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High school football: Quarterfinals by the numbers

Here are some numbers that help to explain the quarterfinals of the high school football season.


That's how long the Newman Comets offense had possession of the ball during Saturday's 34-33 win over Momence. That included a third quarter where Momence only had the ball for two offensive snaps.

However, one of those snaps for Momence turned into a 59-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Cantwell to Zack Harmann.


That's how many first downs the Newman Comets have through three rounds of the playoffs. They have allowed 28.

On Saturday, Newman had 27 first downs compared to Momence's 14.


That's how many extra points Momence's Joe Salazar made during Saturday's game against Newman.

Salazar missed a second-quarter attempt wide left after the Redskins scored with 22.1 seconds left in the half.

The missed extra point proved pivotal, as the Redskins were forced to go for a 2-point conversion after pulling within a point after a touchdown with 43.4 seconds left in the game.


That's how many times the Newman Comets have played a quarterfinal playoff game.

Newman is 9-4 in those contests. Most of the Comets' quarterfinal games have been close, with the average point differential being 8.2 points.


That's the average point differential for Newman quarterfinal games in the last five seasons, including Saturday's one-point win over Momence.

In 2009, the Comets lost 21-20 to Stillman Valley in the 3A playoffs. In 2010, they beat Morrison 22-19, which was followed by a 15-12 loss to the Mustangs in 2011.

In 2012, Newman beat Wilmington 28-26.


That's how many state titles Mercer County – previously Aledo High School – has after winning last year's 2A title.

Mercer County is 25-1 in the last two seasons. Newman will host Mercer County at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Roscoe Eades Stadium.


That's how many four-loss teams remain in the playoffs after Saturday's quarterfinals.

Staunton (8-4) beat Gillespie 30-14 on Saturday in Class 2A. The Bulldogs lost to Gillespie 35-14 in Week 9, which concluded a three-game losing streak to end the season.

Staunton also lost to Greenville, which is playing in the 3A semifinals.


That's how many points were scored in Greenville's 71-70 win over Mount Carmel High School in Class 3A.

Greenville rallied from a 70-49 deficit with 4:23 left in the game. The Comets recovered two onside kicks in that span.

Tyler Hutchinson hit Austin Lawrence for the game-winning 2-point conversion with 20 seconds left. Hutchinson completed 43 of 82 pass attempts for 644 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Mount Carmel quarterback Reece Metcalf competed 22 of 35 passes for 516 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.


That's the last time that Montini lost to a public school in the playoffs. The Broncos lost 27-6 to Burlington Central in the 4A first round that season.

Since then, Montini has won five state championships.

Sycamore will get a crack at them on Saturday. The Spartans, who are undefeated, have lost to Montini three times in the last 4 years. In 2009, Montini won 31-17. In 2010, Sycamore fell 28-7, and last year Montini edged the Spartans 24-22.

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