How many miles would Polo have to drive to play their Week 3 opponent?
That 502-mile road trip turned into 0 for the Marcos, as flooding in Edwardsville gave the Metro-East Lutheran Knights a second long road trip in as many years into western Ogle County. Not only did Polo save a long road trip, but it made the best of a favorable situation this past Friday with a 49-12 win.
Amboy also had road trip miles shaved from its total. The Clippers were guests of West Carroll’s at a different location; W.F. Massey Field in Savanna had standing water, so the game was moved to the Lions Athletic Complex in Mount Carroll. One of four trips of more than 100 round trip miles for the Clippers, the Week 3 round-trip distance was shortened to 102 miles, and the Clippers made the most of their trip with a 28-26 win over the Thunder.
Here are some more numbers of note from Week 3, when local teams went 8-7:
Each of the 11 games involving local teams had a scoreless first quarter by one of the teams playing.
Dixon, Eastland-Pearl City, Fulton, Milledgeville, Polo and Sterling all scored in the first quarter and didn’t allow a point by their opponents in the first 12 minutes. Morrison and Kewanee were scoreless after one quarter until the Mustangs scored 18 unanswered to win. Amboy trailed West Carroll 6-0 after one quarter before coming back to get a narrow win.
Newman’s 20-17 loss Saturday to Orion had three field goals, the most in a game with a local team since 2006.
Ryan Fowler’s 18-yard kick with 7:06 left in the game gave the Chargers the win. Fowler had a 30-yard boot in the second quarter; Nate Ahlers had Newman’s lone field goal, with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.
Sterling’s Raciel Ocampo hit three field goals in a 2006 win over Lemont.
The last time four field goals were kicked in a local game was in 1999. Craig Murray kicked field goals of 24, 28, 37, and 25 yards for Mount Carroll to beat Milledgeville 19-16 in overtime.
Polo’s Brady Webb joins Sterling’s Marquez Williams as the only players to score five touchdowns in a game through the season’s first 3 weeks.
Webb had rushing TDs of 2, 1, 23 and 23 by halftime of the Marcos’ win over Metro-East Lutheran. Webb added an 80-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
Current Polo assistant coach Brooks Grobe was the last Marco to score five times in a game; he had TD rushes of 16, 48, 32 and 63 yards, and an 11-yard reception, in a Week 8 win against Aquin in 2015.
It’s been 9 years since Newman last lost a regular-season road game.
Orion dealt Newman a rare regular season loss at Roscoe Eades Stadium; the Comets had just three regular-season defeats coming into that game since winning a state championship in 2010. Each of the three games were at home.
Bureau Valley defeated Newman 34-6 in Week 8 of the 2009 season in Manlius. The Comets have won each of their regular season road games since.
Stockton was the lone NUIC Upstate team that had not been defeated by Milledgeville in Jason Wroble’s tenure as head coach.
Consider that streak broken, as the Missiles beat the Blackhawks for the first time in 10 years, 34-8.
Milledgeville and Stockton opened up the 2008 season against one another; the Missiles won that game 46-0 en route to a 1A state semifinal season.
Wilmington has been a tough 3A playoff opponent for local teams over the years, but this is the first season the Wildcats have started 1-2 in 17 years.
Coal City and Lisle have wins this season over the Wildcats – who have had 11 unbeaten regular seasons since 1996, and just two regular-season losses from 2013-17.
Morrison is off to a 2-1 start, and found another way to do something it hadn’t done since the last time the Mustangs made the playoffs.
The Mustangs broke a 46-game streak of non-shutout games with its 18-0 win over Kewanee. The last Morrison shutout prior to that was in a 46-0 Week 1 win over Princeton in 2013.
That was the point differential in wins for Northern Illinois Big 12 West teams Sterling, Rochelle and LaSalle-Peru in victories over Western Big 6 teams.
Sterling scored its second straight running clock win over Alleman – the Golden Warriors’ third such win this season – with a score of 42-7. The Hubs beat Galesburg 36-8, and the Cavaliers defeated Untied Township 35-0.
The NIB-12 West is 11-4 against Western Big 6 opponents since 2015: Sterling has beaten Alleman 4 years in a row, and Geneseo split its nonconference games against Big 6 opponents against Galesburg and Moline this season – the Maroons and Quincy have wins against Geneseo in this span. Rock Island has not played a NIB-12 West opponent since beating the Cavs 52-7 in 2008.