Batavia High School gathers for an early morning tailgate inside their school gym.
Hundreds of students packed the gymnasium at Batavia High School for an early morning rally to celebrate their win as Prep Destination of the week.
The football match up between Prairie Ridge and Batavia High School won the Prep Destination contest on Wednesday, and earned them the right to host Dance Friday on NBC 5.
NBC 5 traveled to Batavia High School to show the rally live on it's morning show, but was not able to broadcast live due to technical issues.
Prairie Ridge and Batavia will face off on Saturday for a semifinal playoff game at 1 p.m. The Upstate Eight River champions are hosting a semifinal for the first time in school history.
With a victory at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, the Bulldogs will set a school record for wins (13) and can clinch their first trip to Champaign in five years. Junior quarterback Noel Gaspari leads a high-powered offense that needed two comeback victories before overwhelming Lakes on the road 42-0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Wolves are hoping that the third time is the charm after getting stopped in the semifinal round the last two years. Each year, the winner, Cary-Grove in 2009 and Rockford Boylan in 2010, went on to claim the state championship. The Prairie Ridge defense would love nothing more than an encore on Saturday after holding ESCC champion Nazareth to just 155 yards in a 35-7 win in the round of 8.
Think your school has what it takes? Every week, NBC 5 News Today will open voting polls beginning on Monday ending on Wednesday at noon to find out where you want to send our crew.
After polls close on Wednesday, our team will head to the winning high school for an early-morning tailgate!
Be sure to watch Monday morning as finalists are listed! Cast your Prep Destination vote on Facebook, and watch NBC 5 News Today on Thursday to see where we’ll head for that week.