The Geneva Vikings are back.
So, too, is Marmion.
Wasn't that long ago that both programs made a trip to Champaign to play in a state championship game. Sly's certainly not going to say either is going back to Champaign, er, DeKalb, this year, but Friday's wins for both programs were attention-getters.
Geneva was in control pretty much throughout a 35-21 W over St. Charles East. Not a blowout by any stretch, but there's no doubt the Vikings deserved to win the game, and considering East came in 4-1 and with plenty of talent, it was a very impressive win.
Now 4-2, Geneva goes Elgin (losers to East Aurora!), Metea Valley, Streamwood the rest of the way. Point being, the Vikings are hot, and they're going to get hotter.
Marmion's win over ACS was the most impressive by an area team on the night, and probably one of the most impressive Ws by an area team all season, on a short list with Batavia's W over Glenbard North and the Cadets' own win earlier at Marian.
To not only beat Aurora Christian but stomp the Eagles is a massive notch in the Cadets' belts, and it makes you wonder how darn good Montini is considering the Broncos beat the Cadets pretty good a week ago.
Marmion is 5-1 and is doing a nice job standing up the meat grinder that is the SCC Blue. Yet another tough one awaits the Cadets next week with an angry St. Francis team on deck.
Too bad about Aurora Christian losing its QB with an injury.
The Eagles can and will run the ball successfully the rest of the way, but it's a shame to see a passing attack like the Eagles' shortchanged without their stud quarterback.
Here's wishing Mr. Bray a recovery before it's all said and done for Aurora Christian this season.