After a tornado ravaged the town of Washington, Illinois, decisions still needed to be made about the high school football team and their upcoming semifinal game.
The Washington Community High School Panthers football team finished their season atop the Mid-Illini Conference with a perfect 11-0 overall record, and 7-0 in conference play. That earned them the #2 seed in 5A postseason play.
The Panthers have already won three postseason games to punch their ticket to the semifinals.
They started strong with a 31-21 win over Peoria High School in the first round of the playoffs.
That sent Washington to a second-round match-up with the #10-seed Mt. Vernon High School. The Panthers commanded that game, which ended with a final 53-12 score.
In the third round of playoffs, Washington gave another strong performance and defeated the #3-seed Normal (University) 41-7 to advance to the semifinals.
Washington was scheduled to face top-seeded Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013. The Sacred Heart-Griffin Cyclones were also undefeated in regular-season play, and finished with an 8-0 conference record.