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High school football: Preview capsules for Week 8

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 11:54 p.m. CST

Dixon at Sterling

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 94.3 FM, 1460 AM

NIB-12 West: Dixon 1-2, Sterling 1-2

Last week: Ottawa 49, Dixon 21; Geneseo 38, Sterling 19

Last meeting: 2012, Sterling 38-0

Series streak: Sterling 11

FYI: Sterling needs to win to remain in playoff hunt. Warriors have qualified for playoffs in 11 straight seasons. … Sterling has outscored Dixon 181-6 in the last four meetings.

SVM pick: Sterling 6-1

Mendota at Oregon

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

When: 7 Friday

Radio: 95.7 FM

BNC West: Mendota 1-3, Oregon 1-3

Last week: Mendota 57, Rock Falls 34; Winnebago 28, Oregon 7

Last meeting: 2012, Oregon 41-14

Series streak: Oregon 4

FYI: Mendota scored 50 points in first half against Rock Falls last week. … Hawks need to win last two games to make playoffs. Oregon has not won consecutive games since Weeks 7-8 of 2011 season.

SVM pick: Oregon 5-2

Rock Falls at Burlington Central

Where: 44W625 Plato Rd., Burlington

When: 7 Friday

Radio: 1240 AM

Last week: Mendota 57, Rock Falls 34; Richmond-Burton 14, BC 13, OT

Last meeting: 2012, Rock Falls 29-21

Series streak: RF 1

FYI: Burlington Central has lost two close games to playoff-bound teams. It lost to Harvard (7-0) 17-13 in Week 4, then lost 14-13 in overtime to Richmond-Burton (5-2) last week. … Each of Rock Falls’ last five opponents have scored more than 50 points.

SVM pick: BC 6-1

Amboy at Fulton

Where: 1207 12th St.

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 101.7 FM, 1390 AM

Three Rivers North: Amboy 2-2, Fulton 1-3

Last week: Bureau Valley 36, Amboy 28; Fulton 57, Riverdale 6

Last meeting: 2012, Amboy 42-30

Series streak: Amboy 11

FYI: Close losses to Hall (28-21) and Bureau Valley (36-28) have cost Amboy chance at making playoffs. … Fulton’s last win over Amboy was a 21-20 win in 2001. … Fulton scored a rushing TD, a passing TD and a defensive TD in the first quarter last week.

SVM pick: Fulton 6-1

Bureau Valley at Riverdale

Where: 9622 256th St. North, Port Byron

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 98.1 FM

AP rank: None

Three Rivers North: BV 2-2, Riverdale 0-4

Last week: BV 36, Amboy 28; Fulton 57, Riverdale 6

Last meeting: 2012, BV 34-6

Series streak: BV 1

FYI: Riverdale is allowing 47 points per game while only scoring 11 points. … BV’s Parker Neuhalfen rushed for 236 yards and 3 TDs against Amboy. ... BV needs a win to stay playoff eligible.

SVM pick: BV 7-0

Erie-P’town at Morrison

Where: Bud Cole Field, 643 Genesee Ave.

When: 7:30 Friday

AP rank: EP rec. votes 3A

Three Rivers North: EP 4-1, Morrison 1-3

Last week: Newman 54, EP 38; Rockridge 47, Morrison 7

Last meeting: 2012, EP 29-28

Series streak: EP 1

FYI: Panthers beat Morrison last year on Zach Inskeep’s 2-yard run with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter. … Morrison trying to avoid first five-game losing streak since 2001. … EP trying to secure second straight playoff berth.

SVM pick: EP 6-1

Newman at Sherrard

Where: 4701 176th Ave.

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 102.7 FM

AP rank: Newman No. 6 2A

Last week: Newman 54, Erie-Prophetstown 38; Kewanee 32, Sherrard 26

Last meeting: 2009, Newman 9-6

Series streak: Newman 1

FYI: 2009 win was part of three straight tight 3A playoff games for Comets. They beat Sherrard in the first round, and followed that with a 9-0 win over Oregon. In the quarters, they lost 21-20 to Stillman Valley.

SVM pick: Newman 7-0

Galena at West Carroll

Where: 500 Cragmoor, Savanna

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 100.3 FM

AP rank: Galena rec. votes 1A

NUIC Northwest: Galena 4-2, West Carroll 1-4

Last week: Galena 15, Lena-Winslow 14; West Carroll 54, Lexington 38

Last meeting: 2012, Galena 50-7

Series streak: Galena 3

FYI: Galena stunned Lena-Winslow with a 90-yard halfback pass from Tyler Williard to Alex Peebles to take the lead in the fourth quarter last week.

SVM pick: Galena 7-0

South Beloit at Eastland-P.C.

Where: 110 South Summit, Pearl City

When: 7:30 Friday

AP rank: EPC No. 4 2A

NUIC Northwest: South Beloit 1-4; EPC 5-0

Last week: South Beloit 26, River Ridge 7; EPC 61, Durand 7

Last meeting: 2012, EPC 49-0

Series streak: EPC 8

FYI: EPC has scored 273 more points than South Beloit this season. … South Beloit has not scored more than 14 points against Wildcatz in last eight meetings dating back to 1998.

SVM pick: EPC 7-0

AFC at Warren

Where: 311 S. Walter St., Warren

When: 7 Friday

Radio: None

NUIC Upstate: AFC 1-5, Warren 1-5

Last week: East Dubuque 43, AFC 6; Stockton 14, Warren 6

Last meeting: 2012, Warren 39-22

Series streak: Warren 1

FYI: Warren QB Gavin Leverton completed 14 of 19 attempts for 157 yards in 8-point loss to top-ranked Stockton. Devin Pax was his favorite target, catching five passes for 61 yards.

SVM pick: Warren 4-3

East Dubuque at Milledgeville

Where: Floyd Daub Field, 100 E. Eighth St.

When: 7:30 Friday

NUIC Upstate: ED 4-2; Milledgeville 2-4

Last week: East Dubuque 43, AFC 6; Milledgeville 30, Aquin 26

Last meeting: 2012, ED 54-6

Series streak: ED 4

FYI: Missiles coming off biggest program win in four seasons against state-ranked Aquin. … Daniel Walker rushed for 193 yards and 2 TDs in that win. … East Dubuque lost to Aquin 38-32 in OT in Week 4.

SVM pick: ED 7-0

Polo at River Ridge

Where: 414 IL Route 84 South, Hanover

When: 7 Friday

NUIC Upstate: Polo 3-3, River Ridge 4-2

Last week: Polo 42, Orangeville 6; South Beloit 26, River Ridge 7

Last meeting: None

Series streak: – 

FYI: Polo is averaging 46 points in games it wins, but only 15 in losses. … Polo is 0-3 against teams with winning records. … Marcos have five players with more than 180 rushing yards, and three of those have more than 300 yards.

SVM pick: Polo 7-0

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