I wasn't able to attend Weeks One, Two, Five, Seven, Ten (first round of the playoffs) or Twelve (quarterfinals). But I did make the best of the remaining five weeks of the regular season and two of the postseason, usually seeing a game on Friday night and one on Saturday. (In Week Eleven I was able to take in a game on Friday night, a second one on Saturday afternoon and a third on Saturday night. Nice!)
I tried to meet up with friends when possible, but that was rare. (It seems that some people have better things to do than go to a high school football game. Strange.) But I did strike up a number of really good conversations with other fans in the bleachers, many of whom -- like me -- had no dog in the fight whatsoever but were just out to see
Enough chatter; let's get to my 2012 season (home team, as always, in CAPS).
Cary-Grove 17, CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH 3
Saw my good buddy Scherps.
Marist 24, NAZARETH 21
Red Hawks kicked a field goal to win with no time left.
Glenbard West 28, HINSDALE CENTRAL 23
Hilltoppers came back to win after being down by ten at the half.
LOYOLA 41, Providence 21
Ramblers dominated the Celtics.
LINCOLN-WAY EAST 42, Bolingbrook 18
Saw Aaron Bailey go down but Tom Fuessel come up.
Crete-Monee 41, BLOOM 6
Met up with my pal Kevin. Also got to see Laquon Treadwell.
Loyola 30, MOUNT CARMEL 27 (on television)
Figured the Ramblers were For Real after this one.
GLENBARD NORTH 17, Wheaton North 15
Another excellent finish; Panthers won it on a field goal at the end.
LOYOLA 45, Brother Rice 0
Worst game of the year; left after it went to a running clock. (Also got rained on.)
KANELAND 33, Morris 30 (above)
Outstanding contest; so glad I didn't go to the Palatine - Schaumburg game that night. Looking forward to the rematch next year.
ST. PATRICK 42, St. Viator 30
Good game; Hanson Stadium is great on a warm, sunny fall day.
GLENBARD WEST 26, Downers Grove North 0 (second half)
Blowout; but always good to go out to Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn. Very civilized.
Week Eleven (Second Round):
Neuqua Valley 44, BOLINGBROOK 33
Was introduced to Joey Rhattigan. Wow.
Waubonsie Valley 28, OAK PARK RIVER FOREST 7
OPRF is a great place to see a game, even if the contests aren't always good.
LINCOLN-WAY EAST 24, Providence 14
Great show by the Griffins; I was convinced they'd take state.
Week Thirteen (Semifinals):
Glenbard North 27, LOYOLA 24
Surprised by the outcome; Justin Jackson ran all over the Ramblers.
Mount Carmel 26, NEUQUA 21
Surprised by the outcome; Caravan much better than I thought.
And then there was Champaign. I'll have to get to that in my next post.