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Stockton represents northern Illinois in IHSA semifinals

Nov 16, 2012 -- 10:33pm

Stockton High School (12-0) will represent the NUIC this Saturday when they meet Stark County (10-2) in the Class 1A semifinals this Saturday.

Last week, the Stockton Blackhawks defeated Lena-Winslow for the second time this season, this time by a score of 48-14.  When the two teams met in week eight of the regular season, the Panthers of Lena-Winslow held the Blackhawks to just 22 points, the fewest they’ve scored all season.  Stockton averages nearly 51 points per game, and has racked up a staggering 611 points to date.

How have the Blackhawks been putting up such big numbers all season?  The answer is in their ground game.  Not only has Stockton not run for fewer than 200 yards in a game all season, they average nearly 400 yards per game.  They banked 598 rushing yards against Milledgeville in week seven, and 605 yards against Aquin Catholic in week nine.

Senior running back TJ Knutson alone averages over 179 yards and 20 points per game, and surpassed 2,000 yards on the season even before last week’s game against Lena-Winslow.

That’s right. 2,000 yards.

Going into the semifinals, Knutson sits at 2,152 rushing yards.  Freeport’s Steve McShane and Hononegah’s Alex Martin combined for 2,214 yards this season.

Stark County defeated Monmouth United 28-14 in round one of the playoffs, followed by Mooseheart 52-14 and Forreston 50-20 to earn their spot in the semifinals for the second year in a row.

Stockton fell to Aquin Catholic in round one of the Class 1A playoffs in 2011.

by Liz Rudolph
ESPN 1380 Prep Reporter
Twitter: @LizESPN1380

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