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Big Games

5A 1st Round
Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) (7-2) @ Dixon (7-2)

What could be one of the best 1st round match ups of all 8 classes

4A 1st Round
Quincy (Notre Dame) (6-3) @ Rochester (8-1)
Both independent schools are meeting in the first round and for the first time this season. Quincy scheduled three tough teams from out of state, so you've got to like them for that. Rochester stayed in side the state for it's match ups which included 4 playoff teams.

3A 1st Round
Seneca(7-2) @Bloomington (Central Catholic)(7-2)

Last years quarter finalistSeneca, dropped 2 at the begining of the season and has stormed back winning 7 straight. Bloomington Central's 2 loses came at the hands of Big 30 ranked Pontiac & 3A powerhouse and front runner in the race to Champaign, Spring Valley (Hall) .

Playoff Outlook

Possible big games in "The Race to Champaign"

Title -Greenfieldvs. Hardin (Calhoun) - Why? Because lets face it, we all missed the first time they played together this year.

Semi finals - Sciota (West Prairie) vs. #21 Melrose Park (Walther Lutheran)

Quarter finals - LeRoy vs. St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) - possible rematch from week #8 which LeRoy won 18-14.

Title - Pontiac vs. Benton - Because undefeated teams are always cool in the title game.
2nd round -Oregon vs. Huntley - Last years runner up vs. this years surprise runner.

Quarterfinals -Joliet (Catholic)vs. Riverside (R.-Brookfield) - Last year R-B coach Otto Zeman said the Bulldog offense was made to play JC. Guess what he's saying this year?

Title -Joliet (Catholic)vs. Morris - Could be the biggest crowd for a title game. Can you feel the love there?

Semifinals - Oak Lawn (Richards) vs. Rock Island (H.S.)
Title - Oak Lawn (Richards) vs.New Lenox (Providence)(This is the game we realy want to see. Don't lie. You do too.)

Title -Chicago (Mt. Carmel)vs. Chicago (Hubbard) - In the event this happens, Mayor Daley is willing to allow the Peotone airport deal, if Governor Ryan will force the IHSA to have this game at Soldier Field.

Title - Park Ridge (Maine South) vs. Naperville Central - After 7 games in two days, will anybody still be in Champaign? Actually there are still reports of the 2000 Maine South fans partying at the White Horse.

2001 Regular Season Big Games


Week #9

Fri 7pm
Bloomington (Central Catholic)(7-1) @ Spring Valley (Hall) (7-1)

Friday night in Spring Valley two of the top rated teams in 3A will square off, as the Saints of BCC take on the Red Devils of Hall. Both teams are an impressive 7-1 with their lone loses coming at the hands of Big 30 ranked teams. Central Catholic lost to #21 Pontiac & Hall lost to #12 Rochelle.

Fri 7:30
Morris (8-0) @Plainfield (Central)(7-1)

Both teams are 6-0 in conference play in theSuburban Prairie (North)and will be looking to win the conference title.

Fri 5:30
Huntley (7-1) @Stillman Valley(6-2)

Huntley is having an impressively surprising season. Not many critics predicted them... actually no one predicted they would go from 1-8 to a possible 8-1. All they need to do now is knock off repeat 2A State Champs Stillman Valley to make the miraculous turn around and capture the Big Northern (White) conference title.

Week #7

Sat 10/6 7pm @ Gately Stadium
#5New Lenox (Providence)(6-0) @ #2Chicago (Mt. Carmel)(6-0)

Can't make it to Champaign over the holiday season to watch the state finals? Then make this game which is a classic match up of Catholic Metro power houses and a repeat of lasts years 5A game.

Providence will be looking to get the MC monkey off it's back. They have yet to win any of the 5 match ups between the 2 teams. Two of the 5 were state final games and two more went into overtime.

Mt. Carmel has handed decisive losses to #4Joliet (Catholic), previously ranked and south side rivalChicago (St. Rita), as well as a tough Oak Park (Fenwick).

Providence has knock off #14Bolingbrook, St. Rita & Fenwick also, behind the break away running of Mike Mentz, who has compiled a few 200 plus games rushing this season. But, the Caravan D led by captain Niall Campbell & Tom Treadway will be looking to slow him down. Caravan coach Frank Lenti has amassed 204 wins over his tenure and Providence coach Matt Senffner has 251.

Fri 10/5 7:30 pm @ North Central College
#1 Naperville Central (6-0) vs #23 Naperville (North) (4-2)

Last year this match up drew 15,000 fans. This year the match up may have lost some of it's luster now that North has dropped to 4-2, but just remember this is the DuPage Valley conference, and nothing is over till the seasons over.

Central will have a bone to pick, since the 2000 preseason Hawks were picked to go all the way and North ended that in the quarter finals, before being knocked off themselves by DVC sleeper Glendbard North.

Fri 10/5 7pm
#10 Harvey (Thornton) (6-0) @ #29 New Lenox (Lincoln Way Central)
The SICA (Blue) is starting to resemble it's western suburb counterpartDuPage Valley conference. With L-W Central, Thornton, Sandburg & Lockport all being ranked in the Big 30.

