The Illinois High School Football Playoffs got under way Friday and Saturday, and the Fox Valley acquitted itself fairly well, with high-ranking teams taking care of business and a couple of surprising upsets from the lower seeds. Here are the pairings for Round 2 next weekend.
#2 and #3 seeds South Elgin and Neuqua Valley moved on as expected, and Central beat North in the Battle of Naperville. Central now faces #1 seed Loyola. Both Oswego teams lost to higher seeds. Here’s what’s on tap for next weekend:
No. 18 Marist (7-3) at No. 2 South Elgin (10-0)
No. 19 Palatine (7-3) at No. 3 Neuqua Valley (9-1)
No. 17 Naperville Central (7-3) at No. 1 Loyola (10-0)
Top seed Batavia cruised to victory, while #26 Geneva pulled a major upset in defeating #7 Collinsville 28-21. #19 Jacobs also pulled a mild upset, beating #14 Hersey 48-20. #29 Elgin (Larkin) was walloped by #4 Wheaton North. Coming up:
No. 17 Chicago Mt. Carmel (7-3) at No. 1 Batavia (10-0)
No. 26 Geneva (6-4) at No. 10 St. Rita (9-1)
No. 19 Jacobs (7-3) at No. 3 Normal Community (10-0)>
Playoff regular Kaneland got bounced early while #11 Marmion pulled a stunning upset over #6 Chicago Comer 53-8 to move on. Here’s what next weekend looks like:
No. 14 Nazareth Academy (6-4) at No. 11 Marmion (7-3)
Dates and times will be updated when available.