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Week 4 Check-downs

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 5:33 a.m. CDT

Road tripping 

Traveling Geneva fans new to the Upstate Eight Conference scene, pay heed: The Vikings’ game tonight at Larkin will actually be played at Elgin High School’s Memorial Field, which doubles as the site for the Royals’ home football games.

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St. Francis entered last year’s Week 4 game against Montini with a 3-0 record, just like this year, but fell to the Broncos, 28-7.

Win or lose tonight, the Spartans hope they respond to this season’s edition of the rivalry in better fashion. In 2012, the Spartans struggled down the stretch to a 5-4 record, missing the playoffs.

Sleeper game of the week

Marmion at Marian Central.

It’s a shame the trek from Aurora to Woodstock is such a haul for Marmion-backers because this matchup of 3-0 teams is worth seeing.

The Cadets had success against Marian during the T.J. Lally era but have struggled with the perenially potent Hurricanes the past couple years.

Coaching spotlight

It’ll be interesting to see how the four Tri-Cities teams bounce back emotionally after last week’s rivalry games, especially St. Charles North, which is coming off its second overtime heartbreaker in a three-week span.

Of the four, St. Charles East by far has the toughest test this week in 2-1 Neuqua Valley. Saints coach Mike Fields said the team hasn’t had any difficulty transitioning from the overtime win over North.

“They’ve been a pretty resilient bunch,” Fields said. “They want to get better week to week.”

Playoff watch

After falling to IC Catholic Prep last week and with late-season games against Marmion and Montini on the schedule, Aurora Central Catholic can ill-afford to stumble against teams it should beat, such as tonight’s Suburban Christian Conference Gold opponent, Chicago Christian.

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