Jacobson: Week 3 saw four of our five local teams get wins, including Genoa-Kingston and Hiawatha. These were two teams that we didn’t necessarily think had a chance at making the playoffs, but after three weeks, their playoff dreams aren’t exactly crazy.
Hiawatha is 2-1, riding a two-game winning streak, and G-K is 1-2 after picking up its first victory on the road at Richmond-Burton.
We’ll start with Hiawatha: Do the Hawks have a chance to make it the postseason and what needs to occur for that to happen?
Nitz: Believe it or not, I do think Hiawatha has a shot to get to five wins and reach the postseason for the first time since 1987. The Hawks’ opponents in Weeks 5 and 6 – Mooseheart and North Shore Country Day – will be tough. But every other game is winnable. They have a huge game Saturday against Rockford Christian Life, which is 1-2.
What about Genoa-Kingston?
Jacobson: The Cogs pulled off a shocker last Friday, beating R-B in Richmond for the first time in 20 years. The Big Northern Conference East Division isn’t as strong this year and the Cogs have an opportunity with three sub-.500 teams remaining on the schedule. Right now, I’m thinking G-K winds up at 4-5 and might be kicking themselves in the butt for the opening week loss to St. Edward. But after its win over R-B, we really don’t know exactly where this G-K team stands.
What are some areas G-K needs to improve on if it wants to have a chance at the postseason?
Nitz: The Cogs can’t be hurting themselves with mistakes. G-K would be 2-1 if not for a four-turnover performance against St. Edward in Week 1. Like you said, that could be the game that could very well come back and bite the Cogs when playoff pairings are announced. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from G-K’s running game, but if you’re going to be a team that’s going to run the ball and try to control the clock, it’s imperative not to turn the ball over.