Lena - In a rematch of last year's Class 1A quarterfinal game that Le-Win won 57-14, this year Le-Win was matched up with the Eagles in the first round in Lena. Coming out of the Metro Suburban Blue conference with perennial powers Immaculate Conception, Bishop McNamara, and St. Francis, it can be hard to get a gauge on what Aurora Christian can do, especially considering they had a close game with Bishop McNamara who was the reigning Class 4A runner-up. It would not take lon
Heading into the first round of the IHSA playoffs, Le-Win Head Coach Ric Arand is on the verge of his 200th career win. Finishing the regular season at 9-0 has propelled Arand's record to 199-63, and he sits in 2nd place all-time in the NUIC behind his former coach and mentor, John O'Boyle, who accumulated 279 wins at Stockton after 35 seasons on the sidelines. Coach Arand has passed his former coach in state title victories, but O'Boyle still has him on state title game appe
Pecatonica - In late October you begin to feel that cool, crisp weather come in, and on a very still night under the lights the excitement of an NUIC North showdown between the Panthers and the Rivermen was about to get underway. Le-Win entered the game ranked #1 in state, and heavily favored over the Rivermen. Du-Pec was not going to back down as they wanted to show what type of mettle they have. It wouldn't take long for this game to look out of control early on. Forcing th
Forreston - A great year of regular season football is wrapping up this week. The past two weeks have cleared up some of the questions that were outstanding in the NUIC South, as well as where teams will fall in the potential post-season 1A rankings and brackets. However, one big question that remains unanswered is whether or not EPC will be a part of that postseason. The Catz are 4-4 losing tough match-ups to Du-Pec, West Carroll, Dakota, and Aquin. Three of those teams are
Seasons come and go and things often change drastically. This couldn’t be more true between 2018 and 2019. Last year the Dakota Indians met the Stockton Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs and won with ease, 48-8. This year the Dakota Indians needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Stockton received the opening kick and didn’t take long to deliver the first punch of the night. After gains of 14 and 13 by Jason Hermann, it was a 30 yard touchd