Several area players earned spots on the NUIC all-conference team and the Illinois 8-Man Football Association's North Divison all-state team.

The Lena-Winslow Panthers defeated NUIC mate Fulton 54-28 in the Class 1A quarterfinals on Saturday in Lena, advancing to the 1A semifinals for the eighth time in the last 13 seasons.

As the third round of the playoffs arrives, three local teams are still dreaming of hoisting a state championship trophy over the next two weeks.