Ottawa's Bryant Schomas (6) and Woodstock counterpart Colin McQueen (36) get ready to face off during their Week 2 game at Woodstock High School last Friday.
Ottawa's Bryant Schomas (6) and Woodstock counterpart Colin McQueen (36) get ready to face off during their Week 2 game at Woodstock High School last Friday. — For Shaw Media | Chiara Conner

Their moves to the Interstate Eight and Illinois Central Eight conferences created some significant changes in not just the opponents on, but the formats of the schedules for the Ottawa Pirates, Sandwich Indians and Streator Bulldogs.

From this Friday forward, the remainder of the 2019 regular season will be conference games for the Pirates, Indians and Bulldogs.

Ottawa (1-1) opens I-8 play against Plano (1-1), then has Sycamore (1-1), Morris (1-1), La Salle-Peru )1-1), Kaneland (2-0), Sandwich (2-0) and Rochelle (1-1).

On its slate, Sandwich (2-0) — which unlike Ottawa has a history in the Interstate Eight, having joined in 1985 — has La Salle-Peru (1-1), Kaneland (2-0), Sycamore (1-1), Rochelle (1-1), Plano (1-1), Ottawa (1-1) and Morris (1-1).

Streator (1-1) will open the ICE's inaugural season against Wilmington (2-0) followed by matchups with Reed-Custer (1-1), Coal City (2-0), Peotone (2-0), Herscher (1-1), Manteno (0-2) and Lisle (2-0).

— J.T. Pedelty

Teamer posts double-digit catches

Streator senior wide receiver Latrell Teamer put together a solid game despite his club's loss last Friday at Morton.

Teamer and quarterback Jimmy Tredway hooked up for 10 completions for 94 yards, including the Bulldogs' first TD of the night midway into the third quarter. The 26-yard scoring play — which featured Teamer's diving effort in the end zone — put the finishing touches on a solid 14-play, 77-yard drive, one in which Tredway found Teamer three times to covert in third-down situations.

— Brain Hoxsey

A disturbing trend for MA?

While there is plenty of joy that Marquette is now a solid 2-0 after defeating a pair of 2A schools in the first two weeks, there may be a trend developing that's made some Crusaders fans just a bit uneasy heading into this week’s Northeastern Athletic Conference opener at Kirkland Hiawatha. Injuries to the offensive backs are taking a toll and stripping the Cru of its traditional depth at those positions.

In Week 1 against Dwight, MA rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead, and a week later popped out to a 21-0 advantage on Seneca. However, the Cru have been outscored 27-12 and have managed just 226 of their combined 674 yards of total offense (33.5 percent) in the latter two quarters in those games.

Marquette might end up considering itself lucky to have not found a replacement for the River Valley forfeit in Week 6. Having that “bye week” might be just what the doctor ordered, literally and figuratively.

— Charlie Ellerbrock

Game on for 2-0 FCW?

It's been an impressive start in 8-man football for Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland, with a dominant road win in Week 1 at Westminster Christian and a dramatic, 44-42 win last Friday in Flanagan.

It looks like the Falcons will get the chance to keep that good thing going on the field.

FCW's Week 3 opponent, Illinois School for the Deaf, was forced to forfeit its scheduled season-opener last weekend with Polo (ISD did not have a Week 1 game scheduled), but the school has contacted FCW that it intends to play this coming Friday's game at the Woodland Wood Shed.

Kickoff behind Woodland School is scheduled for 7 p.m.

— J.T. Pedelty

HOIC showdowns looming

While Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's win over Eureka last Friday wasn't completely shocking — GCMS is the two-time defending Class 2A state champion, after all — the manner in which the Falcons handled the Hornets in the 35-10 Heart of Illinois Conference Large opener may slightly alter the outlook for the rest of the HOIC Large campaign.

Fieldcrest and GCMS are the HOIC Large's only 2-0 teams, while in the conference standings they along with Deer Creek-Mackinaw sit at 1-0. GCMS's visit to Fieldcrest in Week 4 now looms incredibly large as the potential de facto conference championship game, though the Knights have their date with Eureka in Week 8 — also in Minonk — still to come as well as a home game with Dee-Mack and a regular-season finale at archrival El Paso-Gridley.

— J.T. Pedelty

Signs pointing up for Irish

The Seneca Fighting Irish are likely a little dismayed at coming away on the losing side of last Friday’s 21-13 verdict at home against Marquette, but there’s plenty of reason to hope that the ever-elusive postseason berth is still within reach.

The 2A Irish, against a ranked 1A team, blanked the Crusaders for the entire second half, surrendering them just 71 total yards and only three first downs. True, the visitors were suffering through some injury woes as the game went on, but the defense also forced two turnovers in the final quarter to give SHS a chance.

Add to that a a clock-controlling offense, shown in a 16-play, 62-yard drive that ate up 9 minutes, 52 seconds spanning the latter quarters, and you have a recipe for a winner ... even if it didn't quite work out that way in Week 2.

— Charlie Ellerbrock