Thursday, December 1, 2022

27 IL football teams undefeated for regular season

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In Illinois, 34 high school football teams are undefeated after their eighth game last weekend and go into the final week of the regular season with high hopes.

POST-GAME UPDATE Oct. 21: Scores have been updated on this page … The regular football season has concluded in Illinois, and 27 teams finished all nine games undefeated.

Barrington High School (in red), 2014 Homecoming game (Ron Cogswell/Flickr CC)
  1. Anna (A.-Jonesboro) d. Benton (5-4), 62-28, Fri.
  2. Antioch d. Grayslake (North) (6-3), 14-7, Fri.
  3. Barrington d. Hoffman Estates (Conant) (1-8), 40-19, Fri.
  4. Batavia (8-1) lost to St. Charles (North) (8-1), 28-35, Fri.
  5. Bridgeport (Red Hill) d. Flora (3-6), 38-0, Fri.
  6. Byron d. Winnebago (6-3), 50-6, Fri.
  7. Carlinville (8-1) lost to Greenville (7-2), 28-35, Fri.
  8. Carrollton (8-1) lost to Camp Point (Central) (7-2), 28-34, Fri.
  9. Chicago (Marist) d. Joliet (Catholic Academy) (3-6), 14-7, Fri.
  10. Chicago (Phillips) d. Chicago (Clark) (3-6), 53-0, Fri.
  11. Crystal Lake (Prairie Ridge) d. Carpentersville (Dundee-Crown) (1-8), 55-14, Fri.
  12. Dixon (H.S.) (8-1) lost to Poplar Grove (North Boone) (7-2), 47-48, Fri.
  13. Dunlap d. Canton (5-4), 35-7, Fri.
  14. Fairfield d. Sesser (S.-Valier) [Coop] (8-1), 18-6, Fri.
  15. Farmington d. Lewistown (3-6), 46-14, Fri.
  16. Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) d. Bolingbrook (7-2), 18-14, Fri.
  17. Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) d. Heyworth (1-8), 53-0, Sat.
  18. Hamilton [West Hancock Coop] d. Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin (6-3), 38-28, Sat.
  19. Herscher (8-1) lost to Peotone (8-1), 28-35, Fri.
  20. Highland d. Charleston (0-9), 63-6, Fri.
  21. Johnsburg d. Marengo (2-7), 43-6, Fri.
  22. Lake Zurich d. Mundelein (H.S.) (2-7), 42-14, Fri.
  23. Lena (L.-Winslow) d. Dakota (7-2), 55-7, Fri.
  24. Normal (Community) d. Champaign (Central) (2-7), 50-21, Fri.
  25. Rochester d. Springfield (H.S.) (5-4), 49-16, Fri.
  26. Rockton (Hononegah) d. Machesney Park (Harlem) (5-4), 21-9, Fri.
  27. Sesser (S.-Valier) [Coop] (8-1) lost to Fairfield (9-0), 6-18, Fri.
  28. Sterling (H.S.) d. DeKalb (7-2), 31-3, Fri.
  29. Sterling (Newman Central Catholic) d. Port Byron (Riverdale) (3-6), 51-0, Fri.
  30. Tolono (Unity) (8-1) lost to Bloomington (Central Catholic) (8-1), 13-35, Fri.
  31. Trenton (Wesclin) d. Robinson (2-7), 47-7, Fri.
  32. Tuscola d. Sullivan [S.-Okaw Valley Coop] (0-9), 68-10, Fri.
  33. Westville d. Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm) (3-6), 56-13, Fri.
  34. Williamsville d. Athens (7-2), 28-0, Fri.

A maximum of 33 teams will finish the season undefeated, because Fairfield hosted Sesser-Valier Coop, two of the 34 undefeated teams, in a game tonight at the “Train Yard.”

The game itself was tight, even into the fourth quarter, with Fairfield defeating Black Diamond Conference opponent Sesser-Valier, 18-6. Sesser-Valier came close, marching down to the Mules’ 10-yard line just as the third quarter ended. On the first play of the fourth, however, a pass was intercepted and momentum swung over to Fairfield and never went back Sesser-Valier’s way. Adding insult to injury for playoff-bound Sesser-Valier, a 70-yard pass completion with just a few minutes left in the game was called back on a holding penalty.

The victory for the Mules, closing out the season, led to Fairfield’s first undefeated regular season since 1957. What a game it was! And just as the final seconds ticked off the clock, just as people filed out of this Train Yard home field, a locomotive pulled a train through, blowing its horn, a 125-ton noisemaker for the party.


(NFHS Network screen shot)
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