High school football predictions from the so-called experts

And then there was one.

Unity’s Rockets are the only football team in The News-Gazette’s coverage area still alive in the playoffs.

Unity pulled out a memorable 10-7 win on Saturday at Williamsville to hand the Bullets their first loss of the season and advance the Rockets to their fourth straight Class 3A semifinal appearance.

Just like we’ve done all season, our panel of prognosticators — Fred Kroner, Marcus Jackson and Jim Rossow of The News-Gazette, Matt Daniels of the Rantoul Press, Andrew Helregel of the Piatt County Journal-Republican, Andrew Rosten of the Paxton Record and Nora Maberry-Daniels of The Leader — are here to give you their predictions. Enjoy.

When informed that she had the best record (9-1) from the quarterfinal games, Maberry-Daniels let out a fist pump. Her husband (7-3) just sighed. Jackson (7-3) and Kroner (8-2) are tied again for first. Surprise, surprise.

Semifinal playoff games
(1A) Maroa-Forsyth (11-1) at Concord Triopia (11-1) - 1:30 p.m., Saturday
(2A) Camp Point Central/Southeastern (12-0) at Belleville Althoff (9-3) - 2 p.m., Saturday
(3A) Aurora Christian (11-1) at Sterling Newman (12-0) - 2 p.m., Saturday
(3A) Greenville (11-1) at Unity (11-1) - 1 p.m., Saturday
(4A) Harrisburg (11-1) at Rochester (11-1) - 3 p.m., Saturday
(5A) Montini (10-2) at Joliet Catholic (8-4) - 1 p.m., Saturday
(5A) Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (11-1) at Morris (11-1) - 3 p.m., Saturday
(6A) Crete-Monee (12-0) at Lemont (11-1) - 6 p.m., Saturday
(7A) Lincoln-Way East (12-0) at Benet (11-1) - 6 p.m., Saturday
(8A) Chicago Mt. Carmel (11-1) at Neuqua Valley (12-0) - 6 p.m., Saturday

Daniels' picks (87-33, .726%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Sterling Newman, Unity, Rochester, Joliet Catholic, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Rockets' defense, propelled by large home crowd, helps send Unity back to state title game.

Helregel's picks (96-24, .800%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Aurora Christian, Unity, Rochester, Montini, Morris, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Neuqua Valley
Comment: Unity, Aurora Christian will meet again in playoffs, but this time for 3A state title.

Jackson's picks (101-19, .842%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Aurora Christian, Unity, Rochester, Montini, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: I doubt we'll see Unity and Greenville eclipse 100 points like they did in epic 2009 game.

Kroner's picks (101-19, .842%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Aurora Christian, Unity, Rochester, Montini, Morris, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Unity's defense has improved (three touchdowns in playoffs), and is the difference again.

Maberry-Daniels' picks (88-32, .733%): Maroa-Forsyth, Camp Point Central, Sterling Newman, Unity, Harrisburg, Montini, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Unity's path will continue on to Memorial Stadium with close win against Comets.

Rossow's picks (92-28, .767%): Concord Triopia, Belleville Althoff, Sterling Newman, Unity, Rochester, Joliet Catholic, Morris, Lemont, Lincoln-Way East and Neuqua Valley
Comment: Party at Philo's Tap after Unity's win on Saturday. Meet around 6 p.m. Kroner's buying.

Rosten's picks (79-31, .718%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Sterling Newman, Unity, Rochester, Montini, Morris, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Triopia's win over LeRoy was surprising. I don't expect that against Maroa-Forsyth.




 

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