With Jack Dibble rushing 40 times for 304 yards and three touchdowns, Coal City scored a 25-20 victory to end St. Edward’s season at 10-1.
Allen’s three touchdowns and game-clinching interception led to St. Edward’s 31-12 victory in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
St. Charles North had relied on defense to shut opponents down, but it was the offense that closed out a 34-22 Class 7A playoff win at Rolling Meadows.
A road game at Rolling Meadows Saturday in the Class 7A playoffs is likely to test a North Stars attack that has averaged 45.7 points during a four-game winning streak.
Capsule playoff previews of Rock Island Alleman-St. Edward, Sterling-Burlington Central, St. Charles North-Rolling Meadows and Palatine-Huntley.
Since Huntley’s only loss to state power Cary-Grove, Binetti has completed 39-of-68 for 763 yards and 10 touchdowns with two interceptions.
Mullen’s 25 touchdown passes to three interceptions over his last eight games testify to his talent level and mastery of coach Mike Rolando’s offense.
However, the real concern might be whether Skirmont — who missed the regular-season finale due to an ankle sprain — will play safety against Sterling (6-3).
When St. Edward rolled to four straight wins in its new conference for its first perfect regular season, questions lingered over the Green Wave schedule.