The Quad-Cities is a bit of a prep pigskin paradise. If you don't believe that, we recommend you take a look at what's on tap this weekend.|
On Saturday, the Alleman High School Pioneers will travel to Evergreen Park for its Class 4A state semifinal football game.
That same day, perennial Class 2A powerhouse Mercer County Golden Eagles will play before the hometown crowd at George Pratt Memorial Field in a semifinal matchup with Clifton Central.
If you haven't gotten aboard those bandwagons by now, you'd better hurry. They're pretty crowded. Still the team's boosters could no doubt use more voices and the teams have earned your support as Mercer County vies for its fourth state title for the Aledo school and Alleman seeks to parlay its second-place ranking to a first-place finish at state. Saturday's Pioneer contest came after a 42-8 drubbing in last week's Sweet 16.
And these teams are not the only talented gridiron squads in the Quad-Cities.
As our prep sportswriter Steve Tappa noted late last month, nine area schools were involved in playoff-opening contests and seven squads advanced to second-round games in state high school football playoff rounds. That represents the area's most since 2011, when 11 local teams advanced to the "Sweet 16'' in their divisions.
In Addition to Alleman and Mercer County, this year's playoff-ready squads included Geneseo, Annawan-Wethersfield, Rock Island, Orion, Monmouth-Roseville. We congratulate them all on their winning ways.
Little wonder that Alleman and Mercer County are so playoff ready, when they are tempered by competition such as this. But now only the Pioneers and the Golden Eagles are left. We're certain they'll do the Q-C area proud.
Go, Pioneers! Go, Golden Eagles!
The Quad-Cities is rooting for you.