at Bureau Valley (1-2)
Game time: 7 p.m. Friday.
BCR insider: The teams have only met once before with the Storm surviving a wild 42-40 affair in Monmouth last year. The Storm are on the rebound after last week’s loss at Fulton. BV got junior WR/DB Tucker Hartz back from injury last week and anticipates the return of senior wide receiver Kale Barnett Friday. ... The Titans have racked up 465 yards rushing split between Austin Johnson (29-164) and C.J. Daniel (39-199). QB Addison Fletcher has thrown for 307 yards and 6 TDs on 16-39 passing.
Last week: BV lost to Fulton 20-12; M-R beat E/P 37-0.
Last year: BV 42-40
All-time series: BV 1-0
Radio: WZOE 98.1 FM.
Hall (1-2, 1-0) at Kewanee (1-2, 0-0)
BCR insider: The Red Devils will have to guard against having a letdown after such a thrilling victory over Princeton on a late, game-winning flea-flicker in a game where sparks flew on and off the field. Hall coach Randy Tieman admits it could be a “trap week,” sandwiched between Princeton and St. Bede next week. The Red Devils won’t overlook the Boilers, Tieman said, because “We always seem to struggle at Kewanee so we need to keep the kids focused and ready. We can’t have a let-down. Tyler (coach Nichols) does a great job getting his team ready to play, so we will have to come ready.” ... This game will be the first in conference play for the Boilermakers, who were shut out in crossover play against Morrison last week. Their only loss in conference play last year was to the league champion Red Devils. Kewanee returns roughly four starters on each side of the ball from last year’s 4A playoff qualifier and are relying on a strong junior class.
Last week: Hall beat Princeton 20-18; Kewanee lost to Morrison 18-0.
Last year: Hall 44-26.
All-time series: Hall 26-10 since 1981.
Radio: WAJK 99.3 FM.
Sherrard (0-3, 0-1) at Princeton (1-2, 0-1)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bryant Field.
BCR insider: Last year, PHS beat the Tigers of Sherrard handily for their first win of the year, the first of three wins in the final six weeks. They could use a similar uplift, especially coming off a heartbreaking loss to rival Hall in a game they dominated statistically, but lost late in the game.
Last week: PHS lost to Hall 20-18; Sherrard lost to St. Bede 24-13.
Last year: PHS 40-7.
All-time series: PHS 4-3.
Radio: WZOE 1490 AM.
Erie/Prophetstown (0-3, 0-1)
at St. Bede (3-0, 1-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, the academy.
BCR insider: The Bruins have dominated the series, winning 14 of 15 meetings, but escaped with a one-point win last year at Erie. ... St. Bede is 3-0 for the first time since 1997. ... E/P is struggling offensively, scoring only eight points the past two weeks (0 last week) and 24 for the season. They are under the guidance of first-year head coach Jesse Abbott, who is hopeful the experience of 14 returning lettermen pays off. Abbott was assistant coach at E-P one year and had a long stint before that at Fulton. “They look huge and athletic on film, and it’s hard to believe they are 0-3. They are going to be hungry and come here ready to play. We need to keep improving every day and cut down on mistakes and win the turnover battle,” SBA coach Jim Eustice said.
Last week: E/P lost to Monmouth-Roseville 37-0; St. Bede beat Sherrard 24-13.
Last year: SBA 27-26.
All-time series: SBA 14-1.
Radio: WSOG 88.1 FM.
Other area games
A/W (1-2) at Mercer County (2-1)
Fulton (2-1) at Rockridge (3-0)
Geneseo (2-1) at Rochelle (1-2)
Genoa-Kingston (3-0) at Mendota (0-3)
Kaneland (3-0) at Sterling (3-0)
Morrison (2-1) at Newman (2-1)
Ottawa (0-3) at L-P (2-1)
Riverdale (0-3) at Orion (3-0)
— Kevin Hieronymus