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Pigskin Previews (Playoffs round 2)

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 2:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 4:49 p.m. CDT

Class 2A: (7) Momence (7-3)

at (6) Hall (7-3)

Game time: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nesti Stadium.

BCR insider: Hall makes its first home playoff appearance since defeating Paxton-Buckley-Loda 28-13 in 2006. That game also marked Hall’s last playoff victory prior to Saturday’s win at Bismarck. Hall finished second in the Three Rivers South Division, one of three teams to qualify for the playoffs. Quarterback Taggart Venegas, a transfer from neighbor St. Bede, has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 1,288 yards and rushed for three touchdowns and 301 yards. Senior Colin Aimone has turned into a multi-threat, with 21 receptions for 373 yards and seven touchdowns and scored on a interception return in Saturday’s playoff win at Bismarck. ... Momence finished third in the Sangamon Valley Conference behind Clifton Central, whom they beat in the first round of the playoffs, and St. Joseph-Ogden, who also advanced to the second round. Their conference produced four playoff qualifiers, including Champaign St. Thomas More, which lost its opener.

Stat sheet: Offense - Hall 28.9, M 26.9. Defense - Hall 27.0, Momence 14.6.

Playoff history: Appearances - Hall 21, M 16. Consecutive - Hall 1, Momence 5. Record: Hall 33-18, Momence 10-15. Best finish: Hall 3A state champs, ‘95, ‘01; Momence 2A runner-up, 1989.

Enrollments: Hall 384, Momence 368.

Last meeting: Hall won 7-6 in overtime in 2010 in Spring Valley.

Last year’s advancement: Hall did not make playoffs; Momence lost to Clifton Central 26-0 in the first round.

Kevin Hieronymus pick: Hall 21, Momence 16.

Other area playoff pairings

Class 1A: (4) Abingdon-Avon (8-2) at (1) Ottawa Marquette (10-0), 3 p.m. Saturday

(2) Stark County (9-1) vs. (6) Chicago Leo (8-2), 2 p.m. Saturday

Class 2A: (1) Rockridge (10-0) at (5) Aledo Mercer County (9-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

(1) Eastland/Pearl City (10-0) at (5) Sterling Newman (9-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, at Sterling High School.

Class 3A: (5) Stillman Valley (8-2) at(4) Erie-Prophetstown (8-2), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

(15) Oregon (6-4) at #10 Aurora Christian (7-3), 6 p.m. Saturday

Class 4A: (5) Plano (9-1) at (4) Geneseo (9-1), 1 p.m. Saturday

(6) Rockford Lutheran (9-1) at (14) Rochelle (6-4), 1 p.m. Saturday

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