Big schools, big matchups: Edgy Tim breaks down the 5A-8A football playoffs


The 2019 IHSA state football playoff pairings have been released. Here are some quick thoughts on all classes 8A, 7A, 6A, and 5A:

Class 8A

Top four seeds: 

1. Minooka 

2. Glenbard West 

3. Lincoln Way-East 

4. Warren Township


Best first-round matchups:

(17) St. Charles East at (16) Edwardsville 

(21) Hinsdale Central at (12) Bolingbrook 

(18) Loyola at (15) Maine south 

(19) Notre Dame at (14) Barrington


Sleeper Teams:

#18 Loyola Academy: Yes, the Ramblers did not look good on Saturday in the loss to Marist; however, no one —including Maine South— wanted to see Loyola this early in the bracket.

#23 Marist: The Redhawks have talent. Can they ride the ‘Loyola win’ momentum into the postseason? 


Class 7A 

Top four seeds

1. Mount Carmel 

2. Nazareth Academy

3. Rolling Meadows 

4. Hersey 


Best first-round matchups: 

(17) Benet Academy at (16) Glenbard North

(20) Lake Zurich at (13) Andrew

(19) Prospect at (14) DeKalb 


Sleeper Team:

#22 Wheaton South: The Tigers are a battle-tested team from the always-tough DuKane conference.

#16 Glenbard North: The Panthers have gone from 0-9 in 2018 to a could-be bracket buster in the ‘19 playoffs. This is definitely a team to avoid this time of the year. 


Class 6A

Top four seeds


1. Prairie Ridge 

2. Deerfield


1. East St. Louis 

2 Glenwood


Best first-round matchups: 

(13) St. Ignatius at (4) Cary-Grove

(13) Washington at (4) Richards 

(10) Springfield at (7) Lemont

(11) Providence Catholic at (6) Normal West  


Sleeper Teams:

#14 Lake Forest: The Scouts have struggled to get to 5-4; that said, this is a team that plays 8A-7A competition all regular season. They will be prepared for 6A playoff football. 

#11 Providence Catholic: The Celtics have also been up and down all season. But the line play and the overall talent level is more than capable of being a tough early draw in 6A. 


Class 5A 

Top four seeds


1. Sterling 

2. Boylan Catholic


1. Mt. Zion

2. Rochester 


Best first-round matchups:

(13) St. Laurence at (4) Hillcrest 

(11) Sacred Heart-Griffin at (6) Morris 


Sleeper teams:

#8 St. Rita: The Mustangs have won five straight games since hitting a mid-season skid. RB Kaleb Brown is a game-changing running back.

#13 St. Laurence: The Vikings also have some serious weapons on offense. Furthermore, they have played as tough of a regular-season schedule than anyone in 5A. 

#16 Decatur MacArthur: The Generals have serious talent including T.J. Lawson. They are also battle-tested, as they reside in the fierce Central State Eight Conference.

#9 Joliet Catholic: Why? Well, why not? The Hilltoppers are just as dangerous this year as they were a season ago. 

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