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High school football 2016

Plainfield North's Ryan Paige (from left), Kevin Block with the second-place trophy and Ryan Krystofiak walk off the field after their second-place finish in the Class 7A state football final Saturday, Nov. 26, at the University of Illinois in Champaign. (H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)

After a week filled with controversy, Plainfield North ended its postseason run in second place, falling Saturday, Nov. 26, to East St. Louis in the Class 7A state championship game.

The Tigers took a semifinal win the weekend prior against Fenwick after an officiating error in that game led to North being awarded an untimed down while Fenwick was leading that forced the contest into overtime, during which the Tigers pulled ahead.

The Illinois High School Association admitted an error was made, but refused to hear Fenwick's appeal, so the Friars took the IHSA to court for the win, where a judge ruled in the IHSA's favor, clearing North to compete in the state final.

During the championship game at the University of Illinois in Champaign, the Tigers fell to the Flyers, 26-13.

The Herald-News has updated this page weekly as the postseason progressed to reflect the most recent high school football action.

State Championship

Plainfield North defeated by East St. Louis in 7A final

East St. Louis simply was too much for Plainfield North on Saturday.

Goss: Plainfield North football proves it belongs in state final

Local football fans knew Plainfield North belonged in Saturday’s Class 7A state championship football game against East St. Louis.

Plainfield North's Peplow sad to see football career end

Plainfield North senior Connor Peplow is a standout baseball player.

Photos: Plainfield North football finishes second in state title game

The Tigers fell to the Flyers, 26-13, on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Playoff Semifinals

Plainfield North somehow punches its state ticket

36 Bounce.

Goss: Words can't do Plainfield North's wild finish justice

It’s not a good thing in the business to admit you are at a loss for words. But after all the thousands of stories I have written through the years, that time has arrived.

IHSA says mistake was made, but Plainfield North victory stands

IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson released the following statement on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, on the conclusion of the IHSA Class 7A football semifinal game between Fenwick High School and Plainfield North High School:

Styf: Plainfield North-Fenwick untimed down call unfortunate ending that can't be changed

What happened at the end of regulation of Saturday's Plainfield North-Fenwick state football playoff game has to be every sports official's worst dream.

Morris slows but can’t stop Peoria in 5A semifinals

Trying to slow down the first football team in state history to score 700 points in its first 12 games proved to be a mixed bag for Morris in Saturday’s Class 5A semifinals.

Morris' Sobol personifies 'Redskin Pride' in loss to Peoria

There were plenty of emotions flying around Morris’ football stadium before, during and after the Redskins’ 43-35 loss to Peoria in the Class 5A semifinals Saturday.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Fenwick football

The Tigers defeated the Friars, 18-17, on Saturday, Nov. 19, in River Grove.

Photos: Morris vs. Peoria football

The Redskins ended their football season Saturday, Nov. 19, after falling to the Lions, 43-35, in Morris.

Playoff Quarterfinals

Morris defense stands tall in quarterfinal win over Metamora

Most of the attention on a football team is given to the offense. It is, after all, the offense that moves the ball and scores points.

Defense delivers as Plainfield North advances to semifinals

Crunch time had arrived.

IC Catholic Prep rolls past Wilmington

Jeff Reents knew all too well that his Wilmington football team would have its hands full trying to contain explosive IC Catholic Prep in Saturday's Class 3A quarterfinals.

Lemont comes up short against St. Laurence

Sniffles and outright tears dominated the emotions of the Lemont football players in the minutes after the previously undefeated Indians' 27-20 loss to underdog St. Laurence on Saturday night.

Maine South edges Lincoln-Way East in thriller

When football games are built up all week as high-scoring, explosive and exciting, they rarely follow suit.

Photos: Morris vs. Metamora football

The Redskins defeated the Redbirds, 12-7, on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Morris.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Rockford Auburn football

The Tigers defeated the Knights, 30-7, on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Plainfield.

Photos: Lincoln-Way East vs. Maine South football

The Griffins fell to the Hawks, 34-31, on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Frankfort.

Playoff Round 2

Rolling Meadows takes control in second half vs. Lincoln-Way Central

For a combination of reasons, Lincoln-Way Central did not have the ball much in the second half Friday night.

Plainfield North demolishes No. 1 seed Bradley

Who are those guys, anyway?

Weaver sets school record as Wilmington whips Byron

Owen Weaver and his Wilmington teammates were involved in a physical war Saturday night with rival Byron in a Class 3A second-round playoff football game.

Lemont moves past Danville, into quarterfinals

Steven Fleming and Spencer Nagel took chemistry class out onto the football field.

