Question of the Week: Who wins this week's rematches between Danville-Normal West, Unity-Monticello and Tuscola-Central A&M?
Staff writer Tony Bleill says the teams that won the regular season meetings
I'd love to get cute and pick an upset somewhere along the way, but it's hard to see that happening. Looking at the regular season results, the closest game was Danville-Normal West. The Vikings were in front much of the game before the Wildcats rallied in the final minutes. Obviously, Danville has a great shot to win this time, especially given the postseason experience it has accrued during the last three seasons. But I'll take the homestanding Wildcats in another nailbiter. Let's call it Normal West 17, Danville 14. The Unity-Monticello game is intriguing because of the Sages' remarkable improvement in the last few weeks. Is it enough to make up a 41-point margin that was displayed on the scoreboard in Week 7? That's a tough chore. But it's always dangerous to pick against Cully Welter in the playoffs, and since that game, the Sages have outscored three opponents 123-35. If the Rockets are ready to play — and aren't expecting to face the same Monticello team they saw in October — I think they'll advance. Let's say Unity 21, Monticello 7. Finally, Central A&M gets its fourth shot at Tuscola in the last 13 months. So far the count is Tuscola 3, A&M 0. I was impressed with the Warriors in the first round, and while Moweaqua is a tough place to play, the Warriors' fans will travel well and negate some of that homefield advantage. I'm calling it Tuscola 28, Central A&M 20.