Morris and Minooka have not packed it in. Both were mired in three-game losing streaks and had been eliminated from playoff contention with Week 7 defeats. However, the Redskins (3-5) won 31-28 over Rochelle, which came in 5-2 and will be in the playoffs. The Indians (3-5) whipped Plainfield North 52-21 to squelch playoff hopes for the Tigers (3-5). Incidentally, Minooka was coming off a 44-0 Week 7 loss to Oswego East. That’s what you call bouncing back.
Lincoln-Way Central must beat Lincoln-Way West in Friday’s finale to reach the postseason. Regardless, the Knights (4-4) have proved to be a playoff-caliber team. Their 42-0 victory over Thornwood was the third win in the last four games. The only blemish in that span was a 22-21 loss to Lincoln-Way North on a late safety. Every Knights defeat has been by a touchdown or less except for Bradley, which ended 27-14 after being tied at 14 early in the fourth quarter.
It isn’t often there’s a five-way tie for second place. However, given the Week 9 schedule in the East Suburban Catholic and what has transpired last week, it could happen. If Benet beats league champion Joliet Catholic, the Redwings, Marist, Notre Dame, Nazareth and St. Patrick all could finish 4-2, a half-game behind the Hilltoppers’ 5-2. Of course, Joliet Catholic’s plan is to win Friday and thus earn a better playoff seed.
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