GAME OF THE WEEK
Bureau Valley (1-1, 0-0) at Sterling Newman (1-1, 0-0)
Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sterling High School.
BCR insider: Between them, Bureau Valley (5) and Newman (4) won nine Big Rivers Conference championships, Newman winning the 2012 title prior to the reemergence of the Three Rivers this year. The two schools also have five state championships (Newman 4, BV 1) and eight title-game appearances (Newman 7, BV 2) between them.
Last week: BV lost to St. Bede 29-25; Newman beat Princeton 61-7.
Last year: Newman 30-14.
All-time series: BV 6-5.
Radio: WZOE 98.1 FM; WZZT 102.7 FM
Hall (1-1) at
Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the AHS Harbor.
BCR insider: If the Red Devils were looking for a confidence boost, they sure got it last week at Nesti Stadium. Down 21-0, the Red Devils outscored 22 unanswered points to stun Erie/Prophetstown 22-21. Chris Hammonds scored the game-winner on a 17-yard run with 1:25 left to play. “I think the way we came back in the forth quarter last week proved to our kids that they can play and win some football games. The kids were very excited after the game, and it has carried over to practice this week. I really think they have gained confidence in what we are teaching, and if they do what they are asked to do good things will happen for them,” Hall coach Randy Tieman said. While starting off 0-2, Tieman knows the Red Devils can expect a Clippers team up for the challenge, especially in its home dock at the Harbor. “Amboy is a very well coached team that likes to run the ball first, but they have the ability to also throw it a little bit. Our kids need to come out with the same intensity as they did in the second half last week and continue be physical,” he said.
Last week: Hall beat E/P 22-21; A/L lost to Sherrard.
Last year: Amboy 46-6.
All-time series: Amboy 7-5 dating back to 1981.
Radio: WAJK, 99.3 FM.
Kewanee (1-1, 0-0)
at St. Bede (2-0, 0-0)
Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday at SBA.
BCR insider: It will be hard to top last week’s thrilling, come-from-behind win over Bureau Valley at the Academy, but the Bruins will come out ready to try. All the Bruins did last week was rally from a 25-14 deficit in the third quarter to defeat visiting Bureau Valley 29-26. Junior quarterback Jack Brady continues to showcase his throwing arm. He threw for 234 yards and five touchdowns in the season-opening 40-6 win at Amboy. Last week he followed that up with 265 yards and two TDs against Bureau Valley, including a game-winning, 23-yard TD strike to Sam Halm with 2:35 left in the game. Friday’s game kicks off the division play in the TRAC South for both teams, having played crossovers game for the first two weeks. The teams met three times in Rivers Conference with St. Bede winning twice.
Last week: SBA beat Hall 20-8; Kewanee lost to BV 24-8.
Last year’s meeting: SBA 21-7.
All-time series: SBA 2-1.
Radio: WSOG 88.9 FM.
Sherrard (2-0, 0-0)
at Princeton (0-2, 0-0)
Gametime: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bryant Field
BCR insider: Last year, there was a need for an air traffic controller in the press box when the Sherrard Tigers and quarterback Clayton Bjustron, came to town. As a junior, Bjustron, threw for 341 yards and eight touchdowns to engineer Sherrard’s 70-27 romp in route to a record-breaking year at Sherrard. Sherrard coach Brett Lee doesn’t anticipate that kind of game this time around, “again unless we need him to. We are a little more run-oriented at this point and will continue to try and establish that aspect.” PHS coach Jesse Snyder notes Sherrard has also ran well this year and “has a pretty balanced attack.” Princeton will continue to utilize the strong arm of sophomore quarterback Jake Reinhardt completed 12 of 25 attempts (89) in his first start last week and 3-12 for 125 yards in Week 1 at Morrison. Both Tiger teams come over from the West Central Conference to join the newly conformed Three Rivers Athletic Conference for all sports.
Last week: Sherrard beat Amboy 25-18; PHS lost to Newman 61-7.
Last year: Sherrard 70-27.
All-time series: Sherrard 2-0.
Radio: WZOE 1490 AM.