The Springfield area's top performances from quarterfinals of high school playoffs

Bill Welt Ryan Mahan Trevor Lawrence
State Journal-Register

Here are the top-performing Springfield-area teams and players from the quarterfinal round of the Illinois High School Association playoffs on Saturday.

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KeShon Singleton, Sacred Heart-Griffin

The senior receiver returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown in the No. 2 Cyclones' 51-13 dominant win over No. 6 Murphysboro at Ken Leonard Field. He also had four catches for 68 yards from senior quarterback Ty Lott, who went 8 of 11 for 184 yards and two scores with one interception.

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Max Lynch, Pana  

The senior quarterback totaled 113 rushing yards and one touchdown in a 37-12 loss at top-seeded Decatur St. Teresa in the Class 2A quarterfinals. The No. 4-seeded Panthers (10-2) rushed for 237 yards as a team. That included 72 rushing yards on 12 attempts by senior Carter Beyers. Isaiah Harbert, who led the defense with 12 tackles, scored a game-tying 9-yard TD run in the first quarter before the Bulldogs (12-0) pulled away. Lynch additionally completed three passes for 23 yards but was sacked five times in the loss. Lynch finished his senior year with nearly 2,500 rushing yards and 29 TDs. He also threw for more than 1,400 yards and 15 TDs this season. 

Keeton Reiss and Parker Gillespie, Rochester 

Reiss connected with Gillespie to open the game and the latter turned the short pass into a 78-yard touchdown en route to a 41-28 victory over No. 1 Carterville in the Class 4A quarterfinals. Reiss, the senior QB, finished 11 of 18 for 202 yards and added more than 100 rushing yards while Gillespie, the junior receiver, had five catches for 110 yards and a TD. 

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Colin Ripperda, Williamsville

The Bullets senior linebacker stripped Stanford Olympia running back Kade Lollar and ran in a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Williamsville's 41-21 Class 3A quarterfinal win over the Spartans in rural Stanford. He also punched in a 14-yard touchdown run — his only carry — to push the Bullets' lead past the 40-point threshold to turn on the running clock for the entire second half. The Spartans scored all three touchdowns during that running clock.

Jake Seman, Williamsville

The Bullets' quarterback had 218 yards of offense but was limited in his production because the Bullets' defense and special teams were so good in their 42-21 Class 3A quarterfinal win over Stanford Olympia. On the Bullets' first possession, Seman guided his team 51 yards to the first touchdown with two carries of 23 and 5 yards followed by a 24-yard touchdown to Jackson Workman.

The Bullets' second drive started at their own 47 and despite three incomplete passes, Seman had a 5-yard completion and then a 25-yard touchdown run as Williamsville jumped up to a 14-0 lead. Olympia (7-5) fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Williamsville marched the 42 yards to a 21-0 lead. After Seman led the Bullets another 53 yards for a touchdown for a 28-0 lead, Colin Ripperda (above) had his strip touchdown return before Ripperda finished off Williamsville's longest drive of 66 yards with a 14-yard touchdown.

Seman finished with 118 yards rushing on nine carries and passed for 100 yards and completed 8 of 13 passes with two touchdowns and one interception.

Springfield-area IHSA football quarterfinal scores

Class 4A

(4) Rochester 41, (1) Carterville 28

(2) Sacred Heart-Griffin 51, (6) Murphysboro 13

Class 3A

(3) Williamsville 41, (15) Stanford Olympia 21

Class 2A

(1) Decatur St. Teresa 37, (4) Pana 12

Springfield-area IHSA football semifinal schedule

Class 4A

(4) Rochester at (2) Sacred Heart-Griffin, 7 p.m. Friday

Class 3A

(4) Tolono Unity at (3) Williamsville, 2 p.m. Saturday