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Football: Three things learned after Round 1 of state playoffs

Updated: December 7, 2013 6:27AM



1. Lincoln-Way North’s O-line is good. Make that, very good. RB Julian Hylton has topped 2,100 yards rushing on the season. That’s not by accident. The Illinois recruit is a fast, powerful runner. And North’s offensive line has provided plenty of space for Hylton to do his thing. That was evident again during Friday’s 41-6 win over T.F. South. August Tholl, Nick Kramer, Conor Grove, Jonathan Todd and Pat Gallagher had their way with the Rebels defense. Todd and Gallagher tip the scales at 325 and 315 pounds, respectively. Todd and Gallagher are juniors, Kramer a sophomore.

2. The Richards defense is terrific. The Bulldogs overwhelmed Yorkville 44-0 Saturday during their Class 6A first-round tilt. It marked their fourth shutout in the past five games. Quite a streak. Savon Robinson has been a terror on the D-line, adding another three-sack performance to his dominant season.

3. The playoff monkey is off Marist’s back. After three consecutive one-and-done playoffs, Marist earned a convincing 64-28 win Friday over Plainfield South in a Class 8A opener. Nic Weishar made quite an impact. The Notre Dame recruit earns plenty of praise for his pass-catching skills, but his performance on defense Friday was one to remember: two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pick-six. He also had a touchdown catch. Not a bad day’s work.

Pat Disabato



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