The La Salle-Peru football team has waited 10 years to get back into the IHSA playoffs.
And the Cavaliers didn't even get to see the draw live.
There were problems with the live stream at L-P’s viewing party in the school auditorium, but the Cavs weren’t any less excited to find out who they were playing in their first trip to the postseason since 2009.
“We never got the stream to go through, but as soon as it posted on Twitter, the kids went crazy, of course,” L-P coach Jose Medina said. “It’s been a long time coming for us. They were excited. They’re going to be ready to go.”
While the Cavs are experiencing the playoffs for the first time in a decade, their opponent is not only familiar with the postseason, but postseason success.
The Cavs (5-4) earned the No. 15 seed in the Class 5A south bracket and will travel to No. 2 Rochester (8-1).
The Rockets won seven Class 4A state championships from 2010-17 and lost in the 4A semifinals last year.
“They’re a very good program,” Medina said. “We’re going to prepare and get ready for the challenge at hand. That’s the purpose of the playoffs. You fight for nine weeks to try to get in and when you do the records don’t matter.”
The time and day of the game has yet to be determined.
L-P is one of four area teams to earn a playoff bid.
Fieldcrest (9-0) earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A north bracket and will play host to No. 15 West Carroll (5-4).
Princeton (8-1) is the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A north bracket and will welcome No. 16 North Boone to Bryant Field at 7 p.m. Friday, while No. 9 Hall (6-3) will travel to No. 8 Peotone (6-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
If the Tigers and Red Devils both win in the first round, they’ll play each other in the second round in Spring Valley.