16 teams fight for a state title in class 6A football playoffs


Colin Crane

Posters created by students in support of Lemont’s football team

Colin Crane, Staff Writer

With the second round approaching, 16 teams will face off and compete for a chance at a state title. In the north side of the class 6A bracket, number one ranked Wauconda will face off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 against 7-3 Notre Dame after Wauconda’s staggering 56-6 win over Schurz.

The four seed St Ignatius will also kick off at 7 p.m. against 12 seeded Grayslake Central. Grayslake Central upset Belvidere North in a close 28-27 win to advance. On Saturday, 9-1 Crystal Lake will go up against seven seeded Kaneland. Finally, 9-1 Grayslake North will be paired up against 7-3 Harlem to round out the north side of the bracket.

Going down south, undefeated Lemont will face off against 8-2 Quincy after Quincy upset eighth seeded Glenwood. At the same time, 13 seeded Kenwood will play 9-1 Bremen after an astonishing 56-0 upset against the four seeded Perspectives. Another undefeated team, Simeon, will go up against 8-2 Crete Monee at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., number three Normal West will face off against 8-2 East St. Louis after ESL’s staggering 71-0 win over Richards.

So who has the best chance at bringing a state title to their school? Both number one and two seeds have a strong presence, but there are many other teams that can pose a threat to those teams in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. Teams like 8-2 Crete Monee and six seeded East St. Louis could very well upset their opponents this weekend and advance to the quarterfinals.

St Ignatius could also be a tough opponent for Wauconda if they both make it to the quarterfinals. There are also teams that could upset their high ranked opponents despite their low seeds. Teams like 13 seed Kenwood and eight seed Notre Dame could both make their way into the quarterfinals if they beat their opponents, who are both better seeded.