Top games to watch the in Springfield, Illinois area

Top games to watch the in Springfield, Illinois area


The high school football season starts off with a couple of key openers in the Springfield area.

The Central State Eight Conference race will kick off Friday with Springfield High School at Chatham Glenwood, while the South Central Conference will feature Vandalia at Pana.

Here’s a glance at those games and other key matchups this fall from the CS8, Sangamo and SCC. Games are all on Friday night of each week and begin at 7 p.m.


Springfield High at Chatham Glenwood 

This season-opener will loom large in the Central State Eight Conference title race. During the spring season, the Titans held off SHS 42-35 in April and ultimately tied for third place in the CS8 standings with Jacksonville while the Senators went 3-3. 

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Vandalia at Pana 

The Panthers tied for the South Central Conference title at 4-1 with Carlinville and Piasa Southwestern, suffering its only loss to Vandalia 24-13. The Vandals, who went 4-2, would have tied for the SCC title if not for a season-ending 28-22 loss to Gillespie. Vandalia won the previous SCC title in 2019 with a 9-0 conference record. 

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