Playoff picture: State championship games a familiar ground for both Nashville and Wilmington

A new Class 2A will be announced on Friday afternoon at Huskies Stadium but both of the last two teams standing are no stranger to the grand stage.

The Nashville Hornets are looking for their first state championship in school history. This is the Hornets’ second trip to Dekalb in three years. In 2019, Nashville was the runner-up after losing to Sterling Newman, 35-14. It was the second second-place trophy Nashville had ever received. The first appearance and state trophy came in 1998, when the 13-1 Hornets faced Maple Park for the championship.

The Nashville Hornets have knocked off the top three seeded teams in the bracket to get to where they are

Their opponent — the Wilmington Wildcats — won it all in 2014 with current coach Jeff Reents. The Wildcats were undefeated then and are undefeated so far this season. According to MaxPreps, Wilmington has averaged 33.2 points per game.

A poll on the IHSA Facebook page predicts Nashville to be the winner on Friday, as of Wednesday night.

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