Thursday, September 24, 2015

The forecast for Saturday... 73 and sunny (according to my phone). To paraphrase the legendary Ernie Banks, "It'll be a beautiful day for a game; let's watch two!"

Yep, that's right, I plan on attending not one, but two, tilts this Saturday:

Agriculture Science (3-1) at Lindblom (3-1) at 9:30 at Stagg Stadium; and

Glenbard West (4-0) at Lyons (4-0) at 1:30.

As I said, it'll be a beautiful day for a game; how many more of those do you think you're going to get?

The first contest pits a couple of 3-1 teams in a battle for supremacy in the Great Lakes Conference of the Chicago Public League. The visiting Cyclones are ranked No. 407 by MaxPreps, while the home team Eagles are No. 340. Ag Science hasn't had a losing record since 2007 and beat Lindblom in the only two meetings that I'm aware of in the last ten years (home team in CAPS):

2014: AG SCIENCE 21, Lindblom 19
2011: Ag Science 14, LINDBLOM 0

But this time may be different, as first-year head coach Justin Pressley seems to be turning the Lindblom program around. Who will prevail? I'm not sure. Both teams have been solid since dropping their openers:

PAYTON 34, Ag Science 14
AG SCIENCE 44, South (WI) 16
AG SCIENCE 22, Corliss 12
AG SCIENCE 27, Longwood 0

Curie 60, LINDBLOM 14
Lindblom 22, ORR 16
LINDBLOM 32, Bowen 22
Lindblom 52, DOUGLASS 28

Either way, the winning squad will be 4-1 and only one victory away from qualifying for the playoffs. For Lindblom, it would be their first winning season since 2010, when today's seniors were in seventh grade.

The nightcap of my twin bill is the much anticipated West Suburban Silver matchup of Glenbard West and Lyons. The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 2 in the Sun-Times, No. 4 in the Tribune and No. 9 in MaxPreps; Lyons is ranked No. 22 in the Times and No. 45 in MaxPreps. But, interestingly, neither has beaten a winning team this year.

Here are the two schools' results so far:

GLENBARD WEST 28, Bolingbrook 7
GLENBARD WEST 50, Hinsdale South 31
Glenbard West 41, DOWNERS GROVE NORTH 0

LYONS 24, Warren 0
LYONS 23, Morton 20
LYONS 36, Proviso West 0
Lyons 10, Leyden 7

Now, while I'd like to see a good game every bit as much as the next guy, it's probably not going to happen this week in LaGrange. The Hitters haven't bowed to a conference foe since 2010. But who was it that beat them that year? Oh, yeah -- Lyons.

2014: GLENBARD WEST 28, Lyons 14
2013: Glenbard West 44, LYONS 7
2012: GLENBARD WEST 49, Lyons 7
2011: Glenbard West 31, LYONS 3
2010: Lyons 31, GLENBARD WEST 13
2009: Glenbard West 28, LYONS 7
2008: GLENBARD WEST 28, Lyons 14
2007: LYONS 21, Glenbard West 14
2006: Lyons 30, GLENBARD WEST 20
2005: LYONS 14, Glenbard West 13
2004: Lyons 27, GLENBARD WEST 14

As always, I'll be live-tweeting the games (assuming my battery doesn't run out) @BoringOldWhtGuy. See you there!

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