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ILLINOIS - The first round of the playoff were somewhat  overshadowed by Mother Nature, who has been pounding the Chicagoland area with measurable rain amounts over the last couple of days. These conditions are forcing some team to leave their comfy home fields and take their games on the road, well, sort of. The Hillcrest Hawks was one of those teams who moved their first round playoff game to a near by field owned and operated by the Village of Country Club Hills. The field is excellent for football and soccer this time of the year because it has the rubber turf surface. It has already been mentioned that if rain continues next week, expect more scrambling to find homes away from home.

Wheaton Academy takes the Hawks to overtime...

As stated above, the game was relocated to a neighboring field, Country Club Hills Park District Field, where both teams made attempts to move on to the next round under the lights.

It's been said that Hillcrest has the easier bracket for Class 5A, it sure wasn't noticeable Friday against Wheaton Academy. The Hawks, seeded No. 1 and facing a 5-4 team saw what appeared to be a possible dream season go up in smoke in a 20-19 overtime loss.

Morgan Weaver got the Hawks on the board first in the overtime on a short run but failed the extra point on a somewhat controversial call by the officials for taunting. After the score, the Hawks gave their fellow teammates high-fives and chest bumps, while the special teams members were coming on the field, and away from the opponent, and one official toss the flag saying this was excessive and he viewed it as taunting. Any hoot, this failed PAT would prove costly.

Brian Pell got Wheaton Academy on the board on two plays with their overtime possession with a pass to none other than Anthony Ritchie to tie the score, then they were able to successfully convert the extra point winning the contest and advancing to the second round.

winning kick

Anthony Ritchie at the line

“It is unbelievable,” Hawks coach Earnest Sutton said. “(Wheaton Academy) played a good game. Hats off to those guys. They did what they needed to do, and they came in here and beat us."

The Caravan survives the Wolverines attack

This is a rematch of the season opener in which Mount Carmel won 53-27 over Simeon down at Soldiers' Field. The Wolverine's only other loss prior tonight was against Morgan Park (29-28).

Simeon safety Delano Wilcox picked up a fumble at the 14 and ran it in for a touchdown and the team was able to convert the two-point conversion to give the Wolverines an early 14-13 lead. But the Caravan came right back with their 12-play winning drive.

Milton Greet sprinted down the field for a 22-yard touchdown with less than five minutes to play. Then it was up to the defense to hold Simeon and they responded holding the Wolverines inside their own 10 yard line and out of the end zone down the stretch for a 19-14 victory.

The Caravan's quarterback Chris Sujka also ran a 55 yard touchdown in for a well-needed score.

‘‘Our defense was awesome,’’ Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. ‘‘They really stepped up. I don’t think we ran 20 plays in the first half and Simeon got one touchdown on a fumble. They were the higher seed and we are looking at this as an upset.’’

Spartans knock off Bengals

Led by Jerule Taylor the Spartans with over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Joseph Hess also added a two touchdowns. On the other side of the ball the Spartans had six interceptions including two by Wes Flemming and Bryon Bajorek.

The Bengals got on the board on an 85-yard kickoff return by Vance St. George.

Marian Catholic 49, Bogan 6

Lemont knocks off North

Danny Hayes carried the load on the evening with over 140 yards and two touchdowns moving to the next rounds.

Lemont 37, Lincoln-Way North 0

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