High school football predictions from the so-called experts

It all comes down to this. The high school football season will end this weekend at Memorial Stadium in Champaign when eight state title games take place on the turf.

Turkey on the turf is what high school coaches like to call this weekend.

After this year’s slate of games, the state championship games will move to Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium in DeKalb starting in 2013 and every odd year through 2021, with the game at Memorial Stadium taking place in even years because of Illinois’ football schedule.

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 one last time. Enjoy.

Kroner worked his magic once again. He picked all 10 semifinal games correctly to hold a slim one-game lead over Jackson. We’ll see the close race ultimately decided after this weekend.

State championship games
(1A) Stockton (13-0) vs. Maroa-Forsyth (12-1) - 10 a.m., Friday
(2A) Mercer County (13-0) vs. Belleville Althoff (10-3) - 1 p.m., Friday
(3A) Aurora Christian (12-1) vs. Unity (12-1) - 4 p.m., Friday
(4A) Rochester (12-1) vs. Rock Island Alleman (12-1) - 7 p.m., Friday
(5A) Morris (12-1) vs. Montini (11-2) - 10 a.m., Saturday
(6A) Cary-Grove (13-0) vs. Crete-Monee (13-0) - 1 p.m., Saturday
(7A) Glenbard West (13-0) vs. Lincoln-Way East (13-0) - 4 p.m., Saturday
(8A) Chicago Mt. Carmel (12-1) vs. Glenbard North (12-1) - 7 p.m., Saturday

Daniels' picks (94-36, .723%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Aurora Christian, Rochester, Montini, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: I like Unity. I just like Aurora Christian's speed and athleticism more. Sorry Rocket fans.

Helregel's picks (105-25, .808%): Maroa-Forsyth, Mercer County, Unity, Rochester, Morris, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Monticello came close to knocking off two state champs if Unity, Maroa-Forsyth prevail this weekend.

Jackson's (110-20, .846%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Aurora Christian, Rochester, Montini, Cary-Grove, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: How about the Okaw Valley Conference getting two teams back to Champaign again.

Kroner's picks (111-19, .854%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Unity, Alleman, Montini, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Little concerned about the Unity pick. Aurora Christian has played some great teams.

Maberry-Daniels' picks (94-36, .723%): Maroa-Forsyth, Mercer County, Unity, Rochester, Morris, Crete-Monee, Glenbard West and Glenbard North
Comment: Party will continue from Memorial Stadium all the way back to Tolono on Friday.

Rossow's picks (97-33, .747%): Stockton, Mercer County, Unity, Rochester, Morris, Cary-Grove, Glenbard West and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Unity will become first area team to win at Memorial Stadium since Sept. 15 (Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0).

Rosten's picks (88-32, .733%): Maroa-Forsyth, Belleville Althoff, Unity, Alleman, Morris, Crete-Monee, Lincoln-Way East and Chicago Mt. Carmel
Comment: Okaw Valley Conference will have two state champions after this weekend.
 

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