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The quarterfinals of the IHSA football playoffs have arrived, and Saturday features two great matchups including some rising stars and some electric playmakers.

Benet at Downers Grove North
We've seen Downers Grove North a couple of times already this season, but their impressive run into the playoffs is plenty of reason to make another visit out to see the Trojans.

The rigorous schedule that North played all year against schools like Glenbard West and Hinsdale Central prepared them well for the tough competition of the playoffs, and after bumping a couple of higher seeds, the Trojans, led by sophomore quarterback David Edwards, look to continue their run.

But standing in their way is a team even more improbable to be in the playoffs at all this year, let alone be 10-1.

Last year, Benet Academy out of Lisle, IL was just 1-8, with their lone win coming against South Bend (IN) Washington High School, who featured SMU's Gehrig Dieter and Ohio State's David Perkins.

But like North, Benet is seeing new life with sophomore quarterback Jack Beneventi.

Beneventi is similar to Edwards, in that he's a 6'6" tall QB who can make plays with both his arm and his legs. Benet's offense has been flying high, so it will take a big effort from the Downers Grove North defense to contain the Red Wings and keep them in the game.

Ottawa at Crete-Monee

Both teams faced double-digit fourth quarter deficits last week and came back to win as a result of some big plays of each team's star player.

For Crete-Monee, senior receiver Laquon Treadwell, who has been doubling at safety this season, picked off a 4th quarter pass while Crete-Monee was down 32-21 and took it to the house in the middle of the fourth quarter. He then went on to account for over half of his team's offense on their final offensive drive put them ahead for good and seal the win 35-32.

For Ottawa, senior running back/defensive back and Illinois commit Miguel Hermosillo made plays on both sides of the ball, including several pass break-ups and a leaping catch in the endzone in the last couple minutes to put Ottawa ahead after trailing 20-7.

Both of these teams come in undefeated and both teams can hit a home run at any given time on offense. Crete-Monee has the notoriety of being the home of all-american Laquon Treadwell while Ottawa's Miguel Hermosillo has been the unsung hero for his team all season.

Can Ottawa overcome the star power of Crete-Monee with smashmouth running and execution? Or will the Warriors be too much for Hermosillo and his Ottawa squad.

Crete-Monee gave up some big plays last week, but if they are able to limit them this week, it could turn into a real dog fight, and the game makes for a great "main event" of sorts for the weekend.

For Crete-Monee, junior linebacker Nyles Morgan will be counted upon heavily to combat the option running attack of Ottawa. And will the run-heavy offense of Ottawa take cornerback Jaylen Dunlap out of the game?

Be sure to check back in for more from all of these prospects following the games here on IlliniPlaybook.

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