Illinois High School Football: Class 3A Game of the Week

By Andy Schmidt
Game of the Week

The first round of the Class 3A playoffs features an interesting matchup between the 6-3 Immaculate Conception Knights on the road against the 8-1 North Boone Vikings as the Game of the Week on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The 12th-seeded Knights roll into this game on a two-game winning streak after starting 4-0 and then losing three straight during the middle of their season in the difficult Suburban Christian Conference. The Knights finished their regular season with a 42-6 win over Chicago Christian. Danny D’Angelo and Randy Leslie each rushed for over 100 yards in the win. Immaculate Conception is averaging over 35 points a game while giving up just 21 per contest.

The 5th-seeded Vikings make their first playoff appearance since 2005 in this game. North Boone started the season 7-0 before losing their only game of the season to Richmond-Burton. The Vikings bounced back last week with a 36-7 win over Burlington Central to clinch the Big Northern Conference East Division title. Austin Baden passed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the win for the Vikings. North Boone is averaging just under 35 points a game and is allowing around 23 points per game.

This will be a great game with North Boone’s Baden against the Immaculate Conception running game but the Vikings are going to be hurt by the weak schedule they played this season. North Boone played just two playoff teams and their opponents were a combined 32-48. The competition level Immaculate Conception faced is going to help them in this one without a doubt and I’m going with the upset here. I’ll take Immaculate Conception 28-20.

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