Nice work once again by Batavia football on Saturday night. Now it gets serious for the Bulldogs.
Beating DeKalb and moreso Rolling Meadows were nice playoff warm-ups for Batavia, but it's about to get a lot tougher starting with Lake Forest in the quarters.
Lake Forest is a very strong football team that has played a tough schedule. The Scouts have rolled through their first two playoff opponents, just like Batavia.
Should be a great one at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday … maybe home field will make the difference.
Aurora Christian has a road trip to Seneca on its hands but the Eagles look like they're getting healthy/building momentum at the perfect time. This will be a tougher matchup than Oregon was, but it's such a rough deal for 3A teams to have to try and figure out an offense like Aurora Christian's with limited prep time. Looking to Sly like an ACS-Winnebago semifinal could be in the cards.
Kaneland and Marmion football went down on Saturday in very different ways, but each very sad in their own right.
Marmion gave up a late TD and lost by a single point to old nemesis Prairie Ridge. Talk about a stinging defeat.
Kaneland's game wasn't close but the Knights have their own woulda-coulda-shouldas, on the health front. The Knights weren't anything close to full strength for this one. Most of those injuries were on offense, though, and Sly was a bit surprised the Knights' D didn't hold up a little better against Joliet Catholic, but then again, the Hilltoppers are an absolute load, and it's hard to maintain complete focus when a game starts to get away.
Still some fantastic work by Kaneland football this season, once again. Just a shame we didn't get to see them at their best for that tough 5A draw.
On the volleyball front, congrats to St. Francis on another state trip, and to Geneva on a historic season. Sly's not telling you anything you don't know, but look out for Geneva volleyball next year (and the next year … and the next year).