Round 2 of IHSA Football playoff action is slated for tonight and tomorrow around the area.
The Okaw Valley Conference saw a lot of success in week 1, with just 2 of 8 teams being eliminated between the Little Okaw, Okaw Valley Black and Okaw Valley Blue.
With surprises playing out all weekend throughout the playoffs, 2 of the biggest surprises may have come from Okaw teams last weekend. The first was 16-seeded Central A & M going to #1 Salt Fork and pulling off the upset 14-13. A & M now gets to host a home game against Tuscola, who renewed a rivalry with former Little Okaw rival Cerro Gordo, winning 42-0. The other surprise came as Decatur St. Teresa was dominated for the second straight week, losing this time to Macomb, 40-14.
Another old rivalry was renewed this past weekend, as Monticello traveled to St. Jospeh to take on St. Joe-Ogden. Both teams finished the regular season at 6-3. The final score of 42-14 was not a good indicator of how close of a ball game this was, in fact, going into the half, Monticello only held a 14-7 lead, and after an early 4th qaurter TD run by St. Joe tailback Chase Patton cut the Sages lead to 21-14, the Sages then went off for 3 unanswered scores to close the game out, and advance on to the 2nd round and take on another Okaw team, Tolono-Unity.
The Sages were dominated in the regular season by Unity falling 41-0, and lost in the first round of playoff action last year at Unity. However, in an overtime game during the regular season last season, the Sages took the state ranked Rockets to overtime, but a fumble at the goal line to tie the game ended the Sages upset bid. Monticello and Unity get underway tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm. You can hear that game on 95.9 FM WEZC, and also streamed online at dewittdailynews.com, with pre-game at 1pm.
Other playoff action this weekend...
In Class 1A:
#8 Tuscola (8-2) at #16 Central A & M (6-4) Sat. 1:30 pm
#4 Pawnee (9-1) at #12 Arcola (7-3) Sat. 1:30 pm
In Class 2A:
#7 Auburn (9-1) at #2 Maroa.-Forsyth (10-0) Sat. 1:00 pm
#1 Dee-Mack (10-0) at #5 Stark County (8-2) Sat. 1:00 pm
In Class 4A:
#4 Mt. Zion (8-2) at #1 Breese Mater Dei (9-1) Sat. 1:30 pm