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Pigskin Previews (Week 2)

Hall (1-0) at Erie/Prophetstown (1-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Erie.

BCR insider: Both teams got the season started off with decisive wins, E-P defeating Kewanee and Hall over Bureau Valley. They are headed to another Week 2 showdown, which promises to be as close as last year’s in which the Red Devils prevailed by just one point. “I look for it to be another physical game, Erie seems to have another great fullback and you have to stop him. Coach Milum does a great job over there, I know our kids will show up and play as hard as they can for four quarters,” Hall coach Randy Tieman said. ... Hall gave up two big plays to BV last week, a 76-yard run and a 84-yard halfback option pass, both for scores. Other than that, the Hall defense limited BV to 119 yards of offense. The Panthers bring back seven starters on both sides of the ball, including QB Jordan Chandler and third-year LB Dylan Binion. Phillip Coers, Jack Bauer and Binion combined for six rushing touchdowns last week. The Panthers (1-0) used a 26-point fourth quarter to break the game open after leading 19-13 after three quarters. Dvaree Thompson added a 75-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

Last week: E-P beat Kewanee 45-19; Hall beat BV 23-13.

Last year: Hall 22-21.

All-time series: Tied 1-1.

Radio: WAJK 99.3 FM.

Princeton (1-0) at

Newman (1-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Roscoe Eades Field, Sterling High School.

BCR insider: The Tigers won their first game in 21 games by defeating Morrison 35-7 in last week’s opener, snapping a 20-game losing streak. They won’t have long to celebrate, however, with defending Three Rivers North and Class 2A State champion Newman next up. The Comets avenged their only loss in 2013 with a 20-14 win over Rockridge last week. While PHS coach Jesse Snyder, who notched his first win in three years at the Tigers helm, said his team deserved their victory, he said they must “continue to strive for that success each week.” ... Newman has now won 21 straight Three Rivers/Big Rivers games and have reloaded for another run. They have all-around talent in junior back Brady Rude (5-8/170), who rushed for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. QB Logan Whitman attempted just three passes, completing one. ... Princeton’s dominating win last week came over a Morrison team which beat them 46-0 a year ago and one which has won two state championship in the past five years, as recent as 2011. Backs Jacob Smith (22-108, 2 TDs) and newcomer Kai Tomaszewski (10-79, TD) combined for 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns. QB Jake Reinhardt shined, completing 9 of 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another touchdown.

Last week: Newman beat Rockridge 20-14; PHS beat Morrison 35-7.

Last year: Newman 61-7.

All-time series: PHS 4-2.

Radio: WZOE 1490 AM.

Sherrard (1-0) at

Amboy/LaMoille (1-0)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Harbor, Amboy High School.

BCR insider: The Clippers held on for a 15-14 win at St. Bede last week. Drake Barlow’s 68-yard touchdown run with 7:14 left in the game was the game-winner. The Clippers return home to the Harbor looking to avenge last year’s drubbing at the hands of the Rams.

Last week: Sherrard beat Riverdale 20-3; A/L beat St. Bede 15-14.

Last year: Sherrard 40-17.

Radio: WRCV 101.7 FM.

Other area games

Annawan/Wethersfield (1-0) at Elmwood/Brimfield (1-0)

Kewanee (0-1) at Fulton (0-1)

Orion (1-0) at Morrison (0-1)

Ottawa (0-1) at Aurora Marmion (1-0)

Stark County (1-0) at Lewistown (0-1)

Washington (1-0) at L-P (0-1)

Whitney Young (0-1) at Sterling (0-1)

Johnsburg (0-1) at Mendota (1-0)

Williamsville (0-1) at River Valley (0-1)

— Kevin Hieronymus

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