Morris holds on to trip Triad

The Triad Knights had momentum Saturday afternoon, but the clock wasn’t on their side.

Lincoln-Way East unleashes strong running game vs. Waubonsie

Lincoln-Way East rolled over Waubonsie Valley, 35-13, Saturday in the second round of the Class 8A state football playoffs.

Football Chatter: Round 2 playoff games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss and Herald-News Editor Jon Styf discuss the Round 2 playoff games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Lincoln-Way Central vs. Rolling Meadows football

The Knights fell to the Mustangs, 23-13, on Friday, Nov. 4, in New Lenox.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais football

The Tigers beat the Boilermakers, 49-20, on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Bradley.

Photos: Wilmington vs. Byron football

The Wildcats beat the Tigers, 38-13, on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Wilmington.

Photos: Lincoln-Way East vs. Waubonsie Valley football

The Griffins beat the Warriors, 35-13, on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Frankfort.

Playoff Round 1

Joliet West does everything but win vs. Oswego

Too bad the determining factor was not the eye test.

Morris running game too much for Marion in first-round win

In a game that featured two high-powered offenses with contrasting styles, the power running game of Morris prevailed Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Class 5A football playoffs in a 48-28 win over Marion.

Lincoln-Way West falls to mighty East St. Louis

After watching his Lincoln-Way West football team fall, 44-7, to top-ranked East St. Louis on Saturday in a Class 7A first-round playoff game, Warriors coach Dave Ernst was asked to compare the Flyers to other top suburban football programs.

No problem for Wilmington in rolling past Corliss

It didn’t take long for Wilmington to score Friday night in the opening round of the Class 3A state football playoffs.

Lincoln-Way East responds to early deficit, whips Taft

Lincoln-Way East reeled off 63 straight points after falling behind Taft, 7-0 Saturday to earn a 63-15 Class 8A first-round playoff win.

St. Charles finishes Lockport's season

Lockport was up against it.

Coal City falters in second half against undefeated Genoa-Kingston in playoff opener

A big run by No. 14 Coal City at the end of the first half helped narrow the game going into halftime.

Lemont rolls over Oak Forest after getting early jolt

Spencer Nagel said he was nervous coming into the Class 6A football playoffs, as high schoolers, even proven seniors, are wont to be.

Lincoln-Way Central rushes past Reavis

With 5:32 left in the first quarter of Friday night’s Class 7A first-round playoff game, Reavis scored on quarterback Bailey Boyd’s 4-yard run.

Hoosman, Plainfield North leap into Round 2 of playoffs

Everyone wearing a Highland Park jersey was well aware what Plainfield North running back Tyler Hoosman can do on a football field.

Football Chatter: Round 1 playoff games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Round 1 playoff games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Oswego football

The Tigers fell to the Panthers, 10-9, on Oct. 28 in Oswego.

Photos: Morris vs. Marion football

The Redskins defeated the Wildcats, 48-28, on Oct. 29 in Morris.

Photos: Wilmington vs. Chicago Corliss football

The Wildcats defeated the Trojans, 51-8, on Oct. 28 in Wilmington.

Photos: Coal City vs. Genoa-Kingston football

The Coalers fell to the Cogs, 35-10, on Oct. 28 in Genoa.

Photos: Lemont vs. Oak Forest football

The Indians defeated the Bengals, 35-13, on Oct. 28 in Lemont.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Highland Park football

The Tigers defeated the Giants, 42-0, on Oct. 29 in Plainfield.

Week 9

Joliet area lands 10 playoff berths

Week 9 of the high school football season was not particularly kind to Joliet area teams that were hoping to play their way into the state football playoffs.

Plainfield North strikes early in win over Joliet West

On the first play from scrimmage, Plainfield North quarterback Brady Miller threw a lateral in the right flat to wide receiver TJ Kane.

Marist too strong for JCA in season finale

The worst season in the last 70-plus years of Joliet Catholic football ended Friday amid the tears of seniors and hugs from coach Dan Sharp, who expressed his appreciation for their efforts.

Minooka dashes Plainfield South playoff hopes

One team was playing for the postseason and the other was playing for pride.

Joliet Central gets second win, snaps Romeoville winning streak

Joliet Central scored a huge football victory earlier this season, ending a 57-game losing streak with a 38-35 win over Plainfield Central.

Wilmington pulls away from rival Coal City

In the last eight editions of the Interstate Eight Conference football rivalry between Wilmington and Coal City, each had won four.

Lincoln-Way Central loses shot at home playoff game

You score, I score, twice.

Morris posts third straight dominant win heading into playoffs

For the third straight week, the Morris offense churned out yards like a well-oiled machine Friday night, and the Redskins overpowered Geneseo, 41-14, in a Northern Illinois Big Eight crossover game to end the regular season with a 7-2 record.

