by QB Tom Fuessel (112, 969 rushing; 49-of-89 passing, 685 yards). RB Nick Colangelo (88, 628) is a threat in the ground game.

NO. 5 BRADLEY (6-3) at NO. 4 PROVIDENCE (7-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Lincoln-Way West 26, Bradley 13; Mount Carmel 17, Providence 0

Up next: Providence would travel to No. 1 Lincoln-Way East or to No. 8 Plainfield Central.

The breakdown: After turning the ball over six times and allowing an 88-yard fumble return against Catholic Blue rival Mount Carmel, Providence has been hard at work this week to clean up the mistakes. Celtics TB Brandon Price (168 carries, 936 yards) is a major weapon, and WR/RB Chad Weaver (47, 419 rushing; 23-262 receiving) is getting back to being healthy. Bradley’s three losses were to Thornton, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way West, all in the SouthWest Suburban Red.

CLASS 6A

NO. 8 HINSDALE SOUTH (6-3) at NO. 1 OAK FOREST (8-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Up next: Oak Forest will host No. 4 Perspectives Charter or travel to No. 5 Shepard.

The breakdown: Don’t be surprised if Hinsdale South loads eight or nine players in the box in hopes of stunting the Bengals’ running game and forcing them to the air. Oak Forest successfully has been rotating QBs Tom Zale and Nick Ciufia. FB Ben Santiago (94, 657) has done a nice job filling in for the injured Matt Barry. Hinsdale South, which relies more on running the ball, has some weapons in QB D.J. Deolitsis, RB Arian Toney and WR Justin Ward.

NO. 5 SHEPARD (6-3) vs. NO. 4 PERSPECTIVES CHARTER (7-2)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m., Friday at Gately Stadium

Up next: Shepard would host No. 1 Oak Forest or travel to No. 8 Hinsdale South.

The breakdown: Christmas arrived early for the Astros, who should have little difficulty advancing to the second round. A large dose of QB Jimmy McClinton (1,194 yards passing, 466 rushing) and WR Londell Lee (37, 846), sprinkled in with some Lorenzo Lashley (64, 553) should prove to be the winning recipe.

NO. 7 LINCOLN-WAY NORTH (6-3) at NO. 2 RICHARDS (8-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Up next: Lincoln-Way North would host No. 3 Lemont or travel to No. 6 Morgan Park; Richards would host Lemont or travel to Morgan Park.

The breakdown: The Phoenix boasts an explosive running game, led by Julian Hylton (142, 1,152), Tyler Gaynor (79, 507) and Tre Lewis. Richards must apply the brakes to North’s ability to run and force them to third-and-long situations. The Bulldogs boast a more diverse offense, led by QB Hasan Muhammed-Rogers, RBs Tommy Mister (105, 830) and Ramontay Hill, and WRs Tacari Carpenter (23, 473) and Jimmy Wujcik.

NO. 8 SPRINGFIELD (5-4) at NO. 1 CRETE-MONEE (9-0)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday

Up next: Crete-Monee would travel to No. 5 Bloomington or host No. 4 Peoria Richwoods.

The breakdown: The Warriors probably will be looking to send a message here. Expect them to deliver it through the air with QB Marcus Terrell (152-of-216, 2,280) and WRs Laquon Treadwell (50, 1,003) and Lance Lenoir (42, 718).

NO. 6 MORGAN PARK (6-3) at NO. 3 LEMONT (8-1)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday

Last week: Morgan Park 52, Urban Prep/Englewood 6; Lemont 42, T.F. North 0

Up next: Lemont would travel to No. 2 Richards or to No. 7 Lincoln-Way North.

The breakdown: Morgan Park was 1-3 at one time, with losses to Mount Carmel and Simeon before a forfeit because of the Chicago teachers’ strike. However, several players who had transferred to Julian were ruled ineligible but were told they would be eligible if they returned to Morgan Park. They did, and since then the Mustangs have won five straight. One returning player was DE Khairi Bailey, a Division I prospect. Lemont RB Chris Giatras (143, 1,115) is among the Southland rushing leaders.

CLASS 5A

NO. 13 TINLEY PARK (5-4) vs. NO. 4 WESTINGHOUSE (7-2)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lane Stadium

Up next: Tinley Park would host No. 5 Elmwood Park or travel to No. 12 Joliet Catholic.

The breakdown: The Titans pretty much are at full strength and primed to pull off the “upset” here. QB Christian Plummer (77, 437) and FB Preston Thompson (162, 1,123) have the ability to make life miserable for Westinghouse.

NO. 14 BREMEN (5-4) at NO. 3 MONTINI (7-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Up next: Bremen would host No. 6 Sycamore or travel to No. 11 King.

The breakdown: The Braves are going to need more than a monster game from RB Devonta Wilson (170, 1,157) to pull off the stunner. Bremen would be wise to keep Montini’s defense guessing, which will require a solid performance through the air by QB Tyler Banovich (88-of-160, 1,251).

NO. 9 LINCOLN-WAY WEST (6-3) at NO. 8 ROCHELLE (6-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last week: Lincoln-Way West 26, Bradley 13; Rochelle 44, DeKalb 31

Up next: Lincoln-Way West would host No. 1 Kaneland or No. 16 Belvidere.

The breakdown: Two teams with somewhat similar strategies and similar degrees of success make this into what projects as a tight match-up. Rochelle plays power football with a full-house backfield. The Hubs went 2-3 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. They lost to Sycamore 26-14, and Sycamore beat West 19-13 in the season opener. The Warriors average 24.3 points and allow 12.9. Rochelle averages 33.6 and allows 24.9. West QB Justin Keuch (66-of-134, 830 yards) and WR Adam Slattery (24, 328) form an effective combination.

NO. 7 RICH EAST (6-3) at NO. 2 MORRIS (8-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Last week: Crete-Monee 38, Rich East 7; Kaneland 33, Morris 30

Up next: Morris would host No. 3 Urbana or travel to No. 6 East Peoria.

The breakdown: Rich East, coached by former Plainfield South and Seneca coach Barry Reade, likes to run the ball and will be matched against a Morris defense that has pitched two shutouts and allows 13.8 points per game. The Redskins missed a perfect regular season and the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title with last week’s loss to Kaneland. Rich East’s signature victory was 20-14 over Bloom in Week 8.

CLASS 4A

N0. 7 EVERGREEN PARK (6-3) at NO. 2 NORTH CHICAGO (7-2)

Kickoff: 3 p.m. Saturday

Up next: Evergreen Park would host No. 3 Harper or travel to No. 6 Richmond-Burton.

The breakdown: The Mustangs would prefer to run the ball, relying on the trio of Keyshawn Carpenter (93 carries, 595 yards), T.J. Eames and QB Brandon White (90, 571) to eat clock and keep North Chicago’s offense on the sideline. Explosive WRs Mike Rueiter (28 catches, 425 yards) and Jaquet McClendon (19, 393) provide additional firepower for Evergreen.

Compiled by Pat Disabato and Dick Goss



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