Edgy Tim: Who could make some noise in classes 1A-4A?

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The 2019 IHSA state football playoff pairings have been released. Here are some quick thoughts on classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A:

Class 4A

Top four seeds: 

North

1. Coal city  

2. Richmond-Burton

 

South

1. Illinois Valley Central

2. Columbia

 

Best first-round matchups:

(10) Manteno at (7) Marengo

(12) Bishop McNamara at (5) Paris

(9) Murphysboro at (8) Civic Memorial

 

Sleeper teams:
 

#12 Bishop McNamara: A handful of tough losses for the Fighting Irish against top tier competition (IC Catholic, St Francis and Coal City) makes the 2018 4A runner-up dangerous.  

#10 Prairie Central: The Hawks are battle-tested out of the Illini Prairie Conference. Their only losses have come against quality opponents in Tolono Unity and Illinois Valley Central.

 

Class 3A

Top four seeds: 

North 

1. Princeton

2. Byron

 

South

1. Beardstown

2. Williamsville 

 

Best first-round matchups:

(9) Hall at (8) Peotone

(15) Alleman at (2) Byron

(14) Lisle at (3) Wilmington 

(9) Quincy Notre Dame at (8) Greenville

(10 Monticello at (7) DuQuoin

 

Sleeper teams:

#15 Rock Island Alleman

#14 Lisle 

#15 St. Joseph Ogden

#10 Monticello

 

Class 2A

Top four seeds: 

North

1. Knoxville

2. Fieldcrest

 

South

1. Pana

2. Maroa Forsyth

 

Class 1A:

Best first-round matchups:

(9) Forreston at (8) Ottawa Marquette 

(15) Aurora Christian at (2) Lena-Winslow

(11) Stockton at (6) Princeville 

(10) Arthur-Lovington at (7) Carrollton 

(11) Casey-Westfield at (6) Athens 

 

Sleeper teams to watch in 1A:

#9 Forreston 

#15 Aurora Christian 

#11 Stockton

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