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