Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Looking for a Saturday game?

You could go out to Concordia University in River Forest and see Loyola (3-0) at Fenwick (1-2). (Yeah, you could do that.)

But after watching the Ramblers shut out Brother Rice last weekend, 28-0, and after the Friars fell to previously winless De La Salle, 27-20, I'm not so sure that'll be much of a contest. (Sorry Coach Nudo.)

There's also Benet (2-1) at St. Patrick (2-1), normally a good East Suburban Catholic matchup. But both squads are coming off losses, the Redwings to Notre Dame and the Shamrocks to Nazareth. (And I'm a momentum trader.)

How about Rich South (1-2) at Rich Central (2-1), in a battle of the Riches? Admittedly, I don't know much about either team except that they're both coming off losses, too. (Although I almost went to a similar game last year.)

So what's a high school football fanatic to do?

Well, you could go and see an up and coming team, like Guerin or Lindblom. Or both.

The Guerin Crusaders (2-1) host the Chargers of Aurora Central Catholic (1-2) out in River Grove at 1:00. It's a Metro Suburban crossover game pitting Guerin, in a three-way tie for the lead of the East division, against ACC, a West division team that made it to the 4A playoffs last year. 3A Guerin is currently ranked No. 352 in MaxPreps; ACC is No. 377.

If you're not satisfied after watching that contest (and it's a long wait until Week Five), you could always cruise on over to Hanson Stadium on the Northwest Side (which, despite its grim exterior, above, is actually a great place to watch a game) and see the Lindblom Eagles (2-1) take on the Douglass Tigers (2-1). Both Chicago Public League schools are on two-game winning streaks after dropping their openers. They're also part of a four-way tie for first place in the Great Lakes Conference with Agriculture Science and Longwood, who are also meeting this Saturday. (If nothing else, we should have a much clearer picture of the conference after this weekend.)

Lindblom, which is looking to make the 5A playoffs, is ranked No. 370 in MaxPreps while 1A Douglass comes in at No. 495.

I say both Guerin and Lindblom are headed for the postseason this year. If you want to fill out an intelligent bracket you really need to see these guys now.

If it doesn't rain, I'll be live-tweeting the contests @BoringOldWhtGuy. Get out and see a game this weekend!

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