First-round playoffs notebook

Before moving onto the second round of the playoffs, let’s take one last look back at the players and teams that stood out in the first round during a memorable weekend in Illinois high school football.

Playoff stars

  • Aurora Christian wide receiver Chad Beebe had 10 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s win over Kewanee in Class 3A.

  • Naperville Central running back Matt Randolph rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Minooka in Class 8A.

  • Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ win over Neuqua Valley in Class 8A.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South running back Dan Vitale rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the Tigers’ 23-16 win over Providence in Class 7A.

  • Richards running back Marcus Smith rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Hyde Park in Class 6A.

  • Nazareth running back Joshua Moore rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s win over Deerfield in Class 6A.

  • Crete-Monee wide receiver LaQuan Treadwell had six receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Bloomington in Class 6A.

  • Lakes running back Direll Clark rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, on 41 carries in his team’s win over Rolling Meadows in Class 6A.

  • Palatine’s Cam Kuska intercepted two passes and caught two touchdown passes in his team’s win over Proviso West in Class 8A.

    10 best first-round games

    Batavia 35, Notre Dame 28 in 6A: Top-seeded Batavia saw its season nearly end in the opening round. Down 28-7 at halftime, the Bulldogs rallied with four second-half touchdown passes by Noel Gaspari to pull off the comeback win.

    Carmel 28, Addison Trail 20 in 7A: Carmel held Addison Trail 12 yards short of scoring a touchdown in the game’s final seconds to pull out the win. The Corsairs had lost two previous games on last-second plays this season.

    Grant 19, Antioch 7 in 6A: Grant accounted for Antioch’s only two losses of the season. Grant rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the win this time around.

    Lake 38, Rolling Meadows 35 in 6A: Lake running back Direll Clark scored on a 9-yard run with 42 seconds left to give his team the win.

    Lockport 18, Simeon 15 in 8A: Down 12-0 at halftime, Lockport gambled with an onside kick to start the second half and recovered it. The Porters scored on the drive and continued the momentum the rest of the half.

    Oak Forest 48, T.F. North 26 in 6A: Oak Forest overcame a 20-0 deficit for the win. The Bengals outscored T.F. North 42-6 in the second half.

    Lyons 45, Bartlett 42 in 8A: Lyons fought back from a 25-point deficit for the upset. The Lions outscored Bartlett 28-7 in the second half. Matthew Harris scored the game-winner with an 18-yard touchdown with 2:42 remaining.

    Glenbard North 27, Barrington 21 in 8A: Glenbard North quarterback Brian Murphy only completed two passes, but one was the game-winner to tight end Logan Henshall in the fourth quarter. It was Henshall’s first career varsity reception.

    Stevenson 31, York 28 in 8A: Stevenson nearly blew a 31-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but was able to stop York on its final drive to secure the win. Stevenson has had seven games decided by seven points or less.

    Homewood-Flossmoor 48, Marist 28 in 8A: As expected, this was an offensive battle. Tied at 21 at half, Homewood-Flossmoor took the upper hand in the second half by forcing two turnovers inside Marist’s red zone.

    Sneak peek at the second round

    Mount Carmel (7-3) at Bolingbrook (9-1) in 8A: These are two of the premier Class 8A programs. One won’t be standing after the weekend.

    Brother Rice (7-3) at Downers Grove South (9-1) in 8A: Brother Rice’s Martez Walker and Downers Grove South’s Josh Williams are two of the state’s top running backs.

    Maine South (10-0) at Stevenson (8-2) in 8A: Maine South defeated Stevenson in the Class 8A quarterfinals last season.

    Palatine (9-1) at Glenbard North (7-3) in 8A: Glenbard North took out one Mid-Suburban League team last week. Can it take out another this week?

    Wheaton Warrenville South (7-3) at Lincoln-Way East (10-0) in 7A: Lincoln-Way East is considered a state title contender. Wheaton Warrenville South is the two-time defending champ.

    Lake Zurich (8-2) at Glenbard West (10-0) in 7A: These are two of the best defenses in the state. Both have been to the state title game in the last few years.

    Crystal Lake South (9-1) at Carmel (7-3) in 7A: Crystal Lake South’s defense against Carmel’s offense should be a fun one.

    Lake Forest (8-2) at Batavia (10-0) in 6A: Batavia will need a better showing than the first round to advance to the quarterfinals.

    Cary-Grove (8-2) at Nazareth (8-2) in 6A: Both these teams have what it takes to make a state championship run.

    Joliet Catholic (8-2) at Morris (9-1) in 5A: These are two traditional power programs going at each other.

    Tinley Park (8-2) at Marian Central (10-0) in 5A: This has the making of an interesting game if Tinley Park’s offense can get going against a tough Marian Central team.