Stockton - For all the success that these two conference rivals have had throughout the years, they were only meeting up for the 4th time in the playoffs. Ironically, all those match-ups have come in the 2nd round, and Aquin has won them all. After meeting in week 2, where Aquin won 40-22 convincingly, there was something about this game that had the feeling it was going to be a good one. The Blackhawks would strike first with 6:02 to play in the 1st quarter as Jason Hermann
Princeville - In a very interesting matchup in round 1, the 11th ranked Blackhawks traveled to #6 Princeville. Looking at the seeds, one might think that the Princes had the upper hand. When one breaks down the numbers on opponents, this looks like a game that favors the lesser seed. On Saturday in Princeville you knew it would be a good game, as Princeville was meeting with its 4th NUIC opponent in the past 4 seasons. Traditionally a power run team in a wing and double wing
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
Galena - A game featuring the two oldest teams in the conference was a game that also saw the revitalization of a rivalry, as Stockton and Galena would face off for the first time since the 2015 playoffs. Both teams combine for over 1,100 wins, which ranks them 1 and 2 all-time in conference history. The Blackhawks would slowly take control of the game, as they put away the Pirates 26-0 to improve to 3-1. After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Hawks would score with 5:43 left in
Freeport - In a game that featured former conference rivals now meeting up in a crossover match, the Aquin Bulldogs would play host to the Stockton Blackhawks in a great night for football at Conley Field. Stockton has owned the Bulldogs in the regular season, covering the majority of the last decade. Entering 2019, with a new look by both teams, you had a feeling this game could tip in the favor of the host Bulldogs, and it did rather early. Aquin would open the game with th