If you ask folks down in Oswego, they'll tell you Oswego-Oswego East is a HUGE rivalry. Well, maybe in basketball it is. I always say a hammer and a nail is not a rivalry. Can you really call it a rivalry when the same team always wins?
The football rivalry between these two schools remains one-sided as Oswego defeated Oswego East 50-29 Friday night. The Panthers improved to 4-1 and are on track to make the playoffs. The Wolves drop to 3-2 and still have some work to do to get into the postseason.
Oswego East still has never beaten Oswego in football, although the Wolves had hope early in this contest as they surged out to a 15-7 lead in the second quarter.
But after that, the hammer fell on the nail. The Panthers reeled off 43 consecutive points to take a 50-15 lead. The Wolves got a couple late TDs to make the score look more respectable in The Beacon-News, but the outcome was not in doubt late in the game.
Running back Mickeel Stewart had a big night for the Panthers. He rushed 18 times for 144 yards, and he scored four touchdowns in a row during that stretch where Oswego took over the game.
His counterpart, Chris Cooper, played well in the loss -- totaling 167 receiving yards and 69 rushing yards.
Elsewhere, Aurora Central put itself in the driver's seat for a playoff spot with a 25-7 win over St. Edward. The Chargers got the job done by possessing the ball for 31 minutes, 51 seconds of the 48-minute game. The win puts ACC at 4-1. The Chargers, who have not made the playoffs since 1997, need one more victory to become playoff-eligible.
Two more wins, and they'll clinch a postseason spot. They have the schedule to do that the next two weeks as they will be favored against both Walther Lutheran and Guerin. Could Aurora Central be 6-1 going into its Week 8 showdown with Marmion? It looks like a possibility.
Also, forget what I said last week about Geneva rallying from an 0-3 start to make the playoffs. A putrid 25-6 loss to St. Charles North dropped the Vikings to 1-4. They'll have to win out to make the postseason. Can't see that happening now. If Geneva couldn't beat St. Charles North this week, you figure it can't beat St. Charles East next week.
But what the hell do I know? I've been proven wrong too many times to count in the 14 years I've been doing this for a living.
Here are the rest of your scores from Week 5, with links to Beacon-News stories where applicable:
Glenbard North 28, West Aurora 14
Neuqua Valley 48, East Aurora 0
Waubonsie Valley 19, Bartlett 0
Aurora Christian 41, St. Francis 14
Montini 30, Marmion 22
Morris 41, Yorkville 17
Kaneland 34, Rochelle 6
Plano 47, Herscher 28
Sandwich 14, Coal City 10
Batavia 33, Lake Park 29
Ottawa Marquette 35, Mooseheart 21