No. 3 Montini (9-2) at No. 2 Marian Central (11-0)
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: George Harding Field
About the Broncos: Montini is the three-time Class 5A defending state champion and escaped the second round with a 24-22 victory over Sycamore. Andrew Harte booted a 34-yard field goal with 1.1 seconds remaining for the win. WRs Joey Borsellino (57 receptions, 661 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Mark Gorogianis (41, 476, four) are two of the main targets for QB Alex Wills (131 of 204, 1,452 yards, 19 TDs, 12 INT). RB Dmitri Taylor has 1,092 yards and 10 TDs.
About the Hurricanes: QB Chris Streveler has thrown for 2,154 yards with 24 touchdowns and three interceptions, while rushing for 1,012 yards and 21 touchdowns. RB Ephraim Lee has 1,221 yards and 14 touchdowns. The ’Canes’ defense has allowed only 117 points and is very fast all over. Marian won the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division matchup in the regular season, 49-24.
Up next: The winner meets the winner of No. 12 Joliet Catholic (7-4) vs. No. 9 Lincoln-Way West (8-3) in the semifinals.
No. 4 CL Central (9-2) at No. 1 Cary-Grove (11-0)
When: 1 p.m. today
Where: Al Bohrer Field
About the Tigers: Central is led by FB Connor Hines with 722 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. QB Kyle Lavand has thrown for 1,087 yards and the Tigers also open it up sometimes with their spread formations. Central’s defense is allowing only 200 yards and 13.3 points a game. Central won its first-round games in 2009 and 2010, but this time was able to win two playoff games for the first time in school history.
About the Trojans: C-G is in the quarterfinals for the seventh time in nine seasons. FB Kyle Norberg leads the area with 1,797 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. QB Quinn Baker returned last week after missing 31⁄2 games with a broken bone in his left hand and ran for 191 yards in C-G’s 49-21 victory over Chicago St. Patrick.
Up next: The winner meets No. 10 Lake Forest (9-3), which beat No. 14 Niles Notre Dame (7-5) on Friday, 31-19 in the semifinals.
– Joe Stevenson, email@example.com