Here is a capsule look at second-round playoff games across The Times area:
Elgin St. Edward Green Wave (7-3) at Fieldcrest Knights (10-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Field, Minonk
Last meeting: First meeting
About the Green Wave: St. Edward, which trailed throughout its playoff opener against Chicago Orr before getting a late score to pull out the win, earned the title of the Metro Suburban Conference Red Division while playing postseason qualifiers 5A Elmwood Park (league runner-up) as well as 6A Bremen and defending 4A champ IC Catholic. The No. 7-seeded Green Wave's spread attack is posting 33.1 points and 357.8 total yards an outing, while the defense has allowed 15.4 points per game and has an eye-popping 31 takeaways. Senior quarterback Anthony Holte (101-of-159, 1,854 yards, 22 TDs, 11 INTs), junior running back (Joe Sacco 833 rushing on 120 carries with 12 TDs, 399 receiving on 23 catches with 6 TDs) and receivers junior Zeke Rolando (42 receptions, 786 yards, 10 TDs), classmate Liam Pomeroy (19-421-22.3 per catch-3) and 10th-grader Clem McCullough (16-248-3) led the offense. St. Ed's defense is paced by seniors Luke Breier (102 tackles) at inside linebacker, NG Alex Walser (seven sacks) and McCullough (six interceptions).
About the Knights: Fieldcrest trailed West Carroll by two points heading to the fourth quarter in its playoff curtain-raiser before scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to win 20-8. The No. 2-seeded and undefeated Knights — Heart of Illinois Conference Large champions — have piled up 33.6 points and 356.3 offensive yards per game, while giving up just 6.6 points and 148.6 yards. Senior running back Kenton Castrejon (202-1,353-21) — who rushed for 193 yards and pair of TDs on 29 carries vs. West Carroll — quarterback Matt Lorton (95-169, 1,226 yards, 12 TDs, 5 INTs) and receiver Jaxon Cusac-McKay (45-586-9) are the Knights' top threats at the skill spots, while 6-foot-2-inch, 275-pound senior Mason Faulk anchors the O-line at left guard. Faulk (55 total tackles) also leads the Fieldcrest defense from his nose guard spot, with help from junior middle linebacker Travis Sunken (52 tackles) and defensive back Cusac-McKay (six interceptions, including a pair against West Carroll).
FND pick: Fieldcrest
— Brian Hoxsey
Pawnee Indians (7-3) at Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland Falcons (7-3)
Kickoff: 2 p.m. Saturday at Flanagan
Last meeting: Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland 44, Pawnee 42 (Week 2)
About the Indians: Pawnee — in its first season participating in the Illinois 8-man Football Association — scored 46 first-half points on the way to a 60-2 opening-round win over Champaign Judah Christian. Junior running back Liam Monahan (153-1,337-20) had 134 yards rushing, four TDs and five two-point conversions, while dual-threat junior quarterback Zach Fisher (58-of-126, 675 yards, 8 TDs, 9 INTs; 116 carries-893 yards-14 TDs) ran for 78 and passed for another 166. In the Week 2 meeting with FCW, Monahan had 179 yards on 33 tries and three TDs, while Fisher ran for 92 and passed for another 87. The No. 5-seeded Indians' defense, which held Judah Christian to minus-10 total yards, has allowed 26.4 points per outing while putting a 40.8 norm on the scoreboard this season.
About the Falcons: I8FA rookie and No. 4-seeded Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland also had a relatively easy initial postseason contest, scoring 40 points in the opening period in a eventual 54-22 victory over Elgin Westminster Christian. In the first matchup with Pawnee, FCW senior back Tavarre Phifer (117-1,152-15) ran for 170 yards and accounted for five TDs, while also sealing the two-point win with an interception in the final seconds at his own 5-yard line. Sophomore J.D. Ruddy also had 120 yards on the ground in that game, with QB Braden Wallace (59-of-104, 697 yards, 9 TDs) completing all four of his passes for 78 yards to senior wideout Tyler Harms (37-493-9). The Falcons' defense, which allowed just 98 total yards, is led by sophomore linebacker William Weber (leads the club in tackles), senior DE Dameon Hunter, 10th-grader LB Chris Stasko, junior NT Kyle Uhl, safety Phifer (five interceptions), and CBs Jackson Mathe (four INTs) and Kamron Tower.
FND pick: Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland
— Brian Hoxsey