No. 4 Batavia (11-1) at No. 17 Benet (9-3)
When: 1 p.m. Nov. 18 hosted at Benedictine University (across from Benet Academy)
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of Mt. Carmel/Lake Zurich
What to watch for: Batavia started out slowly last week with some uncharacteristic defensive lapses, but roared back with an eight-turnover afternoon – With five interceptions forced in the fourth quarter. Tom Stuttle and John Golden lead a surging secondary, but don't underscore the defensive line push up front to cause the mistakes. Quarterback Riley Cooper continued to play sound football, while wideout Eric Peterson has a knack for opportune touchdown catches the past few weeks.
Benet (9-3) returns to the state semifinal for the second consecutive year, and seeks a victory this time around. The Redwings are seeking a trip to the state championship for the first time since 1984. Sophomore quarterback Colin Gillespie has piloted the offense due to starter Matt Boyle going down midseason. His top two targets are Nick Keyes and 6-foot-4 Jack Eschenbach, who this week accepted a preferred walk-on offer at Wisconsin.
Running back Ben Hickey helps balance out a decent aerial attack, and the defense has a few pieces in two-year starters linebacker Devin Petersen and defensive back Ben Cooney to keep Batavia's Peterson honest.