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High School Football: Preview Capsules for Week 14

Dixon at Ottawa

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: King Field, 211 E. Main St., Ottawa

Radio: 1460 AM

AP Rank: Ottawa No. 8 6A 

NIB-12 West: Dixon 0-2, Ottawa 2-0

Last week: LaSalle-Peru 53, Dixon 14; Ottawa 35, Geneseo 14

Last meeting: 2011, Ottawa 28-7

Series streak: Ottawa 3

Key to game: The Dukes will need to stop Ottawa running back Michael Hermosillo. The University of Illinois-bound senior has rushed for 1,189 yards and 18 touchdowns.

SVM pick: Ottawa 5-0

Geneseo at Sterling

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

Radio: 94.3 FM

NIB-12 West: Geneseo 1-1, Sterling 2-0

Last week: Ottawa 35, Geneseo 14; Sterling 34, Streator 15

Last meeting: 2011, Sterling 35-21

Series streak: Sterling 2

Key to game: The Warriors will key on Geneseo quarterback Luke Snyder, who can burn teams with his arm while also being dangerous running the veer option.

SVM pick: Sterling 3-2

Rock Falls at Mendota

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 2300 W. Main St., Mendota

Radio: 1240 AM

Big Northern West: Rock Falls 0-4, Mendota 0-3

Last week: Stillman Valley 63, Rock Falls 27; Lutheran 56, Mendota 13

Last meeting: 2010, Mendota 19-7

Series streak: Mendota 4

Key to game: The Rockets are still looking for first win in the BNC, and they could get it against a former NCIC-mate. Again, the Rock Falls defense has to improve to pull this one out. 

SVM pick: Rock Falls 5-0

Winnebago at Oregon

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Landers-Loomis Field, 210 South 10th St.

Radio: 95.7 FM

AP Rank: Winnebago No. 8 3A

Big Northern West: Winnebago 2-1; Oregon 0-3

Last week: Winnebago 28, Genoa-Kingston 7; Byron 41, Oregon 14

Last meeting: 2011, Winnebago 14-12

Series streak: Bago 1

Key to game: The Indians’ offense can do a little bit of everything, which will be a big test for the Hawks’ defense.

SVM pick: Winnebago 5-0

Erie-P’town at Kewanee

When: 7:45 p.m. Friday

Where: 1101 E. Third St., Kewanee

Big Rivers: Same as overall

Last week: E-P 56, Hall 26; Newman 42, Kewanee 0

Last meeting: 2011, Kewanee 22-0

Series streak: Kewanee 1

Key to game: The Panthers have been rolling and need this win to become playoff eligible before finishing the season with tough games against Newman and St. Bede.

SVM pick: EP 4-1

Fulton at Bureau Valley

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: 9154 County Road, Manlius

Radio: 1390 AM, 98.1 FM

Big Rivers: Same as overall

Last week: St. Bede 35, Fulton 18; Bureau Valley 34, Riverdale 6

Last meeting: 2011, Fulton 34-14

Series streak: Fulton 1

Key to game: Fulton has stayed close to the top Big Rivers teams, but has not been able to pull off the upset. BV wants a fifth win before playing Amboy and Morrison to wrap up the season. 

SVM pick: BV 5-0

Hall at Newman

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

Radio: 102.7 FM

AP Rank: Newman No. 2 3A 

Big Rivers: Same as overall

Last week: Erie-Prophetstown 56, Hall 26; Newman 42, Kewanee 0

Last meeting: 1st meeting

Key to game: The Comets have scored 95 points the last 2 weeks, with Nick Rude emerging as one of the area’s finest running backs. Hall has struggled on defense. 

SVM pick: Newman 5-0

Riverdale at Morrison

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Bud Cole Field, 643 Genesee Ave., Morrison

Big Rivers: Same as overall

Last week: Bureau Valley 34, Riverdale 6; Amboy 24, Morrison 12

Last meeting: 2011, Morrison 32-20

Series streak: Morrison 11

Key to game: The Mustangs need a win to get back on track after losing two games in a row for the first time since 2004. The Rams are dressing fewer than 20 players. 

SVM pick: Morrison 5-0

St. Bede at Amboy

When: 7:30 p.m. 

Where: The Harbor, 11 East Hawley St.

Radio: 101.7 FM

AP Rank: Amboy rec. votes 2A 

Big Rivers: Same as overall

Last week: St. Bede 35, Fulton 18; Amboy 24, Morrison 12

Last meeting: 2011, St. Bede 37-13

Series streak: St. Bede 2

Key to game: The Clippers turned a corner with a big win at Morrison last week. They need to avoid any letdown to keep pace with Newman.

SVM pick: Amboy 5-0

Eastland-P.C. at South Beloit

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: 245 Prairie Hill Rd., South Beloit

AP Rank: EPC tied for 8th in 2A 

NUIC Northwest: EPC 5-0, South Beloit 1-5

Last week: EPC 28, East Dubuque 0; Galena 28, South Beloit 6

Last meeting: 2011, EPC 42-6

Series streak: EPC 7

Key to game: The Wildcatz are coming off of big wins over Lena-Winslow and East Dubuque. They need to avoid a letdown against a struggling South Beloit squad.  

SVM pick: EPC 5-0

Forreston at West Carroll

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: 500 Cragmoor St., Savanna

AP Rank: Forreston No. 7 in 1A

NUIC Northwest: Forreston 4-1, West Carroll 2-3

Last week: Lena-Winslow 34, Forreston 20; Dakota 32, West Carroll 18

Last meeting: 2011, Forrreston 60-12

Series streak: Forreston 2

Key to game: The Cardinals will be looking to take out their frustrations from their first loss on the Thunder. West Carroll has to convert turnovers into points.

SVM pick: Forreston 5-0

Polo at Lena-Winslow

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: 516 Fremont St., Lena

AP Rank: Lena-Winslow No. 4 1A 

NUIC Northwest: Polo 1-4, Lena-Winslow 5-1

Last week: Polo 56, Pecatonica 6; Lena-Winslow 34, Forreston 20

Last meeting: 2011, Le-Win 54-0

Series streak: Le-Win 1

Key to game: Polo earned its first NUIC Northwest win last week against Pecatonica and now will take a crack at one of the top teams in Class 1A.

SVM pick: Le-Win 5-0

AFC at Orangeville

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: 201 S. Orange St., Orangeville 

NUIC Upstate: AFC 2-3, Orangeville 1-4

Last week: Aquin 42, AFC 12; Stockton 59, Orangeville 14

Last meeting: 2011, AFC 32-21

Series streak: AFC 1

Key to game: This is a must win for the Raiders’ playoff hopes. Orangeville has to stop backs Andrew LeFevre and Jake Kaecker. 

SVM pick: AFC 5-0

Stockton at Milledgeville

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Floyd Daub Field, 100 East 8th Street

Radio: 100.3 FM

AP Rank: Stockton No. 1 1A 

NUIC Upstate: Stockton 6-0; Milledgeville 1-4

Last week: Stockton 59, Orangeville 14; Milledgeville 39, Durand 20

Last meeting: 2011, Stockton 48-6

Series streak: Stockton 3

Key to game: The Missiles snapped a 25-game losing streak last week, and their reward is a matchup with the No. 1 ranked team in 1A. Another win is improbable here, but keeping it close for a half would continue to boost the Missiles’ confidence. 

SVM pick: Stockton 5-0

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