Lincoln-Way East bounces back, blanks Lockport

Lincoln-Way East, bouncing back from a 38-21 loss to unbeaten Bradley-Bourbonnais in Week 8, continued its dominance over Lockport on Friday night with a 28-0 SouthWest Suburban Conference victory.

Lincoln-Way West falls to Sandburg in double overtime

Having not done enough to win Friday night, all Lincoln-Way West’s football team could do Saturday night was wait and hope their number was called.

Area football roundup: Lemont wallops T.F. North; Bolingbrook misses playoffs

Lemont completed a 9-0 regular season Friday night with a 54-6 South Suburban Blue thumping of winless T.F. North.

Football Chatter: Week 9 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 9 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Minooka football

The Cougars fell to the Indians, 39-20, on Friday, Oct. 21, in Minooka.

Photos: Coal City vs. Wilmington football

The Coalers fell to the Wildcats, 34-14, on Friday, Oct. 21, in Wilmington.

Photos: Morris vs. Geneseo football

The Redskins defeated the Maple Leafs, 41-14, on Friday, Oct. 21, in Morris.

Week 8

Joliet West blanks Joliet Central for 6th win, 5th in succession

The fact it was Joliet Central on the opposite sideline made Saturday afternoon’s Southwest Prairie football matchup special for visiting Joliet West.

Morris powers into playoffs with 6th victory

All season long, the Morris football team has made a habit of getting stronger as the game has gone on.

JCA rolls to first victory of season

It seemed like old times for Joliet Catholic on Friday as it picked up its first win, thrashing East Suburban Catholic foe Marian Catholic, 55-7.

Nettles sets school mark as Romeoville whips Plainfield Central

Friday was a beautiful night for football, even if it was dominated by Thunder and Lightning.

Plainfield North defense completes 3-peat in win over Plainfield East

Plainfield North wasted little time spoiling Plainfield East’s senior night. And the Tigers accomplished another historic feat in the process.

Oswego defense blanks Plainfield South

You can’t win if you can’t score.

Oswego East picks it way past Minooka

Quarterback Zach Gessner and receiver Isaiah Hill had just connected for the third time, for six points, in Minooka’s must-win Southwest Prairie Conference game Friday night with Oswego East (7-1, 7-1).

Nigro's 3 interceptions fuel Lincoln-Way Central romp

Lincoln-Way Central junior Peyton Nigro entered Friday’s game at Andrew with three interceptions.

Lincoln-Way West blanks Thornridge to snap 3-game losing streak

After suffering three straight defeats, the longest losing streak since its initial season of 2009, Lincoln-Way West’s football team badly needed a victory when it hosted Thornridge on Friday.

Reed-Custer stifled in red zone vs. Plano

The pregame celebration on Friday’s senior night started with fireworks, but Reed-Custer could not continue that spark on the football field.

Providence runs into buzz saw at Loyola

In a must-win Chicago Catholic Blue game, the Providence Celtics made the 60-mile bus ride Saturday to the North Shore to take on powerhouse Loyola Academy.

Late heroics lift Coal City over Peotone

Take away one play, and Peotone handily would have outgained, out-possessed and outscored Coal City on Friday in a critical Interstate Eight Conference crossover game.

Cooper, Karli lead Lockport in Davis' absence

Lockport secured a place in the Class 8A playoffs Friday night with its sixth victory, beating SouthWest Suburban Conference foe Stagg, 35-0.

Football Chatter: Week 8 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 8 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Joliet Central football

The Tigers defeated the Steelmen, 40-0, on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Joliet.

Photos: Morris vs. Sycamore football

The Redskins defeated the Spartans, 28-13, on Friday, Oct. 14, in Morris.

Photos: Plainfield Central vs. Romeoville football

The Wildcats fell to the Spartans, 52-14, on Friday, Oct. 14, in Plainfield.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Oswego football

The Cougars fell to the Panthers, 21-0, on Friday, Oct. 14, in Joliet.

Week 7

Lockport survives scare, rallies past Lincoln-Way West

Lincoln-Way West dominated the first half of Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Conference football battle with Lockport, but led only 7-0 at the break.

Joliet West beats Minooka, earns playoff berth

After building a 21-0 halftime lead, Joliet West held off a furious second-half Minooka rally to win Friday night’s Southwest Prairie Conference game, 42-30.

Romeoville wins again, beats Plainfield East

After losing its first five football games, Romeoville has turned things around.

Plainfield North makes history against Plainfield South

Plainfield North accomplished a pair of historic milestones in a 35-0 Southwest Prairie Conference win over Plainfield South during its homecoming game Friday night.

