Rockford unbeatens lead IHSA football playoff pairings

UPDATED: Tuesday, Oct. 28

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Eight Rockford high school football teams, including a pair of unbeatens, will play in the first round of the IHSA Football Playoffs this weekend.

In Division 4A, top-seeded Rockford Lutheran (9-0), led by running back James Robinson, hosts No. 16 Chicago Payton (4-5) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. In Division 1A, No. 8 Hebron visits Rockford Christian Life (9-0) for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Nov. 1.

Elsewhere, No. 16 Belvidere (5-4) visits No. 1 Geneseo (9-0) at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, for a first-round 5A contest. No. 16 Rockford Boylan (5-4) travels to Nazareth Saturday for a 6 p.m., kickoff in 6A. Another 6A matchup pits No. 4 Belvidere North (8-1) against No. 13 Lake Forest (6-3) in Belvidere Friday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Three other NIC-10 teams will battle in Division 7A Saturday. At 1 p.m., the No. 7 Harlem Huskies (7-2) host Carmel (6-3). Conference co-champion, No. 5 Hononegah (8-1), will attempt to avenge its regular-season loss to Auburn when they host the No. 12 Knights (6-3) at 4 p.m. Auburn edged Hononegah 21-14 at home Sept. 26. Hononegah shared the 2014 NIC-10 title with Belvidere North.

Other area schools competing in the postseason include Byron, Dakota, DeKalb, Lena-Winslow, Stockton, Freeport Aquin, North Boone, Oregon, Pearl City, and Sycamore.

Following is the IHSA Playoffs Round 1 schedule.

IHSA – FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1
1A

#8 Alden-Hebron (5-4) at #1 Rockford Christian Life (9-0), Saturday, 2pm
#5 Lena-Winslow (6-3) at #4 Stockton (7-2), TBA
#7 Warren (5-4) at #2 Galena (7-2), TBA
#6 Dakota (5-4) at #3 Freeport Aquin (7-2), Saturday 1pm
#5 Ottawa Marquette (7-2) at #4 Polo (7-2), Saturday 2pm
#7 Fulton (6-3) at #2 Forreston (8-1), Saturday 6pm

2A
#8 Amboy-LaMoille (5-4) at #1 Eastland-Pearl City (9-0), Saturday 5pm

3A
#8 Aurora Christian (5-4) at #1 Sterling Newman (9-0), Saturday 2pm
#5 Chicago Raby (5-4) at #4 Oregon (5-4), Friday 7:30pm
#7 Byron (5-4) vs. #2 Chicago Bowen (8-1), Saturday 12pm (at Gately Stadium)
#6 North Boone (5-4) vs. #3 Chicago Harper (6-3), Saturday 3:30pm (at Gately Stadium)

4A
#16 Chicago Payton (4-5) at #1 Rockford Lutheran (9-0), Friday, 7pm
#10 Mendota (6-3) at #7 Coal City (7-2), Friday 7pm
#11 Richmond-Burton (6-3) at #6 Dixon (7-2), Saturday 1pm

5A
#16 Belvidere (5-4) at #1 Geneseo (9-0), Saturday 1pm
#12 Sycamore (5-4) vs. #5 Chicago Westinghouse (7-2), Friday 7pm (at Lane Stadium)
#10 Sterling (6-3) at #7 Burlington Central (6-3), Saturday 1pm

6A
#16 Boylan (5-4) at #1 Nazareth (9-0), Saturday 6pm
#13 Lake Forest (6-3) at #4 Belvidere North (8-1), Friday 7:30pm
#15 Marmion (6-3) at #2 DeKalb (8-1), Friday 7pm

7A
#12 Auburn (6-3) at #5 Hononegah (8-1), Saturday 4pm
#10 Carmel (6-3) at #7 Harlem (7-2), Saturday 1pm

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