It is down to the final four in Illinois High School Football with the semifinals getting underway this weekend in Class 1A as the 10-2 Toulon Stark County Rebels face the 12-0 Stockton Blackhawks Saturday at 2 p.m. In the other semifinal, the 11-1 Maroa-Forsyth Trojans take on the 11-1 Concord Triopia Co-op Trojans Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Toulon Stark County is coming off a 50-20 win against Forreston in the quarterfinals while Stockton rolled to a 48-14 win over Lena-Winslow. These are obviously two teams that are very talented that can put up a ton of points but that Stockton offense has been rolling all season long and they play fantastic defense which will make it very difficult for Stark County to get anything going. Stockton has scored 611 points this year and given up just 139 over their 12 games.
I’ll take Stockton to move on 42-14.
It is a battle of the Trojans in the other semifinal game with Maroa-Forsyth heading into their first road game of the playoffs off a 48-14 win against Carrollton in the quarterfinals. Concord Triopia had a battle with undefeated LeRoy before coming away with a 22-20 victory.
Concord Triopia has struggled to their two postseason victories but has given up just 74 points all season while Maroa-Forsyth has given up just 14 points in their two wins. I don’t see Maroa-Forsyth being slowed down this week though.
I’ll take Maroa-Forsyth 35-20.
It is very obvious to me at this point that Stockton and Maroa-Forsyth are the best two teams left in Class 1A and that would be one very entertaining game at the University of Illinois Thanksgiving weekend if that matchup were to occur.