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8A FIRST-ROUND RESULTS

Upper Bracket

No. 16 Lane (5-3) at No. 1 Maine South (9-0) (SAT.)

No. 9 New Trier (6-3) at No. 8 Conant (6-3) (SAT.)

No. 13 Fremd (5-4) at No. 4 Glenbard North (8-1) (SAT.)

No. 5 Stevenson 26, No. 12 Warren 13

No. 15 Evanston (5-4) at No. 2 Loyola (8-1) )SAT.)

No. 10 Bartlett 14, No. 7 Leyden 0

No. 14 Niles West (5-4) at No. 3 Palatine (8-1) (SAT.)

No. 6 Schaumburg 42, No. 11 Glenbrook South 7

Lower Bracket

No. 1 Neuqua Valley 56, No. 16 Naperville North 20

No. 9 Bolingbrook 39, No. 8 Sandburg 7

No. 4 Waubonsie Valley 38, No. 13 Proviso West 6

No. 12 Oak Park-River Forest 28, No. 5 Hinsdale C. 24

No. 15 Lyons 34, No. 2 Marist 28

No. 10 O’Fallon 37, No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 35

No. 14 Brother Rice (5-4) at No. 3 Mount Carmel (8-1) (SAT.)

No. 6 Simeon 13, No. 11 Bloom 10

Updated: November 29, 2012 6:34AM



O’Fallon may have had a long day, taking an 8 a.m. bus trip that included a stop in Champaign to practice at the University of Illinois’ indoor facility, but it was Homewood-Flossmoor that had a long night.

The seventh-seeded Vikings dropped a 37-35 home setback to 10th-seeded O’Fallon on Friday night in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.

Despite trailing 34-21 with 1:17 left in the third, the Vikings (7-3) scored on the final play of the third quarter on Patrick Sheehan’s 25-yard catch from Ronald Johnson to cut the lead to 34-28.

O’Fallon’s Austin Barnes booted a 21-yard field goal with 4:06 left in the game to give the Panthers (8-2) a 37-28 lead with 4:06 left. With 2:14 left in the contest the Vikings took advantage of Panthers penalties and scored on Taje Smith’s 12-yard run.

The Vikings got the ball back 34 seconds but could not score.

“When we looked at the film, we knew this was not the typical first-round game,” Vikings coach Craig Buzea said. “This was really a third- or fourth-round game, to be honest, and we knew that. When we saw them on film we thought they were the best team we’d played all year and I think it panned out that way. They’re really good. They’ve just got a little more experience than us and their quarterback made some plays.”

Johnson threw for 197 yards and two TDs and ran for 79 more. Smith had 19 carries for 95 yards and two TDs.

The pregame speculation was that this was going to be a high-scoring battle since O’Fallon quarterback Todd Porter and Johnson entered the game throwing a combined 3,585 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Porter threw for 389 yards including 228 in the first half.

“The key is to stay cool,” Porter said. “I try to stay relaxed when I’m in the pocket. I wait for someone to get open. I know that if I have enough time someone will eventually get open and make a big play.”

The wild third quarter featured 35 points including three TDs in the final 2:35 of the period as the Panthers clung to a 34-28 lead and hung on in the fourth.

“It’s been a long day but worth it,” Panthers coach Brandon Joggerst said. “I would drive anywhere to win but I wouldn’t cross the street to get my butt kicked.”

H-F was on a roll heading into the playoffs, outscoring four opponents by a combined score of 168-23 after back-to-back losses to Lincoln-Way East and Bolingbrook.



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