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Why Plainfield North should do the right thing and let Fenwick play in IHSA Class 7A title game

Why Plainfield North should do the right thing and let Fenwick play in IHSA Class 7A title game

If Plainfield North wants to do the right thing, they should step down and let Fenwick play in the IHSA Class 7A title game on Saturday.

Plainfield North earned a date with East St. Louis in the 7A championship contest after a controversial come-from-behind victory over Fenwick last weekend.

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The Friars had a 10-7 lead over Plainfield North with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when Fenwick quarterback Jacob Keller launched a pass downfield as time expired. Following the play, the referees called intentional grounding and rewarded Plainfield North an untimed down. Plainfield North kicked a 22-yard field goal to tie the game and then went on to defeat Fenwick, 18-17, in overtime.

Following the game, the IHSA released a statement admitting the call was incorrect.

“IHSA by-law 6.033 clearly states that, ‘the decisions of game officials shall be final; protests against the decision of a game official shall not be reviewed by the Board of Directors.’ Given that rule, the contest result shall remain final with Plainfield North advancing to the Class 7A State Championship.”

After not having their appeal heard over the decision, Fenwick has decided to take the ISHA to court.

On Monday's edition of SportsTalk Live, Sun Times Bears reporter Adam Jahns weighed in on the IHSA's ruling.

"As a private school kid who went to Notre Dame High School there's always that perception that the IHSA is sticking it to the private schools," Jahns said. "I'm telling you, in the circles I talk to, this is the IHSA sticking it to another private school for making it to this point."

The messy situation between Fenwick and the IHSA could be avoided if Plainfield North were to step down from the Class 7A title game.

"Plainfield North should do the right thing and tell Fenwick 'you won the game fair and square, and we're letting you go play in the state championship game,'" David Kaplan said on SportsTalk Live. "That would be classy sportsmanship."

David Haugh added: "They should do the right thing and they should have rewarded Fenwick the victory because they earned the victory. There is no domino effect to reversing that call," David Haugh said.

The case will be heard on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Cook County Chancery Court.

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This week, due to popular demand, we're going with a Backyard Brawls: 2.0 edition. We are featuring three games with strong local rivalry connections. Which "border war" high school football game is the most worthy of our coverage? 

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Seventh heaven? Phillips elects to play 7A football

Seventh heaven? Phillips elects to play 7A football

Chicago's Phillips Academy (4-0), who is currently state-ranked in Class 6A, will play this season and next in Class 7A according to the IHSA and its recently published IHSA State Playoff Weekly Outlook. The rundown was updated and released earlier Monday on the IHSA website

The Wildcats are the only football team in the state that has petitioned "up" to play in a higher class.

"The IHSA reached out to us a few weeks ago," Phillips head coach Troy McAllister said. "They planned to void our last year of petitioning up to play in 6A because of the district system that is coming. So we were given the option of staying and playing at our current enrollment level or reapplying to move up again for another two years. We feel that playing in 7A is where we want to be  as a program. We want to play in 7A for several reasons including playing in the 1-32 true seeding system and 7A also features several state powerhouse programs. We believe that's where we want to be as a football program. We just felt as a staff that the time to make this move is now."

Phillips, listed with an enrollment of 575 students on the IHSA website, is the only Chicago Public League team in the history of the IHSA state football playoff system schools to win a state football title. The Wildcats won a Class 4A title in 2015 and a 5A state title in 2017. They volunteered to play "up" in enrollment last season to Class 6A and lost to Cary-Grove in the 6A state quarterfinal round. 

A move up starting this season for the Wildcats from 6A to 7A would now put Phillips in the same class as defending 7A state champion Nazareth Academy along with state-ranked Mount Carmel, Batavia. Glenbard West and Brother Rice.