High school football teams excited about the return of the playoffs

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD / WYZZ) – The playoffs are back and high school football players couldn’t be happier.

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID precautions and shortened schedules, the football prep qualifiers return this weekend. The region’s team began preparations for their playoff games as soon as they found out who they were going to play.

“It’s nice to carry on the tradition of Peoria Notre Dame football, making the playoffs every year,” said Peoria Notre Dame senior running back Charlie Dawson.

PND has qualified for the playoffs ten years in a row. The Irish open the Class 4A playoffs at Wheaton St. Francis on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re hoping we can do a deep run in the playoffs, which we haven’t been able to do in the last few years,” added Dawson.

Beijing has a home playoff game for the first time since 2013. The Dragons host Libertyville in a Class 7A playoff game on Friday night.

“We’re ready to play and excited,” Beijing senior center Myles Bridgmon said. “It hasn’t happened for a while, we’ll be ready. I’m really excited for this Week 10 game.

Peoria High will host Chicago Morgan Park in the Class 5A playoffs on Saturday.

“We have to be more focused, to be more patient, we have to pay more attention to detail,” said Lions senior linebacker Skylan Douglas.

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