Providence loses heartbreaker to Fenwick

Only 1.4 seconds remained on the clock at Triton College.

Morris runs past Kaneland to become playoff-eligible

The Morris football team was on a mission.

McNair returns opening kickoff 99 yards in Joliet Central loss to Oswego

Joliet Central cracked the scoreboard for the first time in three weeks, but its two touchdowns were not enough to take down Southwest Prairie Conference-leading Oswego, which recorded a 63-14 victory Friday night.

Oswego East overwhelms Plainfield Central

Oswego East’s offense can light up the scoreboard, but when the Wolves’ defense and special teams provide additional scoring opportunities, the opposing team is in trouble.

Keenan Hailey runs for 199 yards in JCA loss to Benet

Joliet Catholic Academy sophomore running back Keenan Hailey carried the football 40 times for 199 yards, but Benet defeated the Hilltoppers, 38-21, Friday in an East Suburban Catholic Conference game.

Wilmington tops Reed-Custer; Coal City snaps skid

Owen Weaver rushed for 169 yards in 15 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 57, 6, 4 and 11 yards Friday night to lead unbeaten Wilmington to a 33-7 Interstate Eight Small victory over Reed-Custer.

Lincoln-Way Central rallies past Bolingbrook

After seeing a 20-7 halftime lead turn into a 28-20 deficit early in the fourth quarter of Friday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference football game at Bolingbrook, Lincoln-Way Central appeared to be on the ropes.

Fleming catches 9 passes, boots 3 field goals in Lemont win

It’s not every high school football game that a player kicks three field goals.

Football Chatter: Week 7 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 7 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Lockport football

The Warriors fell to the Porters, 14-7, on Friday, Oct. 7, in Lockport.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Minooka football

The Tigers defeated the Indians, 42-30, on Friday, Oct. 7, in Joliet.

Photos: Joliet Central vs. Oswego football

The Steelmen fell to the Panthers, 63-14, on Friday, Oct. 7, in Oswego.

Photos: Lincoln-Way Central vs. Bolingbrook football

The Knights defeated the Raiders, 42-28, on Friday, Oct. 7, in Bolingbrook.

Week 6

Joliet West football defeats Plainfield Central

Even though his team had won its last two games while Plainfield Central was winless, Joliet West football coach Jason Aubry knew that the Tigers would be in for a battle when they played in the Wildcats’ homecoming game on Saturday.

Late Morris comeback falls just short vs. DeKalb

Jordan Gandy saw daylight, and instinct took over.

Lincoln-Way West can't move the chains in loss to Normal Community

Myriad chances to capitalize on Normal Community miscues fell into Lincoln-Way West’s hands on Friday. The Warriors failed to take advantage of most of them and dropped a 17-7 nonconference decision to the Ironmen.

Nettles rushes for 225 yards, 4 touchdowns as Romeoville stuns Minooka

In yet another edition of “Who Can Figure This Conference Out?” Romeoville’s Jordan Nettles took center stage at Minooka’s homecoming and led the previously winless Spartans to a 29-26 Southwest Prairie Conference win.

Ke'Von-less JCA shut out by Nazareth

Joliet Catholic offensive coordinator Jim Sharp glanced in the direction of running back Ke’Von Johnson and said, “He was our surprise for this week.”

Plainfield North bounces back from loss to Oswego East, beats Joliet Central

Plainfield North unleashed a three-headed monster on offense during a 41-0 Southwest Prairie Conference win Friday over Joliet Central.

Bolingbrook uses 8 backs to rush past Lockport

Bolingbrook used eight running backs who combined to rush for 313 yards in a 27-22 Southwest Suburban Conference victory Friday night over Lockport.

Plainfield South gets offense going in second half vs. Plainfield East

After last week’s big victory on homecoming, Plainfield South coach Bill Bicker and his Cougars football team relished the opportunity to play spoiler.

Wilmington survives; Seneca rallies past Reed-Custer

The unbeaten Wilmington football team, which has breezed past its opponents all season, realized a different experience Friday night but came through unscathed.

Slow start dooms Lincoln-Way Central in loss to Bradley

Despite first-quarter showers, a huge homecoming crowd packed Lashmet Stadium for Friday’s Southwest Suburban Conference battle between Bradley-Bourbonnais and Lincoln-Way Central.

Plano hands Coal City third straight loss

Coal City’s football team was unsuccessful in its attempts to spoil Plano’s homecoming celebration, falling 35-6 Friday night in the Interstate Eight Large.

Lincoln-Way East rolls past Andrew

Nigel Muhammad broke touchdown runs of 64 and 62 yards as Lincoln-Way East defeated Andrew, 49-7, Friday in Southwest Suburban Conference play.

