The Illinois High School football playoffs are one step closer to the state finals in Champaign, and there are just four teams in every classification left.
FOXSports NEXT breaks down which teams remain in the hunt for the state 6A title and prospects that highlight these teams.
Crete Monee (12-0) at Lemont (11-1)
The big 6A playoff match-up is happening Saturday at 6PM at Lemont High. This is a match-up of two heavyweights. Crete-Monee has been largely untested in the playoffs, with the exception of a 35-32 win over Peoria Richwoods, they have won by a large margin. No surprise for a team that features the best receiver in the Midwest, Laquon Treadwell (top five of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ole Miss) and several other impressive players to go along with him. Most notably, 2014 linebacker Nyles Morgan who just picked up an offer from Ohio State and is getting interest from all over the country. Others to keep an eye on in this match-up are senior receiver Lance Lenoir, senior defensive back Jaylen Dunlap, and senior defensive tackle Jonathan Schultz.
On the other side of the field, Lemont advanced over Oak Forest by a touchdown, winning in the quarterfinals 21-14. Their path to the semis also included a 23-19 win over Oak Lawn Richards and a 45-0 win over Morgan Park. They are headlined by offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, who is committed to LSU and measures in at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, plus is one of the most talented lineman in the 2013 class. Pocic gets some help from senior offensive guard Tim McAuliffe who is committed to Bowling Green. Other prospects to watch are senior defensive back Jake Lemming and senior linebacker Connor O’Brien.
Cary Grove (12-0) at Lake Forest (9-3)
The other match-up in the 6A semifinals features a perfect 12-0 Cary Grove team. They most recently shut out Crystal Lake 7-0 in the quarterfinals to advance to Saturday’s game. They have yet to be challenged in a close game in the playoffs -- winning their second round game over Chicago St. Patrick 49-21 and the first round game against Auburn 41-7. They have several younger talented lineman that are just beginning the recruiting process.
Lake Forest most recently topped Niles Notre Dame in the quarterfinals 31-19, but the real test came int he second round for them. They took on Lakes Community High and barely escaped with the win 23-21, after Lakes Community missed a field goal with less than ten seconds on the clock. They have some young, talented players including junior linebacker Trent Williams who really has made a big impact during the playoffs.