Here’s to Round 2, where hopefully our local area teams are much like Rocky Balboa, where the later rounds are where they hurt the opponent and ultimately win.
All except for two area juggernauts, Bartlett and Jacobs, area teams won as planned. Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South were victorious, Prairie Ridge and Marian Central handled things in the first round of the IHSA playoffs.
Burlington Central, Crystal Lake Central, Streamwood, and Woodstock North’s seasons came to an abrupt end while Jacobs laid a huge egg in Wheaton.
But it was Bartlett that shocked the Fox Valley area by blowing a 25-point lead in a 45-42 loss to Lyons at Millennium Field in Streamwood Saturday night.
Air Force-bound quarterback A.J. Bilyeu found Lorenzo Mitchell for a 25-yard TD to put the Hawks up 35-10 in the second quarter and all looked sweet sailing for Bartlett, the No. 4 seed in 8A’s lower bracket. The Hawks took a 35-17 lead into halftime but scored once in the second half as head coach Tom Meaney watched his group completely fell apart.
Bartlett allowed 21-unanswered by Lyons in the fourth quarter and put their faith in kicker Ian Dobek, who’s 27-yard game-tying field goal as time expired missed. The Hawks allowed Lyons to go home with an improbable, upset win and prematurely ended their season in the process.
“We were in control in the first half,” Bartlett coach Tom Meaney told the Daily Herald’s Lauren Recchia after the game. “We just didn’t score enough points in the second half, and that’s the bottom line I guess.”
I’m not sure how many can remember Week 1 in the Fox Valley but Bartlett lost to Wheaton North (Jacobs, ring a bell?) on a touchdown pass on the final play. Ironic like in Week 1 of the playoffs, Bartlett takes the foot off the pedal again and this time pays severely.
The Hawks are a good group a kids led by a great coach in Meaney, but this will eat at them for a very long time.
Bartlett would have had a home game against No.5 Glenbrook South and possibly a quarterfinal berth at No. 1 Loyola Academy if Bartlett held up their end of the bargain.
Instead of a deeper playoff runs for both Bartlett and Jacobs, who lost to Wheaton North 28-0 and filed their third loss in four tries, goes home early from the playoff party.
What does the Dos Equis guy say in the ad? The after party is the one he’s going to? Well, the other side of his pillow is cold, he bowls overhand and his looks can disarm you. So whatever he’s doing, South, Prairie Ridge, Cary-Grove and Marian Central need to do as well, minus the alcohol. Kids, you’re too young.
The Game of the Week goes to South and Carmel and these are two juggernauts. South will have their hands full. The Corsairs are just two points away from a 9-1 season and nearly average 40 points a game.
The Gator defense will be well-tested. Full back Jordan Kos is set to break the all-time Carmel rushing record (3,500 yards) and quarterback Brian Brennan has over 1,000 all-purpose yards running the option. But the Gators have faced the option quite a lot this season and Addison Trail held Carmel to just 28 points, giving CLS some hope for Friday night. Addison Trail held teams to 5.3 points a game and recorded 4 consecutive shutouts during one stretch prior to Carmel’s win last weekend.
Who wants a rematch of Week 9’s thriller between Cary-Grove and Prairie Ridge?
I do! I do!
Prairie Ridge should have no problem with Glenbard South. The Wolves beat the Raiders 55-12 to open the season and will go to Glen Ellyn one more time to put the Raiders away for good. The win will set up a possible D-155 quarterfinal at Prairie Ridge if Cary-Grove can win on Saturday against Nazareth Academy.
The Roadrunners have signature wins over Joliet Catholic and Marist on the road. Nazareth’s loss against Carmel 27-3 in Week 2 and haven’t played the likes of a Cary-Grove since their win over the Hilltoppers.
Cary-Grove’s win over Prairie Ridge in overtime has propelled the Trojans and gave them the shot in the arm they needed after a 7-2 record and losses to Jacobs and South midway through the season.
I’m taking C-G to set up the ultimate rematch in Crystal Lake next weekend. Figure 5,000-6,000 people at the least at Prairie Ridge.
5A’s No. 2 Marian Central should do work against No. 7 Tinley Park which also sets up another dream quarterfinal with the Hurricanes and Broncos of Montini.
If all system’s go for the quarterfinals, this could be the setup for next week:
Crystal Lake South vs. Boylan at CLS
Prairie Ridge vs. Cary-Grove at PR
Montini and Marian Central at Montini.
Let’s all hope!
The Five Cents Round 2 Picks
Last week: 5-3
Playoffs overall: 29-14
Season: 71-19 – Season & Playoffs: 76-22
No. 7 Tinley Park (8-2) at No. 2 Marian Central (10-0) – Saturday 5 p.m. – Winner: Hurricane
No. 6 Cary-Grove (8-2) at No. 3 Nazareth Academy (9-1) – Saturday 1 p.m. – Winner: Trojan
No. 2 Prairie Ridge (9-1) at No. 10 Glenbard South (7-3) – Saturday 7 p.m. – Winner: Wolf
THE FIVE CENTS GAME OF THE WEEK
Class 7A – No. 3 Crystal Lake South (9-1) at No. 11 Carmel (7-3) – Friday 7 p.m.