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NOTRE DAME DONS FROM NILES

def. Union High from Wilmot, Wis., 27-7

lost to St. Patrick 40-21

def. Normal 27-18

def. Marian Catholic 22-9

def. St. Viator 49-20

lost to Nazareth Academy 21-6

lost to Marist 21-14

def. Joliet Cathoic 42-33

lost to Carmel 20-13

def. Grayslake North 46-27

def. Steinmetz from Chicago Public League 35-8

CHRIS JAMES BY THE NUMBERS

NOTRE DAME JUNIOR RUNNING BACK

Playoffs

vs. Grayslake North — 47 carries< 323 yards< 7 TDs

vs. Steinmetz — 9 carries< 164 yards, 2 TDs

Season Totals

277 carries, 1,906 yards, 27 rushing TDs

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:24AM



If nothing else, Notre Dame and Lake Forest will be center stage — and stage right and stage left — when they battle Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A football playoffs.

That’s because the Dons/Scouts matchup is the ONLY high school football game going on in the entire state that day.

The other 31 playoff games — four quarterfinal-round games each of eight classes — will be played on Saturday.

What Lake Forest fans will see on Friday in Niles will be a team their heroes can beat.

Notre Dame’s strengths are running the ball and stopping the run.

Lake Forest’s defensive strength is stopping the run, so this figures to be a low-scoring, hard-hitting affair.

Last week, Lake Forest made this area’s top runner, Lakes’ Direll Clark, a non-factor in the playoff game. Clark and James are similar-type backs.

The winner of the contest most likely will face unbeaten powerhouse Cary-Grove in the state semifinals. Cary-Grove plays Crystal Lake Central on Saturday.

If Lake Forest wins on Friday, it will host the state-semifinal matchup.



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