By Tashara Parker
Its that time again: The Illinois High School Football Playoffs will kick off all across Illinois this weekend and there is no better way to get a good dose of Illinois culture than to watch a game or two.
Theres only one thought on many of the teams mind and thats taking it deep into the playoffs and hopefully making it to the state championship game this year.
Not only will the matchups be exciting, but we may see teams come up with plays that weve never seen before. Theres obviously a finality to the postseason, so coaches and players are going to give it all they got to make each game worthwhile.
The question remains, will the greater Chicago-area produce a state championship high school football team in 2012?
Perhaps the best chances reside to the west, south, and northwest suburbs in communities where the high school is the talk of the town.
The truth of the matter is no one really knows how things will unfold in high school football, its a matter of who makes the least mistakes offensively and puts up the most points during the game.
One predictable thing about the postseason is that its unpredictable and the first weekend of the playoffs may prove to be just that.
Class 8A will see the most action tonight, theyll have 10 games kicking off with four ranked teams looking to fight for a chance to see round two. Perhaps the most exciting of the four is the Bolingbrook-Sandburg (Raiders-Eagles) game.
Both teams are 7-2 and are familiar opponents to one another. The Eagles took on the Raiders just three weeks ago and beat them out 13-6 so, were sure the Raiders are looking for revenge tonight.
Not only are they seeking a win, but they have some renewed confidence with the hopeful return of their starting QB Aaron Bailey, who has been out since a Week 6 lost against Lincoln-Way East.
Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow tells MySurburbanLife.com, he doesnt know if Bailey will be ready today, tomorrow or next week.
Class 7A will have nine teams facing elimination this Friday night, followed by class 6A who will have eight teams looking to advance past the first round.
One thing for sure is gridiron greatness will be renewed this weekend and many teams are looking to advance to the most important weekend of this football season, Nov. 24-25.
Let the games begin!