Road tripping …
Burlington Central hopes its second road trip of the season goes better than its first, a running-clock, Week 2 loss at Stillman Valley.
The 1-3 Rockets again are westward bound tonight to face Genoa-Kingston, a school where Central coach Rich Crabel coached from 1994 to 98. Back then, the Cogs played at a park in town, not their current, on-campus location.
Remember when …
Marmion fans who recall the last time Montini paid the Cadets a visit would have to possess a long memory. Marmion has not played host to Montini since 2009, leaving the Cadets to trek to Lombard each of the past three seasons, because of conference scheduling quirks. Marmion’s last home game against Montini also was the Cadets’ last win against the Broncos, an 18-7 Cadets triumph in ’09.
Sleeper game of the week
Rochelle at Kaneland.
The Northern Illinois Big 12 East season begins with a rumble of two 4-0 teams playing each other, although none of the teams the Hubs have beaten own a winning record.
Nonetheless, Rochelle has rolled up an attention-getting 212 points in four games, 50 points more than the Knights have posted. Rochelle and Kaneland are 1-2 in points scored among NI Big 12 East teams.
Despite their heated conference rivalry, Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said he and the Cadets’ coaching staff have ample respect for longtime Montini coach Chris Andriano.
“How can you not admire a four-time state champion?” Thorpe said. “Yes, they’ve had kids, but somebody’s got to be putting those kids in position to be successful.”
With both Geneva and St. Charles North sitting at 2-2, tonight’s battle in Geneva has the look of a swing game in both teams’ seasons.
“The team that wins still has their destiny in their hands a little, but the team that loses, you’ve now put yourself into a nasty hole,” Geneva coach Rob Wicinski said. “It’s an important game for both teams, very much so.”