Having two undefeated teams as a I type this in November is pretty amazing, really. Both Hononegah and Clinton have had outstanding seasons, and are for the second straight week the lone survivors among our area football teams. I went 2-0 last week, and am 63-9 for the season. Here we go.
• LAKE COUNTRY LUTHERAN at CLINTON: I'm trying to talk myself into the fact that we're going to see a really competitive game tonight. I really am. After all, Lake Country is 11-0, just like Clinton. Also like the Cougars, they've put up dominating statistics on both sides of the ball.
They've bowled over their first two playoff opponents. According to the numbers, you can't stop them, and you also can't score on them.
I'm sorry, I'm just not buying it. They play in a bad conference. Even though I believe it was a bad-weather game, they defeated Brookfield Academy 14-0, whereas the Cougars plastered them 42-3 in the opening round of the playoffs. The Cougar are far more battle-tested, and have met every challenge put in front of it.
It's the final home game for every senior in a Clinton uniform. Next week will be at a neutral site. The week after will be in Camp Randall.
This game will be the closest Clinton has played since a 7-6 win over Turner. Sure, they could lose. If they lose the turnover battle by two or more. If they commit silly penalties. If they blow assignments that lead to big plays. But the bottom line is simply this: If Clinton lines up and plays its game, the Cougars will move on to the state semifinals for the second straight season.
CLINTON 28, LAKE COUNTRY LUTHERAN 13.
• HONONEGAH at BENET ACADEMY: Yes, the Indians are the top seed in IHSA Class 7A. And yes, they will be traveling to the suburbs. Again. This is where the Indians typically meet their maker. This year, though, is different. First of all, Hononegah comes into the game as a favorite. Second, this Benet team doesn't profile as squads like Lake Zurich, Mt. Carmel or some other jacked-up suburban team with 90 Cadillac Escalades in the parking lot...and those are just the players' cars.
The Indians have a special chemistry this season, and I firmly believe they will become the first Hononegah team since 1996 to advance past the second round. And after that, it's home sweet home for the Indians.
HONONEGAH 28, BENET ACADEMY 20.