Rockets finish with a bang
TOLONO — Conner Grace rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns, and Unity’s defense held Shelbyville to minus-8 yards total offense.
Grace scored on runs of 6, 3 and 2 yards to help the Rockets bolt to a 19-0 lead with 9:23 left in the second quarter.
Justin Deters contributed 76 ground yards and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Darien Goembel as Unity’s lead grew to 25-0.
Okaw Valley Black
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Monticello 4 1 8 1
St. Teresa 4 1 6 3
Unity 4 1 7 2
Shelbyville 2 3 3 6
Sullivan/Okaw Valley 1 4 2 7
Clinton 0 5 1 8
It’s Selection Saturday!
Some have called this the most exciting day of the fall for high school football fans. Tonight, the IHSA will reveal the football playoff brackets. We will learn if any area teams will face one another in the first round, which schools will play at home in Week 1 and which ones will have to travel. Some five-win area teams also might learn that their season will not continue. Here’s what to expect:
PLAYOFF QUALIFIERS — All 256 qualifiers announced online, 5:15 p.m.
PAIRINGS SHOW TIME (Comcast SportsNet) — 8-10 p.m. (1A pairings at 8:06, 2A pairings at 8:16, 3A pairings at 8:26, etc.)
STUDIO HOST AND PANELISTS — Host Jen Lada will be joined by IHSA announcer Dave Bernhard, Kankakee Daily Journal sports writer Steve Soucie, Rockford WTVO reporter Matt Rodewald and state prep football expert “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran.
CELEBRITY GUEST APPEARANCES — Aaron Bennett (WCIA, Champaign), Mike Clark (Chicago Sun-Times), Justin Conn (Decatur Herald & Review), Mike Helfgot (Chicago Tribune), Ryan Mahan (Springfield State Journal-Register), Scott Mees (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan), Kurt Pegler (WMBD, Peoria), Joe Stevenson (Northwest Herald), Blake Toppmeyer (Quincy Herald-Whig)
WEBSITE — ihsa.org
THESE AREA TEAMS ARE IN:
Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement 9-0
Salt Fork 8-1
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 7-2
St. Joseph-Ogden 7-2
St. Thomas More 6-3
Villa Grove/Heritage 6-3
AREA FIVE-WIN BUBBLE TEAMS
AND THEIR PLAYOFF POINTS
Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 41
Milford/Cissna Park 39