Created: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:09 p.m. CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:38 a.m. CDT

Reminiscing on C-G vs. CLS rivalry games

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When “Ask Joe” gets more than one question a week, he likes to answer the others (in third person). So here goes.

@KaseyMacFields: What CG-South game has been the most memorable to you?

@nwh_JoePrepZone: I’ll be diplomatic here with this one and offer a memorable game from each side.

For Cary-Grove, I’ll go with the 2007 game that we thought was going to be pretty good. Trojans’ quarterback A.J. Hoger ran 61 yards for a touchdown on the first play and the rout was on.

C-G won, in shocking fashion, 54-0.

For South, I’ll go with the 2008 playoffs. The Gators had struggled for a few games with C-G and lost, 24-7, earlier in that season. But in the Class 7A quarterfinals, they made it a defensive, field-position game. Former South coach Jim Stuglis, who was an aggressive playcaller, went on fourth-and-1 at South’s 29 on the first series.

Trojans kicker Marcus Kerrigan, one of the better kickers ever in this area, narrowly missed from 44 yards late in the game. South won, 14-7, in overtime.

This has been the best rivalry in the area over the last nine seasons because the games almost always decided the Fox Valley Conference or FVC Valley Division champion.

@NathanClark23: Whats the chances on crown beating Jacobs?

@nwh_JoePrepZone: It’s nice that this game has more meaning than most have for quite a while in this intra-district rivalry. Until D-C lost last week to Prairie Ridge, the Chargers could have been playing for a share of first place in the FVC Valley.

Jacobs is probably too good to let this happen. The Golden Eagles likely will be playing to win the FVC Valley outright and get a better playoff seed, so it’s going to be pretty tough for the Chargers.

@hickey2815: Why are the power ranking based on win lose records and not strength of schedule? Canes would stomp Harvard.

@nwh_JoePrepZone: I don’t do the rankings myself, but I know the person who does sometimes ranks teams by what they do against those teams they play and not where they would rank with larger schools. It allows some teams from smaller schools to get ranked that way.

@elizarraraz: Who is better in your opinion #Lavand or #Mooney?

@nwh_JoePrepZone: CL Central’s Kyle Lavand has had a terrific season and I think the Tigers could eventually be the last area team standing in the playoffs. But I have to give the nod to Jacobs’ Bret Mooney here. He has made so many big-time plays for the Golden Eagles this season. He’s a big guy (6-4, 210) who can really run and evade the rush.