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 - Page. On Saturday, Fairchild will get a chance...
Page. On Saturday, Fairchild will get a chance to do all the talking by exterminating exterminating a title-game title-game title-game hex at home against the Chaparrals. The Hawks (7-3) (7-3) (7-3) will meet Du Page in Palatine for the regional championship. championship. "Half of our kids didn't even play in last year's game, but from my perspective, I'd like to break a negative trend," said Harper coach John Eliasik. Since 1983, Harper is 7-3 7-3 7-3 against Du Page in the regular season. However, the Hawks have won just once in seven title-game title-game title-game meetings with the Chaparrals. "I think it's very difficult to beat a good, quality team twice in the same season, Eliasik explained. "They know you better and they know what works and what doesn't. It's definitely measurably harder." Since a 30-20 30-20 30-20 upset loss at Triton, Triton, Harper has obliterated Jolict 56-14, 56-14, 56-14, Rock Valley 50-8, 50-8, 50-8, and Illinois Illinois Valley twice 47-10 47-10 47-10 in the regular-season regular-season regular-season finale, then 49-6 49-6 49-6 in last week's playoff opener. A big reason for the offensive explosion explosion has been Fairchild's cmerg- cmerg- my natural position." Running back is also Dwaync Gray's natural position. The burly Du Page runner was unstoppable in the season opener, gaining 207 yards on 43 carries. Though both teams have talented backs, Eliasik cautions against billing billing this one as a duel between two players. "We've got to depend on being more balanced, and I think that's also a concern for Du Page with Gray," he said. "What scares me the most about Du Page is their outstanding backs. With that many carries, chances are you're going to do something. He's the scariest part of their offense." offense." If the present pattern continues, Saturday will be Du Page's turn to win. The teams have alternated victories victories over the last six encounters. But Fairchild isn't a big believer in patterns, especially when you're talking about a rivalry as intense as Harper-Du Harper-Du Harper-Du Page. "The coaches talked to us about it," he said. "Anytime you play Du Page it's a 'must' win, and everybody everybody is high for this game."

Clipped from Chicago Tribune, 14 Nov 1992, Sat,  Page 50

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Chicago Tribune
(Chicago, Illinois)
14 Nov 1992, Sat  • Page 50