Washington finished off its perfect football season with a lopsided win over East Peoria. The Mid Illini champion Panthers have been the AP Poll #1-rated team in Class 5A all season. However, Washington got bumped to Class 6A in the playoffs and drew a program that’s won 10 state football championships. The IHSA seeding formula did neither Washington, nor Mid Illini second place team, Metamora, any favors.
9-0 Washington hosts New Lenox Providence Catholic Friday night at 7 pm, our Super Nutrition Red Zone Game of the week. 8-1 Metamora plays host on Saturday night to 5-4 Joliet Catholic, the 13-time state champion.
The Panthers foe, 15th-seeded Providence Catholic, is 5-4, but one of those losses was a forfeit. The Celtics have won 10 state football titles, most recently in 2014 in Class 7A. Listen for the pregame show at 6:30 pm, with Panthers HFC Darrell Crouch’s interview and the return of Tony Johnson as color analyst.
Tom Meredith returns to follow unbeaten Princeville into the playoffs. the 9-0 Princes host 5-4 Polo, the fourth-place team from the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference, also kicking at 7 pm. Princeville is a top seed in the Northern bracket in Class 1A and hopess to improve on last year’s quarterfinal finish.
Dunlap and Morton are on the road in the first round, as are Notre Dame and IVC, all playing on Friday night. Farmington, Elmwood Brimfield and Eureka are hosting games on Saturday.
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