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Records fall as Illinois state football Playoffs begin

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 season.

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/

Here is a complete list of broken and tied records from this past week:



Records broken

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 - 21)
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 7A record)
Wade Weyer, St. Rita - 40 rushing attempts (old mark - 34)
Ben Crookston to TJ Haiges, Glenbard West - 80-yard TD pass (old mark - 58)
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 championship)
Daniel Figueroa, Taft - 88 return yards on interceptions (new record for Chicago Conference championship)


Brandon Freeley, Lockport - 3 interceptions (second player in 8A playoff history)
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 playoff history)














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