Hate to say it, but looking like it's going to be a very nervous pairings day for some area football teams.
Maybe a disappointing one, too.
St. Charles North is one of a few teams that look like it could be on a crash course with a 5-4 record, meaning the North Stars' playoff fate will depend on playoff points/strength of schedule.
Batavia did a number on North for a full game, something no one else has been able to say so far this year. The Bulldogs gave a conference championship-caliber performance, and if they can do so two more weeks, it'll be Three-Peat time in B-Town.
North now has to beat Larkin and South Elgin to have a chance at the playoffs, and neither week is a gimmie.
St. Francis and ACC are a couple more teams that look likely to wrap up at 5-4. The Spartans losing that lead to the Cadets had to be painful, but in the big picture, the health of the young man who was taken off via ambulance is much more important. Best wishes.
It's October, so Sly'll use a baseball analogy for Kaneland's win over Yorkville. The Knights were an ace pitcher who was able to win without his best stuff. You gotta do it sometimes, though Kaneland knows it'll need to be better to stay unbeaten next week against red-hot Sycamore.
Geneva smacked Elgin around for a four-game winning streak. The Metea game next week should be interesting.
And give East credit for dusting itself off against Streamwood after an ugly first half. The Saints better figure some things out over the next week, though, or they might not fare any better against Batavia than their crosstown rivals did on Friday.