WEEK 1 CAPSULES
Ok. Is it just me or is there a deja vu feeling. I guess that’s what happens when the NIC-10 schedule rotates and that rotation sets up rematches from the last games of 2012. Just think, for those teams that didn’t make the playoffs, it’s like playing back to back!
NTA GAME OF THE WEEK
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Boylan (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)
LAST YEAR: Boylan beat Auburn 60-6 in Coach Dan Appino’s return to Titan Stadium. It was an ugly finish to the regular season, but considering Auburn had made the playoffs and won 5 more games in the season than they had in the previous several years COMBINED, it wasn’t the nightmare that it could have been made out to be.
THIS YEAR: Auburn hosts the Titans in what is destined to be a PACKED stadium. The Knights have had a year under Appino and will be highly motivated to show that they can hang with the Titans and that they are here in the NIC-10 and playoff picture to stay. Auburn’s Marcus Trautmann and Boylan’s Brock Stull both are experienced QB’s but Trautmann finally experienced how to lead a winner last year. How MUCH
confidence and how much Auburn could continue to improve could both be measured when they take on a heavyweight in week one.
Freeport (0-0) at Harlem (0-0)
LAST YEAR: Harlem marched into the Pretzel’s house and overtook them 57-12. The Pretzels had their problems with the “Big 3” as Harlem, Hononegah, and Boylan all took them to the woodshed.
THIS YEAR: The Freeport rushing attack needs to play on its strengths. Steve McShane and Qavean Meeks combined to rush for over 1500 yards last year. They will need some good ball control and clock control to make sure they stay in the game. Harlem will rely on its sizable line to block as Tanner DiGiovanni takes over the QB position and the team adjusts to some new skill players.
Belvidere North (0-0) at Belvidere (0-0)
LAST YEAR: Belvidere beat their in-town rivals 21-13 to clinch a playoff spot with their 5th win (which they also had to do in 2011).
THIS YEAR: The rivalry game moves to Week One. Both teams enter the game with new coaches. Both teams will rely on the experience of players who have multiple years of varsity experience already as Jace Bankord QB’s the Blue Thunder and Maurice Jackson returns to run the ball for the Bucs. The Thunder will not have to worry about the Bucs clinching a playoff against them but they would like to pull off a relative upset of their cross-town rivals anyway.
East (0-0) at Hononegah (0-0)
LAST YEAR: The Indians ended their season with a 41-7 blasting of the E-Rabs in a playoff tune-up which would see them winning their first playoff game and heading into the second round.
THIS YEAR: Having 4 of the top 5 rushers in a conference is good. Having several of them returning is even better. The Indians begin the year with something to prove and goals of going deep into the playoffs. The E-Rabs Jacob Benson led the conference
in yards but also in interceptions. He must adapt to not having all-conference receiver Austin Young and also keep the ball in the hands of guys in red and black uniforms.
Jefferson (0-0) at Guilford (0-0)
LAST YEAR: Jefferson stunned the disappointed Vikings 41-33. The Vikings were shell shocked and ended the year 3-6 after ending a playoff streak with a 4-5 record in 2011 (which also ended with an upset loss to the J-Hawks).
THIS YEAR: Both teams look to rebound and rebuild. This game could be a springboard or a building block for these two RPS schools looking to follow Auburn back into glory.
Winnebago (0-0) at Rockford Christian (0-0)
LAST YEAR: ‘Bago thumped the Rockford Christian team 49-19 to begin their season.
THIS YEAR: Bago travels to the shorthanded Rockford Christian (the team doesn’t field a JV) for the only inter-conference game as their conference foes all play out of town (or even out-of-state) opponents before getting down to Big Northern business. Bago
returns the star of their running attack Fred Mosby, and look to pound the ball and run over RC or any other team that tries to get in their way.
Chicago Walther Lutheran (0-0) at Rockford Lutheran (0-0)
LAST YEAR: Rockford Lutheran traveled to Melrose Park and began their “comeback” season with a 71-34 blasting of Walther (yes, you read that right and no this isn’t our basketball preview).
THIS YEAR: New QB Kendall Lawson and now-sophomore RB James Robinson look to get off on the right foot in this non-conference match up. The Crusaders hope for a similar result as last year as they head into the Big Northern Conference which won’t take them lightly or be surprised by them this year. Byron, Stillman Valley, and Winnebago will all be watching from a distance and waiting for their turns at the Crusaders.
Other games include North Boone (0-0) vs. Clinton WI (0-0)
Oregon (0-0) vs Momence (0-0)
Byron (0-0) vs Nekoosa WI (0-0)
Stillman Valley (0-0) vs Tinley Park (0-0)
Christian Life (0-0) vs Ottawa Marquette (0-0)