Football Chatter: Week 6 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 6 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Plainfield Central football

Joliet West defeated Plainfield Central, 20-6, on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield.

Photos: Romeoville vs. Minooka football

Romeoville defeated Minooka, 29-26, on Friday, Sept. 30, at Minooka Community High School in Minooka.

Photos: Lockport vs. Bolingbrook football

Bolingbrook defeated Lockport, 27-22, on Friday, Sept. 30, at Lockport Township High School's east campus in Lockport.

Photos: Coal City vs. Plano football

Coal City fell to Plano, 35-6, on Friday, Sept. 30, at Coal City High School in Coal City.

Photos: Morris vs. DeKalb football

Morris fell to DeKalb, 34-37, on Friday, Sept. 30, at DeKalb High School in DeKalb.

Week 5

Defense keys Morris' tight win over Yorkville

During the first half of Friday night’s Northern Illinois Big 12 East opener against Yorkville, the Morris football team’s offense didn’t do much in moving the ball.

Lesson learned as Lincoln-Way West falls to H-F

Lincoln-Way West’s football team lost to unbeaten Homewood-Flossmoor, 27-11, Friday in a Southwest Suburban Conference game, but the Warriors may have learned a helpful lesson as they head toward the playoffs.

Lockport takes another step toward playoff berth

Offense, defense and special teams all got in on the act for Lockport during its 42-16 Southwest Suburban Conference football win Friday over winless Andrew.

Plainfield South plays complete game vs. Joliet Central

Focus and finish.

Romeoville offense comes to life too late vs. Oswego

Romeoville’s offense came to life in the second half, but it was too late Friday night as the Spartans dropped a 42-22 Southwest Prairie Conference contest against Oswego.

Providence strong for a half vs. Brother Rice

Three touchdowns in three minutes. Game over.

Lincoln-Way Central hands Thornridge its first loss

Football isn’t checkers. There’s adrenaline all over a field, sparks sometimes leading to conflagrations.

Marian Central's big fourth quarter beats JCA

Struggling to get its offense rolling since its first play from scrimmage, Marian Central running back Brian Niemaszek dug in behind his offensive line and propelled his team to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Carnagio, Minooka roll in Plainfield Central turf debut

Minooka christened Plainfield Central’s new turf field with a 56-28 victory Friday night in a Southwest Prairie Conference football game.

Oswego East moves to 5-0 with win over Plainfield North

When two football opponents are averaging 46.4 points between them, most would expect to see a high-scoring affair.

Reed-Custer, Lemont, Lincoln-Way East, Peotone win; Bolingbrook, Coal City fall

The Reed-Custer football team unleashed a punishing ground game Friday night and rolled over Interstate Eight Small foe Westmont, 45-0.

Wilmington's quick start too much for Seneca

Wilmington defeated Seneca, 43-6, Friday night for its 45th straight Interstate Eight Conference Small football victory, its 15th straight defeat of the Fighting Irish and its 200th win under coach Jeff Reents.

Wilmington football coach Reents reaches 200-win milestone

Wilmington football fans may be forgiven if they take coach Jeff Reents for granted.

Joliet West playmakers, defense doom Plainfield East

The difference in Friday night’s Southwest Prairie matchup at Joliet West came down to the Tigers having more playmakers than Plainfield East.

Football Chatter: Week 5 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 5 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet Central vs. Plainfield South football

The Steelmen fell to the Cougars, 35-0, on Friday, Sept. 23, at Plainfield South High School in Joliet.

Photos: Providence vs. Brother Rice football

The Celtics fell to the Crusaders, 42-14, on Friday, Sept. 23, at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox.

Photos: JCA vs. Marian Central football

The Hilltoppers fell to the Hurricanes, 28-15, on Friday, Sept. 23, at Marian Central High School in Woodstock.

Photos: Oswego East vs. Plainfield North football

The Tigers fell to the Wolves, 21-14, on Friday, Sept. 23, at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield.

Week 4

Joliet Central football ends streak, beats Plainfield Central

The football gods got this one right. And how.

Big plays hurt JCA in loss to Notre Dame

The growing pains continued for the Joliet Catholic football team as the young Hilltoppers dropped a 35-17 decision to East Suburban Catholic foe Niles Notre Dame on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Oswego rallies to overcome Plainfield East

Both offenses sputtered on Friday night, but in the end, Oswego’s defense proved better in the Southwest Prairie football battle against Plainfield East.

Miller's 6 TD passes lift Plainfield North past Minooka

Friday night’s Southwest Prairie Conference football game between Minooka and Plainfield North looked like it would be a battle between Minooka quarterback John Carnagio and Plainfield North running back Tyler Hoosman.

