Total football enrollments for Eastland-Pearl City and West Carroll, respectively, the two biggest schools in the “big half” of the NUIC.
E-PC’s winning percentage since 2000 (94-42). That stretch includes 12 playoff trips in 13 seasons, and a 45-18 mark (.714) under seventh-year coach Randy Asche.
West Carroll’s winning percentage (28-39) since the school consolidated from Mount Carroll, Savanna and Thomson in 2005. That includes three straight trips to the playoffs in the first 3 years, but none since.
Miles from Lanark to Monmouth, the distance the Wildcatz will travel for their lone non-NUIC game this fall against Monmouth-Roseville. It will be a Saturday afternoon game in Week 2.
Miles from Savanna to Lexington, site of the Thunder’s lone non-NUIC contest. It will also be a Saturday afternoon game, but this one’s in Week 7.
Consecutive games lost by Savanna, from 1996-2002, before co-oping with Mount Carroll in 2003. The new co-op, which first used the name Thunder, won its first game in 2003.
Playoff teams from West Carroll, including the combined history of Mount Carroll (4) and Savanna (1).
Playoff teams from Eastland, Lanark (1) and Pearl City (2). Fourteen of those appearances have come since Eastland and Pearl City started their football co-op in 1995.
State championships won by schools in the NUIC Northwest. Dakota (2005, ’07, ’11) and Galena (1997, 2003, ’07) have three each, with Lena-Winslow adding the other in 2010. There have also been two runner-up finishes: Galena in 1999 and Durand in 1985.
That many NUIC Northwest schools have animal mascots: Durand Bulldogs, E-PC Wildcatz, Forreston Cardinals and Le-Win Panthers. Three others (Dakota Indians, Galena Pirates, South Beloit SoBos) are human, while West Carroll is the only one with a nickname taken from Mother Nature (Thunder) – in either half of the conference.