This game will determine the winner of the Mid-Suburban League West Division as the 7-1 Schaumburg Saxons hit the road to take on the 7-1 Palatine Pirates in the Northern Cook County Game of the Week. Palatine is 4-0 in divisional play while Schaumburg is 3-1 and the winner will secure a higher seed when playoff pairings are announced Saturday night.
Schaumburg rolled past Hoffman Estates 57-7 in Week 8 to set up this matchup. Stacey Smith had over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week while Nick Anzelmo threw two touchdown passes. The Saxons have not been held under 20 points in any game this season and are now rolling on all cylinders as this game approaches. It has been a great defensive effort lately as well with just 13 points given up over the past two weeks.
Palatine is on a seven-game winning streak after a 38-6 win over Barrington last week. Cam Kuksa made his first appearance since Week 1 last week and promptly caught eight passes for over 100 yards with a rushing and receiving touchdown. Ethan Oiles ran the Palatine offense with precision with two touchdown passes in keeping the momentum going. Like Schaumburg, Palatine hasn’t been held down much on offense all season with each game producing at least 24 points.
There is no doubt that there will be a ton on the line in this game with the divisional title and a better seed for their first round games. Schaumburg has been strong all season on the ground with Smith and Sadarriss Patterson rushing the ball. I don’t see that changing this week. Kuksa’s return is very important for the Pirates as Palatine is now near full strength with the postseason next week. I think in the end that Palatine will be just too much. I’ll take Palatine 28-21.