KANKAKEE – Providence Catholic was hoping that its Chicago Catholic Blue clash at Brother Rice in Week 8 would have playoff ramifications.
Instead, seven weeks into the season, the Celtics officially are eliminated from any opportunity to defend their Class 7A state championship, the 10th state football title in school history.
Needing a victory to remain playoff eligible, Providence (2-5) led Augustinian rival Bishop McNamara from the Chicago Catholic White, 14-6, early in the third quarter Friday night.
However, the Irish (6-1) scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter to draw even, then put 10 more points on the board in the fourth quarter for a 24-14 triumph.
Mike Markasovic scored both touchdowns for Providence, which will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and only the second time in the past 25 years.
Lemont 45, Hillcrest 0: Lemont (6-1, 4-0) piled up 414 total yards in rolling to the South Suburban Blue home victory over Hillcrest (4-3, 2-2). That sets the table for next week’s home showdown against unbeaten Oak Forest for first place.
Lemont quarterback Spencer Nagel enjoyed a huge night, completing 22 of 26 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Dunne rushed for 128 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns. Jeremy Fejedelem caught nine passes for 174 yards and scored two touchdowns, while Josh Rogers returned an interception for a score.
Hillcrest was held to 61 yards, including minus-42 on the ground.
Wilmington 47, Seneca 7: Wilmington (7-0, 5-0), which earlier in the week moved into the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Class 3A state rankings, wrapped up a perfect slate in the Interstate Eight Small after grabbing a 33-0 halftime lead. The Wildcats’ Nick Hawkins (12 carries, 166 yards) scored on runs of 10, 42 and 9 yards.
Brett McWilliams and Joe Mendoza added scoring runs, Jeff Treadmen (5 of 7 passing, 114 yards) threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Sam Jones and Alex Hatten made 19- and 32-yard field goals.
The Wildcats finished with 380 total yards, 266 on the ground.