Morris suffers first loss of season at Rochelle

The Morris football team had a chance at the end Friday night, but passes on both third and fourth down from the Rochelle 6-yard line fell incomplete in the end zone and the Redskins dropped a 21-14 decision.

H-F offense too much for Lockport to handle

Homewood-Flossmoor scored on its first eight possessions en route to a 53-24 victory over Lockport in a SouthWest Suburban Conference football game Friday night.

Drake delivers as Providence pounds St. Ignatius

After suffering a heart-wrenching and controversial 32-31 overtime loss at St. Rita a week earlier, it would not have been a surprise for Providence Catholic coach Mark Coglianese’s football team to be a little down.

Lincoln-Way East’s big second half beats Bolingbrook

Lincoln-Way East turned the ball over four times and lost it twice on downs during its first nine possessions of Friday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference game at Bolingbrook to fall behind 16-7 early in the final half.

Tullock, Joliet West get past Romeoville

Call it a step in the right direction for Joliet West.

New turf christened as Plainfield South falls

It took all of 13 seconds for Oswego East to christen the newly installed artificial field turf at Plainfield South with its first bad memory.

2 late scores power Lincoln-Way West victory

Lincoln-Way West leaned on its defense and backup quarterback Anthony Senerchia to pull out a 14-0 win Friday night over SouthWest Suburban Conference foe Stagg.

Lincoln-Way Central runs past Thornwood

Thornwood scored first in Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban football game at Lincoln-Way Central, but after that, it was all Knights.

Wilmington, Lemont, Dwight win while Reed-Custer, Coal City fall

Wilmington rushed for 390 yards and quarterback Jeff Treadman completed 4 of 5 passes for 48 and a touchdown Friday night as unbeaten Wilmington rolled over Interstate Eight Small foe Peotone, 48-10.

Football Chatter: Week 4 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 4 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet Central vs. Plainfield Central football

The Steelmen defeated the Wildcats, 38-35, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Joliet Central High School in Joliet.

Photos: Joliet Catholic vs. Notre Dame football

The Hilltoppers fell to the Dons, 35-17, on Friday, Sept. 16, at Memorial Stadium in Joliet.

Photos: Plainfield North vs. Minooka football

The Indians fell to the Tigers, 61-22, on Friday, Sept. 16, at Minooka Community High School in Minooka.

Photos: Lincoln-Way East vs. Bolingbrook football

The Griffins defeated the Raiders, 41-23, on Friday, Sept. 16, at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook.

Week 3

Opportunistic Lockport downs Lincoln-Way Central

Lockport scored twice after Lincoln-Way Central turnovers and came away with a 16-14 victory Friday night in the first SouthWest Suburban Conference football game for two teams that had come in unbeaten.

Plainfield South hangs on to beat Plainfield Central

Plainfield Central’s opportunity to end its long losing streak came down to a late two-point conversion Friday night, but the Plainfield South defense was up to the challenge.

Fast start, big finish adds up to Morris victory

The Morris football team started fast and finished strong Friday night in a 48-7 nonconference win over Quincy Notre Dame. That was more than enough to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Coal City scores early, often to beat Streator

Although starting Friday night 2-0, the Coal City football team had only a one-point lead in the opening week against Reed-Custer before pulling away after the first quarter, and it went back and forth with Lisle in Week 2.

Oswego edges Joliet West in defensive battle

It was expected to be a low-scoring game Saturday between Oswego and Joliet West, and it was exactly as advertised.

St. Patrick uses big plays to beat Joliet Catholic

Big plays.

Plainfield North offense explodes vs. Romeoville

Plainfield North’s offense was shut out a week earlier in a 12-0 loss to Oswego.

Minooka strikes quickly, tops Plainfield East

If you plan to attend a Minooka football game, make sure you get to your seat on time, because if you are a little bit late, you could miss a score or two.

Providence loss at St. Rita tough to swallow

Providence held a 24-21 lead Friday night over sister Augustinian school St. Rita in the teams’ Chicago Catholic Blue opener, when Celtics quarterback Jared Drake broke loose for an apparent 36-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes remaining.

H-F edges Lincoln-Way East in battle supreme

Lincoln-Way East and Homewood-Flossmoor, two highly ranked football teams, gave a packed house the type of high-scoring, nerve-wracking battle Friday night usually reserved for the later rounds of the playoffs, with the Vikings prevailing, 35-30, in the SouthWest Suburban Conference opener for both teams.

Joliet Central finds no answer for Oswego East

The Oswego East football team knows what it’s like to be on Joliet Central’s sideline.

