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NIC-10 Playoff Preview - Round 2

Nov 02, 2012 -- 9:16pm

Boylan and Hononegah were the top two teams in the NIC-10 this season.  After the first round of playoffs, they are the only NIC-10 teams still on the bracket.

#6 Lake Zurich (8-2) at #3 Hononegah (9-1)

Last week, #6 seed Lake Zurich took down Crystal Lake South 49-0 last week, and Hononegah beat #14 Willowbrook 39 – 16.  While Hononegah put their offense together and pulled away from Willowbrook in the second half of last week’s game, they face a tough Lake Zurich team in round two.  The Lake Zurich Bears have allowed an average of just 5 points per game this season, the lowest of any Class 7A playoff team, and have shutout five different opponents.  Their two losses came to Cary-Grove, the 6A team who defeated Auburn last week, and Libertyville, who beat Harlem 48 – 28 last week Lake Zurich’s running back Connor Schrader, who appears to be fully recovered from a hip injury, tied a school record with five touchdowns last week..  Hononegah is 0-3 in the second round of the playoffs since 1996.

#7 Fenwick (Oak Park) (8-2) at #2 Boylan (10-0)

The Fenwick Friars narrowly beat out Huntley (6-3) in round one, kicking a 24-yard field goal on the final play of the game.  Fenwick has held three opponents to single digits, and shutout another three this season.  Their two losses have come to St. Rita’s in week three and Loyola Academy in week seven.  Boylan came back from a 10-0 deficit in the first quarter to defeat Algonquin Jacobs 28-10 in their round one.  While Jacobs held Demarcus Vines (RB) to 71 yards on the night, he scored two touchdowns on a 38-yard run and a 75-yard punt return.  Cornerback Matt Johnson has become a pivotal part of the Titans defense.  He intercepted his 13th pass (in just 10 games) in the fourth quarter of last week’s win.  The winner of this game will play either #3 Hononegah or #6 Lake Zurich in the quarter finals.

by Liz Rudolph
ESPN 1380 Prep Reporter
Twitter: @LizESPN1380




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