Lincoln-Way East, which beat Taft, 65-13, in Round 1, will be in Frankfort facing Waubonsie Valley. The Griffins (8-2) are heavy favorites -- their losses were to Homewood-Flossmoor and Bradley-Bourbonnais, who are both undefeated -- but the Warriors (6-4), the 31st seed in Class 8A, knocked off then-unbeaten Hinsdale Central in the first-round. East would play the winner of the Barrington/Maine South game in the quarterfinals.
A little more than 4 miles due west in New Lenox, Lincoln-Way Central will battle undefeated Rolling Meadows for a trip to the Class 7A quarterfinals. The Knights (7-3) have been solid all season, with two of their three losses coming against playoff teams including Bradley-Bourbonnais. Central's defense has faltered at inopportune times, but played a physical and determined game in their 50-20 trouncing of Reavis in the first round. The "Knight Train" offense piled up 323 yards rushing and five touchdowns on the ground against the Rams. This game could be a high-scoring affair. Central's last eight-win season was 2005, which was also the last time they advanced to the second-round. Lincoln-Way East defeated the Knights 39-9 that year on their way to a state title and an undefeated season.
Other second-round games to feature regional teams will be:
Homewood-Flossmoor (10-0) v. Glenbard West (8-2), 8A
Bradley-Bourbonnais (10-0) v. Plainfield North (8-2), 7A
Lemont (10-0) v. Danville (8-2), 6A
Crete-Monee (8-2) v. St. Laurence (7-3), 6A
Shepard (7-3) v. Rock Island (8-2), 6A