Grayslake-8/24/12, Fri./Grayslake North High School #10 Anthony Fish, of Grayslake North goes for the first down vs. Lakes. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 27, 2012 10:57AM
Football coaches at all levels are never out of one-game-at-a-time mode.
They never look any further head than the opening kickoff of the next game.
That said, when Notre Dame of Niles takes the field at Grayslake North on Friday night in the Round of 32 in the Class 6A football playoffs, there will more at stake than just advancement to the second round.
More like advancement to the THIRD round.
The winner of Friday’s game will face either Steinmetz from the Chicago Public League or Foreman from the Chicago Public League in the next round.
And facing either opponent basically is a sure win for the Notre Dame/Grayslake North survivor.
Foreman has played one non-Chicago team this season and lost 48-0 to St. Viator.
Steinmetz has played one non-Chicago team this year and lost 51-3 to Ottawa.
So Grayslake North and Notre Dame are exactly where they want to be in the 6A bracket.
The key is winning on Friday.
Grayslake North, as always will be led by Lake County’s most productive player.
In nine games, quarterback A.J. Fish has rushed for 1,583 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.
He’s also completed 132-of-207 passes (64 percent) for 1,868 yards and 15 TDs.
If he plays at least three playoffs games, he for sure will have more than 2,000 yards rushing and more than 2,000 yards passing in the same season.
Fish’s top receivers are Anthony Diggs (35 catches, 494 yards), Vince Smith (25 catches, 420 yards), Charlie Pine (21 catches, 380 yards) and Brad Baker (37 catches, 410 yards).