Records fall as Illinois state football Playoffs
The Illinois High School Association and Chicago Public
League are going to need a lot of erasers come this week as numerous
records were broken or tied in state and city playoff football action.
Starting stateside, Sean Price obliterated the Class 8A record books
with 25 completions and 389 passing yards in a 55-14 Maine South win
over Gurnee Warren. Price's yardage is nearly a football field past
Wheaton South's Dan Brauer (290) from 2001. The completions record is
8 best than Naperville North's Greg Wunderlich of the same year. The
touchdowns tie the class record set by Lockport's Steve Walker last
On the ground, Barrington's Aaron Kirchoff is the new Class 8A standard
bearer as he scored a record 5 rushing TDs in a 42-17 win over Wheaton
North. Kirchoff's mark broke a three-way tie for three ground scores.
Price and Kirchoff also share the new 8A playoff marks for scoring with
36 points and six total touchdowns each, breaking the marks of 18 points
and three touchdowns held by three players in each record.
A new field goal standard was set in 8A as well. New Trier's Jon Barron
- just a junior - ripped three FGs through the uprights, including two
from 31 out, as New Trier edged Niles West 23-21. His feat broke a two-way
tie for two FGs made.
Lockport free saftey Brandon Feeley makes the 8A books with a playoff
record with 85 interception return yards and a record-tying three picks.
His 62-yard interception return for a TD against Lincoln-Way Central
puts him among a long list of players to do the feat in the 8A playoffs.
Evan Shy of Conant gets credit for haviing the longest kickoff return
in 8A playoff history as his 90-yard score topped Bartlett 21-14.
Glenbard West's Ben Crookston threw an 80-yard bomb to TJ Haiges in
their win over Stagg to set a new 7A TD pass record, breaking the old
mark of 58 set by Jake Toohey and PJ Tierney of Loyola in 2001.
Morgan Park's Demetrius Jones set a Public League Class 7A playoff record
as his 277 passing yards helped the Mustangs stop Batavia 42-28. Jones
missed the state 7A record by 4 yards (Pekin's Justin Stessman threw
for 281 in 2001).
Finally, Robert Dean is the new punt return king in the Chicago Conference
championship record books as his 149 punt return yards helped Hyde Park
beat Taft 14-12 for the conference championship. In that game, Dean
had an 87-yard return for a TD as part of a 14-point second quarter;
the return is also a Chicago Conference championship record as well
as both marks being new single-game Public League records overall.
By Alvin Washigton/ISNet.4mg.com
Here is a complete list of broken and tied
records from this past week:
Aaron Kirchoff, Barrington - 5 rushing TDs (old mark - 3 [three players]
Sean Price, Maine South - 25 completions (old mark - 17)
Sean Price, Maine South - 389 passing yards (old mark - 290)
Price and Kirchoff - 36 points scored (old mark - 18 [three players])
Price and Kirchoff - 6 total TDs (old mark - 3 [three players])
Brandon Freeley, Lockport - 85 interception return yards (old mark -
Jon Barron, New Trier - 3 FG Made (old mark - 2 [two players])
Evan Shy, Conant - 90-yard kickoff return (longest ever; first such
reported in 8A history)
Demetrius Jones, Morgan Park - 277 passing yards (new Public League
Wade Weyer, St. Rita - 40 rushing attempts (old mark - 34)
Ben Crookston to TJ Haiges, Glenbard West - 80-yard TD pass (old mark
Jon Fixler, Deerfield - 6 total TDs [4 pass, 2 run] (old mark - 5)
Chicago Public League
Robert Dean, Hyde Park - 149 return yards (new record for Chicago Conference
championship and Public League)
Robert Dean, Hyde Park - 87-yard punt return for TD (new record for
Chicago Conference championship and Public League)
Daniel Figueroa, Taft - 2 Interceptions (new record for Chicago Conference
Daniel Figueroa, Taft - 88 return yards on interceptions (new record
for Chicago Conference championship)
Brandon Freeley, Lockport - 3 interceptions (second player in 8A playoff
Brandon Freeley, Lockport - 1 INT returned for TD
Mark Para, Lisle Benet - 2 FGs made (15th player in 7A history with
2 FGs made)
Greg Turner, Addison Driscoll - 3 TD receptions (fifth player in 4A