The Three Rivers Conference is sending eight teams to the playoffs, including five from the TRAC East.
In addition to the Princeton and St. Bede games, here is a look at the other matchups for the Three Rivers teams:
In 2A, No. 9 Newman (6-3) travels to No. 8 Aledo Mercer County (6-3) and No. 15 Rockridge (5-4) plays at No. 2 Down Tri-Valley (9-0) on Saturday, while No. 5 Erie-Prophetstown (7-2) hosts No. 12 Clifton Central (6-3). Rockridge posted a 49-28 must-win over Orion Friday to qualify and send the Chargers (4-5) home.
In 3A, No. 14 Mendota (5-4) makes its first playoff appearance since 2014, traveling to No. 3 Durand-Pecatonica (8-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Also in 3A, No. 11 Monmouth-Roseville (6-3) travels to No. 6 IC Catholic (8-1), whose winner is a potential semifinal matchup for Princeton
In 4A, No. 3 Kewanee (8-1) hosts No. 14 Plano (6-3) on Saturday. The Boilermakers had their first 8-0 start since the 1940s before falling at Newman last week. Their eight wins are their most since the 1999 season.
In other area Friday games of interest, No. 16 Annawan-Wethersfield (5-4) is at No. 1 Abingdon (8-1), which beat the Titans 34-12 in Week 5, in 1A, and No. 15 L-P (5-4) travels to No. 2 Morris (9-0), a team it lost to 31-7 two weeks ago, in 5A.
No. 4 Sterling (7-2) will hosts No. 13 Chicago St. Patrick (5-4) in 5A at 2 p.m. Saturday.
• St. Bede has won just three of their last 11 first-round games, including 2003, 2011 and 2016. The Bruins deepest advancement in the playoffs was a 2A semifinal appearance in 2001.
• Princeton is the second largest school in 3A with an enrollment of 546 behind Benton (548).
• Princeton gained a share of their third straight conference championship with Kewanee’s loss at Newman Friday night, both finishing 5-1 in TRAC East play. The Boilermakers the official league representative in the playoffs, having defeated the Tigers this year.
• Princeton’s opponent, North Boone, has made 19th playoff appearances, including three straight. It has an enrollment of 466, 90 less than PHS.