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by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL

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The playoffs are right around the corner for Illinois high school football and for some, this weeks' games are make or break. Who will get in and who may be left out... In addition, the public league started their playoffs Thursday... many teams proved they belong, while others, well... they hope for a bid Saturday night to play one more game for the State title.

Loyola 34, St. Rita 7
In a word, domination.

The Ramblers had their way on the Mustangs including two interception returns for touchdowns and a special-teams score, Loyola easily won 34-7 to win the Catholic League Blue title outright Saturday in Wilmette.

Luke Ford has the 55-yard INT return for a touchdown, while Richie Wehman has a 70-yard punt return for a score. Malcolm Weaver finished the contest with 14-for-26 for 106 yards. St. Rita was lead by Tim Lombard, who finished with 54 yards rushing.

Crete-Monee 20, Rich East 13
Did Crete-Monee let up on Rich East, or is Rich East the real deal? Nonetheless, the Warriors narrowly won Saturday with a 20-13 win over the Rockets to win the Southland Conference title, and continue their undefeated season.

“The tape isn’t going to scare anybody,” Warriors coach Jerry Verde conceded. “That being said, we found a way to win under extremely adverse conditions — and that’s a sign of a good team, too.”

Crete-Monee jumped ahead 14-0, largely due to the Marcus Terrell-to-LaQuan Treadwell connection. Treadwell (7 receptions, 140 yards) had an 18-yard catch prefacing his 20-yard touchdown reception on Crete’s second possession and set up the Warriors’ second touchdown with a 45-yard catch. Kenneth Kidd finished that drive with a 2-yard run.

The Rockets closed to 14-10 on Jeremy Kalonji’s 24-yard field goal and a 9-yard touchdown grab by Richard White. White also carried 22 times for 114 yards.

Kidd’s second touchdown, from three yards out, made it 20-10 with 3:40 to play in the third quarter. Kalonji finished the scoring with a 27-yard field goal with 6:48 to play.

Terrell completed 16-of-27 passes for 235 yards

In addition, Crete-Monee won without the services of Michigan-bound cornerback Anthony Standifer, who left with an injury suffered on the opening kickoff, and with its other starting corner, Tracy Whitehead, limited by a leg injury.

Now you wonder with the unbeaten record intact will this teams' reputation put any fear in the Class 6A playoffs? Stay tune...

Lincoln-Way East 42, Joliet West 7
Blake Winkler was 8-of-11 passing for 186 yards and three touchdowns for visiting Lincoln-Way East in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.

Rich Central 43, East Moline United 0
It was senior night at Rich Central and senior Shawn Mitchell responded on both sides of the ball. He opened the game up with a 78-yard reception and took it into the endzone.

Holding East Moline to a 7-and-out, on their second possession, the Olympians score again on a short run, making the score 14-0. Rich Central seemed to be working on all cylinders together in order to send a message to the voters for a playoff spot.

East Moline found their groove moving the ball in the second quarter until Calvin Wiley deflected a screen pass and picked it off. Three plays later, a pass from Devonte Black to Calhoun for TD pass 21-0.

Mr. Mitchell also out-jumped an East Moline receiver to snag an interception stopping a late second quarter threat.

On top of all of that, to start the second half, Black tossed a 12-yard pass to Mitchell making the score 29-0. As the story goes, the Olympians never looked back. Now they sit and wait to see if they did enough to receive an invitation to the State playoffs. All of the pairings will be announced tonight on Comcast SportsNet care of CLTV, but check your local listings.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will broadcast its “2011 Football Playoff Pairing Release Show” on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus (CSN+) live from Comcast SportsNet’s downtown Chicago studio on Saturday, October 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In Chicagoland, the show will air on CLTV for Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers. Satellite subscribers (i.e. DirecTV, Dish Network, etc.) in Chicagoland, throughout Illinois, and in surrounding states will access to the show via CSN+ (Click here to view CSN’s channel finder to find out where you can see CSN+ in your area). The show will also be available via live interactive stream on the internet at www.IHSA.tv and www.CSNChicago.com.

Fans can interact with the show in a real-time chat on Saturday by visiting www.CSNChicago.com, where they can make comments or ask questions that may be read on the air. Questions and comments can also be submitted ahead of air time on the IHSA Facebook Playoff Pairing Show Page. Fans looking to interact with the show via Twitter should include the hashtag #IHSAonCSN to have their tweets included on the show. If your team or school is hosting a playoff party on Saturday, send us a photo via email (mtroha@ihsa.org, csnchicagowebsite@comcastsportsnet.com) or Twitter using the hashtag above. Your photo will be included in CSNChicago.com’s online gallery and may even be used during the show.

