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High School Football: Week 1 preview capsules

Sterling at Metamora

Where: 101 W. Madison St., Metamora

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 94.3 FM

AP rank: Sterling rec. votes 5A; Metamora No. 9 5A

2013 record: Sterling 5-4, Metamora 4-5

Last meeting: 2013, Sterling 42-28

Series streak: Sterling 2

Fast facts: Senior Nick Holman returns for second year at QB for Metamora. ... Metamora missed playoffs for first time since 1993.

SVM pick: Sterling 4-2

at Oregon

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

When: 7 Friday

Radio: 95.7 FM

AP rank: Oregon rec. votes 3A

2013 record: Johnsburg 1-8, Oregon 6-5

Last meeting: 2005, Johnsburg 34-13

Series streak:
Johnsburg 4

Fast facts: Hawks have 21 players listed on varsity roster. ... Skyhawks broke a 25-game losing streak with win over Woodstock North.

SVM pick: Oregon 6-0

Rock Falls
at Harvard

Where: 1103 N.
Jefferson Street, Harvard

When: 7 Friday

Radio: 1240 AM

2013 record: Rock Falls 1-8, Harvard 11-1

Last meeting: 2013, Harvard 46-16

Series streak: Harvard 3

Fast facts: Havard coach Tim Haak retired after 29 seasons at end of 2013 season. … Sean Saylor beginning first season at Harvard. … RB Christian Kramer has rushed for 2,240 yards over last two seasons.

SVM pick: Harvard 6-0

at Dixon

Where: A.C. Bowers Field, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 1460 AM

AP rank: None

2013 record:
Monmouth-Roseville 3-6, Dixon 3-6

Last meeting: 2013, Dixon 36-14

Series streak: Dixon 1

Fast facts: Dukes playing in first season in Big Northern West. … Titans reached 3A quarterfinals in 2012, before struggling in 2013.

SVM pick: Dixon 6-0

Amboy at
St. Bede

Where: 24 W. U.S.
Highway 6, Peru

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 101.7 FM

AP rank: St. Bede rec. votes 3A

2013 record: Amboy 2-7, St. Bede 5-5

Last meeting: 2013, St. Bede 41-6

Series streak: SB 4

Fast facts: St. Bede coach John Bellino entering his 35th, and possibly final, season with a 170-157 record. … Bruins are short on numbers, with 18 players on varsity roster.

SVM pick: St. Bede 5-1

Bureau Valley
at Hall

Where: 800 W. Erie Street, Spring Valley

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 98.1 FM

AP rank: Hall rec. a vote 2A

2013 record: Bureau Valley 3-6, Hall 7-4

Last meeting: 2013, Bureau Valley 42-21

Series streak: Bureau Valley 3

Fast facts: Hall will rely on trio of running backs in senior Tyler Taber (5-9, 155) and juniors Chris Hammonds (5-7, 162) and Jake Merkel (5-10, 170).

SVM pick: Split 3-3

at Kewanee

Where: 1101 E. Third St., Kewanee

When: 7:45 Friday

AP rank: Erie-P’town rec. votes 3A

2013 record: EP 8-3, Kewanee 6-4

Last meeting: 2013, Erie-P’town 33-19

Series streak: EP 2

Fast facts: Boilermakers have made playoffs in two of last three seasons. … Coach Tyler Nichols is entering his second season at Kewanee. … EP’s graduated senior Nick Williams was SVM’s player of the year in 2013.

SVM pick: EP 5-1

at Orion

Where: 1100 13th St., Orion

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 1390 AM

2013 record: Fulton 5-4, Orion 4-5

Last meeting: 2013,
Fulton 42-20

Series streak: Fulton 1

Fast facts: Steamers were one of 10 schools with a 5-4 record in 2013 not to make playoff field. … Last playoff appearance came in 2007. … Chargers have not had consecutive losing seasons since 2000 (0-9) and 2001 (2-7).

SVM pick: Split 3-3

at Princeton

Where: 103 S. Euclid Ave, Princeton

When: 7:30 Friday

2013 record: Morrison 2-7, Princeton 0-9

Last meeting: 2013, Morrison 46-0

Series streak: Morrison 1

Fast facts: Tigers are on 20-game losing streak. … Last win came in Week 7 of 2011 season over Hall. … Junior QB Jacob Reinhardt threw for 882 yards and seven touchdowns last year. … Tigers were outscored 43-688 last year. … Mustangs have 19 players on roster.

SVM pick: Morrison 6-0

Newman at

Where: 14110 134th Ave. W., Taylor Ridge

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 102.7 FM

AP rank: Newman No. 1 2A; Rockridge No. 3 2A

2013 record: Newman 13-1, Rockridge 10-1

Last meeting: 2013, Rockridge 21-9

Series streak: Rockridge 1

Fast facts: Rockets won first playoff game last year since reaching state title game in 1998. … Rockridge lost all-state players Darren Southwell (QB/LB) and Dalton McManus (RB/DB).

SVM pick: Newman 6-0

AFC at

Where: 1419 S. Galena Ave., Freeport

When: 7:30 Friday

AP rank: Aquin No. 9 1A

2013 record: AFC 1-8, Aquin 7-4

Last meeting: 2013, Aquin 34-14

Series streak: Aquin 6

Fast facts: Bulldogs have made playoffs in six straight seasons. … Aquin won 1A state title in 1981, 1986, and 2005. … Raiders return starting quarterback Jacob Hilliker, who threw for 377 yards and two TDs in 2013.

SVM pick: Aquin 6-0

East Dubuque
at Polo

Where: 100 S.Union Ave., Polo

When: 7:30 Friday

2013 record: East Dubuque 7-3, Polo 4-5

Last meeting: 2013, East Dubuque 33-6

Series streak: East Dubuque 4

Fast facts: East Dubuque has made playoffs in five consecutive seasons after only qualifying twice between 1976 and 2008. … Brody Grobe rushed for 327 yards and threw for 545 as the Marcos’ QB last year.

SVM pick: ED 4-2

Warren at


Where: Floyd Daub Field, 100 E. 8th St.

When: 7:30 Friday

2013 record: Warren 3-6, Milledgeville 3-6

Last meeting: 2013, Milledgeville 30-15

Series streak:
Milledgeville 1

Fast facts: Warren went 5-5 in 2012, before struggling in 2013. … Jordan Harris returns for second year as QB for Missiles. He threw for 697 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. …
Missiles have a total of six wins since 2008 semifinal appearance. SVM pick: M’ville 6-0

Eastland-P.C. at West Carroll

Where: 500 Cragmoor, Savanna

When: 7:30 Friday

Radio: 100.3 FM

AP rank: EPC. No. 7 2A

2013 record: EPC 10-1, West Carroll 3-6

Last meeting: 2013, EPC 65, West Carroll 6

Series streak: EPC 7

Fast facts: Wildcatz have won 15 straight NUIC Northwest games, including last two division titles. … EPC returns leading passer (Deven Heeren, 1,077 yards), rusher (Eric Schaney, 1,171) and receiver (Donny Groezinger, 494).

SVM pick: EPC 6-0

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