Kaneland fans headed to Engh Community Field in Sycamore for tonight’s battle of unbeatens, be assured – Sycamore AD Chauncey Carrick told the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb that the school does not plan to turn fans away.
Carrick said he hopes as many as 6,000 fans might turn out, which would be about double the previous high for a Sycamore home game earlier this season against Geneseo. Some temporary bleachers are being added for the game.
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Like this season, Batavia and St. Charles East met in Week 8 last year with the Upstate Eight Conference River title in the balance, and the Bulldogs’ defense rose to the occasion in a 19-6, Batavia win in St. Charles.
Batavia senior Anthony Scaccia (175 rushing yards against East last year) was a big part of the win for the Bulldogs, who scored all of their points in the first half.
Sleeper game of the week
Marmion at Aurora Central Catholic.
The teams meet for the final time as Suburban Christian Conference rivals, with the Cadets heading to the Chicago Catholic League and ACC to the Metro Suburban next year. There is no nonconference meeting planned in the near future.
“This game is bragging rights for the Aurora kids,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “We talked about last week [against St. Francie] for the St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia kids. St. Francis is bragging rights for those kids, now this week is bragging rights for the Aurora kids.”
Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe said “I’ve never really been associated with or have witnessed or even heard of this type of devastation through injury to a team,” referring to the 15 of 22 starting spots that are down to back-ups because of injuries.
That’s quite the dilemma, especially with juggernaut Montini coming to town Saturday.
“Life is going to kick your teeth sometimes,” Beebe said. “The last thing you can be is be a quitter. That’s what I want to come out of this.”
A Geneva win tonight at Metea Valley would clinch a return to the playoffs for the Vikings (5-2), who uncharacteristically missed the postseason last year.
ACC, Aurora Christian and St. Charles East are among the five-win teams that also can clinch the playoffs this week.