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Round Three! Quad Cities HS Football Playoff Matches

Quad City HS football teams continue battling towards a state championship in Round Three. North Scott, Sterling, Princeton and Rockridge play in round three.

MOLINE, Ill. — Editors Note: The above video was published on Nov. 6. 

Quad Cities area high school football teams continue battling towards a state championship this weekend.

Round Three of the IHSA (Illinois) and IHSAA (Iowa) high school football playoffs kick off Friday night, and continue throughout Saturday. 

Seven Quad Cities area squads have advanced to the next round. 

In Illinois, playoff squads will battle in the quarterfinals, except for the eight-man class which is playing in the semi-finals. Sterling, Princeton, Rockridge, Knoxville and Fulton play in the quarterfinals this weekend. Biggsville West Central plays in the eight-man semi-finals.

Across the river, Iowa teams are down to the semi-finals. North Scott is the final remaining Quad Cities area team from Iowa.

Area teams are bolded. Let's take a look at each QCA team competing in the second round:

Illinois Playoffs

Class 5A 

(5) Sterling (9-2) at (1) Sycamore (11-0) Sat. 1 p.m.

Match-up: Sterling advances to the quarterfinals after dismantling Goode STEM Academy 50-8 in Chicago last weekend. AP No. 9 Sterling draws No. 1 Sycamore in the round of eight. The winner gets either Morgan Park or Nazareth Academy in the semi-finals.

Class 3A 

(4) IC Catholic (10-1) at (1) Princeton (11-0) Sat. 1 p.m. 

Match-up: Princeton dominated AP No. 7 Genoa-Kingston 26-2. Princeton gets a tough quarterfinals draw against the AP's top ranked Class 3A team IC Catholic. An early season one-point loss to 4A No. 3 Joliet Catholic knocked IC Catholic down to the fourth seed in the 3A bracket, leading to a quarterfinals match between AP No. 1 IC Catholic and AP No. 3 Princeton. The winner faces either Reed-Custer or Byron in the semi-finals.

Class 2A 

(1) Maroa-Forsyth (11-0) at (4) Rockridge (10-1) Sat. 2 p.m.

Match-up: Rockridge beat Bloomington Central Catholic 27-18 in round two. AP No. 5 Rockridge draws AP No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth in the 2A quarterfinals. Maroa-Forsyth holds victories over AP No. 6 Williamsville, No. 8 Stillman Valley and 2A No. 9 Athens. The winner gets either Knoxville or Tri-Valley in the semi-finals. 

(7) Knoxville (9-2) at (6) Tri-Valley (9-2) Sat. 1p.m.

Match-up: Knoxville walloped AP No. 4 Bismarck-Henning 48-29 in round two. The Blue Bullets draw No. 8 Tri-Valley in the quarterfinals. Tri-Valley defeated AP No. 3 Wilmington 28-21 in round two. The winner gets either Maroa-Forsyth or Rockridge in the semi-finals.

Class 1A  

(1) Lena-Winslow (11-0) at (4) Fulton (9-2) Sat. 1 p.m.  

Match-up: Fulton dominated Rockford Lutheran 28-0 last weekend to advance to this weekend's quarterfinals, where they'll face the AP No. 1 ranked Class 1A squad Lena-Winslow. Lena-Winslow has won three state championships in the previous four seasons. Lena-Winslow beat ROWVA-Williamsfield 76-7 last weekend.

8-Man (Semi-finals)

(2) West Central (11-0) at (6) Polo (9-2) Sat. 1 p.m.

Match-up: Biggsville West Central beat Milledgeville 38-14 last weekend to advance to the eight-man semi-finals. They'll face Polo, who defeated No. 3 Ridgewood 38-32 last weekend. The winner gets either No. 8 St. Thomas More or No. 5 Amboy in the state championship game. The winner plays either Forreston or Dakota in the semi-finals.

Iowa Playoffs

Class 4A 

FINAL: Cedar Rapids Xavier (38), North Scott (10) 

Match-up: North Scott prevailed over No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock 20-10 in last weekend's quarterfinal match. In Thursday's semi-final match against Cedar Rapids Xavier, North Scott was defeated 38-10. The Lancers finish the season 9-3 and one match shy of the state championship game.

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