On Oct. 4, in Val Caron, the Lo-Ellen Park Knights did their part, systematically picking apart the Confederation Chargers en route to a 26-0 win.
The win improved the Lo-Ellen record to 5-0, with a regular season finale opposite the equally undefeated College Notre-Dame Alouettes looming on the horizon (Oct. 19).
Quarterback Brady Ellsworth threw for three touchdown strikes, connecting with Jonah Blatt for TD receptions covering 13 and five yards and adding a fourth-quarter pass to Michael Favot from the four.
Matt Glass rambled in, also from the four-yard line, with Alex Bertrand completing the scoring with a pair of conversions.
Despite not reaching the end zone, the Chargers were able to move the ball somewhat more successfully than most of the Lo-Ellen opponents, most notably on the ground.
Defensively, Confederation was victimized on a couple of occasions by a very short field as the league leaders marched just 21 and 39 yards to pay dirt.
Coming off an impressive victory over St Charles last week (48-7) and with their sights set on the showdown with CND, the Lo-Ellen crew was dealing with the effects of a "sag" week, a somewhat weaker adversary right in the middle of more top-end competition.
"We did well overall, I would say," said QB Ellsworth after the game. "We prepared OK — we'll have to do better for our next game against Notre-Dame. We have a lot of time off, so we're going to have to pick it up for that."
Picked by many as the likely successor to the St Benedict Bears for the 2012 SDSSAA championship banner, the Knights have given little reason to second-guess that claim.
"Everybody just came into this year feeling good about the season," said Ellsworth. "We were confident in our abilities, but we knew we would have to focus to bring it all together.
"You can't just win with singular talent. You have to bring it all together into a team effort, and I think we've done that really well this year."
As for the aforementioned Bears, an eventual break from the schedule-maker provided a glimpse of daylight for the traditional South End powerhouse. After opening the season with losses against Lo-Ellen, St Charles and Notre Dame, St Benedict hit the win column Oct. 4, trouncing the Lasalle Lancers 40-13.
While a number of the names might have changed, the aggressive turnover-driven Bears defence, to which local football fans have become accustomed, was on full display at the James Jerome Sports Complex.
The St Benedict defence accounted for seven turnovers — two fumble recoveries by James Carlos, one each by Brendan Sullivan and Ben Nolan, along with two interceptions from Tanaka Chakwesha and another from Nolan.
Chakwesha returned a fourth-quarter pick 98 yards to close the book on the St Benedict scoring, also opening the floodgates with a 35-yard run in the first quarter.
The remaining majors came courtesy of QB Christian Battistelli (five-yard run), Shawn Wilcox (25-yard run on a fake field goal on the last play of the first half) and Mitchell McCauley (six-yard run), with Wilcox adding a field goal and the Bears picking up a pair of two-point conversions.
Lasalle trailed only 9-7 early in the second quarter after Kenneth Bottrell darted 51 yards to the end zone, with the Lancers' second score coming in quarter No. 3 as Tim Glasgow bulldozed in from the one.
Alec Miller recorded a pair of interceptions in a losing cause for Lasalle.
Tonight's action at the James Jerome turf sees the Lockerby Vikings looking to make it two wins in a row opposite the Bishop Carter Gators while St Charles and Notre-Dame go toe to toe in the late game.