No. 1 Montini (10-0) at No. 9 Marian Central (8-2)
When: 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: George Harding Field.
About the Broncos: Montini has won four consecutive Class 5A state championships and knocked Marian out of the playoffs each of those seasons. QB Alex Wills has completed 114 of 176 passes for 1,651 yards with 17 TDs) and four interceptions. WRs Tyler Tumpane (44 catches, 549 yards, six TDs) and Leon Thornton (33, 633, eight) leads the Broncos in receiving. DL Dylan Thompson (6-5, 280) has 13 tackles for losses and committed to Ohio State.
About the Hurricanes: Marian QB Billy Bahl has completed 147 of 253 passes for 2,352 yards and 28 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. RB Ephraim Lee has rushed for 1,119 yards and 20 touchdowns. WRs Brett Olson (43 receptions, 898 yards, 12 TDs) and Tom Klinger (32, 459, seven) lead the Hurricanes in receiving.
Up next: The winner meets the winner between No. 5 Kaneland (9-1) and No. 4 Joliet Catholic (9-1) in the quarterfinals.
No. 1 Boylan (10-0) at No. 9 Cary-Grove (7-3)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Al Bohrer Field.
About the Titans: Boylan is 49-1 since the 2010 season with back-to-back state titles in 2010 (Class 6A) and 2011 (Class 7A). QB Demry Croft has rushed for 520 yards and thrown for 1,445, with 14 touchdowns and one interception. RB Nicholas Pumilia has 659 yards rushing. WRs Brock Stull (39 receptions, 495 yards, six TDs) and Ryan Stanicek (34, 392, five) lead Boylan in receiving.
About the Trojans: FB Tyler Pennington leads C-G with 902 yards rushing in seven starts. QB Jason Gregoire (482), RB Matt Sutherland (382) and RB Zach McQuade (237) are the other top rushers. C-G has been in the playoffs 10 consecutive seasons and won its first-round game every time. The Trojans are 7-2 in second-round games during that stretch.
Up next: The winner meets the winner between No. 5 Marmion (8-2) and No. 13 Prairie Ridge (6-4) in the quarterfinals.
No. 5 Marmion (8-2) at No. 13 Prairie Ridge (6-4)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Prairie Ridge Athletic Stadium.
About the Cadets: Marmion coach Dan Thorpe termed his team’s injury situation “not good at all,” coming into the game. LB-RB Mike Montalbano, DL Joe Talbot, LB-WR Enzo Olabi and RB-DE Jordan Glasgow are all banged up. Montalbano leads the team in tackles. Thorpe said Glasgow is most likely to play with a sprained ankle, although he may not be full speed. Montalbano and Glasgow are the Cadets’ leading rushers, both with around 500 yards. Marmion beat Fenton, 39-0, in the first round. It was the Cadets’ first playoff victory since the 2010 semifinals.
About the Wolves: Prairie Ridge has won four consecutive games, all from must-win situations, to reach the second round. The Wolves beat Marmion in 2007 (41-16), 2009 (31-7) and 2011 (49-0) in the playoffs. QB Brett Covalt suffered a blow to the left side of his jaw in last week’s 21-14 victory at Lakes, but should be back in the lineup. He leads the Wolves with 735 yards rushing. FB Zack Greenberg has 668 yardsand RB Brent Anderson has 617 yards.
Up next: The winner meets the winner between No. 1 Boylan (10-0) and No. 9 Cary-Grove (7-3).
– Compiled by Joe Stevenson, the Northwest Herald