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2 p.m. Saturday

Michael Brewer (35-12 in five seasons at Mt. Carmel); Scott Hamilton (261-64 in 28 seasons at Unity).

Mt. Carmel defeated (15) St. Joseph-Ogden 46-14, (7) Carlinville 54-7 and (3) Benton 30-14; Unity defeated (16) Newton 46-6, (8) Paxton-Buckley-Loda 21-14 and (4) Williamsville 28-7.

Postseason results:

Story Highlights

  • (2) Mt. Carmel Golden Aces (12-0) at (1) Unity Rockets (12-0),

  • Coaches:

Golden Aces to watch:

Blayne Sisson (Soph., QB; 62 of 99 passing, 1,241 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs; 109 carries, 1,130 yards, 21 TDs); Zeke Hadra (Sr., RB; 55 carries, 354 yards, 7 TDs; 6 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD); Asher Kight (Soph., RB/FS; 53 carries, 471 yards, 10 TDs).

Rockets to watch: Matt Brown (Jr., RB; 241 carries, 1,609 yards, 20 TDs); Blake Kimball (Sr., QB; 146 of 218 passing, 1,785 yards, 21 TDs, 4 INTs; 141 carries, 898 yards, 13 TDs); Nat Nosler (Sr., DB; 97 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery).

The pick: Unity 21, Mt. Carmel 17. The Rockets seem to have a bit more balance in their offense than the Golden Aces, who also struggled to slow Benton through the air during last week’s quarterfinals. But on defense is where Unity will turn this one, as the Rockets have tamped down on some strong offenses through their first three playoff games. They’ll do so again here.

Class 1A (13) Ridgeview/Lexington Mustangs (8-4) at (6)

Hal Chiodo (8-4 in one season at Ridgeview/Lexington); Ric Arand (218-66 in 25 seasons at Lena-Winslow). Postseason results:

Coaches: Lena-Winslow Panthers (10-2), 2 p.m. Saturday