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Pigskin Previews - Week 2

Bureau Valley (1-0)

at St. Bede (1-0)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday, SBA.

Last week: BV beat Hall 42-21; SBA beat Amboy/LaMoille 41-6.

Last year: SBA 28-20.

All-time series: SBA 9-7.

Radio: WZOE 98.1 FM; WSOG 88.9 FM.

Erie/Prophetstown (1-0)

at Hall (0-1)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Nesti Stadium.

BCR insider: The Panthers invade Nesti Stadium for the second straight year, having spoiled the 2012 Homecoming festivities at Hall. E/P got off to a good start last week with a win over Kewanee and want another taste of the playoffs after getting their last year for the first time in 10 years. Nick Williams (16-235, 4 TDs) did well filling the shoes of former all-state running back Zach Inskeep (201 yards, 3 TDs vs. Hall), scoring three times in the second half to lead the Panthers to a come-from behind win over Kewanee last week. EP was down 6 at halftime and could have been down more had the Panthers not made two goal line stands. E/P improved to 8-5 in season openers since forming their co-op in 2001.

Last week: E-P beat Kewanee 33-19; Hall lost to Bureau Valley 42-21.

Last year: E/P 56-26.

All-time series: E/P 1-0.

Radio: WAJK 99.3 FM.

Newman (0-1) at Princeton (0-1)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bryant Field.

BCR insider: Newman doesn’t lose many football games during the course of the season, let alone season openers. Last week’s 21-9 loss to Rockridge was the Comets’ first opening day defeat in since they fell to Morrison in 2007 13-8. Veteran coach Mike Papoccia called it disappointing. “We didn’t block, and we didn’t tackle. Not to take away from the quarterback who played great, and they ran their offense really well, but we didn’t perform the way we have been practicing,” he said. The Comets were held to 184 yards offense, including 84 by quarterback A.J. Sharp. Newman dropped from No. 2 to No. 6 in this week’s AP 2A poll. ... The Tigers had an equally frustrating opener, committing eight turnovers, fumbling the ball away in its only two scoring opportunities. PHS coach Jesse Snyder said the Tigers would address their ball control in practice. PHS added a passing game into its playbook last week, attempting 13 passes while completing just three. Sophomore Jake Reinhardt split time with senior Caleb Dickens at quarterback, completing 3 of 12 for 125 yards. ... Newman has won four state championships under Papoccia’s watch (1A in 1990 and ‘94 and 2A in 2004 and 2010). Princeton has one state finals appearance, placing second when “Tiger Style was Running Wild” in 1989. ... This is the first meeting between the new TRAC rivals since 1981, a game won by Newman 20-2. PHS has won the other four games in the series.

Last week: Newman lost to Rockridge 21-9; PHS lost to Morrison 46-0.

Last year: Did not play.

Last meeting: Newman 20-2, 1981.

All-time series: PHS 4-1.

Radio: WZOE 1490 AM.

Amboy/LaMoille (0-1)

at Sherrard (1-0)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

BCR insider: The Clippers are in a bounce-back after last week’s sound defeat at the hands of the St. Bede Bruins. This will be another crossover contest between the TRAC North (A/L) and South (Sherrard). The Tigers’ defense shut out Riverdale, which scored only via a safety last week.

Last week: A/L lost to St. Bede 41-6; Sherrard beat Riverdale 26-2.

Last year: Did not play.

Radio: WRCV 101.7 FM.

Other games

Annawan/Wethersfielld at Ridgewood

Fulton at Kewanee

L-P at Washington

Morrison at Orion

Mid County at Stark County

Ottawa at Aurora Marmion

Rockford Christian at Mendota

Sterling at Johnsburg

United at River Valley

—Kevin Hieronymus

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