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AurorChristian’s Joel Bouagn(23) kneels end zone celebrate touchdown as teammate Eric Motisi looks on. | JCunningham~For Sun-Times Media

Aurora Christian’s Joel Bouagnon (23) kneels in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown as teammate Eric Motisi looks on. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Tickets sold out

Both Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley reported Thursday that tickets to Saturday’s game are sold out. No tickets will be available at the game on Saturday, and only spectators with a ticket will be allowed into the stadium at Neuqua Valley.

Once all stadium seats are taken, fans will be directed to standing room only areas. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and kickoff is 6. No re-entry is allowed. will be streaming the game live on Saturday at 6 p.m.

High School Cube ( will provide a live audio-only broadcast per the IHSA.

The game will air on Comcast Channel 100 on Nov. 11 at noon and 4 p.m. and on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

Comcast Sports Net Chicago ( will have game highlights at 10:30 p.m. and will re-air Sunday morning at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Updated: December 10, 2012 6:18AM


No. 4 Waubonsie Valley (10-1) at No. 1 Neuqua Valley (11-0), Saturday, 6 p.m.

Last week: Waubonsie Valley 28, Oak Park-River Forest 7; Neuqua Valley 44, Bolingbrook 33.

Advancement: Winner plays Mount Carmel-Lyons winner in semifinal.

Outlook: Expect another nail-biter as the District 204 rivals meet in a rematch of an Oct. 5 game that Neuqua won 35-34 in double overtime when the Warriors’ bid for a winning two-point conversion failed. Both teams have clock-eating ground games led by Upstate Eight Valley Co-Offensive MVP running backs Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua and Austin Guido of Waubonsie. Rhattigan has 1,855 yards rushing and averages 7.9 yards per carry. Guido has 2,236 yards and averages 7.7. Both have scored 30 TDs.

The ratios: Neuqua Valley’s run vs. pass is nearly 2-to-1 with 2,365 yards running to 1,348 passing. Waubonsie Valley’s run vs. pass is nearly 4-to-1 with 3,284 on the ground to 825 in the air.

The rankings: Neuqua is No. 6 in the Sun-Times Super 25, Waubonsie is No. 9.

Other leaders: Neuqua QB Dylan Andrew is 77 of 120 for 1,342 yards passing with one interception and 17 TDs. Mickey Dudek is his leading receiver with 38 receptions for 822 yards. Waubonsie QB Dylan Warden is 50 of 87 for 820 yards passing with 5 interceptions and 11 TDs. Troy Fumagalli is his leading receiver with 25 catches for 435 yards.

The quote: “Any time you play Waubonsie it’s a huge game. Now, playing this late strengthens it. We’re very similar. We don’t run the exact same offense, they run an option type and we use multiple sets, but our defenses both run 3-4 and 3-5 looks and both like to pressure the quarterbacks.”

— Bill Ellinghaus, Neuqua Valley coach

Quote II: “We played pretty well the first time, but we need to fix a few little mistakes we had in coverage. We’ve gotten better, but they’ve gotten better, too.”

— Jake Bennema, Waubonsie Valley linebacker


No. 9 Winnebago (9-2) at No. 4 Aurora Christian (10-1), Saturday, 6 p.m.

Last week: Winnebago 56, Elmwood-Brimfield 20; Aurora Christian 28, Immaculate Conception 21.

Advancement: Winner plays Wilmington-Sterling Newman winner in semifinal.

Outlook: This is a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal the Eagles won 48-13 on their way to capturing the state title. Aurora Christian has a high-powered offense that features good balance with the passing of QB Ryan McQuade and a running game powered by Joel Bouagnon (1,052 yards) and Brandon Mayes (639), who are all seniors. McQuade has thrown for 2,543 yards and 37 TDs while the Eagles have run for 2,168 yards. Winnebago easily handled an undefeated No. 1 seed last week and relies heavily on its ground game which has accounted for more than twice as many yards as its passing game. Five capable backs will carry the ball. Junior QB Ryan Swigart has thrown for 1,044 yards with 14 TDs and just three interceptions.

Band on the run: Fred Mosby leads the Indians with 691 yards rushing, but Jake Hickey has 542, Michael Pate 423, Tay Shanklin 328 and Sean Ward 293.

Air force: Chad Beebe leads the Eagles with 49 catches for 825 yards, Cory Windle has 40 (715 yards) and Ryan Suttle (334 yards) and Brandon Mayes (365 yards) each have 25.

The quote: “I’ve always believed in rotating the ball and don’t pound it with just one kid. … At this time of year, that pays off because your (backs) aren’t likely to be beat up. (First-year QB starter) Ryan Swigart has played real well. His completion percentage is up there and his TD-interception ratio is remarkable. We don’t throw a lot, but when we do, we’ve been effective.”

— Mark Helm, Winnebago coach

Quote II: “This is probably the best defense we’ve had. It’s a combination of things, probably the best defensive line as well as our best linebacker and backfield groups. There’s a combination with speed, aggressiveness and strength. They’re just good and they expect to make plays. We’ve been able to open up the playbook, too.”

— Dave Beebe, Aurora Christian defensive coordinator

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