ROCKFORD – The 1st round of the IHSA football playoffs are in the books, with local teams securing their spots into the 2nd round of the postseason as the road to DeKalb hits its first stop.
Scores from Saturday’s first round games are organized by classification.
Lena-Winslow 46, Aurora Christian 8 – The Panthers improved to 10-0 behind Sean Ormiston’s 230 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Ric Arand won his 200th game as Le-Win head coach.
Aquin 55, Fulton 38 – The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 with a high-scoring playoff opener against the Steamers in a game played at Freeport High School on turf after Halloween snow soaked Conley Field.
Forreston 42, Marquette 7 – The Cardinals weren’t fazed by the road environment in Ottawa as the defending 1-A state champions got their 2019 playoff journey off on a dominant note.
Orangeville 32, Hope Academy 0 – The Broncos are playing their best football at the right time, as their playoff opener in Chicago is their fourth straight win. Orangeville’s seven wins are its most in a season since 2001.
Stockton 20, Princeville 7 – The Blackhawks controlled their road game in Princeville to earn a first round postseason victory, and will be at home in Round 2. Their win was a clean sweep for the NUIC in Class 1-A first round games.
Hiawatha 44, Abingdon-Avon 6 – The Hawks scored 44 unanswered points behind Kyle Thompson’s 144 rushing yards as he continues to rewrite the record books. Hiawatha won its first playoff game since 1987.
Knoxville 66, Rockford Christian 13 – The Royal Lions were tasked with a long road trip to an undefeated Blue Bullets team, who ended Rockford Christian’s season in the first round.
Newman 28, Orion 13 – The Comets continue to be one of the gold standards in Class 2-A football, as they haven’t missed the playoffs since 2000. Their road to ending a five-year state title drought began with a 15-point win over the Chargers in Sterling.
Byron 50, Alleman 28 – The Tigers scored 50 points in the first half, and that was all they needed in a 50-28 victory over the Pioneers. Byron is at full strength after dealing with injuries during the year as last year’s 3-A runner-up looks to make a run to DeKalb.
Du-Pec 44, Harlan 12 – The first ever playoff game for the Rivermen was a roaring success in Durand as the NUIC co-op completed a six-game sweep for the conference on Saturday with a dominant performance.
Stillman Valley 32, Dixon 6 – The Cardinals and Dukes met in last year’s first round, and the same result unfolded this season – a Stillman Valley victory, as an 18-0 lead at the half was plenty for Mike Lalor’s crew.
Genoa-Kingston 44, North Chicago 0 – The Cogs posted their fourth shutout this season, 40% of their now nine-win season to date – G-K’s Wing-T hummed along in Cogs Country to a Round 2 appearance.
Boylan 49, Hyde Park 0 – The Titans spread the wealth around on offense all afternoon – Trey Malone, Xavier Bryant, and the rest of Boylan’s playmakers piled up the points en route to a 10-0 record thus far.
Sycamore 59, Evergreen Park 7 – Ever since a Week 2 loss to DeKalb, the Spartans have steamrolled through everyone, winning nine games in a row, including a stress-free playoff opener at home.
Hononegah 43, Grant 17 – Payton Mather and the Indians passing attack was relentless in Rockton as Hononegah’s 23-3 lead set the tone in the program’s 13th straight postseason appearance.