LOYOLA (8-3)

W at Rockford (Michigan) 27-7

W at New Trier 41-3

L Mount Carmel 17-12

L at Brother Rice 35-3

W at St. Ignatius 21-14 (OT)

L Montini 28-27

W at De La Salle 49-14

W at St. Rita 33-3

W Providence Catholic 28-7

W at Minooka 38-14

W Oswego 22-0

RAMBLERS TO WATCH: Rory Boos, sr., WR; Jack Burke, sr., CB; Michael Byrne, sr., CB; Artie Collins, sr., WR; Patrick Daniels, sr., LB; Armoni Dixon, sr., LB; Eddie Eastman, sr., DL; Jack Fallon, sr., QB; Michael Gavric, sr., RB; Jake Gonzalez, sr., S; Conor Hough, sr., DL; Mike Kadus, sr., LB; Jared Lombardi, sr., WR; Joe Naselli, sr., OL/DL; Nick Pomey, sr., S; Sam Schierloh, sr., LB; Matthew Schiltz, sr., QB; Trevor Cabanban, jr., RB; Luke Desherow, jr., DL; Matty Mangan, jr., WR; Nate Van Zelst, so., K/P

MAINE SOUTH (10-1)

W Glenbard West 35-14

W at Mount Carmel 21-13

L Barrington 26-23

W at Conant 42-14

W at Evanston 21-13

W Niles North 42-7

W at Glenbrook South 44-7

W New Trier 38-21

W Niles West 48-6

W Huntley 55-14

W at Waubonsie Valley 41-14

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jimmy Bartell, sr., LB; Cole Dow, sr., QB; Bobby Inserra, sr., QB; Danny Wolf, sr., RB/LB; Ryan Kilburg, jr., WR/DB; Dan Lazic, jr., RB; Peter Skoronski, jr., OL

GAME NOTES: Saturday will be the fourth game between the two of the top programs in the state since 2014. The last one came in 2016 when Maine South beat Loyola 27-17 in the Class 8A state final, which ended the Ramblers’ 30-game winning streak. Prior to that, Loyola had won three in a row against the Hawks. Loyola senior Jack Burke (pictured above) said: “You can tell they bring it. It’s going to be a good test. It will be a fun game.” … Maine South has reached the playoffs every year since 1992, winning Class 8A state titles in 2016, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2000 and 1995. This is the third consecutive season the Hawks are in the quarterfinals. Making their 16th consecutive appearance in playoffs, the Ramblers are in the quarterfinals for a fourth year in a row. … Loyola is on a five-game winning streak, and the defense is a big reason why. The Ramblers haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown in the first half since Week 6. During the winning streak, they have forced eight turnovers and only surrendered three. Loyola was minus-5 in turnover margin over its first six games. … Maine South enters the quarterfinals winners of its last eight. Under head coach Dave Inserra, the Hawks are 196-29 in 18 seasons. The Hawks average  37.3 points a game and allow 13.5. Junior Peter Skoronski, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman, is a major-college recruit with offers from Michigan, Penn State and Iowa, among others. Loyola senior linebacker Sam Schierloh said: “They have a lot of good things going for them, at least offensively. They are fast and athletic, and I know that’s something they pride themselves on. We will continue to do what we’ve done the last few weeks. It’s proven to be successful.”

Photo credit: Geoff Scott