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Pigskin Previews — Playoffs Week 1

Class 2A: #6 Hall (6-3) at #4 Bismarck-Henning (9-0)

Game time: 2 p.m. Saturday.

BCR insider: Hall seeks its first playoff win since defeating Paxton-Buckley-Loda 28-13 in 2006. Hall makes its 21st playoff appearance, including two state championships and a runner-up finish in 3A. They go in 2A for the first time. Hall won its final four regular-season games by a 157-83 combined margin. It beat just three teams with winning records overall. ... Bismarck’s 9-0 record includes wins over just four teams with winning records and only two with six or more wins. They trailed in the second in wins over Salt Fork (28-25), Milford (17-15), and Arthur-Lovington (20-14. The Blue Devils won their second straight Vermilion Valley Conference championship. Senior RB Patrick Ganley has rushed for 1,235 yards and 15 TDs. Soph QB Dylan Allen has thrown for 492 yards and 9 TDs.

Stat sheet: Offense - Hall 29.9, BH 34.9. Defense - Hall 29.3, BH 13.2.

Playoff history: Appearances - Hall 21, BH 16. Consecutive - H 1, BH 5. Record: Hall 32-18, BH 5-15. Best finish: Hall 3A state champs, ‘95, ‘01; BH second round ‘91, ‘02, ‘12.

Enrollments: Hall 384, BH 324.

All-time series: First meeting.

Last year’s advancement: Hall did not make playoffs; BH lost to DuQuoin 7-6 in second round (2A).

Radio: WAJK 99.3 FM.

Kevin Hieronymus’ pick: Hall 28-21.

Class 3A: #16 St. Bede (5-4) at #1 Winnebago (9-0)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Winnebago.

BCR insider: Winnebago has reached the 3A quarterfinals in each of the past seasons, but has never gone beyond in 10 previous playoff appearances. The Indians went 6-0 to win the Big Northern West championship. St. Bede was ranked 127 of the 128 teams to qualify for the playoffs. ... ‘Bago quarterback Ryan Swigart has thrown for 881 yards and 11 TDs. Michael Pate (776, 8) and Sean Ward (112-683, 12) have combined for 1459 and 20 TDs.

Stat sheet: Offense - SB 30.2, W 36.3. Defense - SB 22.3, W 21.0

Playoff history: Appearances - SB 14, W 12. Consecutive - SB 4, W 5. Record: SB 7-13, W 7-11. Best finish: SB 2002 (2A) semifinalist; Winnebago 2012, ‘11 quarterfinals.

Enrollments: St. Bede 468.60; Winnebago 552.

Last year’s advancement: SBA - lost to Stillman Valley in 3A first round 31-7. W - lost to Aurora Christian in 3A quarterfinals 49-14.

All-time series: First meeting.

Radio: WSOG 88.1 FM.

Kevin Hieronymus’ pick: Winnebago 36-14.


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