Anyone who has watched the Palatine Pirates play this year knows full-well that they are no No. 23 seed.
But that's the hand they were dealt to start the Class 8A playoffs, as the Pirates were paired with the 10th-seeded South Elgin Storm in the first round.
Playing near-perfect football for 48 minutes on both sides of the ball, Palatine upended South Elgin 24-3 at Millennium Field in Streamwood on Saturday to advance to the second round of the playoffs, looking every bit like a 1-seed.
"Our football team, as we talk about, is playing our best in October," said Pirates head coach Corey Olson. "And that's what we do traditionally at Palatine, keep getting better and better."
Palatine got its lone score of the half with 2:23 left in the first quarter when Jack Orlando waltzed into the end zone untouched for an 8-yard TD run and put the Pirates up 7-0.
Orlando and the rest of Palatine's stable of running backs rushed for a combined 198 yards on the day behind...