Saturday Preview: No. 5 Kaneland (9-1) @ No. 4 Joliet Catholic (9-1)
Joliet Memorial Stadium • Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
It’s a battle of two 9-1 teams as the Knights head to ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium to battle perennial playoff contender Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA).
JCA is no stranger to the IHSA playoffs, having made it the previous 16 years, and 37 years overall. JCA has won 13 state titles, with their most recent in the 2006 season while playing in the 6A division. They have been in the title game 17 times.
JCA’s road to the 2013 playoffs had them winning the stout East Suburban Catholic Conference with an 8-1 overall record (6-1 in conference). The ESCC boasted six playoff qualifiers this year. JCA’s only loss came to 7A St. Patrick by a score of 22-21. St. Patrick defeated Geneva 31-23 on the road in the first round last weekend.
JCA defeated Chicago Urban Prep-Englewood 69-12 in the First Round of the 5A playoffs last weekend.
Both teams come in with similar offensive point totals, with Kaneland averaging 39.2 points per game and JCA averaging 41.8 through 10 games. The defenses are both staunch, with Kaneland surrendering just 10.5 points per game, to JCA’s 15.1 through 10 games.