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Matt Mayberry, Cody Faulkner, Alex Perry, Jeff Sanders and Pete Saxon were all trying to keep their dreams of a state championship alive this weekend in their respective playoffs. Two future Hoosiers' teams advanced, while three saw their seasons end.

James Brewer, OL – Indianapolis Arlington lost in the first round of sectionals and finished the year 4-6.

Ben Chappell, QB Bloomington (Ind.) High School South – After winning the Conference Indiana championship, South was upset in the first round of sectionals. Chappell concluded his senior season completing 165-of-282 passes for 2,359 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ran for another seven scores.

Cody Faulkner, OL - Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. - Hamilton Heights quarterback Justin Boser threw for a school-record 372 yards, but it wasn't nearly enough to offset the Griffith ground attack in a 43-14 Griffith win the regional. Top-ranked Griffith (13-0) ran for 372 yards against Hamilton Heights (8-5) to advance in the playoffs.

Deonte Mack, DT - Elkhart Central lost in the first round of sectionals, finishing the year 4-6.

Brad Martin, TE – Marion (Ohio) Pleasant H.S. (8-3) lost in the first round of the Ohio state playoffs last week to end its season.

Greg Middleton, DE - Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike H.S. - Pike lost in the first round of sectionals three weeks ago and finished the year 4-6.

Matt Mayberry, OLB/FBHinsdale (Ill.) South H.S. – Matt Mayberry's prep career came to an end when Edwardsville (12-0) handed Hinsdale South (10-2) a 28-7 setback in the quarterfinals of the Class 7A playoffs. Edwardsville rushed for 350 yards in the contest and opened up a 21-0 lead at halftime. Mayberry, who was playing on a sprained ankle, was limited to 61 yards on 20 carries. Mayberry finished his senior season with 2,103 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Alex Perry, OT – Morris (Ill.) – In a matchup of two Illinois Class 6A heavyweights, Morris (12-0) advanced to the 6A semifinals with a 28-21 win over Joliet Catholic Friday night. Morris was led by tailback John Dergo, who ran for a staggering 354 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Dergo had a 81-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a 67-yard TD run in the second quarter, and then another 67-yard touchdown run for the game-winner in the fourth quarter. It marked the first time Morris has ever beaten Joliet Catholic, which had won the previous eight meetings.

Jeff Sanders, TE Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin H.S. – Top-ranked Sacred Heart Griffin (12-0) advanced to the semifinals of the 5A state playoffs with a 34-28 win over Kankakee McNamara. Sacred Heart Griffin jumped out to a 34-14 lead before a couple of SHG fumbles got McNamara back in the game. SHG tailback Andre Pendergrass fumbled on consecutive drives, including once at the McNamara 1-yard line when it appeared SHG was about to go up 41-14. His first fumble was then returned 102 yards for a score, closing the lead to 34-21. He then fumbled on SHG's next play, this time at the SHG 25, and McNamara scored again to cut the lead to six. But Sacred Heart Griffin's defense stopped a final McNamara drive with 4:00 remaining to give Griffin the berth in the semifinals. Sanders had a solid game, catching six passes for 75 yards. Sacred Heart Griffin will play North Chicago on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. If it wins, it will play the winner of Rock Island Alleman/Cohokia the following weekend.

Pete Saxon, IL – Plain City (Ohio) Jonathan Alder H.S. (10-2) dropped a 16-7 decision to Lemon-Monroe (11-1) in the round of 16 in the Ohio Division IV state playoffs.

Jarrod Smith, OL – Fairborn (Ohio). Fairborn (1-9) concluded its season with a 40-19 loss to Trotwood Madison two weeks ago.

Mike Stark, OL – Platteville (Wis.). Platteville finished its season 8-2 after losing to Brodhead/Juda, 66-35, two weeks in the first round of the state playoffs. Top Stories