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Althoff QB Eric Mertens (12, center) carries the ball in the first half on this play.  At left is Cape Point player Douglas Weese (25), and at right, Mertens gets blocking help from teammate Rodney Baker (53) who keeps Cape Points Jared Starman (53) tied up. Althoff Catholic High School defeated Camp Point Central-Southeastern 28-7 in the Class 2A semifinal game and will advance to the Class 2A state championship game in Champaign. Their semifinal victory was played at Althoff's home field, the Lindenwood University-Belleville football field, which had been revamped with artificial turf before the start of football season.