Lincoln-Way West, Bolingbrook roll to victories

Lincoln-Way West jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead and was up, 35-0, after three quarters en route to a 35-14 SouthWest Suburban victory Friday night over Andrew.

Football Chatter: Week 3 games for Joliet area teams

The Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss and Sports Reporter Curt Herron discuss the Week 3 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Lockport vs. Lincoln-Way Central football

The Porters defeated the Knights, 16-14, on Friday, Sept. 9, at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Plainfield Central football

The Cougars defeated the Wildcats, 14-12, on Friday, Sept. 9, at Memorial Stadium in Joliet.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Oswego football

The Tigers fell to the Panthers, 7-3, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Joliet West High School in Joliet.

Photos: Romeoville vs. Plainfield North football

The Spartans fell to the Tigers, 62-6, on Friday, Sept. 9, at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield.

Week 2

Minooka offense awakens vs. Joliet Central

Jomarre McNair’s 61-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter Friday night gave Joliet Central a 7-0 lead over Southwest Prairie Conference foe Minooka.

Morris makes its case, tops No. 3 Washington

That noise you heard around 10 p.m. Friday night was the collective sound of the state’s Class 5A football teams smacking themselves on the head and saying, “Uh-oh. Morris is back.”

Kelly-Martin keys Oswego East past Romeoville

For those keeping score, the Week 2 encore for Oswego East senior running back Ivory Kelly-Martin was just as impressive as his first week, except he needed only half the time to do it.

Joliet West flips the switch on Plainfield South

Everything changed in the span of 30 seconds late in the second quarter Saturday afternoon.

Davis' last-minute field goal lifts Lockport

Lockport senior quarterback Ben Davis kicked a 31-yard field goal with five seconds remaining Friday night to give Lockport a dramatic 17-15 come-from-behind victory over South Elgin.

Geagan-Meyers act powers Lincoln-Way Central

Lincoln-Way Central 14. Sandburg 10 with 1:15 left in the third quarter.

Lincoln-Way West rallies past Bloom

When a favored team is trailing by 17 points late in the opening half on its own field, it’s not surprising to find their players in panic mode.

Plainfield North stumbles in red zone vs. Oswego

One season ago, Plainfield North snapped Oswego’s 33-game win streak in the Southwest Prairie Conference – and the Panthers did not forget.

Plainfield East rolls past Plainfield Central

The first 15 minutes of Friday night’s Plainfield Central at Plainfield East game were deceptive.

Growing pains continue for Joliet Catholic

Wheaton North added to Joliet Catholic’s growing pains Friday night, defeating the Hilltoppers, 37-7, in a nonconference game.

Bolingbrook gets off deck, beats McNamara

Bleak.

Providence scores late to beat St. John Vianney

Providence Catholic lost the lead in the fourth quarter but scored the decisive touchdown on a 45-yard drive in the closing minutes Friday night for a 28-21 nonconference victory over St. John Vianney.

Football Chatter: Week 2 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss, joined by Sports Reporter Curt Herron, discusses the Week 2 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Minooka vs. Joliet Central football

Minooka defeated Joliet Central on Friday, Sept. 2, in Joliet. The Indians beat the Steelmen, 33-7.

Photos: Morris vs. Washington football

Morris defeated Washington on Friday, Sept. 2, in Morris. The Redskins won over the Panthers, 20-3.

Photos: Plainfield South vs. Joliet West football

Joliet West defeated Plainfield South on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Joliet. West slipped past South, 12-3.

Photos: Lincoln-Way West vs. Bloom football

Lincoln-Way West defeated Bloom on Friday in New Lenox. The Warriors defeated the Trojans, 40-27.

Week 1

Kelly-Martin, Oswego East roll over Joliet West

The debut of Ivory Kelly-Martin in the Southwest Prairie Conference trumped Joliet West’s SPC football debut Friday night.

Morris dominates Chicago Austin in season opener

Midway through the third quarter of Morris’ season-opening football game against Chicago Austin Polytechnic, the skies opened up, rain poured down and lightning filled the southern sky.

Blake Coughlin, Plainfield East edge Joliet Central

One play made all the difference for the Plainfield East football team as the Bengals opened Southwest Prairie Conference play with a 6-0 victory over Joliet Central on Friday night.

Too many miscues for JCA in season-opening loss to Franklin

Joliet Catholic Academy journeyed to the greater Milwaukee area Friday night to open its football season against a quality Franklin team that already had a scrimmage and a regular-season game under its belt.

Plainfield North runs past Plainfield Central

Plainfield North senior running back Tyler Hoosman carried the ball 23 times for 125 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 40-7 victory over visiting Plainfield Central in the season and Southwest Prairie Conference opener for both teams Friday night.

