|Minnesota-bound Chris Streveler.|
First of all, Fenwick was defeated on the road by defending 7A champion Rockford Boylan, 22-21, with no time left on the clock. Peter Cimino fielded a Friar punt on his own 10-yard line with ten seconds remaining and dashed 90 yards for a touchdown. The Titans then converted for two points for the win. Sounds like a great game, huh? But even though Fenwick's season is over, new head coach Gene Nudo turned the program around and will have them in the hunt next year.
In 5A, Minnesota recruit Chris Streveler, above, led Marian Central to a victory over Woodstock North, 41-20. The Hurricanes will now face Montini, the team that eliminated them from the playoffs in each of the last three years. This time could be different, however, as Marian Central already beat the Broncos in Week Seven, 49-24.
In 8A, Maine South defeated Conant, 27-13, and will host Glenbard North next week. This could be the first big test of the year for the Hawks as the Panthers have won their last ten games in a row. Loyola, meanwhile, beat Bartlett, 31-7, and will host Palatine next week. Finally, Lyons bested O'Fallon and will entertain Mount Carmel in LaGrange.
I expect at least one of these 8A games to end in an upset. Either Maine South, Loyola or Mount Carmel is going down.
(The other contest in 8A next week is Waubonsie Valley at Neuqua Valley, which is a shame, because either team is capable of taking the crown in Champaign.)
Finally, in 7A, Benet defeated Oswego, 28-13, and will now travel to Downers Grove North. If the Redwings keep their Cinderella drive alive they could face Lincoln-Way East in the semifinals. (But I'm not sure they'd want to.)