November 6, 2011

Saturday roundup: November starts with knock outs

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November is the time to start crowning champions.

And this year, there will be some new ones.

Three defending state champions - all ranked in the RivalsHigh 100 - were upset Saturday in the early rounds of their state playoffs.

No. 20 Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison, playing without its injured star quarterback, was overwhelmed by Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice, 30-7, in a replay of a playoff game the previous season.

In Illinois, two defending champs went down.

No. 56 Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South, a three-time defending champ, fell to Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson, 24-22.

And No. 57 Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West lost to Lake Zurich (Ill.) High, 10-3.

A closer look at the games:

Brother Rice 30, No. 20 Harrison 7

Harrison knew it had rallied to win last year's playoff game when it took the field for the second half, down 10-0. That was last year.

Brother Rice's Brian Roney returned the second-half kickoff 70 yards to set up an easy score in what turned out to be an easy victory in a Division 2 playoff game.

Roney's return set up a 9-yard TD run for Devin Church (153 yards), the first of two second-half scores for Church.

Harrison, without injured QB Jake Vento, couldn't get anything going offensively, and saw its 24-game winning streak end.

  • RivalsHigh take: Brother Rice was not a suprise winner in this game. Rice has played teams touch all season and the team being a tough out was no shock. Harrison was more talented but less tested. It seemed to peak early in the season and had been on cruise control. The Michigan playoffs are going to be fun with the parity around the state.

    For more, check out this report on MLive.com .

    Stevenson 24, No. 56 Maine South 22

    Pick a streak, any streak. They are now all over.

    Maine South had won three straight state Class 8A titles, 16 consecutive postseason games overall and all of its previous six playoff games with Stevenson.

    Thanks to Stevenson quarterback Matt Micucci, those runs are all done.

    Micucci was 20-for-32 for 247 yards and two touchdowns also kicked a field goal to lead Stevenson to the victory.

    His biggest efforts, however, didn't result in any points. After Maine South pulled to 24-22 early in the fourth quarter, Micucci led Stevenson on two long clock-killing drives.

  • RivalsHigh take: At the start of the week the debate was which game in Illinois would be better between this game and the Glenbard West vs. Lake Zurich game. Each ended up as upsets. These results are proving how level the playing field is getting in high school football.

    For more, check out this report in the Chicago Tribune.

    Lake Zurich 10, No. 57 Glenbard West 3

    On a day its offense mustered only five first downs and 132 yards, Lake Zurich was still able to upset Glenbard West.

    Apparently defense wins playoff games. And punting.

    Lake Zurich's Mark Weber continually pinned Glenbard West deep. And the Lake Zurich offense made the most of its few chances to triumph and eliminate Glenbard West, the defending Class 7A champ

  • RivalsHigh take: Field position and stoudt defense is what wins games in December but this was taken in November. There was talk that Maine South and Glenbard West should be a game that was used to determine which team in the state was the best. Now it looks like there is no clear cut team in Illinois.

    For more, check out this report in the Chicago Tribune.




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