Football: First round of playoffs by the numbers

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 12:23 a.m. CDT
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Eastland-Pearl City's Eric Schaney runs over Luther North's Sylvester Pydych during Saturday's 54-8 win in Pearl City. The Wildcatz improved to 10-0 with the win and will play Newman in the second round.

Here are some numbers that help explain the first round of the 2013 high school football playoffs.

4-0

That was the record for Sauk Valley teams in the first round. Eastland-Pearl City, Erie-Prophetstown, Newman and Oregon each won first-round games.

EPC will play Newman at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Erie-Prophetstown hosts Stillman Valley at 1:30 p.m. at Wayne Hein Field.

Oregon plays at Aurora Christian at 6 p.m.

12-2

That's the record for teams from the five conferences in the Sauk Valley coverage area in the first round.

Teams from the NIB-12 West, Big Northern West, Three Rivers North and the NUIC played very well.

The only losses came in games featuring two NUIC teams. Galena beat East Dubuque, and Lena-Winslow beat Forreston in a pair of 1A games.

9.6

That's how many seconds were left when Tyler Blume connected with Pierce Dhaese for a 9-yard touchdown during Oregon's 22-21 win over Wilmington on Saturday.

The comeback was complete when Sawyer Reynolds rushed in for the two-point conversion.

8

Oregon was one of eight teams with a 5-4 record to win in the first round.

Other teams to do it were Staunton (2A), Belleville Althoff (4A), Rochelle (4A), Providence (6A), De La Salle (6A), Prairie Ridge (6A) and Downers Grove North (7A).

4

That's how many times that Rochelle has won a first-round playoff game with a 5-4 record. The Hubs beat Chicago Payton 60-18 on Saturday.

Other notable first-round victories for the Hubs were upset wins against undefeated teams from Sterling (2005) and Geneseo (2006).

1988

That's the last year that a football team from either Erie or Prophetstown had won a playoff game before the co-op beat River Valley on Friday.

Prophetstown beat Abingdon 40-10 in the 2A playoffs in 1988. They lost to Aledo 18-13 in the second round.

41

That's how many yards Erie-Prophestown's Nick Williams needs to reach 2,000 rushing yards for the season after having 165 yards in the Panthers' win over River Valley.

The last Sauk Valley rusher to surpass 2,000 yards in a season was Morrison's Josh Vos (2,115) in 2009.

1

That's how many playoff wins that Oswego East has after beating Belleville East 21-14 in the first round in Class 7A.

The Wolves are coached by Sterling High School graduate Tyson LeBlanc. Oswego East is 7-3 this season and has gone 11-8 in two seasons under LeBlanc, who was formerly the coach at Chicago Curie.

The Wolves went 14-49 in the seven seasons before LeBlanc arrived at the school.

9

That's how many turnovers Luther North had in Saturday's 54-8 loss to Eastland-Pearl City.

Luther North fumbled the ball nine times and lost possession six times. EPC also had three interceptions, two of them by Cody Kluck.

-16

If you factor in offensive penalty yardage, that's the final tally in yards for the Fieldcrest Falcons against Newman on Saturday.

Fieldcrest had three first downs. The Falcons managed 18 rushing yards and 18 passing yards.

Newman also had three interceptions in the victory.

7

That's how many times that Eastland-Pearl City has played a current Three Rivers North team in the playoff since 2000.

The Wildcatz are 1-6 in those games, with the lone win being a 21-7 decision over Bureau Valley in 2010.

EPC plays Three Rivers North champion Newman on Saturday.

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