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The Sojurn to Soldier Field

Welcome to the new PrepBowl.com, ISNet's exclusive Internet home for up-to-date coverage on America's oldest post-season high school football game.
 
Prep Bowl LXXII was the best ever!! Listen to it right here - Full Broadcast. Morgan Park and defending champ Brother Rice are this year's combatants.
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PUBLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - ROUND 1
(week of October 20-22, 2005)

 
Illini Conference
 
Morgan Pk 48, Fenger 0   
Robeson 48, Austin 6 

Crane 32, CVCA 28

Dunbar 34, Lane 26 

Harper 14, Westinghouse 10 

Curie 36, Hope 12 

Simeon 19, Corliss 16 

Hubbard 62, Young 21 

 


Chicago Conference

Marshall 42, Gage Pk 18

Clemente 18, Taft 6

King 36, Lake View 28

Lincoln Pk 36, Brooks 7

 


2005 Intra-City Conference Championship
Saturday October 22 - Gately Stadium - 7pm

Harlan 20, Collins 14

HARLAN'S FIRST INTRA-CITY FOOTBALL TITLE; Terrence Scott (H) 2 TD runs, fumble recovery, INT

 

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PUBLIC LEAGUE - SECOND ROUND

 

Chicago Conference

(Wednesday, October 26 - 6pm)

 

King 22, Lincoln Park 20

Marshall 38, Clemente 6

 

 

2005 Chicago Conference Championship

Monday, October 31, 2005 - 5pm - Hanson Stadium, Fullerton & Central

 

King 35, Marshall 0

KING'S FIRST-EVER MAJOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Leon Harrell (K) two sacks

 

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PUBLIC LEAGUE - ELITE 8

 

Play-In Game

Harper 20, King 0

 

 

Quarterfinals

Morgan Park 34, Harper 0

Simeon 27, Robeson 21 [OT]

Crane 34, Curie 28

 

 

CATHOLIC LEAGUE - FIRST ROUND

 

(Oak Park) Fenwick 29, (Burbank) St. Laurence 20

 

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PUBLIC LEAGUE - FINAL FOUR

 

Simeon 34, Crane 0

Morgan Park 36, Dunbar 32

 

 

CATHOLIC LEAGUE - SECOND ROUND

 

[Oak Park] Fenwick 10, [Wilmette] Loyola 7
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85TH CHICAGO PUBLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Gately Stadium - November 19

Morgan Park 18, Simeon 14
ANTONIO NELSON [MP] GW 23-YD CATCH WITH :00
THIRD-EVER CPL TITLE FOR MORGAN PARK, 1ST SINCE 2001


82ND CHICAGO CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Gary Little Field - Chicago - November 18

Brother Rice 18, (Oak Park) Fenwick 13
RICE IS FIRST BACK-TO-BACK CATHOLIC LEAGUE POST-SEASON CHAMPION SINCE (WILMETTE) LOYOLA [1995-96]
PREP BOWL LXXII
Soldier Field - Chicago - November 26

Morgan Park 14, Brother Rice 13 [OT]
FIRST OVERTIME GAME IN PREP BOWL HISTORY; FIRST PREP BOWL WIN FOR PUBLIC LEAGUE SINCE 1999; DEMETRIUS JONES [MP] TD RECEPTION, NAMED CO-MVP WITH QB CHRIS JAMES

The Prep Bowl was started in 1934 by then-Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly as a fundraiser to help needy kids around Thanksgiving time.  As it has always been, the champions of the Chicago Public and Chicago Catholic High School Football Leagues collide at Soldier Field on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  At one time, this event attracted 125,000 fans, making it the most well-attended event in amateur sports history, even surpassing today's big-college stadium records.

This event has produced its share of gridiron stars that have made it to the professional level, the latest being Donovan McNabb of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, who led Mt. Carmel to the 1993 Prep Bowl title, one of a record 13 for the Caravan.  A Super Bowl champion has also been produced from this game, that being Chicago Vocational defensive back Keena Turner (1974-76), who played with the San Francisco 49ers during their championship runs in th 1980s.

With the advent of the Illinois state football playoffs, attendance had dwindled down sharply, almost making the Prep Bowl a booby prize for those who participated in the event.  The new Soldier Field is now open, interest in this game has been rekindled and the crowds it once enjoyed have returned, if only at a fraction of its golden heyday.

In the News

In a meeting held at the offices of the Illinois High School Association in February of 2003, an amemndment to the bylaws regarding participation in the Prep Bowl indicated the parameters of schools that were eligible.  Primarily, all Chicago Public Schools and Chicago-based Catholic schools are eligible to participate.  Three schools outside of Chicago were also included in this amendment due to their 'historic' affiliation with the Chicago Catholic League: [Burbank] St. Laurence, [Oak Park] Fenwick, and [Wilmette] Loyola.  All three schools are former Prep Bowl champions.  A last minute amendment on October 14, 2003, allowed (River Grove) Holy Cross into the Prep Bowl playoffs.  Holy Cross - now known as Guerin Prep after combining with the former Mother Guerin High School before the 2004 football season - is an original member of the East Suburban Catholic Conference and is in its third season as a member of the CCL.
 

Prep Bowl Trivia

It's Trivia Time again.  Brand new questions for this season [and now with answers].  Here we go....
 
1] What former Prep Bowl champion boasts of an alumnus who has four Super Bowl rings? That would be 1976 champion Chicago Vocational, whose star defensive back Keena Turner went on to win four Super Bowl rings with San Francisco
 
2] Give the scores of the Prep Bowls that ended the first era of Soldier Field and started the new era of Soldier Field. The 2001 Prep Bowl at old Soldier Field was Mt Carmel 50, Morgan Park 0; the 2003 Prep Bowl at new Soldier Field was Loyola 22, Simeon 14
 
3] What Prep Bowl MVP is the latest to make an NFL roster? 1999 Prep Bowl MVP Kelvyn Hayden of Hubbard made the Indianapolis Colts roster as a special teams player and third-string defensive back.
 
4] What coach has made the most appearances without winning the Prep Bowl? The unlucky award here goes to Chicago Vocational's Bernie O'Brien, who made the big dance eight times but didn't come away with the Mayor's Trophy.
 

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