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Games at a Glance: Previews of Saturday’s prep football playoff games

CJ Colden and the Althoff Crusaders will attempt to run their perfect record to 10-0 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs against Clinton.
CJ Colden and the Althoff Crusaders will attempt to run their perfect record to 10-0 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs against Clinton. BND File Photo

FULL PREVIEW: Althoff v. Clinton

FULL PREVIEW: Columbia v. Central

FULL PREVIEW: Edwardsville v. Waubansie Valley

Saturday’s Games

Class 5A: Decatur Eisenhower at Highland, 1 p.m.

Winner faces winner of Champaign Central (8-1) and Jacksonville (6-3)

DECATUR EISENHOWER (6-3)

Coach: Drew Wagers (3rd year, 9-18)

Rank: None

PPG Offense: 42.7

PPG Defense: 34.3

Opponent W-L: 39-42

Opponents in playoffs: 4

Offense Leaders:QB Cayleb Dehority (138-of-214, 2,211 yards, 33 TD, 7 int.); RB Salat Al-Nurridin (146 rush, 1,054 yards, 10 TD); WR Colton Lockwood (52 catch, 915 yards, 12 TD); WR Stephon Bobbitt (30 catch, 563 yards, 13 TD)

Defensive Leaders: LB Kendall Dehority (112 tackles)

Playoff History: The Panthers have an all-time playoff mark of 3-3 and last qualified in 2004

HIGHLAND (8-1)

Coach: Jim Warnecke (5th year, 33-18)

Rank: 9th in Associated Press Class 5A poll

PPG Offense: 39.1

PPG Defense: 11.8

Opponent W-L: 32-49

Opponents in playoffs: 3

Offensive Leaders: QB Garrett Marti (49-of-86, 711 yards, 8 TD, 2 int; 45 rush 556 yards, 8 TD); RB Trent Rakers (84 rush, 582 yards, 11 TD); WR Jimmie Smith (18 catch. 250 yards, 2 TD)

Defensive Leaders: LB Sam Teipe (69 tackles, 47 solos, 3 sacks); LB-DB: Zeke Kaufman (65 tackles, 43 solos, 2 sacks)

Playoff History: The Bulldogs have an all-time playoff mark of 11-17 and last qualified in 2014.

Class 4A: Mater Dei at Civic Memorial, 1 p.m.

Winner faces winner of Columbia (9-0) and Central (5-4)

MATER DEI (6-3)

Coach: Jim Stiebel (7th season, 52-22)

Rank: None

PPG Offense: 40.3

PPG Defense: 26.4

Opponent W-L: 46-35

Opponents in playoffs: 5

Offensive Leaders: QB Colin Schuetz (130-of-242, 2,110 yards, 25 TD, 7 int.); RB-WR Brendan Timmerman (38 rush, 383 yards 4 TD; 45 catches, 794 yards, 10 TD): RB Brady Rakers (76 rush, 433 yards, 6 TD)

Defensive Leaders: LB Sam Krebs (73 tackles, 7 sacks); LB: Brady Rakers (54 tackles, 3 sacks; 2 fum. rec.)

Playoff History: The Knights are 23-23 all time in 24 playoff appearances. They were Class 4A state runners-up in 2006.

CIVIC MEMORIAL (7-2)

Coach: Justin Winslow (5th season, 20-26)

Rank: None

PPG Offense: 39

PPG Defense: 24.6

Opponent W-L: 42-39

Opponents in playoffs: 5

Offensive Leaders: QB Adam Hill (134-229, 1,906, 20 TD, 6 Int.); RB John Whitworth (167 rush, 1,269 yards, 15 TD); Zach Williams (48 rush, 365 yards, 3 TD); WR David Lane (33 catch, 545 yards, 5 TD); Brett Lane (30 catch, 466 yards, 6 TD).

Defensive Leaders: Rikki Lafferty (110 tackles, sack, 3 fumble rec., 2 Int.); David Lane (53 tackles, 3 Int.); Zach Williams (79 tackles, 4 sack, Int.).

Playoff history: The Eagles are 8-10 all time in 11 playoff appearances.

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