October 26, 2012 10:12PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:06AM
Warren 2, Barrington 1: Auner Solis scored in the 12th minute from Nick Haas and in the 62nd minute from Nick Wegrzynowicz, and Warren’s defense made it stand up for a thrilling victory over Barrington in the finals of the Rockford Auburn Sectional. The Devils (19-5-3) will face St. Charles East on Tuesday at Barrington in the Round of 8. Barrington scored with nine minutes to go and pressured the rest of the way, but Warren’s defense, led by Timmy Pieper, Carl Bapper, Elijah Parker and Nick Haas, stood firm, along with keeper R.J. Hill.
Stevenson def. Libertyville: The Patriots and Wildcats tied 1-1 during the regular season, and this winner-take-all win by the Patriots means they’ll play in the Round of 8 of the Class 3A playoffs on Tuesday at Glenbrook South against Lane Tech of Chicago or Glenbrook North.
Notre Dame 46, Grayslake North 27: The Knights’ (8-2) wonderful season came to a sudden end on Friday as the Dons of Notre Dame of Niles rode the running of speedster Chris James to victory in Round 1 of the 6A playoffs. James, a small back with blazing speed and Barry Sanders-like moves, rushed for 323 yards on 47 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He scored on runs of 44, 6, 17, 6 and 1 yards to lead the Dons to a 33-7 halftime lead, and added TD runs of 5 and 16 yards after the break. Grayslake QB A.J. Fish completed 23-of-36 passes for 200 yards and 2 scores. He also rushed 16 times for 69 yards and a score.
Marian Central 42, Wauconda 10: Visiting Wauconda completed a 5-5 season with this loss to state-power Marian Central (10-0) in the Class 5A playoffs. Marian will face Woodstock North or Sterling in the next round.
Stevenson 26, Warren 13: Warren played host Stevenson tough, but the Devils played uphill all game and couldn’t get over the hump, losing in Round 1 of the Class 8A playoffs. Stevenson won the regular-season matchup 39-7 but this was much more even. Warren finished 5-5 and Stevenson is 8-2.
Lake Forest 42, Rolling Meadows 24: The Scouts exploded for 35 second-half points and erased deficits of 21-7 and 24-14 to advance in the Class 6A playoffs. They will host Lakes next week.