Jay Parker (18) of Metea Valley blows past Nate Donati of Geneva on a touchdown run near the end of the first half. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
1. Sandwich should be 4-4.
The Indians have scored 143 points and allowed 143 points. The offense sputtered a few weeks back and coach Dusty Behringer’s club fell to 2-4 after being blanked by Coal City (28-0) and Peotone (13-0) on successive weeks. Scoring a combined 74 points in wins over Herscher and Reed-Custer, they’re back in playoff contention. Sandwich needs a win in Friday’s finale at home in an Interstate Eight crossover against a team in the same boat, Lisle (4-4), which has outscored foes 175-148.
2. The three-peat is nearly complete.
Oswego, 6-2 overall and 6-0 in the Southwest Prairie, is one win away from a third straight perfect run through the league with a date Friday at Plainfield Central (0-8, 0-6), which has been outscored 347-74 and blanked twice.
3. Will it be this year for Metea Valley or Oswego East? Each is bidding to be the first in school history to make it into the postseason. Both were left waiting for another week after tough losses to Geneva (49-45) and Romeoville (21-14) dropped the Mustangs to 4-4 and Wolves to 5-3. Metea Valley, with 38 playoff points, will likely make it with one more win but has to beat Waubonsie Valley (6-2) to get there. Oswego East is playoff eligible but with only 30 playoff points, likely needs to beat 3-5 Plainfield North on Friday for a sixth win to guarantee a spot.