By Mike Carpinelli
Here’s a look at the Week 12 results for the SBLive Illinois Power 25 teams.
1. East St. Louis (10-2) defeated No. 13 Crete-Monee 45-0
After a 21-0 halftime jump, East St. Louis scored 21 points in the third quarter to force a running clock. The Flyers put on 413 yards of offense Saturday and forced three turnovers between Crete and Monee (including a 52-yard interception by Sael Reyes that was returned for a touchdown) en route to a convincing 45-0-6A Quarterfinals win.
2. Mount Carmel (12-0) defeated Brother Rice 48-12
The clash between conference rivals Mount Carmel and Brother Rice was highly anticipated as it was a repeat of Mount Carmel’s 28-21 regular-season win. This time it was all about Mount Carmel. The Caravan broke out for 33 points in the second quarter, taking a 40-0 lead and forcing a second half on the fly. Brother Rice got on the board twice and the game ended in a 48-12 decision in Mount Carmel’s favour.
3. Loyola Academy (11-1) defeated No. 20 Lyons Township 30-17
Loyola got off to a quick start with 14 points in the first quarter and went into the second half with a 21-3 lead. Lyons Township put up a good fight and beat the Ramblers in the second half but couldn’t complete a comeback. Loyola won 30-17 and takes on ranked No. 7 York in next weekend’s 8A semi-finals.
4. Lincoln-Way East (12-0) defeated No. 9 Warren Township 35-14
Lincoln-Way East went undefeated after a convincing 35-14 win over Warren on Saturday. The Griffins had a successful pass attack against a very good defense and scored 3 touchdowns through the air and built a 35-14 lead. Warren came on the board late in the game with 2 points. Lincoln-Way East advances to a heavyweight matchup against number 8 Glenbard West in the 8A semifinals next week.
5. Lemont (12-0) defeated Kenwood Academy 14-0
This 6A quarter-final game was a defensive struggle from the start. Lemont managed to get over the goal line once in the first half and went into the third quarter 7-0. They scored again and kept a solid Kenwood team scoreless all the way. Lemont remains undefeated after beating the Broncos 14-0 and they will take on the ranked East St. Louis in what is sure to be a great 6A semifinal game.
6. Sacred Heart Griffin (12-0) defeated Murphysboro 51-13
Sacred Heart-Griffin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to start scoring in that contest and ran away with the game. The Cyclones offense was unstoppable as they went into the fourth quarter 51-0. Murphysboro got into the end zone twice late in the game to make it a 51-13 final. Sacred Heart-Griffin meets Rochester in the 4A semifinals, a repeat of their season opener in which the Cyclones won 61-27.
7. York (12-0) defeated No. 15 Palatine 24-10
After trailing 10-7 before half-time, York’s defense kept Palatine scoreless in the second half en route to a 24-10 win. Senior quarterback Matt Vezza led York with two quick hits for the Dukes. York kept their undefeated season alive for another week and progresses to their third semifinal appearance in school history.
8. Glenbard West (11-1) defeated No. 12 Maine South 37-34
After leveling the game at 14 in the second quarter, the Hilltoppers took a couple of big chances, opting for an onside kick that led to a touchdown, followed by another onside kick that led to a field goal . After exchanging points within 2 minutes, it was a 31-21 game at halftime. The Hilltoppers managed to kick two field goals in the second half and slow Maine South’s pass attack just enough to walk away in a 37-34 win. Glenbard West will take on 4th place Lincoln-Way East next weekend.
9. Warren Township (10-2) lost to No. 4 Lincoln-Way East 35-14
Warren Township battled the 8A-seeded Griffins but couldn’t pick any of the best defenses in the state. After trailing 35-0 in the second half, Warren finished the game with 2 points to get on the board and made it a 35-14 final. The Blue Devils finished with a 10-2 record.
10. Prairie Ridge (11-1) defeated Harlem (Machesney Park) 69-28
Prairie Ridge continued its streak of scoring offensive efforts in the 6A Quarterfinals game against Harlem with a 69-28 win. Quarterback Tyler Vasey became the all-time rushing leader in the United States, setting a single-game record for 481 yards on the floor. Prairie Ridge will face St. Ignatius next weekend for a spot in the 6A title game.
