Here are the first-round matchups for each Daily Chronicle area team. Dates and times will be updated when confirmed.
No. 9 Sycamore at No. 8 Evergreen Park
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Evergreen Park
About Sycamore: The Spartans finished 6-3, with two of those losses coming to teams who finished the year undefeated, and the third coming against Class 7A DeKalb in overtime. It’s the third straight playoff berth for the Spartans and 11th since 2009. The two teams played in 2019, in the first round, with No. 3 Sycamore beating No. 14 Evergreen Park, 59-7.
About Evergreen Park: The Mustangs made a run into the 5A quarterfinals in 2018, falling 54-7 to a Montini team the week after Montini beat Sycamore, 21-17. They played only one team with at least seven wins, falling 21-14 to Richards.
No. 15 Kaneland at No. 2 Fenwick
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Triton College
About Kaneland: The Knights needed a win in their final game against LaSalle-Peru to qualify for the postseason. They averaged 37 points per game behind a potent passing attack led by quarterback Troyer Carlson. It’s the fifth straight playoff appearance for the Knights.
About Fenwick: The Friars went 7-2 this year, winning its three games in the CCL/ESCC White. They handed St. Ignatius its first loss of the year, 28-20, in Week 9. They gave up 15.1 points per game. It’s the second straight playoff berth for the Friars, who went two rounds deep in 2019. It’s also the seventh playoff berth since 2012.
No. 13 Bogan at No. 4 Genoa-Kingston
When: 7 p.m. Friday
About Bogan: The Bengals enter the contest with a 6-3 mark, qualifying for the first time since a 9-0 regular season in Class 7A in 2009 and just the second time since 1996.
About Genoa-Kingston: The Cogs lost one game all year, 7-3 at Byron – which is a No. 1 seed in Class 3A. They hammer the ball out on the ground with a balanced ground attack. It’s the sixth straight playoff berth for the Cogs.
No. 14 Hiawatha at No. 3 Orangeville
When: TBD Saturday
About Hiawatha: The Hawks enter the tournament at 4-5, competing in the 8-man field for the first time. They’ll have to do so against an Orangeville team that beat them 56-8 in Week 3. The Hawks won a shootout in Week 9, 76-62, to finish 4-5 and get into the field.
About Orangeville: The Broncos only loss came in Week 6, 56-26 to Milledgeville. Before this season they made the 1A playoffs three straight years. They scored 50 points or more in five of their eight on-the-field games.
Source: The Daily Chronicle