Although I’m certain there will be a lot of focus over the next few days on what we won’t get from this spring football season, I’m choosing to focus on what we will get in the final week of play.
There are a lot of impressive matchups as we close this unique spring season. It was almost as if some of the schedule makers knew what games should be placed in the back half of the schedules.
Let’s take a look at some of the marquee matchups in Week 6:
Loyola (5-0) at Marist (4-1): It’s pretty hard to draw up a schedule more difficult than the one that Loyola has put together. The five opponents on Loyola’s schedule to date, all Loyola victories, have combined for six total losses on the season. Only one loss in those six was not dished out by Loyola. It was provided to Brother Rice by this week’s opponent, Marist.
Seems only fitting that the two lock horns to finish off the gauntlet that both teams ran this season.
Lincoln-Way East (5-0) at Lincoln-Way West (5-0): Although these two schools reside in the same district, they haven’t met very often on the gridiron. In fact, last year, due to the fact that Lincoln-Way West’s enrollment was significantly smaller at the school’s inception, was the first time the two have ever played.
And while the rivalry isn’t storied with many chapters, there’s a cache with trying to topple big brother in the Lincoln-Way hierarchy. Lincoln-Way East will be trying to protect its perch and along with trying to extend its current streak of games without a loss to 20.
Prospect (5-0) at Barrington (5-0): A very strong case can be made that the Mid-Suburban Conference was playing the most entertaining football this season. Both offenses have been highly productive. Barrington QB Peter Anderson has thrived after stepping into the starting role to begin this season. On the other side, Prospect QB Gary Moeller and RB Luke Zardzin provide a daunting 1-2 punch.
You have to wonder what this one might have in store for a finale.
Maine South (5-0) at Naperville Central (4-1): It was widely, and incorrectly, believed that the Central Suburban Conference was simply crossing over its divisions for Week 6. But several Central Suburban schools elected to go in other directions.
As such, Maine South was in search of a game and certainly found a doozy of one with Naperville Central, a team whose lone loss was actually one not recorded on the field but instead a forfeit loss because of the use of an ineligible player.
Bartlett (5-0) at South Elgin (5-0): These two have rambled through their Upstate Eight Conference foes rather easily. There is definitely a sense of anticipation for this matchup.
Bragging rights are clearly on the line, but the winner will also have the distinction of being one of what appears to be around 30 teams that will have managed to get through this six-week season without a loss while playing all six games.
Other games to watch: Batavia vs. Wheaton North at Northern Illinois; Bishop McNamara at Wheaton St. Francis; Camp Point Central at Greenfield; Fulton at Princeton; Kankakee at Crete-Monee; Marengo at Richmond-Burton; Princeville at Annawan-Wethersfield; St. Charles North vs. Wheaton Warrenville South at Northern Illinois; Washington at Metamora; Watseka at Clifton Central.