The Fremd Vikings (5-4) will be battling the Glenbard North Panthers (8-1) at Fremd High School on Saturday, October 27 begining at 6 p.m.
This is a rematch of the state playoff game from 5 years ago that was won by Glenbard North. The end of the game became contentious when the Panthers’ student section walked around the track and ended in front of the Palatine stands.
Fremd is returning to the playoffs after a one-absence under rookie head coach Lou Sponsel.
The Vikings switched to the single-wing offense in their final two games and came away with convincing victories to secure a playoff spot. Fremd, which averaged 45 points in those two games, is led on offense by Jack Bossong, Jeff McGlade, Matt Isola, Andrew Stark and Matt Konopka. Fremd’s defense, led by William Money, Jr., Tom Glassgow, Phil Hetzner, Jonathan Van Duch, Stephen Helbing, Bossong and Isola, has allowed just under 15 points per game. But the Vikings have not have allowed more than 7 points in each of their four home games, which were all victories.
The defense will have their hands full trying to contain Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson, who has Division 1 offers from Northwestern, University of Illinois, Purdue and Boston College.
If the Vikings are victorious Saturday, they will be on the road to play the winner of Friday’s Warren vs. Stevenson game.
Dick Quagliano contributed to this report.