6 key takeaways from the second round of the IHSA football in Peoria
Second round of the high school football playoffs has come and gone.
Before we gear up for the quarterfinals, here are six takeaways from Saturday's games:
Mid-Illini moves on two teams
Morton and Washington each get a 12th game this season thanks to second-round victories on Saturday. These are the final two Mid-Illini Conference teams standing.
The Potters went to Morris and upset the hosts, 28-24, in a Class 5A second-round game. Morton (9-2), which makes its program's second-ever quarterfinal, hosts Mahomet-Seymour (11-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Two of the bigger plays in the game for Morton came when Layne Kaufman found Hudson Strube on third down for a six-yard gain deep in Morris territory. Mack Anderson then forced a fourth-quarter fumble.
Washington (9-2) heads to its ninth quarterfinal under coach Darrell Crouch with a 27-13 road win over Champaign Centennial. The Panthers will host Crete-Monee (8-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Babcook Field.
A pair of Thomas Borges fourth-quarter touchdowns created separation in a 14-7 game and give the co-Mid-Illini champs the win.
Pekin, which was the third Mid-Illini team playing past the first round, suffered a 31-28 loss to Rockton Hononegah. The Dragons look a late 28-24 lead before ending its season in the second round for the first time since 2011.
Farmington 2, Heart of Illinois 0
Two Heart of Illinois Conference opponents? Make that a pair of victories for Farmington against the perennially tough league.
The Farmers (11-0), who got 244 rushing yards from Riley Embry and 151 by Kevin Shultz, cruised to a 35-12 victory over Tremont in the Class 2A second round on Saturday. This marked back-to-back games against HOIC teams for the hosts, who played back-to-back home games.
Coincidentally, Farmington will travel to Downs Tri-Valley — its third HOIC opponent in as many weeks — for a 1 p.m. Saturday kick.
Abingdon-Avon among 1A final eight
Lots of points from the Tornadoes resulted in a 55-30 victory over Gilman Iroquois West in Saturday's Class 1A second-round game. A-Town (10-1) now travels to Colfax Ridgeview/Lexington (7-4) for a 1 p.m. Saturday kickoff.
This is the first quarterfinal appearance for the program. And talk about A-Town leaving no doubt, scoring three first-quarter TDs and completing a trio of two-point conversions for a 24-0 lead.
Quarterback Easten Schisler was dynamic — 290 passing yards and three TDs to go with 99 rushing yards and a TD. Drake DeJaynes scored on a 43-yard fourth-quarter TD as part of 64 yards on 12 carries.
Princeton allows 76 total yards
Talk about getting defensive, and Princeton will respond. The Tigers gave up just 76 yards and two first downs en route to a 40-0 win over Fairbury Prairie Central in Saturday's Class 3A second-round game.
Princeton (10-1), which is making successive quarterfinals appearance, heads to Elmhurst for a 3 p.m. Saturday kick against IC Catholic (10-1), which won back-to-back-to-back state championships from 2016-2018.
Coach Ryan Pearson, Canton's former coach, saw his defense force three turnovers on a three successive Prairie Central possessions. His quarterback Teegan Davis (1189 rushing yards, two TDs; 158 passing yards, TD) and running back Augie Christiansen (79 yards, two TDs) made sure the offense had no trouble keeping up.
241 + 241 = lots of yards
Two of the area's best running backs — Morton's Seth Glatz and Thomas Borges of Washington — matched each other in rushing yards on Saturday. The pair each rushed 241 yards and three TDs in their respective wins.
Glatz hit the mark in 42 carries, while Borges amassed his yardage on 20 carries.
And now, the quarterfinals
Five area teams are set for their quarterfinal games. Abingdon-Avon (1A), Farmington (2A), Princeton (3A), Morton (5A) and Washington (6A) are all playing on Saturday with their sights set on the semifinals.
Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.