Two-Minute Drill: It’s getting good now
Can you feel that in the air? Can you smell it?
That is the sweet smell and feel of urgency.
It has hit the area football scene like a wrecking ball and we are truly now at the point of the season were every single snap matters.
Gear up and get that popcorn ready, it’s showtime!
Here’s this week’s ‘Two-Minute Drill’:
Bishop McNamara 48, Wheaton Academy 21
Dwight 21, Momence 20
Kankakee 22, Rich South 12
Central 46, Watseka 7
Wilmington 63, Herscher 28
Manteno 29, Streator 12
Coal City 21, Sandwich 0
Metea Valley 28, Bradley-Bourbonnais 21
Lisle 24, Reed-Custer 21 (OT)
Plano 33, Peotone 13
Seneca 42, Iroquois West 14
Newman Catholic 58, Milford-Cissna Park 34
Grinder of the week
Coal City coach Dan Hutchings alongside a number of players raved preseason about Asa Cooper and the impact he could have on.
Friday was Cooper’s platform to show that impact.
The sophomore receiver scored two of the three Coaler touchdowns, both receiving on a 25-yard catch and an 81-yard catch.
That was just offensively.
Defensively, he finished with a pair of tackles to go nicely with his two interceptions.
I see you working, Coop.
Middle of the pack
There’s so much anxiety among every team in the state who is currently sitting at 3-3.
However, being 3-3 gives you three games to either show your grit and character to make the playoffs or fold like a cheap tent and miss out.
Currently in the area, six teams (Peotone, Herscher, Kankakee, Wilmington, Watseka, Dwight) are sitting comfortably or uncomfortably at 3-3.
Wilmington, Dwight and Kankakee are coming off victories while Watseka, Peotone and Herscher are coming off losses.
Parody all over the place. I love it.
Hello Week 10
Earlier I mentioned Coal City’s Asa Cooper. Now’s time for the Coal City team.
With its victory over Sandwich, the Coalers are officially playoff bound in Class 4A.
Now they potentially have a chance to host a playoff game if they can run the table the rest of the way. And with Reed-Custer, Manteno and Lisle left, it’s possible.
Also clinching a playoff spot with its fifth win on Friday was Bishop McNamara.
The Irish have shown to be the most explosive and unstoppable offense in the area, as advertised by their 47.2 points per game.
The only questions now are can they stay healthy and will they be in Class 3A or 4A.
Either way, the Irish have a deep playoff run in them.
Last week we said goodbye to Iroquois West and Manteno’s playoff aspirations.
This week, another domino has fallen with Momence officially out of the playoff chase.
The Redskins didn’t go down without a fight though as they scored with one second left against Dwight.
They rolled the dice and went for the two for the win and came up one yard short of sweet victory.
Injuries and a gashed defense have led the back-to-back seasons with Momence out of the playoff picture. Time to play spoiler.
Can’t miss games
Peotone at Herscher, Wilmington at Reed-Custer, Central at PBL, Homewood-Flossmoor at Bradley-Bourbonnais