Posted On: 10/27/21 11:00 AM

The 2021 season is wrapping up all over the state, and now it is  PLAYOFF time. We are in for a treat in the coming weeks with intense competition all over the state. 19 Southern Illinois football teams will compete in the 2021 IHSA football playoffs. Here are the teams and the matchups with some breakdown of big matchups.


(16) Carbondale (5-4) at (1) Kankakee (Sr.) (9-0)

Carbondale played a demanding schedule this season and now has to walk into the #1 seed Kankakee, a juggernaut of talent this fall. Tomele Staples has had a stellar season throwing to Pierre Allen, who has 875 yds and 13tds. Carbondale’s RB Gabe Hillard Gabe Hillard 5'9" | RB Carbondale | 2022 State IL and WR DeMarcus Funchess DeMarcus Funchess 6'3" | DB Carbondale | 2022 State IL will aim to pull off the upset this Saturday on their journey north.

(12) Metamora (5-4) at (5) Marion (8-1)

Marion and Head Coach Kerry Martin have put another solid season together, with their only loss coming from a good Cahokia team. Venson Newsome has been an absolute terror downfield this season and his entire career, for that matter breaking school records for all-time receiving leader in multiple categories. Marion, yet again, will

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