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No. 4 Chicago Phillips (9-2) at No. 1 Cary-Grove (11-0)
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
About the Wildcats: Phillips scored in the final two minutes to beat No. 5 Prairie Ridge, 24-19, in the second round. It was the second week in a row the Wildcats needed a late touchdown, although they had been tied in the first round against Lake Forest before they scored. … Phillips’ only playoff loss in the past three seasons came against Johnsburg in the 2016 4A semifinals, 23-20, in overtime. The Wildcats won the 2015 4A state title, the first for a Chicago Public League team, and won the 5A state championship last season. … TE-DE Jahleel Billingsley (6-5, 220) is committed to Alabama and is a force on both sides. Phillips started using BIllingsley more in its Wildcat formation where he hands off to RB Anthony Anderson or runs himself. … WR Fabian McCray (Illinois) and defensive back Joseph Thompson (Illinois) are other seniors who have committed to NCAA Division I schools.
About the Trojans: C-G is in the quarterfinals for the 11th time in the past 15 seasons after beating No. 8 Kaneland, 38-6, in the second round. … The Trojans were ranked No. 1 in Class 6A for most of the season and have allowed more than 22 points only once, in their 55-41 victory over Naperville Central in the regular-season finale. … QB Ben McDonald has rushed for an area-best 23 touchdowns with 1,178 yards, and has thrown for 1,254 yards and 17 touchdowns. … FB Blake Skol has 1,100 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. … RB Danny Daigle (37 receptions, eight touchdowns) and WR Quinn Priester (34, nine) are McDonald’s top targets.
Up next: The winner meets the winner between No. 2 Antioch (11-0) at No. 6 Niles Notre Dame (9-2) in the semifinals.