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October 29, 2013
(Seeds preceed school name)
NUIC Tournament Quad
8. Alden-Hebron (6-3) @ 1. Stockton (9-0)
Is Leo For Real Quad
8. Milford (5-4) @ 1. Marquette Catholic (Ottawa) (9-0)
The Western Illinois Valley Bracket
16. North Greene (5-4) @ 1. Tri-Valley (9-0)
Week 6: Lena-Winslow 38, Forreston 33 Week 7: Maroa-Forsyth 48, Tuscola 7
EDGYTIM.com's Class 1A Favorites?
1. Stockton (9-0)
EDGYTIM.com Class 1A Sleepers?
6. Lena-Winslow (6-3)
NUIC Tournament Quad Preview
This is reason number one why coaches, fans, and players statewide dislike the quad system. The NUIC is clearly a top small school conference in the state of Illinois, and unfortunately it is possible they will not even get one school into the semifinal round! The NUIC is represented by Stockton, East Dubuque, Galena, Aquin Catholic, Forreston, and Lena-Winslow in quad 1. Lena-Winslow is the most battle tested, with 5 of their regular season opponents making the post season, and their three losses were to 9-0 Cerro Gordo-Bement, 9-0 Eastland-Pearl City, and 7-2 Galena. Watch out for the Panthers! I do like Stockton, but not as much as I did last season. The Blackhawks are putting up 43.1 ppg, but they aren't playing that top notch football like they did in 2012. Christian Life is the wildcard in quad 1 because we really have no idea how good they really are. Their lone loss is to 9-0 Marquette Catholic, but after that they pretty much took it to all comers with the exception of Chicago Hope Academy. Can the Eagles hang with the best of the NUIC?
Is Leo For Real Quad Preview
Two more Northeastern Athletic Conference teams here, with Marquette Catholic and Chicago Hope Academy being in quad 2. I am usually not a big fan of NEAC teams come playoff time, but I am pretty confident that Marquette can beat Milford. As for Chicago Hope Academy, not really liking their chances. First off the drive from Chicago to Abingdon is only 209 miles, plus the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes are pretty good. My clear favorite in this quad is Stark County. The Rebels lone loss, a 14-10 defeat, came to defending 2A champ Mercer County in week 6. Stark County is always in prime position for a deep run in the playoffs and I like how the bracket sets up for them. Now we come to the biggest potential sleeper in the 1A field, that being the Leo Lions. A lot of people are really high on Leo's chances to go far in the 1A field. Lets take a closer look into that schedule that saw Leo start the year 7-0. Leo beat St. Ignatius (1-8), St. Joseph (2-7), St. Francis de Sales (0-9), Lake Forest Academy (4-5), Fenton (6-3), Hales Franciscan (4-5), and Gordon Tech (3-6). Then when Leo played some really good schools, in Bishop McNamara and Mt. Carmel, they were pounded in both contests and finishing the year on a 2 game losing streak. Can Leo recover? Also, their first round opponent, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley is no slouch! The Falcons have some pretty good wins over Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Heyworth, and Fisher. The Falcons aren't going to just roll over for the Leo Lions.
The Western Illinois Valley Bracket Preview
Western Illinois Valley Conference has five teams in the bracket, with representation coming from Brown County, North Green, Greenfield-Northwestern, Carrollton, and Camp Point Central. Some very, very good teams here in the "southern bracket". We first have to speak of defending 1A champion Maroa-Forsyth. The Trojans who finished the regular season 9-0 are averaging 47.9 points per game, and their closets game of the year came in week 2 where they beat St. Teresa 43-14! Re-read that sentence real fast. I wouldn't be shocked to see Maroa-Forsyth repeat in 1A. However, there are some team who could challenge the Trojans for the southern spot in DeKalb. One team I immediately think of is Casey-Westfield. The Warriors are another squad just cranking out points, as they are averaging 47.2 points per game, and their closest game was a their week 1 44-36 win over 4A East Richland. I like how the top half of the bracket sets up for Casey-Westfield. The third main challenger to represent the south has to be the Camp Point Central Panthers. The Panthers finished 9-0 for the second straight season, and almost made the 2A finals last year before falling to eventual 2A runner-up Althoff Catholic in the semis. The Panthers, who return all 5 offensive lineman from last years team, are averaging a 48.4 points per game. Camp Point may have the best defense in the 1A field as they are giving up an average of 5.7 points per game. This could be the year that Camp Point Central breaks through. Tri-Valley, the number 1 seed, from the HOIC, could be the first top seed to fall. I don't think North Greene will beat them, but they have to be prepared for Argenta-Oreana in round 2. Plus, Tri-Valley (1-6 all-time in the playoffs) and the Heart of Illinois Conference don't always have the best record in post season play. Two sleepers to watch would be the Edgy Nations Own Fisher Bunnies and the Argenta-Oreana Bombers. Fisher does have a tough matchup with 8-1 Carrollton, while Argenta-Oreana takes on Greenfield-Northwestern. I like how the rugged Okaw Valley schedule has tested the Bombers and I could see them making a nice run.
EDGYTIM.com's Class 1A Round 1 Upsets (Seed based)
6. Lena-Winslow over 3. Forreston
EDGYTIM.com's Class 1A Round 1 Predictions
1. Stockton over 8. Alden-Hebron
1. Marquette Catholic over 8. Milford
1. Tri-Valley over 16. North Greene
2. Maroa-Forsyth over 15. Tuscola