Friday's T.F. North at T.F. South game is not only for bragging rights in District 215, but the game will have a playoff-like atmosphere.
Both are 3-4 and have slim playoff chances alive. The loser is done.
"We have to continue with that momentum we got from the Lemont game," North coach Artie Rogers said. "We know how good T.F. South is and this being North-South, the kids always get up for it, but we have to be ready to play. This is a playoff game as was last week."
North beat Lemont 41-40, while South fell 27-18 to Tinley Park.
"We just have to be focused on North," South coach Tom Padjen said. "They are very physical and they have some momentum coming out of the Lemont game. We have to get some momentum going and keep it going."
Playoff picture: Crete-Monee, Homewood-Flossmoor and Mount Carmel have clinched playoff spots.
Bloom Township (4-3) could become playoff eligible with a win over Rich East on Saturday. It plays undefeated Glenbard South in Week 9.
Washington (4-3, 22 points) needs to finish either first or second in the Public League Windy City. The Patriots are 2-3 in conference play and in fifth place.
Teams with six wins make the playoffs. Teams that are 5-4 must have enough points and Bloom has 34 through seven weeks. It usually takes 36 points to get in, but that number could be higher.
Thornton, T.F. North and T.F. South are all 3-4 and must win out to make the postseason.
Bloom looks to rebound: Blazing Trojans coach Tony Palombi said his team learned from its 12-7 loss to Crete-Monee. Bloom was driving for the potential winning score, but penalties and some good defense by Crete ended the upset bid.
"The players are really focused this week," Palombi said. "They let a win slip through their fingers and they do not want it to happen again."
Quarterback Kendall McGinnis left the Crete-Monee game with what Palombi said was a cramp in his right calf. Palombi said he is day-to-day.