The 2012 playoffs are nearing their conclusion in a few weeks and this week’s Class 6A Game of the Week has two teams from the competitive Fox Valley Conference playing for a berth in the semifinals as the 9-2 Crystal Lake Central Tigers travel to the 11-0 Cary-Grove Trojans on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The fourth-seeded Tigers pounded away and scored a 30-13 win over Grant in the second round and are playing in the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Connor Hines was a key factor with a touchdown run in the third quarter along with a safety on defense as the Tigers ate up the clock against a depleted Grant team. Central is averaging just under 25 points per game while giving up about 13 points per contest and will have to do that again this week.
The top-seeded Trojans rolled to a 49-21 win over Chicago St. Patrick in Round 2 and now will host their fourth straight home game this season. Quinn Baker returned after missing the last three weeks with a hand injury to rush for over 190 yards as Cary scored on six of their first seven possessions and were never challenged. The Trojans are averaging just under 40 points per game while giving up a little under 13 points each game and haven’t been seriously challenged all season.
These two teams have played quite a bit in recent years and being in the same district together, a lot of the players know each other. The biggest part of this game is if Central can stop the triple option that Cary-Grove throws at teams. It is hard to slow and could be the undoing of the Tigers. Cary-Grove is just rolling along and look like they are heading towards another state title berth. The Trojans won’t be stopped this week. I’ll take Cary-Grove 35-21.