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Past 6A Champions

2006
2005 Morris (14-0)
2004New Lenox (Providence)(13-1)
2003Mundelein (Carmel)(14-0)
2002Chicago (Mt. Carmel)(13-1)
2001New Lenox (Providence)(14-0)
2000Park Ridge (Maine South)(13-1)
1999Naperville Central (14-0)
1998Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)(14-0)
1997 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way) (14-0)
1996Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)(13-1)
1995Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)(12-2)
1994Flossmoor (Homewood-F.)(13-1)
1993Wilmette (Loyola Academy)(12-2)
1992Naperville (North)(12-2)
1991East St. Louis (Sr.)(13-1)
1990 Harvey (Thornton) (12-2)
1989East St. Louis (Sr.)(14-0)
1988Chicago (Mt. Carmel)(14-0)
1987Arlington Heights (Hersey)(12-2)
1986Buffalo Grove(14-0)
1985East St. Louis (Sr.)(14-0)
1984East St. Louis (Sr.)(13-0)
1983East St. Louis (Sr.)(13-0)
1982Burbank (Reavis)(12-1)
1981Chicago (Brother Rice)(11-2)
1980Chicago (Gordon Tech)(12-1)

Welcome to Playoff Central. IHSFW.com gives you an in depth look at how the playoffs may take shape, by putting you right in the middle of our information control room. We break down who we think is the best bet to win it all and who are the most likely challengers. We also give you a list of the dark horse teams, or sleepers. Those teams that are overlooked throughout the year, but may sneak up o you in the playoffs or those pesky 6-3 & 5-4 teams that don't know when to quit. You can also get the latest info on what games you shouldn't miss each round in "The Big Game" & who the best teams in the state are regardless of class "The Big 30".

Brackets & Scores
1A / 2A / 3A / 4A / 5A / 6A / 7A / 8A

2006 Title Game Date & Time; Nov. 25th 10 am

Last Years Champ; Morris (14-0) Runner-up; Normal (Community)(12-2)

Favorites to win the title; Normal (Community) 9-0 & Cary (C.-Grove) 9-0
Other Title Threats; Batavia 8-1 & Oak Lawn (Richards) 8-1
The Dark Horses; Joliet (Catholic) 6-3, Morris 6-3, & Chicago (Hubbard) 7-2

Favorites to win the title;
Normal (Community) 9-0 - The only team in the state that has a better defense than the Ironmen is the #5 Trojans of Cary-Grove. And if all things work out these two teams will be facing off Thanksgiving weekend. The Ironmen bring back some of the talent that helped them almost steal the title from heavily favored Morris last year. Sam Smith, Kirkland Grant & Austin Kull are just some of the veterans returning to the post season with the Ironmen. Junior running back Austin Davis is another piece of the puzzle which could give Normal their first state title. Normal's QB Omar Clayton has been a welcome addition to the team as well.

Cary (C.-Grove) 9-0 - The Trojans have the stingiest defense in the state. Giving up a field goal a game for the most part. The Grove is looking to have a good shot at a return trip to the finals after finishing 2nd in 2004. The biggest question remaining for the Trojans is how will they do out side of the Fox Valley conference. With every game played between another conference team, Cary-Grove's first playoff game will be it's first test out side of the conference.


Other Title Threats;
Batavia 8-1 - Batavia was a preseason pick to win the Western Sun conference, but an upset by 5A Kaneland all but stopped that from happening. The Bulldogs pulled it together and thanks to a Kaneland loss in week 8, were able to tie for the conference championship by beating Geneva in week 9. If luck is on their side, 1st & 2nd round upsets could play in their favor sending them closer to Champaign. With an 8-1 record and the number 5 seed in their bracket, the Bulldogs could end up in the quarterfinals where they most likely would have to take out Cary-Grove.

Oak Lawn (Richards) 8-1 - These Bulldogs are no strangers to the playoffs. Making their 22 in a row, it's no wonder head coach Gary Korhonen didn't his 300th career victory before this season. With a bracket that could have them facing the usual group of their South Suburban conference teams, Richards could be in the semifinals before you know it.


The Dark Horses;
Joliet (Catholic) 6-3 & Morris 6-3 - While we're sure that most of their fans will hate the fact that not only do we not have either team as a favorite or a title threat. The fact that we're doing a write up of them together should get the tensions flowing as well. While these two might not be undefeated again like they were in last years epic quarterfinals match up, we can almost bet that Morris' field will once again be over flowing with football fans. Both teams are nowhere near as dominating as they were last year, but come playoff time both need to be respected. The Hilltoppers could have a better chance at going deep in the playoffs, if they could get past Morris who gave beat them 27-20 in week 2. Ask Pontiac and Riverside-Brookfield about the Hilltoppers ability to win in the playoffs. Of course neither team will be getting far after the 1st round unless they figure out a way to score on Normal Community, who is one of the top teams in the state, not just 6A.

Chicago (Hubbard) 7-2 - Last season 6A semifinalist have a tough road ahead of them. And while their season opening loss to #9 St. Rita was a red mark against them, the 26-23 loss to Simeon was a shock, but the fact of the matter is the Greyhounds still have the top running back in the state in Robert Hughes and could do some serious damage in 6A if the rest of the team chips in.

 

 

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