The Knights are looking to remain a top seed come playoff time. Thornton is looking to step up now that Lincoln-Way doesn't have the same number of students to draw from. After loosing to #19 Orland Park (Sandburg) & #28 Lockport (Twp.), the Knights will be looking for an upset of their own.

Week #6

Fri 9/28 7pm
Carthage(5-0) @ #30 Sciota (West Prairie) (5-0)

A great matchup, that's a repeat of lasts years 1A state finals which Carthage won 14-0. Carthage finished the season 13-1 though and that only loss was from a week four 23-22 victory by Sciota which stopped Carthage's 31 game winning streak. Sciota has the the most points scored by any team in the state 306, and have allowed the fewest 8.

Fri 9/28 7:45pm
#18 Woodstock (H.S.) (5-0) @ McHenry (5-0)

Week #5

Fri 9/21
#4 Park Ridge (Maine South) (4-0) @ #27 Winnetka (New Trier)

South's chance at an undefeated season and their shot at the Central Suburban (South) conference title was dashed last year by the Trevians, but Maine South got the last laugh when they won the 6A title. This is a great matchup any season. The only game more competitive for New Trier is with neighboring town #30Wilmette (Loyola Academy), who've they lost to already this season. Don't think they'll just lay down for the Red Hawks who face New Trier this year on their turf.

Fri 7:45

Bloomington (Central Catholic)(4-0) @ Pontiac (3-1)

Last year a tough Pontiac team that made the semifinals in 4A, almost fell to a inexperienced junior laden Saints team in a 21-7 win, where the score didn't really reflect the closeness of the game. Central Catholic is ready to claim the conference title this season, but Pontiac is no push over this year. Look for a hard nose smash mouth game as the Saints travel to Pontiac.

Fri 7:30

#6 Naperville (North) (4-0) @Carol Stream (Glenbard North)(3-1)

The Battle of "RE's" as in REspect & REvenge

Most DuPage Valley conference match-ups are spectacular, add in the fact that Glenbard North beat Naperville North 22-12 for the right to play in the 6A state finals and you've got a classic game. Glenbard North was the real sleeper team last year. They got no respect from most polls until they made the finals. Guess what? This year is no different. The Panthers will be looking for respect & the Huskies will be looking for revenge.

Week #3

Fri 9/7

Chicago (Dunbar) (2-0) @ Sterling (H.S.) (2-0)

Dunbar will be looing to knock off it's third non-city team. While Sterling will be looking to stay undefeated before going into the conference games of the season where al but one of the NCIC Northeast teams are undefeated as well.

Gilman (Iroquois West) (2-0) @ St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) (2-0)

Iroquois has the highest points for/points against ratio in the state at 50.5. They've racked up 101 points to nothing. St. Joe's will be to stay undefeated in theSangamon Valley (Red)where 4 other teams have 2-0 records as well.

Sat. 9/8

Chicago (Mt. Carmel)vs.Chicago (St. Rita)@ Gately

This game was suppose to be played at Ekersall, but the hype set up a change of venue. Expect to see Mt. Carmel in the big game a few more times, as playing in the CMC Blue is as close to you can get to the playoffs before October.


Week #2

Game of the Week

Sat 9/1 3pm
Joliet (Catholic)@
Chicago (Mt. Carmel)
A week #2 match up between 4A state champs & 5A state champs featuring the running of J.R. Zwierzynski, with Graig Tomasino at quarterback & big tight end Mike Kolodziej for Joliet. Mt. Carmel will set of with QB John Mulchrome & big play receiver Enrique Cook. Sure, this sounds a lot like week #2 2000, but it's not. Welcome to 2001.

So what's different this year? Joliet has a winning streak versus Mt. Carmel and they're no longer an underdog. This season it will be the only advantage or disadvantage for either team. Regardless who wins this one it's almost a guarantee that these two teams will butt heads once again if they both manage to stay in 6A for the playoffs.

Things to watch for;
Hard nose football. A fake punt might be the most unorthodoxed play you'll see. Both teams are taking this game about an inch shy as serious as a title game. The ball however is in Mt. Carmel's court, they're not a team that likes to lose and definitely not to the same team three times in a row. If JC wins this game it could be a the exclamation mark on their return to the dominance they experienced in the 70's.


Friday 8/31

Spring Valley (Hall) @Wilmington

Saturday 9/1

New Lenox (Providence)@Bolingbrook


Week #1

Friday 8/24

Metamora @Geneseo

7:45 pm
Aurora (West Aurora)@Aurora (East Aurora)

7:15 pm
Chicago (Hubbard) @ Orland Park (Sandburg)

Harrisburg @ Mt. Carmel

Saturday 8/25

6pm @ Illinois Wesleyan University
Springfield (S.H.G.) vs. Riverside (R.-Brookfield)


Big Games Regular Season 2001

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