[Karen Naess for Shaw Media]
"It was electric in the locker room," Tigers running back Jake Arthurs said. "We were all waiting for Jack and we just went crazy when he [came] in."
Three weeks later, both teams meet again in the quarterfinals. The North Stars are back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009, only the second time in team history. The Tigers, after three straight 2-7 seasons, are back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.
It sets up the ultimate potential redemption for the North Stars.
The rematch is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in Wheaton.
"The fact they got us the first time, just kind of gets us to make some more adjustments," said North Stars quarterback Kyler Brown, who finished 22-for-36 for 236 yards in the first meeting.
"We want to have fun...but it's no really different than any other game," Brown continued.
It may come down to who does or doesn't make a mistake at the end.The winner advances to face either Mount Carmel or East St. Louis in the semifinals.
"It's going to be the team that's most disciplined," Arthurs said on what will decide the winner.
"That's going to be tough because St. Charles North [is] a very disciplined team. We were scouting them the first time around, [and] I remember watching their defense and just thinking 'They remind me a lot of our defense.'"