For the first time since 2010, the St. Charles football team is 2-0. So if the Cardinals are feeling nostalgic, it's fitting that they're getting ready to face Ready, which hasn't been on the schedule in a while.
The Silver Knights won the last meeting, 36-29 on Sept. 14, 2001.
Ready is no longer competing in the CCL in football, but is playing one CCL team per season on a rotating basis. It is still a member of the CCL in other sports.
St. Charles coach Deke Hocker said a game like this is special because it brings two Catholic school communities together.
"A lot of the boys know each other from elementary school or whatever," he said. "In the CCL, you have great communities coming together with great families and it adds to the environment. The kids look forward to the CCL games because of the community that you get on both sides."
Ready two-way lineman Jacob Robinson said many of the Knights and Cardinals players are friends.
"A lot of (St. Charles' players) were guys we played with in eighth grade and seventh grade, so it's going to be a little bit of a rivalry," said Robinson, whose team is 1-1 after losing to West Jefferson 55-24 on Sept. 6. "We went to different feeder schools, but we were on the same football team. Some of them are definitely our good buddies."
Against West Jefferson, Darius Parham was 7-for-16 passing for 183 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both of his touchdowns went to Tyrese Hudson, who caught four passes for 129 yards, and Jack Foley rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries.
The Cardinals needed to rally late to defeat Eastmoor Academy 19-16 on Sept. 6. Senior Luke Eversole rushed for a career-high 224 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. He had 13 carries for 68 yards on the game-clinching drive, scoring on a 7-yard run with 1 minute, 20 seconds left.
Vinnie Foresta caught a two-point conversion pass from Andy Mason to give the Cardinals their margin of victory.
"I think on the last drive, we just kept firing out," Eversole said. "They knew runs were coming, but as long as we got the push off the offensive line, I would get 5 or 6 yards a carry.
"We have to play the rest of our games like we did in the second half (against Eastmoor). We started a little sloppy, but we came out in the second half with confidence and we were firing off the ball."