11. St. Rita (10-2) defeated No. 16 St. Charles North 28-7
St. Rita gave St. Charles North seizures during their 7A quarterfinal game when they forced three North Star turnovers and blocked two punts (both returning for touchdowns). The Mustangs didn’t look back after leading 10-7 in the first half and ended the game in a 28-7 win as they advanced to the 7A semifinals against 2nd-ranked Mount Carmel.
12. Maine South (9-3) lost to No. 8 Glenbard West 37-34
Maine South put on a great offensive performance against a very good team, but Glenbard West controlled the ball for much of the game. The Hawks scored a late touchdown to reduce the Hilltopper lead to 3, but their onside kick was unsuccessful as the final score was 37-34 in Glenbard West’s favour. Maine South finished their season 9-3.
13. Crete-Monee (9-3) defeated by No. 1 East St. Louis 45-0
Crete-Monee couldn’t keep up with leaders East St. Louis on Saturday as they ended up being defeated 45-0. Quarterfinalists Warriors ended their season with a 9-3 record and East St. Louis will advance to the 6A semifinals next weekend.
14. Mahomet-Seymour (11-1) lost to Morris 35-14
After falling 14-0 in the first quarter, Mahomet-Seymour scored 14 points in the second quarter and faced a 21-14 deficit in the second half. The Morris defense made good adjustments and kept the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half to complete a 35-14 win. Mahomet-Seymour’s bid for an unbeaten season ended in an 11-1 record.
15. Palatine (10-2) lost to No. 7 York 24-10
Palatine had the upper hand, going into halftime with a 10-7 lead but was kept scoreless the rest of the way by a strong York defense. Her 10 points marked a new low for this season. Palatinate ended the season with a 10:2 record.
16. St Charles North (10-2) lost to No. 11 St Rita 28-7
The North Stars were able to move the ball but turnovers were a problem throughout the game as St. Rita kept them at bay with a score of 28-7. The DuKane Conference champions ended their season with a 10-2 record.
17. Lake Zurich (11-1) defeated No. 22 Pekin 29-27
After falling 21-7 late in the third quarter, Lake Zurich returned the ensuing kickoff to reduce Beijing’s lead to 7 to start the fourth quarter. The Bears scored 15 unanswered points in the final quarter and held on to a 29-27 win. Lake Zurich improved to 11-1 and will face number 23 Batavia in next week’s 7A semifinals.
18. Sycamore (12-0) defeated Sterling 28-0
Sycamore controlled their quarterfinal game against Sterling from start to finish on Saturday. The Spartans scored a touchdown in every quarter and repelled the Sterling offensive with a 28-0 shutout victory. Sycamore went undefeated and will take on Nazareth Academy in next weekend’s 5A semi-final match.
19. Yorkville (10-2) lost to No. 22 Batavia 17-6
Yorkville couldn’t find any gaps in Batavia’s defense on Saturday as they were defeated 17-6. The Foxes finished the season with a 10-2 record – the school’s first 10-win season since 1999.
20. Lyons Township (9-3) lost to No. 3 Loyola Academy 30-17
Lyons did everything they could against one of the best teams in the state and surpassed Loyola in the second half but failed to overcome a 21-3 first-half deficit. Loyola won with a final score of 30-17 to advance. Lyon ended their season with a 9-3 record.
21. Wheaton North (9-2) was eliminated
22. Pekin (11-1) lost to No. 17 Lake Zurich (11-1) 29-27
Pekin appeared to have a sizable lead as they took a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter, but the rest of the way she failed to stop a rally at Lake Zurich as they lost a close 29-27. The Dragons’ unbeaten run came to an end as they finished the season with an 11-1 record.
23. Batavia (9-3) defeated No. 19 Yorkville 17-6
Batavia’s defense and special teams wore them on Saturday as they blocked a punt and a field goal and intercepted two Yorkville passes. The Bulldogs’ offense was able to convert Yorkville errors into points as they finished in a 17-6 win and played 17th-ranked Lake Zurich the next weekend.
24. Simeon (10-1) was eliminated
25. Hersey (10-1) was eliminated
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