The road to the playoffs for area football games will go through ... well ... the road.
Coach Sly gave more than a cursory glance to Tri-Cities area football schedules that came out on Thursday and was a bit dismayed at all the away games we’re looking at in the nonconference part of the slate.
Take opening night, for example.
Geneva will get to show off its slick new turf to the home crowd against Oswego, but all the other Tri-Cities teams and Kaneland will be road warriors. Batavia starts out at Glenbard North, Kaneland visits the big city to play Brooks on a Saturday, St. Charles East heads to Cary-Grove (yikes!) and St. Charles North treks to Hinsdale Central.
Worse yet, both Kaneland and St.. Charles North are also on the road in Week 2. The Knights must make a not-so-appetizing Week 4 road trip to Streator for a NI Big 12 crossover clash, and will play four of their first five games away from Maple Park.
As for the overall quality of schedules, Sly is glad to see area teams are mostly continuing to challenge themselves with stern competition. Batavia and Geneva both have strong DVC opponents on their nonconference schedules, while that STCE-Cary-Grove game should make men out of the Saints in a hurry.
It’s already a no-brainer that Week 3 of the season is going to be a memorable one around the Tri-Cities, with St. Charles East visiting St. Charles North and Geneva swinging down to Batavia on the same night.
Some people might not care for the timing, but for an impatient football fan like Coach Sly, the sooner the better!