Last year, a big goal-line stand carried St. Charles North to a 25-6 win over the Vikings at the North Stars' home field. Geneva went on to finish 4-5 for the season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
This year, the neighbor teams have matching 2-2 records, and the winner will remain in the playoff hunt. The loser will have a long row to hoe.
But the winner will have a shot at running the table and making the playoffs.
The Vikings narrowly escaped with a 41-34 victory against Larkin last week — a team Geneva had beaten handily a year ago. The North Stars, meanwhile, crushed Elgin 49-0 last week.
To pull this one off, Geneva will have to bring its "A" game Friday night — confident, poised and error-free. The defense has to be consistent on every down to prevent the big plays that Larkin pulled off a week ago and St. Charles North racked up against Geneva last year.
The Viking offense has shown signs of potency — in the running game the past two weeks as well as in the passing game. Geneva will have to score early and often Friday night to win this game and gain some momentum for next week's showdown against St. Charles East.