After Richwoods' loss to Sacred Heart Griffin Friday night, Peoria fans were hoping the remaining two Mid State 6 teams could win and advance in their Class 5A openers on Saturday. It was not to be as both Notre Dame and Central fell in down to the wire heartbreakers.
Notre Dame hosted Chatham-Glenwood at Peoria Stadium in a bruising, back and forth struggle. Glenwood would pull ahead, only to find the Irish coming right back time and time again. Andy Shadid led Notre Dame's effort on the day with spectacular rushing and kick returning for big yardage. With the score tied late, the Irish missed what would have been a winning field goal at the end of regulation. Then, on fourth and five in overtime, they elected to go for the touchdown and were stopped. Glenwood was then able to kick the winner through the uprights and will advance to host Sacred Heart Griffin next week.
Central traveled to Washington to face the undefeated Panthers and gave them all they could handle. The Lions' explosive offensive speed was problematic for the hosts and the Lions held a 21-17 midway through the fourth quarter. Two late touchdowns by Washington's Casey Danley sealed Central's fate, however, and the Panthers will move on to face Mount Vernon in round two next week. The final was 31-21.
In two other games of note, Limestone handled visiting Jerseyville, 47-27, and will now travel to highly regarded Highland next week. It could easily be argued that undefeated Highland (4 seed) and 9-1 Limestone (5 seed) both deserved higher seeds in this bracket, but none of that matters now as they will face off in what should be a great battle. Lastly, In Class 6A, Quincy, Sr had never won a playoff game in school history and had not won at Rock Island since 1973 (www.wgem.com), but all that changed Saturday. They are now on the move after knocking off highly ranked Rock Island on the road by the score of 40-20. The Blue Devils' next task will not be easy as they host always tough New Lenox Providence Catholic in round two.