Sam Lasota(sr) and Payton may be the CPS's best chance to advance as a team. Wesley Chan(sr) has been Payton's number 1 runner for most of the year. Lindblom led by CPS individual runner up Walmer Saavedra (jr) may be running a team consisting of 1 junior, 5 sophomores, and 1 freshman. Look out for Robel Yaemen(jr) of Mather, Ryan Reynolds(sr) of Lake View, and Elliot Adams(sr) of Payton
5 of these teams will qualify to state from the Fenton Sectional
Deerfield University High Latin Fenton St. Viator Payton Elmwood Park Lindblom DeLaSalle Mather Lake View Bulls Ridgewood Foreman Muchin Urban Prep Englewood Kenwood Little Village
Simeon vs Downers Grove South Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 7:00pm @ Gately Simeon (along with Phillips) is the pride of the Public League. Simeon is proven that they can play with anyone. They beat Wheaton North and lost by two points to St. Rita earlier this season. Simeon also has some state playoff success. Last year they beat Lyons Township in the first round before falling 27-20 to Nequa Valley in the 2nd round. This year's Simeon team does not have the big name senior DI stars like they have had in the past. Neverthless, I see them playing very competitive against a 6-3 Downers Grove South team. Downers Grove South strength is their offensive line that features 6-5, 310lb Michigan comitt Erik Swenson. DGS has a balanced pass/run offense. I see this as a close game with Simeon coming out on top late.
Curie starting quarterback Michael Goldsmith.
Taft vs Curie Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00pm @ Lane Stadium I am saying it bluntly, this will not be a pretty game for Taft. I expect Curie to fully dominate this game. Taft will have nobody to stop Curie's athletes. It starts with running back Chris Baldwin(jr). Baldwin has been tearing it up all year. Against mostly Illini conference opponents, Baldwin- a junior- had to average over 150 yards/game rushing. In addition to Baldwin, Curie has a boatload of talent like dangerous kick returner/RB Macio King, serviceable QB Michael Goldsmith, and a big line featuring Ronald Smith ((who I estimate to be 6-3, 290lbs). If Chicago Big Shoulders champion Taft stays within 30 points of Curie I will be very surprised.
Only 5 of these 18 quality teams will qualify for state.
New Trier Loyola St.Ignatius Glenbard West Maine South York Jones Niles North Oak Park-River Forest Lake Park Whitney Young Lane Tech Fenwick Willowbrook Niles West Glenbrook North Northside Von Steuben
Chicago Great Lakes Champion Solorio is 8-1 and seeded #2. But they play a tough state playoff game from Woodstock Marian of the East Suburban Catholic League. (SHS photo)
Ever since they made Chicago teams state playoff eligible (around 2009?) - a Chicago Conference team has never won a state football playoff game against a non-CPS team. Most of the games have not been competitive but it seems like every year or so there is a close game.
Here is a list of some close Chicago Conference CPS teams vs non-CPS teams in the state playoffs:
2009 - Morris 19 Raby 6 2011- Rochelle 43 Urban Prep Charter 41 2011- Evergreen Park 10 Marshall 6 2012- Tinley Park 27 Westinghouse 23
Here is this year's state playoff pairings for Chicago Conference teams:
#7 Chicago (Hales Franciscan) (6-3) at #2 Chicago (Uplift) (9-0), TBA #7 Byron (5-4) at #2 Chicago (Bowen) (8-1), TBA #11 Chicago (DuSable) (6-3) at #6 Lombard (Montini) (6-3), TBA #12 Sycamore (H.S.) (5-4) at #5 Chicago (Westinghouse College Prep) (7-2), TBA #15 Woodstock (Marian) (5-4) at #2 Chicago (Solorio Academy) (8-1), TBA #11 Libertyville (6-3) at #6 Chicago (Lincoln Park) (7-2), TBA #13 Arlington Heights (St. Viator) (5-4) at #4 Chicago (Urban Prep/Englewood) (7-2), TBA
I feel that out of all the above games Uplift, will have the best chance to win. Uplift is 9-0 this year. They have been dominant particulary on the defensive side of the ball where they have given up only 12 points the entire year including 7 shutouts in 9 games. Their best win was a 36-0 win against a 7-2 Westinghouse program. Uplift will play a Hales Franciscan of the Chicago Catholic Red Conference. The Catholic League Red is generally considered the lowest level of the 4 Catholic League football conferences. So I feel that Uplift has a good chance to not only be competitive but maybe even win this game.
Uplift has the size, speed and talent to compete with Hales. Pictured above is captain #4 Macivile Roberts(6-1,215lbs, FB/LB/TE, sr) running the ball. In the background is massive #70 Timothy Clemmons(6-2, 365lbs, OL/DL, jr).(UPHS photo).
#9 Chicago (North Lawndale Charter) (6-3) at #8 Park Forest (Rich East) (6-3), TBA #13 Arlington Heights (St. Viator) (5-4) at #4 Chicago (Urban Prep/Englewood) (7-2), TBA #12 Sycamore (H.S.) (5-4) at #5 Chicago (Westinghouse College Prep) (7-2), TBA
#15 Woodstock (Marian) (5-4) at #2 Chicago (Solorio Academy) (8-1), TBA #11 Chicago (DuSable) (6-3) at #6 Lombard (Montini) (6-3), TBA