Rock Falls' Noah Schueler runs the ball through Dixon defense during the third quarter of Friday's game in Rock Falls.
Rock Falls' Noah Schueler runs the ball through Dixon defense during the third quarter of Friday's game in Rock Falls. — Michael Krabbenhoeft/

For the second consecutive week, more than half of our local teams were on the wrong end of the score at the end of the game.

Locals went 6-8 last week – which does not include Polo’s cancelled game with the Illinois School for the Deaf – after going 6-9 in Week 1. Lee County’s three teams – AFC, Amboy and Dixon – represent six of the 17 losses.

Rock Falls’ 35-13 home win over Dixon was the only game pitting two locals. Sterling, Newman, Morrison and West Carroll are the only local teams that are 2-0 to start the season. Polo is 1-0.

Here are some more numbers of note from Week 2:


No local team has shut out an opponent so far after 2 weeks, which hasn’t happened since 2013.

Three shutouts happened last year after 2 weeks, and five occurred the year before.

Morrison has come close to shutouts in both weeks. The Mustangs have allowed just 13 points, both coming toward the beginning of their games with St. Bede last week and Sherrard this past Friday.


West Carroll continues to stamp “firsts” into its record books, and did so again by beating Dakota for the first time in program history.

The Thunder’s 24-12 win broke a 15-game losing streak against the Indians, dating back to the program’s beginning in 2003. Neither of West Carroll’s predecessor schools, Mount Carroll or Savanna, had beaten Dakota.

Dakota fell to 0-2 for the first time in nearly 40 years.


In a game pitting the Northwest Upstate Illini’s two cooperative programs, Durand-Pecatonica beat out Eastland-Pearl City 36-34 in overtime.

The four schools each had their own program 24 years ago, before the EPC co-op formed in 1995. Durand and Pecatonica had never beaten EPC, but Durand defeated Pearl City in 1995 en route to the Upstate Illini North Division title and an unbeaten regular season. 


Byron’s streak of 30 consecutive regular season wins was snapped by nearby rival Stillman Valley at Everett Stine Field.

The Tigers, who lost 18-16, last fell in a regular season game when Rockford Lutheran and star running back James Robinson beat them 56-19 in a Week 7 game in 2015. 

Stillman Valley had last beaten Byron in 2013 in a 28-21 win en route to a 3A state championship.


Sterling senior quarterback Cooper Willman had his way with the Pekin Dragons for the second time in as many years in the Golden Warriors’ 47-21 home win.

For the second time, Willman rushed and threw for more than 100 yards against the Dragons. He threw and rushed for scores, was 11-for-15 passing with 194 passing yards, and rushed 13 times for 127 yards.

On just 9 plays in last year’s 49-14 win, Willman rushed for 134 yards and threw for another 134; 131 of his passing yards came on two touchdown plays.

Noel Aponte also cracked the century mark on the ground for Sterling; he rushed for 105 yards on 16 carries.


Rock Falls senior Noah Schuler rushed for 152 yards on 21 carries in his team’s win over Dixon, giving coach Kevin Parker his first win.

Schuler’s yards are the most accumulated by a Rockets ball carrier this decade. The previous high was established by Brendon LeBarron, who rushed for 139 yards on 30 carries in a 2013 loss to Lutheran.

Rock Falls, a program that has utilzed the passing game under three previous head coaches, rushed for 227 yards against the Dukes. Only three other times have the Rockets tallied more than 200 yards on the ground in the last 6 years, including last year’s lone win at Mendota when they rushed for 364.

The Rockets’ two closest losses last year – Week 4 vs. Stillman Valley and Week 9 vs. Lutheran – saw them rush for more yards than they passed for.