There were few surprises among top teams in Week 9. Now the real season begins.
Biggest surprise: Glenbard South 41, Rock Island 28
It's never easy to win on the road, especially when you make the long trek to the Quad Cities. Glenbard South (6-3) stunned the Class 6A-ranked Rocks (7-2) behind its running game and a solid performance from QB Alex Jeske.
Biggest surprise, Part II: Lake Forest Academy 22, Bishop McNamara 21
The Caxys, who are an associate member of the Illinois High School Association and not eligible for the state playoffs, made this their playoff game by knocking Bishop Mac out of the playoffs.
Biggest name: Waubonsie Valley senior RB Austin Guido.
Set the school record for rushing yards and touchdowns in the Warriors' 41-14 victory against Metea Valley. He ran for 226 yards and four touchdowns and has 1,826 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns, both school records.
Biggest game: Mount Carmel 17, Providence 0.
The Caravan took advantage of six turnovers, including an 88-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by senior defensive back Vince Speller.
Hales at Freeport Aquin: A tough draw for the Spartans on the road.
Lincoln-Way West at Rochelle: Terrific matchup of teams with similar styles of play.
Glenbard South at St. Patrick: An 8 seed against 9 seed should live up to the seedings.
Lincoln-Way North at Richards: North lost some close games this season and will compete with the Bulldogs.
Downers Grove North at Batavia: North has been tested all season. Batavia, not so much.
Thornton at T.F. South: Two south suburban teams with terrific veteran coaches in Bill Mosel and Tom Padjen