Football: By the numbers for the second round of the high school playoffs

Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 11:25 p.m. CDT

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

22

That's how points that area teams scored combined in the first drive of games on Saturday.

The Newman Comets needed one offensive play to reach pay dirt. Jake Snow went untouched for 79 yards against Eastland-Pearl City at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Brandon Ahlgrim's extra point gave Newman (10-1) a 7-0 lead. The Comets went on to win 35-12.

The Erie-Prophetstown Panthers worked the ball to midfield on seven plays before needing 7 yards on fourth down. Chris Bauer did better than that, going 47 yards into the end zone. Nick Williams powered across the goal line for the 2-point conversion to put the Panthers up 8-0 on Stillman Valley.

The Oregon Hawks executed a perfect game plan against Aurora Christian, going 73 yards on 18 plays to eat up 9 minutes, 16 seconds clock to start the game against a high-powered team. The drive ended with a 2-yard TD pass from Tyler Blume to Pierce Dhaese. Sawyer Reynolds booted the extra point to put Oregon up 7-0.

5

That's how many times Aurora Christian had the ball in the first half against Oregon, and that's how many touchdowns the Eagles scored in the first half.

The Eagles took a 35-7 lead into the break en route to a 49-20 win. Aurora Christian is looking for its third straight state championship in 3A.

7-1

That is Aurora Christian's all-time record against teams from the Sauk Valley in the playoffs. The Eagles lost their first meeting with an area team, 22-0 to AFC in the 2003 playoffs. Aurora Christian avenged that loss the very next season.

Since then, Aurora Christian has knocked West Carroll, Amboy and Newman out of the playoffs, each one time. Oregon has been a favorite target, as the Eagles have ended the Hawks' season three of the last four years.

23

That's how many tackles that safeties Walter Ollie and Cody Kluck combined for during Eastland-Pearl City's loss to Newman. Ollie had 12 tackles and Kluck had 11, as Newman running backs continually burst through the Wildcatz's first two levels of defense.

The EPC defense was on the field a long time, as the Comets ran 63 offensive plays. The Wildcatz ran 47 offensive plays. Linebacker Michael Ely led Newman with 12 tackles.

106

That's how many yards that Newman's Jake Snow had after two rushes against Eastland-Pearl City. After his 79-yard touchdown, he broke a tackle near the sideline on Newman's next possession, then changed direction and ran to the opposite hash before going upfield for 27 yards.

If you add the 29-yard touchdown he had on his last carry of the game, he had 135 of his 199 yards on three carries. He rushed the ball a total of 20 times.

13

That's how times Newman has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. The Comets are 2-2 the last 4 years in the quarterfinals.

In 2009, they lost a heartbreaker to Stillman Valley, 21-20 in the Class 3A playoffs. The next season, they edged Morrison 22-19 in a classic game at Roscoe Eades Stadium.

In 2011, the Comets and Mustangs met again. This time the Mustangs won 15-12. Last fall, Newman edged Wilmington 28-26.

2,094

That's how many rushing yards that Erie-Prophetstown senior Nick Williams finished with after 135 yards in the loss to Stillman Valley.

The fullback is the second back since 2005 to reach the 2,000-yard mark. Morrison's Josh Vos went for 2,115 in the Mustangs' championship run in 2009.

Newman's Jake Snow is at 1,419 yards. He would need to average nearly 200 yards a game if the Comets advance all the way to the state title game to reach the 2,000-yard mark. Snow had 199 on Saturday.


10-0

That's Stillman Valley's record against current Three Rivers North teams in the playoffs after Saturday's win over Erie-Prophetstown.

The Cardinals – out of the Big Northern West – have had a series of close, classic games with Three Rivers North teams. The most recent was a one-point win over Newman in 2009.

They also beat Newman 21-14 in 1997.

The Cardinals have beat Fulton four times. They won in blowout fashion 45-6 in 1999. After that the games were much closer. The Cardinals won 20-19 in 2000 and 14-0 in 2001. In 2003, Stillman beat the Steamers 27-20 in the first round. Two rounds later, the Cardinals beat Amboy 21-0.

They beat Erie-Prophetstown in 2002, 18-14, in the Panthers' second season as a co-op.

4

That's how many four-loss teams remain in the playoffs after two rounds. In Class 2A, Staunton beat top-seed Fairfield 8-0 in the first round, and followed that up with a 19-14 win over Carlyle (8-2) on Saturday.

In 4A, Belleville Althoff has playoff wins over Columbia (9-1) and Herrin (7-3). Althoff faces three-time defending state champ Rochester in the quarterfinals.

There are two four-loss teams in 6A. Prairie Ridge beat Lakes (8-2) 21-14 in the first round, and followed that with a 21-20 win over Marmion. It draws Boylan in the quarterfinals.

Providence beat Crete-Monee (8-2) 25-14 in the first round and clobbered Quincy (8-3) 55-27 in the second round. Providence (8-3) will host East St. Louis on Saturday.

18

That's how many state championships that Joliet Catholic and Montini have combined to win. The teams will play in the 5A quarterfinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Joliet Catholic.

The Hilltoppers trounced Kaneland 45-8 in the second round. Joliet Catholic has won the most state titles in Illinois at 13. Montini has won five, including the last four in 5A.

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