Presidents (3-6) Cardinals (7-2)
The football team, having clinched its first league championship since 1962, is 7-2 overall entering its regular-season finale Friday, Nov. 1, against Marion Harding.
The game will be played at the high school, the first since a front railing on the home stands collapsed during a 48-8 win over Eastmoor Academy on Sept. 6.
The Presidents are 3-6 after losing to Tiffin Columbian 35-6 on Oct. 25. Senior running back Keyontay Rogers rushed for 84 yards on 28 carries and junior running back Logan Crawford had a 1-yard touchdown run.
"This is a big deal," senior lineman Nathan Puthoff said. "We need to win to get in the playoffs, and that's what we all play for."
The Cardinals are projected to enter the game holding the eighth and final playoff spot in Division II, Region 5.
St. Charles won the outright CCL-Silver Division title with a 20-14 win over host Watterson on Oct. 25. The Cardinals finished 2-0 in the league, followed by DeSales (1-1) and Watterson (0-2).
The Cardinals had a 19-play, 78-yard drive in the fourth quarter against Watterson, capped by senior running back John Quinn's 1-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes to play.
"When we were sophomores, we had a similar drive that was like nine minutes to beat (the Eagles 23-13), and we had the same thing this year," said senior running back Michael Hamrock, who rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries. "It was deja vu for us, and you have to give all of the credit to our (offensive) line."
Quinn also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the first quarter.
"I caught the (kickoff) and looked over to the official to see if I was good (and not in the end zone)," said Quinn, who rushed for 42 yards. "I took off and ran a straight line through the gap. Michael Hamrock really had a great block to help me break it."
Junior defensive back Jimmy Holtz intercepted Watterson quarterback Sam Maglicic at the St. Charles 4-yard line with 12 seconds left to seal the win.
"It was special to win this with these guys," Quinn said. "We've been working hard and fighting all year. All of the hard work in practice and the weight room really paid off for something concrete."
The Cardinals played without their top offensive threat in NiQuille Bell. The junior slotback was lost for the season after suffering a broken leg in the fourth quarter of a 37-15 win Oct. 18 over Kings Mills Kings.