Week 7...We're getting down to the end of the regular season and now each game has major playoff implications.
For those who may not know, the IHSA requires a team to win at least 5 games to be ELIGIBLE for the playoffs. Six wins clinches a postseason berth and five wins has historically gotten teams into the playoffs depending on the number of playoff points (read: strength of schedule). Simply, teams need to get to the five-win mark to have a shot.
So with that in mind, here's what on the line for our local teams in Week 7
Rochelle at Sycamore: With a win, the Spartans would get that elusive fifth victory after losing two consecutive games at home. Sycamore faces a tough Week 8 matchup against Kaneland so a win tonight would ease the pressure going into the last two weeks.
DeKalb at Moris: Pride. After being eliminated from the playoffs last week, DeKalb's young team is playing to gain experience and be a spoiler. Morris is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.
Kaneland at Yorkville: The Knights have been rolling the last couple weeks and all signs point to a battle of 8-0 teams when Kaneland meets Morris in Week 9. The Knights have made the state semifinals the past two years and another undefeated regular season would give them an easier path to finally make the state championship.
North Boone at Genoa-Kingston: At 2-4, the Cogs need to win out to make the playoffs. North Boone is one of the better teams in the conference, but the Cogs have shown improvement over the past month. A win keeps their playoff hopes alive, a loss leaves G-K out of the postseason for another year.
Alden-Hebron at Hiawatha: The Hawks will play against an under-manned, but talented Alden-Hebron squad. Coach Sean Donnelly said this is the best chance Hiawatha has had against A-H since joining the conference and they too will need a win for any chance at making the playoffs.
We'll see you under the lights!
– Ross Jacobson, email@example.com, Twitter: @DC_Preps