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High school football: Week 5 by the numbers

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 12:11 a.m. CDT

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Here are some of the numbers that explain Week 5 of the high school football season in the Sauk Valley.

1

That's how many Sauk Valley football teams that are playoff eligible after 5 weeks of the season. The Eastland-Pearl City Wildcatz (5-0) earned that spot with a 34-21 win over Lena-Winslow in a key NUIC Northwest game. EPC will look for win No. 6 against Polo (2-3) on Friday.

Newman (4-1) and Erie-Prophetstown (4-1) could become playoff eligible this week with wins.

69

That's how many teams around the state are 5-0 and, therefore, playoff eligible. In all, 256 teams will qualify for the playoffs. Conference champions earn automatic qualification.

5

That's how many area teams had homecoming games in Week 5. Only two of those teams won.

Sterling beat LaSalle-Peru 21-10 at Sterling Chevrolet Field at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Amboy knocked off Morrison 27-18.

Bureau Valley, Dixon and Rock Falls all lost homecoming games. The opponents in those three games combined for 161 points. Those three teams scored 61 points.

42.9

That's how many points per game the Bureau Valley Storm had averaged in games against Erie-Prophetstown over the last nine seasons. Only once during that span (2012) did the Storm score fewer than 40 points.

Erie-Prophetstown won Friday's game 42-29.

Erie-Prophetstown broke a 12-game losing streak to the Storm. The two communities of Erie and Prophetstown had a combined losing streak of 16 games to Bureau Valley.

1,066

That's how many rushing yards that Erie-Prophetstown's Nick Williams has threw five weeks of the season. That's an average of 213.2 yards per game. Williams also has 17 rushing touchdowns.

10

That's how many touchdowns that Rockford Lutheran sophomore James Robinson has scored against Sauk Valley teams Rock Falls and Oregon.

He had 393 yards of total offense and five touchdowns against the Rockets in a 66-45 win in Week 3.

On Friday, Robinson rushed for 253 yards and five touchdowns against Oregon. The Crusaders beat Oregon 48-14.

Robinson has 19 TDs for the season.

0.69

That's how many yards per rush the LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers managed against Sterling in Friday loss. They had 29 carries for 20 yards.

Quarterback Colby Sassano, who threw for 201 yards, rushed nine times for -32 yards.

The Cavs also had four costly turnovers.

50.4

That's how many points per game teams are scoring against the Rock Falls through five games this season.

Winnebago scored 21 points in each of the first three quarters in Friday's 63-32 win.

Rock Falls is averaging 31.6 points per game.

17

That's how many regular-season conference games that the Newman Comets have won in a row after Friday's 55-14 win over Fulton.

Newman's last loss in conference came in Week 4 of the 2011 season to St. Bede, when the two teams played in the Big Rivers.

The Comets have won 26 of their last 27 conference games.

2-0

That's the record of the Amboy Clippers in the Three Rivers North after losing their three Three Rivers conference crossover games to start the season. The Clippers are one of three teams undefeated in the conference. Erie-Prophetsown and Newman are both 3-0.

Amboy beat Morrison 27-18 on Friday.

The Clippers host Erie-Prophetstown in a key game on Friday night.

5

That's how many area teams picked up their fourth loss of the season on Friday.

Bureau Valley, Dixon, Fulton, Milledgeville and Rock Falls start the playoffs early, as they cannot lose another game this season and still qualify for the postseason.

AFC and West Carroll are both 0-5 and will not make the playoffs.

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