Past 3A Champions
2005 3A Playoff Central
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2005 Title Game Date & Time; Nov. 25th 4 pm
Favorites to win the title;Spring Valley
(Bureau Valley)(9-0), , DuQuoin (9-0) &Tolono
Favorites to win the title;
Manlius (Bureau Valley)(9-0) - Last years runner-ups are right back in the title hunt.
DuQuoin (9-0) - The Indians have been lead by head coach Al Martin since 1988. He's compiled a 185-34 record over that time, along with 2 titles in 5 final games. DuQuoin will have it's hands full making it back as there are 3 other undefeated teams in the top half if the bracket. The Indians will look to get some big yardage from running backs Seth Milam (5'10 160 sr.), Nolen McIntire (5'10 180 sr.) & Ridge Thompson (5'10 160 jr.) as well as some big hits from Dusty Jaroski (LB 6' 190 sr.) & Milam at DB. With a some big wins contributing to their 9-0 record (28-21 over 4A Harrisburg 8-1), the Indians are poised to make another run for Champaign.
Tolono (Unity)(9-0) - The Rockets are undefeated again as they go undefeated. With hard fought wins over St. Joseph-Ogden, Mater Dei & Quincy (Notre Dame), this Unity team has been well tested for playoff battle.
Carmi (C.-White County)(9-0) - The Bulldogs slid in as one of our favorites to win the title. With 5 regular season opponents making the playoffs & an offense that is averaging 44 points a game using the classic single wing formation. Don't think that since we used the word "classic" that we're talking about a strictly running game. Senior quarterback Chase Kittinger (6'2 180) set a school record in week 8 when he threw 5 TDs in one game againstElkville (Elverado). With the exceptions of the Dogs first 2 games versus Johnston City (7-2) &Carterville(8-1), they have been rushing for at least 200 plus yards a game. The Bulldogs are the only team in the favorite list for 3A that hasn't been in a finals game with in the last 3 years (Carmi has never made a finals game to date).
Other Title Threats;
Carterville(8-1) - Carterville has been tearing it up on offense & shutting teams down on defense. They've averaged a 3A best 44 points a game on offense and with the only allowing 11 points a defense, they've also out scored opponents by 33 points a game. With their lone loss to Carmi-White County by a point in week #2, the Lions haven't faltered since and have bested 4 other playoff teams. Running back Tyler Harrell is one of the offensive weapons the Lions have and will need to use to a full extent if they plan on winning games with their rushing attack.
Wilmington(8-1) - They say defense wins championships. Well the Wildcats have one of the best defenses in the state, let alone 3A. The Cats have given up just 7 points a game and have shut out 4 teams this year. Their lone loss came from dark horse Plano by way of a 27-24 overtime loss. The Cats will have their hands full as they could face Plano again in round 2, Hall in the quarter finals then Tolono (Unity) or St. Joes-Ogden in the Semi-finals.
The Dark Horses;
3A Team stats