Minooka comes up 2-point conversion short vs. Oswego

Two Oswego defenders got their hands on Minooka quarterback John Carnagio’s two-point conversion pass in the end zone and swatted it away Friday night to preserve a 7-6 Panthers win in the Southwest Prairie opener and season opener for both teams.

Plainfield South beats Romeoville in a choppy start

The words pretty season-opening win in football usually do not go together.

Lockport captures first opener since 2011

After last winning a season opener in 2011, Lockport’s football team not only broke that streak but kicked off its 2016 campaign in impressive fashion.

LaBuhn, Telez fuel Lincoln-Way West victory

Perfection will have to wait another day for the Lincoln-Way West football team.

East St. Louis flies past Providence in opener

Two schools with rich football traditions attracted a large crowd for Saturday night’s season opener at Bishop Kaffer Stadium.

Coal City, Wilmington open season with victories

Reed-Custer scored first to lead 6-0 in Friday night’s football opener for both teams, but Coal City responded to grab a 21-6 halftime lead en route to a 38-12 victory.

Football Chatter: Week 1 games for Joliet area teams

Herald-News Sports Editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 1 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.

Photos: Joliet West vs. Oswego East football

The Tigers fell to the Wolves, 49-14, on Friday, Aug. 26, in Joliet.

Photos: Plainfield East vs. Joliet Central football

The Steelmen fell to the Bengals, 6-0, on Friday, Aug. 26, in Joliet.

Photos: Minooka vs. Oswego football

The Indians fell to the Panthers, 7-6, on Friday, Aug. 26, in Minooka.

Preseason previews

Joliet Central, Joliet West primed to begin life in Southwest Prairie Conference

If wins and losses are what matter most, the Joliet Township football teams have enjoyed limited success since the combined sports program was dissolved and separate programs at Central and West were restored in 2010.

Goss: A different look to area football in 2016

The dawn of a fresh high school football season always is loaded with anticipation, excitement and questions that fans hope will be answered in a positive manner.

Unity the key as Joliet Central builds

On paper, the Joliet Central football team has suffered on the field since the two Joliet high schools went to separate programs.

Jaxon Aubry set to lead Joliet West attack

Coming off one of the best athletic years in school history, the Joliet West football team wants to continue the success that has been established.

It's a new group's turn at JCA

A sweltering preseason practice almost was over when Joliet Catholic Academy football coach Dan Sharp asked for more from his players.

Providence eyes rebound behind Warfield

On Nov. 29, 2014, with 6:15 left in the Class 7A state championship game at the University of Illinois, then sophomore running back Richie Warfield broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown run that gave Providence Catholic a 31-21 lead.

Portz brothers fuel Bicker's first team at Plainfield South

Nick and Jake Portz. Jake and Nick Portz.

New Plainfield Central coach changing Wildcats' mindset

First-year head coach Jon Pereiro teaches history and psychology at Plainfield Central.

Plainfield North out to erase memories of 2015

It’s hard to blame the Plainfield North football program for being a little angry this season. The Tigers have some unfinished business after a bitter end to the 2015 campaign.

Plainfield East relying on youth to step up

Not since it opened its doors seven years ago has Plainfield East featured a team as young and inexperienced as the one that will take the field in the Bengals’ season opener Friday night at Joliet Central.

Lincoln-Way West focus on return to state finals

Shortly after Lincoln-Way West's 2015 season ended in a 42-21 Class 5A state championship loss to Nazareth, the mantra for the 2016 season was set.

Memory of 4-5 finish in 2015 motivates Lincoln-Way Central

Lincoln-Way Central finished last season in the spot nobody wants to be in – 4-5 and one win short of the playoffs.

Quarterback Carnagio leading the charge for Minooka

If the Minooka football team takes the same approach every week as third-year starting quarterback Johnny Carnagio, this season won’t take a back seat to last year.

Lockport plans to succeed 'The Hard Way'

Over the summer, the Lockport football team comes up with a motto for the season.

Coach Oliver Gibson convinced Romeoville will be better

Romeoville football coach Oliver Gibson is eyeing a playoff berth, and, although the Spartans are coming off a 1-8 season, he has no doubts it’s realistic.

Experience, offensive line play key roles for Morris

After last season's final regular-season game, a 40-0 win over LaSalle-Peru, the Morris football team found itself in an unfamiliar situation.

Lincoln-Way East, Bolingbrook, Lemont, Wilmington all could be good

When the strength of high school football in the Joliet area is the topic, Lincoln-Way East, Bolingbrook and Lemont invariably show up early in the conversation.

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