Class 3A: #1 Princeton (9-1) at #9 Hall (7-3)
Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nesti Stadium.
Last meeting: Princeton 41-0 (Oct. 4).
Notes: The Tigers dominated from start to finish in a 41-0 win over Hall in Week 6 for the PHS homecoming, leading 28-0 at the half and 41-0 at the end of the third quarter. PHS QB Tyler Gibson threw for two TDs and rushed for two. The Tigers' last score of the game came on a 70-yard punt return by all-state candidate Wyatt Davis, who will be out with an injury. ... The Tigers are outscoring their opponents by 34.4 points this season, averaging 45.0 ppg while allowing 10.6 ppg. .... PHS' 61 points in last week's playoff-opener win over North Boone is the most the Tigers have ever scored in 21 previous playoff games. ... Junior Ronde Worrels became PHS' all-time leading rusher (3,460 yards) and broke the single-season school record for touchdowns with 31.
About Hall: The Red Devils opened the playoffs with a 20-0 win on the road at Peotone Saturday, leading 12-0 at the half. It was Hall's first shutout in the playoffs since 2015 (34-0 over Monmouth United in the first round). It had two in the 2001 playoffs, including a 21-0 shutout over LeRoy in the state title game, and two in 1991 on the way to a semifinals appearance. ... The Red Devils must look for ways to turn around their 41-0 loss at PHS in Week 6 of the season. Coach Randy Tieman says senior Grant Resetich, who made his season debut at quarterback after a 4 1/2 game suspension, has a better grasp on the Hall offense. ... The Red Devils are averaging 23.3 ppg while allowing 13.8 ppg. ... Hall is 9-9 in second-round playoff games, winning just once in its last six tries.
Notes: This will mark the third time the Bureau County rivals have met in the second round in the playoffs. In 1989, Princeton won 13-7 and went on to finish as state runners-up in 3A (6 classes). In 1993, Hall returned the favor by defeating Princeton 21-13 before losing to Lombard Montini the next week in the 3A quarterfinals.
Next: Winner draws the winner between No. 5 Paxton-Buckley-Loda (8-2) at No. 4 Farmington (8-2). Princeton would host either with a win; Hall would host Farmington and play at P-B-L with a win.
FND pick: Princeton.