Here are the first-round matches for each playoff team in the Record Newspapers region. Dates and times will be updated once confirmed.
No. 31 Oswego East (5-4) at No. 2 York (9-0)
When: To be determined
About East Oswego: Wolves are making their seventh straight playoff appearance under head coach Tyson LeBlanc, and will be looking for the program’s first playoff victory since 2016. Senior QB Tre Jones, a Navy rookie , threw for 578 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions through eight games, and is also the team’s leading rusher with 792 rushing yards averaging 8.8 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns. Jones rushed for a school-record 253 yards and four touchdowns in a Week 8 win over rival Oswego that all but sealed a playoff bid. Wolves received a big boost in this Week 8 game with the return of 244-pound running back Oshobi Odior, who missed six games with an ankle injury. LB Juny Almeida and DB Mike Polubinski are among the leaders of a fairly solid Wolves defence.
About York: The Dukes, after making the playoffs for the first time in a decade in 2021, proved they were no wonder for sure with a historic season. York won the West Suburban Silver championship for the first time since 2006 and posted the first perfect regular season in the program’s 102-year history. Senior Matt Vezza is one of the best dual-threat QBs and pilots a balanced offense that includes RB Kelly Watson and WRs Charlie Specht and Luke Mailander. Junior LB Cole Ostendorf is among the leaders of a York defense that has allowed just 66 points this season along with three shutouts. Next on the to-do list? Picking up York’s first playoff win since 2010. It’s the second straight season the Dukes have drawn a Southwest Prairie West team in the first round, after losing to Minooka last year.
No. 26 Libertyville (5-4) at Yorkville (8-1)
When: To be determined
About Libertyville: The Wildcats took second place in the North Suburban Conference behind Stevenson, who they lost to 43-8 in Week 9. Libertyville’s losses came from quality programs — undefeated Lemont, Warren, Lake Zurich and Stevenson. Trenton VanBoening, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle, is committed to Eastern Michigan. Libertyville is making its third straight playoff appearance. Libertyville was the 2015 Class 7A state runner-up.
About Yorkville: The Foxes make their fourth straight playoff appearance for only the second time in school history; they have reached the second round of the playoffs in their last three appearances. Yorkville won eight regular season games for the first time since 1999, its only loss to undefeated Plainfield North. The Foxes relied heavily on a fierce front seven and one of the best defensive lines around led by Colorado State rookie Andrew Laurich and Wyoming commit Jake Davies. Senior LB Blake Kersting, like Laurich, a three-year college starter, has emerged as a pass-catching threat with six touchdown catches. Senior Gio Zeman is running back for a Yorkville offense that is at its best as a ball-control complement to the team’s defense.