High school soccer state championship preview


Undefeated Top Mount Carmel certainly remember their thrilling win over Batavia in the second round of the Class 7A State Playoffs last season.

There were two controversial pass interference calls and Caravan eventually won by overtime downs. Quarterback Blaine Dowling is a completely different player, stronger and more dangerous.

Losses linger in Batavia.

“It was a very emotional game for our program, our community, and our kids,” Bulldogs coach Dennis Pilon said. I’m glad we’re done talking about it.”

Batavia doesn’t seem obsessed with revenge on Mount Carmel. The caravan match at 4:00pm will add some spice to the game once again.

Batavia has two power five bound linebackers in Tyler Jansey (Wisconsin) and Jack Sadowski (Iowa). The Bulldogs offense has improved over the season, but they are a defense-driven team.

“[Jansey] It’s like a comic book hero,” Piron said. “He’s special, playing a fearsome linebacker and a powerful running back. He got some criticism after last year’s game. It wasn’t always nice.”

Against Mount Carmel (13-0), it has been very difficult this season.

Caravan coach Jordan Lynch said, “We’re built on the front seven. They’re physical, they’re flying.”

Denny Furlong and Alonzo Manning stepped up and helped fill the void after Darrion Dupree’s star player at Mount Carmel was injured. Comes from the pass game. Dowling was excellent, throwing for 2,719 yards and 39 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

It’s hard to see Batavia score enough points to pull off an upset, but anything can happen in a state championship game.

Class 8A: Lincolnway East vs. Loyola, Saturday at 7pm

The Lincoln-Way East (13-0) are unbeaten, but Loyola (12-1) is the favorite. Mount He Carmel is the only team to challenge the Ramblers this season. Loyola beat undefeated York in the semi-finals, where he scored 30-3.

Colgate rookie Jake Sturney (2,149 passing yards with 34 touchdowns and three interceptions) is an experienced and effective quarterback, and the Ramblers have a new face stepping up for the injured running back. I keep finding. Sophomore Luke Foster is likely to return for the title game.

Defensive lineman bound for Michigan, Brooks Barr, supports Loyola’s defense. Senior Johnny McGuire has emerged as a defensive backfield factor.

Loyola manager John Hallcheck said, “He played great. I think he’s the Big Ten kid.”

The undefeated Griffins lack star power and capable college recruits, but any doubts about the team were put to rest when they defeated Glenbird West 31-7 in the semifinals.

“We don’t have AJ Hennig in this group,” said Lincoln Way East coach Rob Zvonner. “We enjoy and love more normal kids getting the most out of themselves and playing together as a team.”

Running back James Kwisinski averaged 115 yards per game with 26 touchdowns. He’s a staple on the offense, but receiver Jimmy Curtin and quarterback Braden Tischer have built a solid bond with 10 touchdown passes all season.

“[Jake Scianna] is at the core of our defense,” Zbonner said. “He has 200 tackles and is the best middle linebacker in the state in my opinion. His two brothers have also played for us in his games at the state championships. did.”

Class 6A: Prairie Ridge vs. East St. Louis 1pm Saturday

Once again, it’s the Fox Valley Conference team vs. East St. Louis. Cary Grove upset the Flyers last season. This is the sixth year in a row that Cary Grove or Prairie Ridge has reached his 6A title in his game.

Prairie Ridge (12-1) lost to East St. Louis in 2019 and won the title in 2017, 2016 and 2011.

As always, we love Flyers. But East he’s St. Louis coach Darren Sankett isn’t thrilled to be playing against another team performing his option for a triple.

“This is an offense that not many teams run anymore,” Sanket said. “Our job is cut short. There’s no way to simulate what they do aggressively. The important thing is to figure out their blocking scheme.”

Wolves quarterback Tyler Vassey is a candidate for Player of the Year. He rushed for his 3,776 yards and his 52 touchdowns.

East St. Louis (11-2) is undefeated by a team from Illinois. The Flyers had college prospects, and he was challenged only once all season when he beat Lemont 32-29 in the semifinals.

Class 5A: Nazareth vs. Peoria, Saturday 10am

The Nazarene road to Champaign was bumpy and at times improbable.

“When we were two to four, one of my assistants was saying something about the playoffs and I had a good laugh,” said Roadrunners coach Tim Lackey.

Nazareth’s young group closed out the regular season with four straight wins and didn’t give up in the playoffs. The Roadrunners knocked Boylan off and Morgan shut out his park and he survived 10-7 against the rugged and undefeated Sycamore.

Racki’s philosophy was to encourage his team and try to stifle the instinct to yell and bring the group down. That’s the typical approach for young coaches, and it seems to be the best way to reach the current generation of players.

“I knew I had a lot of young guns around me,” Lacchi said after his win at Morgan Park. “Everyone thought I would yell at them after a loss. I kept picking them up. When I told them what they did well and what they did wrong, they I responded to it.”

Sophomore quarterback Logan Malachuk threw for 2,233 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has scored five touchdowns on the ground this season, making him a more continuous threat.

Wisconsin recruit Justin Taylor Sr. averaged 5.23 yards per carry with 46 catches. Recorded a team-high 11 touchdowns.

Nazareth's Logan Malachuk (1) is looking for a first down against Morgan Park.

Nazareth’s Logan Malachuk (1) is looking for a first down against Morgan Park.

Quinn Harris/For the Sun Times

Nazareth’s defenses are deceptively strong. St. Rita, Lemont and Marist (all strong programs in the larger classes) scored points in Roadrunners but not in Class 5A. The Nazareth shut out Kankakee in the season opener, allowing just three touchdowns in three playoff games.

The defense gets everything it can handle in the Class 5A State title game in Champaign on Saturday. Peoria (12-1) is averaging 55 points in the playoffs, beating Morris 76-56 in the semifinals.

Running back Malachi Washington has 47 touchdowns and 3,073 rushing yards. Quarterback Tinogist had 29 touchdowns and he threw for 2,241 yards with nine interceptions.

A shootout is expected in the first game of the day on Saturday.

We have local teams in the final two championship games on Friday. Let’s take a look at their matchups here. Tomorrow we will be previewing games for classes 8A, 7A and 6A.

Class 4A: Providence vs. Sacred Heart Griffin, Friday at 7pm

The Celtics (9-4) had the toughest road to the title game. They defeated defending state champions Joliet Catholic (the team that beat them in Week 4), Richmond Burton, and St. He Francis. These in Champaign he wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the three teams.

First-year coach Tyler Plantz currently has a battle-tested squad led by junior running back Caden Nickel.

“He’s an animal,” Plantz said. “He’s not the biggest kid on the field, but you’ll feel his pads when he’s on the other side.”

Sacred-Heart Griffin (13-0) is a powerhouse, averaging 58 points while allowing 16+ just twice. Longtime coach Ken Leonard, the winningest coach in state history, has led SHG to five state championships and four runner-up finishes.

Class 3A: IC Catholic vs. Williamsville, Friday, 4pm

IC Catholic is a familiar face in the state finals after winning the Class 3A title in 2016 and 2017 and the Class 4A title in 2018. The Knights’ only loss of the season was a one-point loss to Joliet his Catholic and favorite against Williamsville (12-1), a school 14 miles north of Springfield. .

KJ Parker and Denzel Gibson are dynamic threats on both sides of the ball for IC Catholics. Together, he scored 37 touchdowns. Parker averaged 996 yards in his 33 receptions, while Gibson averaged 9.6 yards.

“[Gibson] you can do everything. “He’s one of the best athletes to pass his IC and can jump from running to receiver.

“We give Parker as many touches as we can. To do.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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