...saw the Caravan of Mt. Carmel roll over upstart Marist, 42-7, making a liar out of at least one Chicago-area blogger. To make matters worse, in 7A top-seeded Glenbard West made light work out of Downers Grove North, 35-7. This puts me into an 0-for-2 hole to begin the quarterfinals weekend. Ouch!
The 8A match-up was seen by a standing-room-only crowd estimated at 8,000 at Gately Stadium on the city's South Side. Mt. Carmel will now play the winner of Saturday's game between dark horse Hinsdale Central and Catholic League rival Brother Rice. If Mt. Carmel is victorious next week it could set up a showdown with no. 1 Maine South in the 8A finals. Remember how I said Maine South was beatable? The last time these two teams met was in last year's quarterfinals, when the Caravan eliminated the Hawks, 21-14.
The Hilltoppers of Glenbard West defeated Downers Grove North for the second time this season and have now scored 91 points in their last two playoff games. They will host the winner of Saturday's game between St. Rita and East St. Louis.