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Week 3 Check-downs

Road tripping

The drive to the east side shouldn’t be too taxing for St. Charles North fans, but parking could be.

East is offering overflow parking in the Sears area of Charlestowne Mall for tonight’s crosstown showdown, plus a shuttle to the high school that will run from about 6 to 10 p.m.

Remember when …

Geneva quarterback Daniel Santacaterina’s sophomore season ended prematurely with last year’s Week 3 hit by graduated Batavia defensive lineman Marquise Jenkins. Santacaterina suffered a broken clavicle.

“I’m not thinking about it too much, and I think that’s a good thing,” said Santacaterina, who had a titanium plate and 10 screws inserted to permanently protect his collarbone. “It’s not even in my head at all. I’m not worried about it. I’ve taken a good amount of hits the first two weeks, so everything’s gone smoothly.”

Sleeper game of the week 

Kaneland at Sterling. The Knights head west for a matchup of 2-0 teams and their lone away game in the first five weeks of the season.

The Golden Warriors, a 5A playoff participant last season, have defeated Metamora and Johnsburg by an average of 16½ points in their first two outings this season.

Coaching spotlight

St. Charles North coach Rob Pomazak will be experiencing his first East-North crosstown rumble tonight at East.

“I think it should be a great atmosphere,” Pomazak said. “Obviously, when two teams share the same name with the exception of what direction, I think it means a little bit more.”

Playoff watch

Burlington Central, the area’s lone 0-2 team, realistically faces a must-win in tonight’s game against visiting Rockford Christian, which also is 0-2.

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