Daily Chronicle sports editor Ross Jacobson and sports reporter Steve Nitz spend their days covering the area’s sports scene. Occasionally, they give their viewpoints on those local sports. In this installment of their Take 2 column, they discuss the possibility of all the local football teams winning this weekend.
Jacobson: Steve, Week 3 was a banner Friday for our five area teams. They combined to go 4-1 and the only loss was by DeKalb in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East matchup with Sycamore at Huskie Stadium.
Taking into consideration how all of our teams are playing and the matchups on the schedule tonight (and Saturday for Hiawatha), I think our area teams have a good shot at a sweep in Week 4. In fact, I’m predicting all five to win.
What are the chances of our teams going 5 for 5 this weekend?
Nitz: I think the chances are very, very good. Genoa-Kingston and Hiawatha both take on 0-3 teams. I see DeKalb getting by Ottawa and Kaneland winning.
The most interesting game of the week is Sycamore’s contest against Geneseo, which features two unbeaten teams. At home though, I have to take the Spartans. It should be a good week for the local squads.
Jacobson: Sycamore vs. Geneseo will be one to watch. The two teams played a close contest last year as Sycamore won on the road by three, but I think the Spartans are safe.
One of the more underrated games might be Hiawatha vs. Westminster Christian on Saturday. The Warriors are in their first season as a varsity football program and had a tough schedule to start, playing Northeastern Athletic Conference powers Moose-heart and Marquette Academy, along with Luther North.
With only three games played, Westminster Christian probably still is adjusting to the pace and physicality of the varsity level. Hiawatha will have to travel to Elgin on Saturday and it could be closer than many expect.
Nitz: Yeah, Westminster Christian is an interesting team. It’s hard to know what to expect from a squad in its first season. I do think this is a huge game for Hiawatha. The Hawks have a shot at going to the playoffs for the first time since 1987, and this is a winnable game. There are a number of those left for the Hawks, and this is one Hiawatha certainly could use on its road to playoff eligibility.
Jacobson: This definitely is a swing game for Hiawatha.
If our area teams do pull off a sweep this week, take a look at where they’d be sitting after four games: There would be two undefeated teams, Hiawatha at 3-1, and G-K and DeKalb back at .500. Every team would be heading into the middle of the schedule with legitimate playoff aspirations.
That would be something.