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Football: Preview capsules for Week 1 of 2013 season

Dixon at

Where: 500 S. Sunny Lane, Monmouth

When: 7:15 Friday

Radio: 1460 AM

AP rank: MR No. 6 3A

2012 record: Dixon 0-9; Monmouth-Roseville 8-3

Fast facts: Titans lost to Newman 26-14 in 3A second round in 2012. … MR running back Martel Hunter won 1A state track titles in the 200 (22.3) and 400 (49.27) and finished second in the 100 (10.97). … First time that Dixon has not played United Township in opener since 2005.

SVM pick: MR 7-0

Metamora at

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 94.3 FM

AP rank: Metamora No. 9 5A

2012 record: Metamora 7-3; Sterling 6-4

Last meeting: 2005, Sterling 34-20

Series streak: Sterling 1

Fast facts: Fourth time Warriors and Redbirds have played, including two quarterfinal playoff wins by Metamora in 1995 and 1999.

SVM pick: Metamora 5-2

Harvard at
Rock Falls

Where: Hinders Field, 500 15th Ave.

When: 7:15 Friday

Radio: 1240 AM

2012 record: Harvard 5-4; Rock Falls 3-6

Last meeting: 2012, Harvard 25-20

Series streak: Harvard 2

Fast facts: Harvard coach Tim Haak is starting his 29th season at school. … Harvard’s Christian Kramer rushed for 970 yards and 9 TDs in 2012. … Rock Falls has not won opening game since beating Dixon 38-15 in 2003.

SVM pick: Harvard 4-3

at Oregon

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

When: 7:15 Friday

Radio: 95.7 FM

2012 record: Momence 6-4; Oregon 2-7

Last meeting: 2012, Momence 40-21

Series streak: Momence 1

Fast facts: Momence will have to replace running back DeAndre Wright, who rushed for 6,151 yards and 99 TDs in 4 years. … Wright rushed for 246 yards against Hawks in 2012. … Hawks have lost 3 of last 4 season openers.

SVM pick: Oregon 4-3

Hall at
Bureau Valley

Where: 9154 County Road, Manlius

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 98.1 FM

2012 record: Hall 1-8; Bureau Valley 4-5

Last meeting: 2012, Bureau Valley 35-27

Series streak: BV 2

Fast facts: Hall lost leading rusher Landon Piccatto (956 yards, 12 TDs) to graduation. … Red Devils will depend on line led by 3-year starter Trevor Urnbanski (5-11, 235). ... Hall has not made playoffs since 2008.

SVM pick: BV 6-1

Kewanee at

Where: Wayne Hein Field, 435 6th Ave., Erie

When: 7:30 Friday

AP rank: EP rec. votes 3A

2012 record: Kewanee 1-8; EP 5-5

Last meeting: 2012, Erie-Prophetstown 41-0

Series streak: EP 1

Fast facts: Panthers qualified for playoffs for first time since 2003 last year. … Former defensive coordinator Tyler Nichols is new head coach for Boilermakers, replacing Chris Waca, who went 10-22 in 4 seasons with one playoff appearance.

SVM pick: EP 7-0

Orion at

Where: 1207 12th St., Fulton

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 1390 AM

2012 record: Orion 6-5, Fulton 4-5

Last meeting: NA

Fast facts: Fulton’s Austin Regenwether is area’s leading returning rusher after gaining 792 yards on an area-high 193 carries. … Orion upset Eastland-Pearl City in first round of 2A playoffs in 2012 before falling to Amboy 43-18. … Senior Blake Matson returns as QB for Chargers.

SVM pick: Orion 7-0

Princeton at

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

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: None

2012 record: Princeton 0-9; Morrison 6-4

Last meeting: None

Fast facts: Mustangs have 18 players listed on varsity roster. … Tigers could start with sophomores Jett Wedekind at running back and Jacob Reinhardt at quarterback. … Princeton has 13 seniors and six juniors on varsity roster.

SVM pick: Morrison 7-0

at Newman

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

When: 7:30 Saturday

Radio: 102.7 FM

AP rank: Rockridge rec. votes 2A; Newman No. 2 2A

2012 record: Rockridge 7-3; Newman 12-1

Last meeting: NA

Fast facts: Rockridge has gone 0-7 in playoff games since losing 1998 state title game. … QB Darren Southwell and RB Dalton McManus both rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year and both are back for Rockets.

SVM pick: Newman 7-0

St. Bede at Amboy

Where: The Harbor, 11 East Hawley St.

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 101.7 FM

AP rank: Amboy rec. votes 2A

2012 record: St. Bede 7-3; Amboy 9-3

Last meeting: 2012, St. Bede 20-14

Series streak: St. Bede 3

Fast facts: Bruins have five seniors on roster, only two of them are returning starters. … SB has held Amboy to 14 or fewer points in each of the last four meetings.

SVM pick: Amboy 5-2

West Carroll at Eastland-P.C.

Where: 500 School Dr., Lanark

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 100.3 FM (split)

AP rank: EPC No. 4 2A

2012 record: West Carroll 3-6; EPC 9-1

Last meeting: 2012, EPC 40-6

Series streak: EPC 6

Fast facts: West Carroll’s only wins over EPC came in 2005 (20-16) and 2006 (26-14). … Panthers return seven NUIC Northwest all-conference selections from conference title team.

SVM pick: EPC 7-0

at Warren

Where: 311 S. Walter St., Warren

When: 7 Friday

Radio: 100.3 (split)

2012 record: Milledgeville 1-8; Warren 5-5

Last meeting: 2012, Warren 55-20

Series streak: Warren 2

Fast facts: Warren improved from 0-9 in 2011 to 5-5 in 2012. … Warriors return five NUIC Upstate all-conference players, including quarterback Gavin Leverton. … Missiles have 38 players in program, including 13 returning starters.

SVM pick: Warren 7-0

at AFC

Where: Mel Barron Field, 318 E. South St., Franklin Grove

When: 7:30 Friday

2012 record: Aquin 8-2; AFC 5-4

Last meeting: 2012, Aquin 42-12

Series streak: Aquin 5

Fast facts: AFC has to replace Jake Kaecker and Andrew LeFevre, who accounted for a combined 2,233 rushing yards and 26 TDs in 2012. … AFC has beat Aquin two times in last 12 meetings, a 22-21 win in 2007 and a 20-8 win in 1996.

SVM pick: Aquin 6-1

Polo at
East Dubuque

Where: 200 Parklane Dr., East Dubuque

When: 7:30 Friday

AP rank: East Dubuque rec. votes 1A

2012 record: Polo 3-6 at East Dubuque 6-4

Last meeting: 2010, East Dubuque 41-20

Series streak: ED 3

Fast facts: Warriors return four all-conference players, including linemen Jonah Puls, Sam Tressel and Jonathon Voss. … Polo returns to NUIC Upstate after spending last two seasons in the NUIC Northwest.

SVM pick: ED 6-1

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