October 27, 2019

SJO, Monticello return to 3A playoff list, Beardstown and Princeton are top seeds

Special 2018 State Champion Art for the Monticello Sages
The Sages of Monticello, last year's Class 3A state champions, and St. Joseph-Ogden earned spots in the southern half of this year's IHSA football playoff bracket. The two programs make up a five-team contingent from the Illini Prairie Conference that have shots at a 2019 state football title.

The Spartans, who fell on the road to the Sages two nights ago in their conference finale by way of a 35-6 decision, make their second consecutive appearance in the Skinner era on the heels of a 5-4 regular season finish. SJO will travel to Williamsville on Saturday to face the Bullets at 1pm.

It will be the second meeting in playoff history between the two programs. SJO currently owns the series 1-0.

At 6-3, Monticello's win on Friday secured the program's fourth place conference finish behind Illinois Valley Central, Unity and Prairie Central. The Sages also will hit the road, travel to DuQuoin to face the 8-1 Indians.

Beardstown (9-0) and Princeton (8-1) are the top two seeds in this year's Class 3A football playoff bracket.

Here is a look at the first round matchups that will be played this weekend. Official kickoff times will be released sometime late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Poplar Grove (North Boone) (5-4) at #1 Princeton (8-1), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Spring Valley (Hall) (6-3) at #8 Peotone (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Seneca (5-4) at #4 Farmington (7-2), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Chicago (Carver) (6-2) at #5 Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Rock Island (Alleman) (5-4) at #2 Byron (8-1), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Chicago (Harlan) (6-2) at #7 Durand [Du-Pec Coop] (6-3), TBA
Game 7 — #14 Lisle (Sr.) (5-4) at #3 Wilmington (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Chicago (Dunbar) (6-2) at #6 Eureka (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Newton (5-4) at #1 Beardstown (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Quincy (Notre Dame) (6-3) at #8 Greenville (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Alton (Marquette) (5-4) at #4 Fairfield (9-0), TBA
Game 12 — #12 West Frankfort (Frankfort) (6-3) at #5 Breese (Mater Dei) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 St. Joseph-Ogden (5-4) at #2 Williamsville (9-0), 1 pm
Game 14 — #10 Monticello (6-3) at #7 DuQuoin (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at #3 Vandalia (9-0), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Carlinville (6-3) at #6 Mt. Carmel (8-1), TBA


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