It was down the road a bit but couldn't be ignored, that game that was scheduled Oct. 18 for the Brethren Christian High football team.
On Friday, the Warriors play their biggest game to date this season, and against their toughest opponent yet, when they play host to St. Margaret's in a key Academy League tilt at Ocean View High.
Both teams come into the 7 p.m. game streaking. The Tartans, the top-ranked team all season long in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division, have won their first six games. The Warriors have won four-straight following a season-opening loss.
To get to Friday's big date, BC Coach Pat McInally said his team first had to concentrate on its first five games of the season.
"Our focus has been on getting better each week, and winning, leading up to this game," he said. "Only then, could we turn our attention to St. Margaret's. And, I think we've done that."
BC started its Academy League schedule Friday and routed league newcomer Calvary Chapel Downey, 55-0. Quarterback Jack McInally rushed for a touchdown and threw two scoring passes to both junior running back Andrew Assaf and senior receiver Austin Gorrell, and one to junior receiver Brandon Bryson.
McInally (10 of 15) threw for 272 yards with Bryson getting 112 and Gorrell 105 of those yards.
Offensive lineman Will Martin, who also plays defensive end, had a thrilling and memorable moment to start the second half. Inserted as a returner for the second-half kickoff, all Martin did was run back the kick 77 yards to the house to extend BC's lead to 41-0.
McInally said Martin was put in for the kickoff return team due to "all of his hard work at offensive tackle."
"What a moment to open the second half," McInally said. "He'll never forget that one."
The shutout was the first of the year for the BC defense, which in the past two weeks has surrendered only six points.
"I was impressed with our aggressiveness on defense, especially with our front seven," Pat McInally said. "Our secondary played really well and tackled well. On offense, our line is getting better, week by week, and that's a great sign."
St. Margaret's hasn't been challenged in its first six games. The Tartans have outscored the opposition, 255-63. Offensively, they have scored 40 or more points in four of six games (a high game of 56), and have scored more than 30 points in five games.
The Tartans opened defense of the Academy League title last week by disposing of Sage Hill, 48-7, for their 28th-consecutive league win. Senior quarterback Josh Davis threw for a touchdown and along with junior running back Oscar Gomez, rushed for two scores.
Davis, an all-league player who committed last month to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., finished with 196 passing yards. Gomez, the league's Offensive MVP last year, ran for 133 yards.
"Obviously, they are a very good football team," McInally said. "They are No. 1 in our [CIF] division, and have played very well."
The winner of Friday's game takes a big step toward the Academy League championship. McInally, however, says his team has several more games to play following the showdown.
"Our whole season won't be defined by this game," he said. "Our program has been improving and it's come a long way. However, the kids are really looking forward to this game and this challenge.
"Our two team goals are to win league, and win in the [CIF] playoffs. We've never beaten St. Margaret's and it's been a long time since we've won in the playoffs."