The Sycamore Spartans' 2012 football postseason run will start at home.
The Spartans (6-3) will play Chicago King (6-2) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. They last hosted a first-round playoff game in 2010 and are coming off a 44-0 victory over Yorkville in Week 9. Last season, Sycamore played its first round game in Chicago against King, winning 36-29.
It is the fourth consecutive season Sycamore has made the postseason, and the fifth time in coach Joe Ryan's nine-year tenure as head coach. Sycamore has won its first-round playoff game the last three seasons.
Kaneland, coming off its third consecutive 9-0 regular season and another Northern Illinois Big 12 East title, is the No. 1 seed in Class 5A. The Knights will host No. 16 Belvidere (5-4) in the first round.
Kaneland enters the 5A bracket as a top seed for the third successive fall. The Knights clinched their third straight unbeaten regular season and Northern Illinois Big 12 East title Friday and are aiming to move past consecutive semifinal losses to Montini.
While the Broncos again loom as a possible semifinal opponent – provided they get past a potential quarterfinal against fellow Suburban Christian Conference Blue power Marian Central – Kaneland must contend with other familiar faces in the earlier rounds.
Belvidere, which pushed the Knights to the brink in a 51-45 first-round loss last year, repeats as Kaneland's Week 10 foe. NI Big 12 East rival Rochelle – which challenged the Knights in a quarterfinal last season after a less competitive regular season game – could await in the second round.
Tracking several projections throughout the day, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly said he anticipated a possible rematch with the Bucs, who defeated 2-7 Belvidere North, 21-13 on Friday to become playoff-eligible.
"We kind of thought that it was going to happen this way," Fedderly said. "Belvidere was a really good game against them last year, and a lot of guys come back, including a quarterback who can run and throw. So you don't take anything for granted."
Dates and times for all playoff matchups will be announced Monday.