Still two weeks left in the high school football regular season, but our playoff teams have already been set.
Sycamore (5-2) and Kaneland (7-0) will be the area's only two playoff teams this season. Genoa-Kingston, DeKalb and Hiawatha have been eliminated. Still, here's what's at stake in Week 8.
Yorkville at DeKalb: The Barbs have had a rough season, but this will likely be DeKalb's best opportunity at a second victory. Although DeKalb is guaranteed a losing record, with a victory, the Barbs can avoid their first one-win season since 2008. That was before Marty Sanders took over.
Genoa-Kingston at Harvard: The Cogs have had a number of close calls, but their final two games offer a chance for a little redemption. Wins over Harvard and Marengo would give the Cogs a 4-2 record in the Big Northern Conference. For five consecutive seasons the Cogs won at least four games. After a 1-8 year in 2011, G-K can prove that last year was just an abberation.
Sycamore at Kaneland: The marquee game of Week 8 comes in Maple Park. Kaneland will try to extend its regular-season winning streak to an absurd 27 games while Sycamore will try to give the Knights their first Northern Illinois Big 12 East loss in the past three years.
Hiawatha at Christian Liberty: The Hawks are 2-5, but could finish with their best record since 2009 by getting a win in their final two games. Christian Liberty is 0-7 this season and its one win in 2011 came over Hiawatha. The Hawks could exact a bit of revenge by keeping Christian Liberty winless.
We'll see you under the lights.
- Ross Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @DC_Preps