Football

Aces ready for trip to Nashville

MT. CARMEL – Mt. Carmel football coach Darren Peach has marveled from a distance at the turnaround in fortunes that third-year Nashville coach Tim Kuhn has fashioned.

“That is a big-time turnaround, almost Auburn-esque,” said Peach of the Hornets, 2-7 in Kuhn’s first two years followed by this year’s 8-2 record and return to the IHSA Class 3A playoffs. “They’ve got the culture turned around, which is difficult if you’ve been down the last couple of years.”

Peach gets to see the Hornets up close Saturday, in the second round of the 3A tournament.  Both teams will enter the 1 p.m. game with 8-2 records. The gates at Nashville’s stadium open at 11 a.m. and tickets cost $5.

Football schedule, predictions

ILLINOIS
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE CST
[Calpreps.com predictions in parenthesis]

CLASS 3A
#4 Oregon (6-4) at #1 Sterling Newman (10-0), 7:00 (SN +30)
#3 Chicago Harper (7-3) at #7 Byron (6-4), 1:00 (By +6)
#1 Wilmington (10-0) at #5 Monticello (7-3), 2:00 (W +14)
#3 St. Joseph-Ogden (9-1) at #2 Tolono Unity (9-1), 1:00 (TU +11)
#1 Williamsville (10-0) at #5 New Berlin (8-2), 1:00 (W +21)
#2 Carlinville (9-1) at #6 Auburn (8-2), 1:30 pm (A +7)
#4 Marshall (7-3) at #1 Robinson (9-1), 1:00 pm (R +10)
#3 Mt. Carmel (8-2) at #2 Nashville (8-2), 1:00 pm (MC +14)

Silcom Media Scoreboard

ILLINOIS PLAYOFFS
CLASS 3A
Sterling (Newman Central Catholic) 44, Aurora (A. Christian) 21
Oregon 30, Chicago (Raby) 22
Byron 54, Chicago (Bowen) 12
Chicago (Harper) 28, Poplar Grove (North Boone) 10
Wilmington 49, Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) 7
Monticello 45, Elmwood [E.-Brimfield Coop] 43
Tolono (Unity) 34, Peru (St. Bede) 18
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 48, Erie [E.-Prophetstown Coop] 34
Williamsville 45, Hillsboro 14
New Berlin [Coop] 42, Decatur (St. Teresa) 28
Carlinville 41, Pleasant Plains 21
Auburn 36, Sullivan [S.-Okaw Valley Coop] 14
Robinson 31, Newton 7
Marshall 42, Fairfield 38
Nashville 48, Vandalia 39
Mt. Carmel 48, Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 7

Aces too much for Anna-Jonesboro

 

MT. CARMEL- What looked at first like an improbable Anna-Jonesboro rally brewing in the third quarter ended up being little more than a bump in the road in Mt. Carmel’s 48-7 IHSA Class 3A first-round playoff game win Saturday at Riverview Stadium.

For a while, it looked like what the Wildcats had going was real. After Mt. Carmel had built a 34-0 lead by halftime, A-J scored on its’ first possession of the third quarter, stopped the Aces on defense, then began to churn again.

Then, before Aces fans could even utter the word “Greenville (a reference to last year’s 3A quarterfinal round game in which the Comets rallied from a 21-point deficit in the game’s final three minutes to beat the Aces),” Mt. Carmel rose up on defense to stop the Wildcats inside the Aces 5-yard line. That stand seemed to spark the offense, which moved downfield to score, putting an end to the A-J uprising.

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