The two-hour show, which will be hosted by Sarah Kustok and Dave Bernhard, will unveil the 256 football playoff qualifiers across eight classes. It will include guest appearances by coaches and media.

Marist 56, Joliet Catholic 51

Marist knocks off highly ranked Joliet Catholic 56-51 in the East Suburban Catholic conference but not without a controversial ending.

With the score tied and the ball on Marist's 8 on third-and-goal, Joliet Catholic quarterback Craig Slowik was stopped at the 1-yard line before he got up and spiked the ball not realizing it was fourth down.

Marist's fans rushed the field, prompting officials to call a sideline violation against the hosts and leaving everyone wondering whether Joliet Catholic would get another chance at the end zone. Instead, after a lengthy conference between officials, Marist was given the ball with two seconds on the clock.

Ian Woodworth took a safety for the final score.

QB Woodworth threw for 557 yards and four touchdowns, including a 15-yard lob to Nic Weishar for the winner. The 6-foot-5 Weishar outjumped a defender and held on for a 56-49 lead with 1:10 left.

"What a catch," Woodworth said. "That's him going up there and competing. I just threw it up there for him. We had to go out and show people that we can compete with them. We had to gain some respect."

Peter Andreotti had 110 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Marist (7-2, 7-1).

Ty Isaac led the Hilltoppers (7-2, 6-2) with 160 yards rushing and had three touchdowns, including a 24-yard reception. Northwestern-bound Malin Jones had five catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more TDs.

Providence 24, Mount Carmel 18
During the first half, Mount Carmel kept Providence in check holding them to just 19 offensive plays.

The Caravan went up 7-0 with 24 seconds left in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run by Brandon Greer (14 carries, 90 yards) to cap a 10-play, 67-yard drive.

The Celtics countered with a 14-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown pass from Chris Salazar to Jack Klyczek.

A 42-yard field goal by Ivan Strmic gave Mount Carmel a 10-7 lead with 52 seconds left in the first half.

Down 10-7 at halftime, Price opened the second half with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Standing at five-foot-6, Brandon Price, played BIG in this contest scoring two touchdowns and accounted for 209 total yards in the second half.

“He’s elusive,” Celtics coach Mark Coglianese said. “He hides behind our line and jukes.”

“I hold my own,” he said. “The offensive line did a great job opening holes.”

Mount Carmel had two drives in Celtics territory in the final three minutes but turned the ball over on downs both times. The last drive reached the Providence 18-yard line, but with 31 seconds left the Caravan could not convert on a fourth-and-six.

The Caravan had cut the deficit to 21-18 with 8:37 left in the game on a 1-yard touchdown run by Don Butkus. The quarterback then connected with Jason Gasser on the two-point conversion.

Providence added a 34-yard field goal by Nick Beller on its ensuing possession to take a six-point lead.

“We played liked it was a playoff the game the whole week,” Price said.

Marian Catholic 21, Bloom 13
Jeruel Taylor ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns (53, 4 yards) to pace host Marian Catholic and give Spartans coach Dave Mattio his 250th career victory. Bloom was led by LaVante Blackful, who scored on a 10-yard in addition to throwing a 22-yard TD pass to Shijuan Rogers.

Sandburg 31, Homewood-Flossmoor 28
Lemonte Booker scored on a 4-yard run and a 35-yard catch for host Sandburg in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Tim Williams threw for 302 yards and three TDs for Homewood-Flossmoor.

T.F. North 36, Eisenhower 19
Dion Beecham was 11-of-19 for 294 yards and five touchdowns to spark host T.F. North in the South Suburban crossover. Three of the scoring tosses went to Claude Garrett, who totaled 183 yards on five receptions. Leo Okeke contributed TD runs of 2 and 53 yards for Eisenhower.

Julian 28, Robeson 14 (Thursday)

Daeshaun Hurley leads Julian past Robeson

Usually one player doesn't make a high school team better... but in the case of Daeshaun Hurley, he definitely does. Mr. Hurley missed Julian’s season opener vs. Robeson because of an eligibility dispute with CPS and the Jaguars lost by 20 points. With Hurley back on the field at quarterback and as a defensive back, the Jaguars coast to a 28-14 victory over Robeson in the first round of the Public League playoffs.

Hurley ran 91 yards for one touchdown and passed for another as Julian (6-3) improved to 4-0 since his return and clinched an IHSA playoff berth.

“He’s been the difference maker since he’s been back,” Julian coach Jason Richardson said. “I’m speechless the way he played before he came out of the game.”

Robeson (6-3) scored twice in the final 90 seconds, on a one-yard run by Mario Dunlap and a 19-yard pass from Donte Davis.

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