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Football: Week 1 in the books – at last

Published: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 11:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 5:10 p.m. CDT
(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Dixon's Kyle LeBlanc (30) tackles Monmouth-Roseville's Dee Coleman during their Week 1 game Friday night at A.C. Bowers Field. The Dukes won 25-0, posting their first shutout since Week 1 of the 2011 season.

The first week of the high school football season has come to a conclusion ... finally.

Despite Mother Nature’s best attempt at throwing a wrench into the plan, here are some important numbers of note from seasp openers around the area:


That’s the number of minutes between the second quarter and the third quarter at Landers-Loomis Field, where Oregon took on Johnsburg.

With a long lightning delay stopping play with 42 seconds left in the second quarter Friday, Oregon school officials decided to consider the lightning delay as halftime, and play a second half lasting 24 minutes and 42 seconds long. The break between the quarters was 1 minute.


That’s the number of games involving area teams that were postponed until Saturday.

Milledgeville, Morrison, and Polo each had to suit up one more time. Only Polo came away with a win, beating East Dubuque 40-14 in Polo.

Milledgeville’s 2-day adventure didn’t fare so well, falling 18-7 at Floyd Daub Field to Warren.

Morrison’s journey didn’t turn out so well, either. The Mustangs traveled a total of 224 miles to Princeton and back, twice, only to open their season with a 35-7 loss to the Tigers.


That’s the number of hours it took from a 7 p.m. kickoff to the end of Rock Falls’ 41-0 loss at Harvard.

Like last year, the game ended just past midnight. With the Rockets traveling a whopping 186 miles round-trip, keeping the game running without interruption was imperative.


Consecutive wins for Newman, after avenging last year’s loss to Rockridge with a 20-14 win on Friday.

The Comets rounded out last year with 13 straight wins en route to a Class 2A state championship. This is the longest football winning streak in the area.


That’s the number of games since Dixon last notched a shutout before its 25-0 win at A.C. Bowers Field against Monmouth-Roseville. The Dukes allowed just 52 yards of total offense, and recovered four Titan fumbles.

The Dave Smith era began at Dixon in Week 1 of the 2011 season with a 26-0 win over United Township at East Moline’s Soule Bowl. Three years and 3 days later, the Dukes opened another new era with a win: Competing as a Big Northern Conference school.


That’s the number of points scored by Eastland-Pearl City in its shutout at West Carroll.

The Wildcatz now have four 60-plus-point games in the past 10 seasons, two of them occurring last season. However, the plentiful point total put forth on Friday falls 12 short of the school record of 74, achieved in a loss to Aquin in 2002.

Newman and Oregon have three 60-plus-point games in the past ten seasons.


That’s the number of yards gained by Fulton’s offense in the second half in its loss to Orion.

The Charger defense stuffed the Steamers all throughout the first half, posting a total of -8 yards. Touchdown runs made up 131 yards of the Steamers’ output. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Sweenie played a part in each of them, with rushes of 46 and 40 yards, and throwing a 45-yard completion to senior Jason Osborn.

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