Bloom Township football coach Tony Palombi said his team isn't taking anything for granted, and it has showed in practice.
"We know if we lose, we may not have enough (playoff) points," Palombi said. "We know if we win, we are in. We control our own fate."
The Blazing Trojans are 5-3 following a 20-14 loss to Rich East on Saturday. Six wins qualifies a team for the playoffs. A five-win team must have enough playoff points. A team receives a point for each of its opponent's win.
Bloom Township has never made the playoffs since Bloom and Bloom Trial high schools merged athletic programs in 1995. Bloom last made the playoffs in 1989.
Crete-Monee (8-0), T.F. South (7-1), Mount Carmel (7-1), Thornton (7-1) and Homewood-Flossmoor (6-2) have punched their postseason tickets. It's now only a matter of seeing how the teams will be seeded.
Comcast SportNet Chicago will broadcast the "IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Release Show" from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature first-round matchups for all eight classes.
Pink Out: T. F. South will have a "Pink Out" in honor of breast cancer awareness Friday.
The Rebels will host Oak Forest. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. T.F. South will also have a food drive to benefit the Lansing Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the gate.
On the tube: Friday's Oak Forest at T.F. South game will be broadcast on Comcast as a "Game of the Week." It will air at noon Saturday on CN 100.