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Football: By the numbers for Week 8 of the high school football season

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Sterling's Blake Hall (66) celebrates a fumble recovery Friday night against Dixon. In order for the Golden Warriors to celebrate a 12th straight postseason berth, they'll need to beat Ottawa on Friday and get help from other teams.

Here are some numbers that help explain Week 8 of the high school football season.

122

That’s how many times Sterling and Dixon met in football after Friday’s 48-21 victory by the Golden Warriors. Sterling leads the all-time series 73-35-14.

With the Dukes leaving for the Big Northern West next school year, it could be the last time the teams meet. They have played each other in every season since 1899.

75

That’s how many pass receptions Austin Donoho has this season after catching 12 in the Rockets’ 41-24 loss Friday.

Donoho had 143 yards and a touchdown in the game, running his season total to 769 receiving yards and seven TDs.

10

Donoho has more receiving yards than that many area teams have total passing yards.

1

That many Oregon Hawks are listed as weighing 250 or more pounds.

The Mendota Trojans had four starting offensive lineman weighing more than 250 pounds Friday.

The size didn’t help, as the Hawks dominated the line of scrimmage in a 35-20 win.

394

That’s how many points the undefeated Eastland-Pearl City Wildcatz have scored this season after a 53-13 win over South Beloit on Friday.

The total points is 30 more than any other Sauk Valley team. Newman is second with 364. Erie-Prophetstown is third with 302.

EPC also has allowed the fewest points at 96. Newman has allowed 110 and Polo 162.

109

That’s how many points the AFC Raiders have scored this season after a 39-14 loss to Warren on Friday. It is the fewest points scored by a team in the area.

Morrison has the second-lowest total of 111, and Dixon is third-lowest at 126.

2

That many area teams have at least a share of a conference title after 8 weeks.

Newman is 6-0 in the Three Rivers North. If the Comets beat Amboy on Friday, they’ll win the title outright. A loss would slip them into a tie with Erie-Prophetstown.

Eastland-Pearl City is 6-0 in the NUIC Northwest. Forreston is second at 5-1, and the teams play Friday in Forreston.

38

That’s how many playoff points it took last year for teams to qualify for the playoffs with a 5-4 record. Playoff points are determined by the number of wins by opponents on a team’s schedule.

In 2011, that number was 40. It was 39 in 2010, and 38 in 2009.

4

That’s how many teams in the area will be trying to win their fifth game on Friday. Here’s where they stand, in terms of playoff points heading into Friday, and how many points they could end up with.

Oregon has 45 points. A win would almost guarantee them a spot. They could end up with 51 points. Oregon has the second-most playoff points of any 4-4 team in the state.

Polo has 38 points. Like Oregon, they assuredly would get in with a win over Warren. The Marcos could end up with 43 points. They’ll likely have to do without QB Brody Grobe, who left last week’s game with a knee injury.

Sterling has 32 points right now. The most points it can end up with is 38.

Fulton is at 31 points. The most points it can get is 36.

Both Sterling and Fulton need to win, and will need to get a lot of help from teams they have played this season – and from dozens of teams around the state – to make it in.

163

That many teams have clinched playoff spots by either winning a conference title or winning six or more games. That leaves 93 unclaimed playoffs spots.

There are 55 teams with 5-3 records going into this week.

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