Dixon and Marian Central came out on top in Tuesday semifinals and will meet in Thursday’s Rochelle Sectional final.
Forty-eight hours later, however, the Aurora Central Catholic coach was able to put his team’s 42-39 loss to Johnsburg in some perspective.
The Vikings came up with fourth down stops in the second half and Pace Temple picked off his second pass to thwart Hersey’s comeback bid for a 41-27 win.
Told the senior tailback handled the ball 51 times for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns, veteran coach Karl Hoinkes’ jaw dropped.
Marmion’s upset bid was gone in 50.9 seconds Friday at DeKalb, it just seemed like time stood still.
Waubonsie entered Thursday’s Class 4A Glenbard South Regional final with two previous losses to St. Charles East. The Warriors started slowly, but made it close before falling 25-21, 26-24 to the Saints.
Capsule playoff previews of Metea Valley-Waubonsie Valley, Joliet West-Oswego, Mount Carmel-Batavia, Hersey-Geneva and Aurora Central-Johnsburg
Batavia tackle Jack Breshears said his team’s reaction to playing Mount Carmel was sheer excitement when the pairings were announced.