There are more than 500 high school football teams in the state of Illinois. Two-hundred fifty-six of those teams have been selected to compete in this years postseason. Those 256 teams have been broken down further into eight groups of 32. The winner from each of those eight classes will be crowned a state champion.
Six teams from our immediate area will be competing for that coveted title. Three teams from the NIC-10 will be playing in the class 7A division. The undefeated (9-0) Boylan Titans will face the Mt. Prospect Knights (5-4) in an opening round home game.
The Guilford Vikings (7-2) will have a rematch with the Hononegah Indians (7-2) in their first-round game. The Vikings lost to the Indians in week five of the regular season, 37-9. The winner of this game could possibly meet up with Boylan in a second-round game if Boylan beats the Knights.
The Belvidere Bucs (7-2) will represent the NIC-10 in the class 5A division. They will play host to the Wauconda Bulldogs (7-2).
Rockford Christian and Rockford Christian Life also made the playoffs. Both teams have enrollment numbers that would put them in the 1A division, but because of the private school multiplier used by the Illinois High School Association, both teams were bumped up to the 3A division.
The Rockford Christian Royals (5-4) will go on the road to face Aurora Christian (9-0). The Christian Life Eagles (5-4) will also be on the road to play another undefeated team, the No. 1 state ranked team in class 3A, St. Joseph Ogden (9-0).
At press time, the IHSA had not released the dates and times of the opening-round games. That information is now available on their Web site, www.IHSA.org.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the Oct. 24-30, 2007, issue