LOYOLA (10-1)

L at Phillips (Gately Stadium) 20-14

W Bishop Amat (New Trier) 13-6

W Mount Carmel 31-7

W at St. Francis 42-7

W Fenwick 41-14

W at St. Rita 34-14

W Leo 49-7

W at Providence Catholic 28-3

W Brother Rice 28-7

W New Trier 35-32

W Hinsdale Central 28-7

RAMBLERS TO WATCH: Quinn Boyle, sr.; QB; Hamid Bullie, sr., RB; Patrick Daniels, sr., LB; Armoni Dixon, jr., LB; Marty Geary, sr.; DL; Charlie Gross, sr., OL; Ryan Hagedorn, sr., OL; James Joyce, sr., WR; Charlie Largay, sr., S; John Lynch, sr., CB; Anthony Rodriguez, sr., LB; Chris Scott, sr., LB; Rory Boos, jr., WR; Jake Gonzalez, jr., S; Noah Jones, jr., WR

MARIST (11-0)

W Brother Rice 23-14

W at Mishawaka (Indiana), 42-15

W Carmel 45-14

W at Marian Central 42-20

W at Marian Catholic 63-6

W St. Patrick 63-6

W Nazareth 42-0

W at Benet 38-24

W Joliet Catholic 42-14

W Oak Park-River Forest 44-0

W at Curie 37-14

REDHAWKS TO WATCH: DJ Harrell, sr., RB; Turon Ivy, sr., WR; Gavin McCabe, sr., DL/OL; Elijah Teague, sr., DL/OL; Charlie Laurencell, jr., DB; Mike Markett, jr., QB; Billy Skalitzky, jr., WR; Colin Bohanek, so., LB; Jadon Thompson, so., WR

GAME NOTES: Saturday’s quarterfinal game is a rematch of the 2015 Class 8A state final, which the Ramblers won 41-0 at Northern Illinois. Loyola led 27-0 at half and triggered a running clock late in the third quarter. It was Loyola’s second state championship and first since 1993. The RedHawks never have won one in 42 seasons. … With a win, Loyola head coach John Holecek, in his 12th season with the Ramblers, will become the program’s all-time leader in career victories with 134. John Hoerster went 133-57 from 1987-2002. … In his first season as head coach, Ron Dawczak led Marist to its first undefeated regular season. He took over for Pat Dunne, who went 71-31 in nine seasons. Dunne made the playoffs eight times and finished second in Class 8A twice. … The RedHawks haven’t been truly tested since a Week 1 win against neighborhood rival Brother Rice. … They have talent on both sides of the ball. According to 247sports.com, Marist has three of the state’s top 27 recruits in the Class of 2018, all of whom are committed to Big Ten teams. Senior Turon Ivy, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver, and senior Gavin McCabe, a 6-2, 250-pound defensive end, have pledged to Indiana. Senior Elijah Teague, a 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle, is a Minnesota recruit. … Marist averages 43.1 points and 372.5 yards a game. Senior running back DJ Harrell has rushed for 1,337 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and has run for 24 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Mike Markett has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 1,556 yards. He has 21 TDs and three interceptions. He’s run for 587 yards and seven TDs. Markett has an array of pass-catchers, led by sophomore receiver Jadon Thompson, who has 44 catches for 769 yards and nine TDs. Junior receiver Billy Skalitzky has 27 receptions for 333 yards and five TDs, while Ivy has 17 catches for 295 yards and seven TDs. … Defensively, the RedHawks allow 11.6 points and have 20 takeaways. McCabe leads the team with 12 tackles for loss to go with four sacks. … Loyola hasn’t trailed since losing to Phillips in Week 1. The Ramblers haven’t allowed any points in the first quarter and have outscored opponents 251-31 in the first half. … After missing most of the regular season with a hamstring injury, junior receiver Noah Jones has given senior quarterback Quinn Boyle another target in the passing game. In Loyola’s win over New Trier in the first round, Jones caught four balls for 104 and two TDs and had a 30-yard TD reception last week. Four of his nine catches this season have been for TDs. … East Suburban Catholic champion Marist and Catholic Blue champion Loyola are the only two private schools left in Class 8A. The Ramblers are one of four Catholic Blue teams remaining in the playoffs. … Loyola president, Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, is a graduate of Marist.

Pictured above: Jake Gonzalez

Photo credit: Geoff Scott