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Class 5A Football Playoff Preview Capsules

Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

NO. 11 CHICAGO KING (6-2) AT NO. 6 SYCAMORE (6-3)

Game time: 7 p.m. today

Last meeting: Sycamore 36, King 29 in first round of 2011 Class 5A playoffs

Scouting the Jaguars: Sophomore Lance Robinson leads a strong King running game. Don’t expect the Jaguars to throw the ball much, but the rushing attack could be a problem for the Sycamore defense, as it was in the close win for the Spartans in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Jaguars rushed for 310 yards against Sycamore last year.

Keys to victory: Hand Austin Culton the ball early and often. The Spartans are banged up offensively, but Culton ran for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns last season against the Jaguars.

David Compher and Devin Mottett should be back from minor injuries suffered last week, but expect the running game to be the focus. Winning the battle up front will also be huge against a strong King defensive line. The Spartans are coming off of a confidence-boosting win last weekend after two losses in their last three games, so they should be prepared against a familiar foe.

– Anthony Zilis, sports@daily-chronicle.com

No. 16 BELVIDERE (5-4) AT No. 1 KANELAND (9-0)

Game time: 7 p.m. Saturday

Last meeting: Kaneland 51, Belvidere 45 in first round of 2011 IHSA Class 5A playoffs

Scouting the Bucs: Belvidere came into the season ranked No. 7 in Class 5A after bringing back most of their starters. However, the Bucs had to win three of their last four games to sneak into the playoffs.

The Bucs gained 559 yards in a six-point playoff loss to the Knights last season as starting quarterback Troy Vandenbroek passed for 268 yards. The Bucs certainly have the potential to keep this game close, and expect Vandenbroek, now in his fourth year as the starting quarterback, to find his favorite target, Kane Steger, throughout the game.

Keys to victory: Defend the pass and the Knights will be golden. The Knights got a fight in their Week 9 matchup against Morris so a tough game should have them ready to make a strong playoff run.

This game last year was close, but the Knights’ defense has improved this season. Quarterback Drew David played last week with a soft cast on his throwing hand, but the talent on the offensive line should give the Knights enough to score points regardless of the junior’s status.

– Anthony Zilis, sports@daily-chronicle.com

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