(11-28-21) The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) seeding system did its job in 2021. Four of the eight state champions were #1 seeds that ended the state run undefeated. The system does its job.

How the Football Playoff Pairings are Determined — 2021

The lowest seed to win a state title was Lena-Winslow who was a #6 seed, followed by a #2 seed and two #4 seeds.

For those who keep track…just two private schools (Joliet Catholic and Fenwick) won a state title.

  • 1A – Lena-Winslow #6 seed (12-2)
  • 2A – Wilmington #1 seed (14-0)
  • 3A – Byron #1 seed (14-0)
  • 4A – Joliet Catholic #1 seed (14-0)
  • 5A – Fenwick #2 seed (12-2)
  • 6A – Cary-Grove #1 seed (14-0)
  • 7A – Wheaton North #4 seed (13-1)
  • 8A – Lockport #4 seed (13-1)

COMPLETE IHSA Playoff Results